Eduardo M. Peñalver

Professor of Law
Eduardo Peñalver
Contact Information
Cornell Law School
314 Myron Taylor Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901

Phone: (607) 254-1620

Naira Tahir
Cornell Law School
Myron Taylor Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901

Professional Biography

Eduardo M. Peñalver is a Professor of Law. He was the Allan R. Tessler Dean from 2014 to 2021, serving as the first Latino dean of an Ivy League law school. He will become the President of Seattle University on July 1, 2021.

Professor Peñalver’s scholarship focuses on property and land use, as well as law and religion. His work explores the way in which the law mediates the interests of individuals and communities. His writing on property has appeared in numerous leading law journals. His book, Property Outlaws (co-authored with Sonia Katyal), published by Yale University Press in February 2010, explores the vital role of disobedience within the evolution of property law. His most recent book, An Introduction to Property Theory (co-authored with Gregory Alexander), was published by Cambridge University Press in 2011.

Professor Peñalver received his B.A. from Cornell University and his J.D. from Yale Law School. Between college and law school, he studied philosophy and theology as a Rhodes Scholar at Oriel College, Oxford. Upon completing law school, he clerked for Judge Guido Calabresi of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and at the Supreme Court for Justice John Paul Stevens.

Professor Peñalver previously served as the John P. Wilson Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School (2012-2014) and taught at Cornell Law School (2006-2012) and at Fordham Law School (2003-2006). He has also been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School and Yale Law School.


B.A. 1994, Cornell University
M.A. 1996, University of Oxford, Oriel College
J.D. 1999, Yale Law School