David Snyder

Professor of Law
Director, Business Law Programs

Office: Room 352A
Phone: 202-274-4238
E-mail: vCard


David V. Snyder was appointed professor of law at the American University Washington College of Law in the fall of 2007 and was appointed director of the Business Law Program in 2008. He graduated summa cum laude from Tulane University Law School in 1991, and he has been a professor of law at Tulane, Indiana (Bloomington), and Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. He has been a visiting professor at the law schools of the University of Paris II (Panthéon-Assas), the University of Paris 10 (Nanterre La Défense), Boston University, and the College of William and Mary, and has also taught summer courses at the University of Mainz (Germany). After graduating from law school, Professor Snyder served as a law clerk to the Honorable John M. Duhé Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and subsequently joined the D.C. firm of Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells). In 2014 Professor Snyder was awarded a MacCormick Fellowship during which he delivered the annual Wilson Memorial Lecture at the University of Edinburgh.

Professor Snyder’s teaching and research interests are primarily in contracts and commercial law, including their international and comparative aspects. He was chair of the Section on Contracts of the Association of American Law Schools (2005-2006) and chaired the Washington steering committee for the XVIIIth International Congress of Comparative Law (2010). He is an elected member of the American Law Institute and the International Academy of Comparative Law and has served on the board of directors of the Washington Foreign Law Society and board of editors of the American Journal of Comparative Law.



Areas of Specialization

  • International Business Law
  • Contracts
  • Commercial and Related Consumer Law
  • Comparative Law
  • Secured Transactions
  • International Commercial Arbitation
  • Legal History

Degrees & Universities

  • J.D., Tulane Law School 1991
  • B.A., Yale University 1988


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