Associate Professor of Law
Sarah Dadush
Newark Campus
S.I. Newhouse Center for Law and Justice
123 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102

Professor Dadush served as legal counsel for the International Fund for Agricultural Development, a specialized agency of the United Nations, was a Fellow at NYU School of Law’s Institute for International Law and Justice, and specialized in international investment arbitration and global banking transactions at Allen & Overy L.L.P. She teaches Contracts, Transnational Business Regulation, and International Development Law and Finance.

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Professor Dadush’s research explores (public and private) mechanisms for regulating the social and environmental performance of corporations. She is particularly interested in the rise of social finance or impact investing and in the emergence of new corporate structures that promise to improve the role of business in society.

Before joining the Rutgers faculty, Professor Dadush served as Legal Counsel and Partnership Officer for the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialized agency of the United Nations based in Rome. Prior to that, she was a Fellow at NYU’s Institute for International Law and Justice, where she was staffed on the Institute’s research program on Financing for Development. She also worked as an Associate Attorney at the global law firm, Allen & Overy L.L.P., specializing in international investment arbitration and cross-border banking transactions.

She received her J.D. and LL.M. in International and Comparative Law from Duke University School of Law in 2004.



Sarah Dadush, “Regulating Social Finance: Can Social Stock Exchanges Meet the Challenge?” 37 U. Penn. J. Int’l L. 139, 143 (2015). (makes the case for regulating social finance and evaluates the potential for three new social stock exchanges to fulfill this task)

Rutsel S.J. Martha & Sarah Dadush, “Going Against the Grain: When Private Rules Shouldn’t Apply to Public Institutions,” 9 INT’L ORG. L. REV. 87 (2012) (peer-reviewed) (critiques the application of the International Financial Reporting Standards—developed to harmonize financial reporting practices by businesses—to the International Fund for Agricultural Development, an international governmental organization)

Sarah Dadush, “Profiting in (Red): The Need for Enhanced Transparency in Cause-Related Marketing,” N.Y.U. J. Int’l L. & Pol. 1269 (2010) (reviews the business model and contractual structure underlying the Product RED campaign to fight AIDS in Africa as a case study of the privatization of development assistance. Recommends upgrading charities’ regulation to enhance transparency for cause-related marketing transactions that cross the line between profit and philanthropy) 

Kevin E. Davis & Sarah Dadush, “The Privatization of Development Assistance: An Overview,” 42 N.Y.U. J. Int’l L. & Pol. 1079 (2010) (introduces the Symposium Issue and highlights the legal challenges involved with privatizing the international development architecture)


Sarah Dadush, “Impact Investment Indicators: A Critical Assessment,” in Governance by Indicators: Global Power Through Quantification and Rankings (Kevin Davis, Angelina Fisher, Benedict Kingsbury & Sally Engle Merry eds., Oxford University Press, 2012) (assesses the challenges of capturing and reporting on social impact through indicator-based systems, such as the Global Impact Investing Rating System and the Impact Reporting & Investment Standards, two tools designed to grow the market for impact investing)


Regulating Social Finance: Can Social Stock Exchanges Meet the Challenge?, Sarah Dadush, Columbia Blue Sky Blog (April 8, 2015)

Cui Bono? The murky finances of Project (RED), William Easterly and Laura Freschi (December 8, 2009) (reviewing Profiting in RED) at™/

Sarah Dadush addresses RED’s Response to Her Paper, Sarah Dadush (December 9, 2009)’s-response-to-her-paper/ 


  • Contracts
  • Human Rights
  • International Business Transactions
  • International Law (Public)