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 corporation and global capital and labor markets. His recent focus has been on corporate governance, shareholder activism and insider trading. His research has appeared in the Cambridge Journal of Economics, the International Review of Law and Economics, the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Economics and Finance, and The Journal of Corporation Law. 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 author of Rights and Revolution: The Rise and Fall of Nicaragua’s Sandinista Movement based, in part, on fieldwork he conducted in Nicaragua during the contra war. He is the co-editor of Human Rights, Labor Rights and International Trade, recognized as a leading text in that subject area.

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 and at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto. He is licensed to practice law in New York and California.

Diamond regularly advises boards of directors, activist investors, labor unions, pension funds and entrepreneurs on a wide range of business and governance issues. He serves as a consultant and expert witness for law firms on a wide range of business and governance issues in both federal and state court proceedings. He has served on the boards of directors of two startup companies and 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., M.Phil., Political Science, Birkbeck College, University of London, SSRC/MacArthur Foundation Fellowship 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