Stephen Diamond

Stephen F. Diamond

Associate Professor of Law

Stephen F. Diamond teaches courses on business law, securities law, corporate finance, corporate governance, human rights, labor rights and the global economy.

Diamond’s research examines the development of legal and political institutions that shape the global economy. His recent focus has been on corporate governance, shareholder activism and insider trading. His most recent paper, an empirical analysis of stock market micro-structure, appeared in the International Review of Law and Economics. He regularly presents his research at academic conferences and workshops including at Berkeley, Harvard, Sciences Po, Stanford, Toronto, Washington, Wisconsin, Yale, and York.

Diamond is the co-editor, with Lance Compa of Cornell University, of Human Rights, Labor Rights and International Trade (1996, 2003), the leading text in that subject area. He is also the author of Rights and Revolution: The Rise and Fall of Nicaragua’s Sandinista Movement (2013) based, in part, on fieldwork he conducted in Nicaragua during the contra war.

Diamond is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley (B.A. in Development Studies), Yale Law School (J.D.) and the University of London (Ph.D. in Political Science). While at London he was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in International Peace and Security by the Social Science Research Council.

Diamond has held fellowships or visiting positions at Cornell Law School, Harvard’s Center for International Affairs, Stanford’s Center for Latin American Studies and U.C. San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy and its Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies.

Prior to joining the faculty, Diamond was an associate at Latham & Watkins in New York for one year and at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto for four years. He worked on a wide range of complex business transactions at those firms. He is licensed to practice law in New York and California.

Diamond regularly provides advice to boards of directors, activist investors and entrepreneurs on a range of business and governance issues. He regularly serves as an expert witness on a wide range of business and governance issues in both federal and state court proceedings. He has served on the board of directors of two startup companies as well as at a Nasdaq listed technology company, where he chaired the compensation committee and served on the audit committee.


J.D., Yale Law School, Symposium Editor, Yale Law Journal

Ph.D., Political Science, University of London (Birkbeck College), MacArthur Fellow in International Peace and Security

B.A., Development Studies, University of California, Berkeley, Phi Beta Kappa

Areas of Specialization

Corporate Governance, Corporate Finance, Business Law, Securities Law, International Labor Rights, International Trade, International Finance, Comparative Corporate Law