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

Professor Dadush writes and teaches in the areas of business and human rights, consumer law, and social enterprise law. Her scholarship explores hard and soft law mechanisms for improving the social and environmental performance of multinational corporations. Her courses include Contracts, Consumer Law, Global Business Regulation, and International Development Law and Finance. 

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Professor Dadush’s research lies at the intersection of business and human rights. Her scholarship explores various innovative legal mechanisms for improving the social and environmental performance of multinational corporations.

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 administered 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.

She teaches Contracts, Consumer Law, Global Business Regulation, Corporate Social Responsibility, and International Development Law & Finance. 




David V. Snyder, Susan A. Maslow & Sarah Dadush, Balancing Buyer and Supplier Responsibilities:  Model Contract Clauses to Protect Workers in International Supply chains, Version 2.0, 77 Bus. Law. ___ (forthcoming Winter 2021-2022) (Report of ABA Business Law Section Working Group). For the entire Model Contract Clauses toolkit, including the Buyer Code of Conduct, click here

Shmuel Becher & Sarah Dadush, Relationship as Product: Transacting in the Age of LonelinessU. Ill. L. REV. (forthcoming in 2021)

Sarah Dadush, Contracting for Human Rights: Looking to Version 2.0 of the ABA Model Contract Clauses68 AM. U. L. REV. 1519 (2019) [Symposium: New Perspectives: A Discussion on Modern Global Supply Chains] (offers a commentary on the ABA initiative to draft model contract clauses to improve human rights in global supply chains)

Sarah Dadush, The Law of Identity Harm, 96 WASH. U. L. REV. 803 (2019) (operationalizes identity harm in tort, contract, and consumer protection law).

Sarah Dadush, Identity Harm, 89 U. COLO. L. REV. 863 (2018) (introduces "identity harm" as the anguish experienced by consumers who learn that they have been deceived about the virtuous--e.g., eco, fair-trade, conflict-free, Kosher, Made in the USA--attributes of a purchase).

Sarah Dadush, Why You Should Be Unsettled by the Biggest Automotive Settlement in History, 89 U. COLO. L. REV. F. 1 (2018) (discusses the limited precedential value of the Volkswagen emissions scandal settlement for consumers concerned about social-environmental sustainability).

Sarah Dadush, The Internal Challenges of Associational Governance, 111 AJIL UNBOUND 125 (2017) (explains how the internal dynamics of industry associations restrict their governance powers).

Sarah Dadush, Regulating Social Finance: Can Social Stock Exchanges Meet the Challenge?, 37 U. PA. J. INT’L L. 139 (2015) (evaluates the regulatory potential of social stock exchanges for governing social finance and impact investing).

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 adoption of the IFRS standards developed to harmonize businesses’ financial reporting practices by 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 contractual structure underlying the Product RED campaign and recommends upgrading charities’ law to better regulate cause-related marketing). 

Kevin E. Davis & Sarah Dadush, The Privatization of Development Assistance: An Overview, 42 N.Y.U. J. INT’L L. & POL. 1079 (2010) (highlights the legal challenges involved with market-based international development initiatives).


Sarah Dadush, A New Blueprint for Regulating Social Enterprises, Cambridge Handbook of Social Enterprise Law, (Benjamin Means & Joseph Yockey eds., Cambridge University Press, 2018) (introduces the concept of "blueprinting" as the private, market-based analog to legal transplants).

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) (discusses the potential and limitations of two new tools for measuring social impact, IRIS and GIIRS).


Sarah Dadush, Contracting for Human Rights: Using the ABA Working Group's Model Contract Clauses 2.0, (transcript of webinar on Corporate Due Diligence in Contract and Company Law organised by the Nova Centre on Business, Human Rights and the Environment with the support of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union held on March 25, 2021)

Robert Hillman, reviewing Relationship as Product in JOTWELL, (september 2020)

Why It's So Hard to Hold Companies Accountable When They Break Their Ethical Promises, Marc Bain, Quartz (Dec. 16, 2019)

The Value of Identity, Marco Jimenez (reviewing Identity Harm) (August 1, 2018)  

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/ 


Courses Taught
  • Advertising Law
  • Consumer Law
  • Consumer Protection
  • International Organizations
  • Society (Law &)
  • Contracts
  • Human Rights
  • International Business Transactions
  • International Law (Public)