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Rashmi Dyal-Chand

Professor of Law and Research Director
Grinnell College, BA 1991
Northeastern University, JD 1994
Office: 29 Cargill Hall
Mail: 400 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Tel: (617) 373-3493
Fax: (617) 373-5056

Professor Dyal-Chand’s research and teaching focus on property law, poverty, economic development and consumer law. Her recent projects have examined the role of property remedies in achieving more equal distribution.  Her article, “Human Worth as Collateral,” won the 2006 Association of American Law Schools scholarly papers competition for new law teachers. Her work has appeared in journals including the Cardozo Law Review, Fordham Law Review and Stanford Journal of International Law. Professor Dyal-Chand is also an editor of the law school's SSRN online publication, Human Rights and the Global Economy.

Prior to joining the law school faculty in 2002, Professor Dyal-Chand served as an associate general counsel of The Community Builders, Inc., a nonprofit affordable housing developer, where she provided legal representation on all aspects of complex real estate and housing development transactions. Following law school, she served as a law clerk to the Hon. Warren J. Ferguson of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, was a Public Interest Fellow at the law firm of Hall & Associates in Los Angeles and practiced in the business department of the Boston law firm of Foley Hoag, where she specialized in transactions involving intellectual property licensing and transfer.

Fields of Expertise

  • Community Development
  • Consumer Protection
  • Copyright Law
  • Housing Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Poverty Law
  • Property

Selected Works


A Guide to Copyright Issues in Higher Education, Fourth Edition (National Association of College and University Attorneys, 1997) (ed., et al.)

Selected Articles

“Sharing the Cathedral:  The Extraordinary Potential of Outcomes in Property Law,” Connecticut Law Review (2013) 

“Developing Capabilities, Not Entrepreneurs: A New Theory for Community Economic Development,” Hofstra Law Review (2013) (with James V. Rowan)

"Useless Property," 32 Cardozo Law Review 1369 (2011)

“Property in Crisis,” 78 Fordham Law Review 1607 (2010) (with Nestor Davidson)

“A Poor Relation? Reflections on a Panel Discussion Comparing Property Rights to Other Rights Enumerated in the Bill of Rights,” 16 William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal 849 (2008)

“Exporting the Ownership Society: A Case Study on the Economic Impact of Property Rights,” 39 Rutgers Law Journal 59 (2007)

“Human Worth as Collateral,” 38 Rutgers Law Journal 793 (2007)

“From Status to Contract: Evolving Paradigms for Regulating Consumer Credit,” 73 Tennessee Law Review 303 (2006)

“Reflection in a Distant Mirror: Why the West has Misperceived the Grameen Bank’s Vision of Microcredit,” 41 Stanford Journal of International Law 217 (2005)

Selected Chapters

"Lessons from the Grameen Bank: Entrepreneurialism May Not Be a Universal Norm," in Confronting Microfinance: Undermining Sustainable Development, Kumarian Press, 2011

“What Would de Soto Say about the Subprime Meltdown?” in Hernando de Soto in a Market Economy, Ashgate Publishing, 2010

"Home as Ownership, Dispossession as Foreclosure: the Impact of the Current Crisis on the American Model of 'Home,'" in The Idea of Home in Law: Displacement and Dispossession, Ashgate Publishing, 2010

"Crisis and the Public-Private Divide in Property," in The Public Nature of Private Property, Ashgate Publishing 2010

“The Attorney’s Role in the Microlending Project,” Progressive Lawyering, Globalization and Markets: Rethinking Ideology and Strategy. Dalton, ed. William S. Hein & Co., 2007