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Allan Erbsen

  • Associate Professor of Law
  • Solly Robins Distinguished Research Fellow
  • Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Harvard College, A.B.
Harvard Law School, J.D.

Office: 336
Mondale Hall, 229 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Professor Allan Erbsen teaches and writes in the areas of civil procedure, federal courts, and international arbitration.

Professor Erbsen was named the Stanley V. Kinyon Teacher of the Year for 2006-2007 and the Stanley V. Kinyon Tenure-Track Teacher of the Year for 2005-2006. Two of his articles have been selected for presentation at the peer-reviewed Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum. He is the Chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Civil Procedure.

Professor Erbsen received an A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard College and a J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was Articles Chair of the Harvard Law Review. He was a law clerk for Judge Judith Rogers of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and spent six years in private practice at Mayer, Brown & Platt in Chicago and Wilmer, Cutler, & Pickering in Washington, D.C., where he specialized in appellate litigation, international arbitration, and class actions. During the 2004-2005 academic year, Professor Erbsen was a Vanderbilt Fellow and Instructor in Law at Vanderbilt Law School. In Fall 2008, he was a Visiting Associate Professor at Georgetown University Law Center.

For further information on Professor Erbsen, please consult his PDF iconcurriculum vitae.


Federal and State Courts

Civil Procedure

Civil Procedure II


Book Chapters

  • The Substance and Illusion of Lex Sportiva, in The Court of Arbitration for Sport, 1984-2004 (Ian S. Blackshaw, Robert C.R. Siekmann & Janwillem Soek, eds., TMC Asser Press, 2006), reprinted in Lex Sportiva: What is Sports Law? (Robert C. R. Siekmann & Janwillem Soek, eds., Springer, 2012) Allan Erbsen

Journal Articles

  • Personal Jurisdiction Based on the Local Effects of Intentional Misconduct, 57 William and Mary Law Review 385 (2015) Allan Erbsen
  • Erie’s Four Functions: Reframing Choice of Law in Federal Courts, 89 Notre Dame Law Review 579 (2013) Allan Erbsen
    | SSRN
  • Erie’s Starting Points: The Potential Role of Default Rules in Structuring Choice of Law Analysis, 10 Journal of Law, Economics & Policy 125 (2013) (symposium contribution) Allan Erbsen
    | SSRN
  • Constitutional Spaces, 95 Minnesota Law Review 1168 (2011) Allan Erbsen
    | SSRN
  • Impersonal Jurisdiction, 60 Emory Law Journal 1 (2010) Allan Erbsen
    | SSRN
  • Horizontal Federalism, 93 Minnesota Law Review 493 (2008) (selected for Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum (June 2008)) Allan Erbsen
    | SSRN
  • From “Predominance” to “Resolvability”: A New Approach to Regulating Class Actions, 58 Vanderbilt Law Review 995 (2005) (selected for Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum (May 2005)) Allan Erbsen
    | SSRN

Other Publications

  • An Anti-Doping Agenda for the Next Olympics, 15 For The Record (National Sports Law Institute, Marquette Law School) 6 (Oct./Dec. 2004) Allan Erbsen
  • Recent Case, 109 Harvard Law Review 524 (1995) (discussing state liability for private acts of violence) Allan Erbsen

Contact Information

University of Minnesota Law School

Walter F. Mondale Hall | 229 19th Avenue South | Minneapolis, MN 55455

P: 612-625-1000

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