Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Law, Economics, & Innovation

Jackman Law Building
Room J366
78 Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C5 

Tel.: 416-978-5403

Anthony Niblett is an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Law, Economics, & Innovation at the Faculty of Law. Professor Niblett researches law & economics, innovation, contracts, judicial behaviour, and competition policy. He is also the Academic Advisor at the Future of Law Lab at the Faculty and an Affiliate Researcher with the Vector Institute for AI. You can find some of his research papers here.

Professor Niblett holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard as well as degrees in law and commerce from the University of Melbourne. He was a Bigelow Fellow at the University of Chicago before moving to Canada.

Professor Niblett teaches ContractsTortsCompetition PolicyEconomic Analysis of LawLaw & New Technologies, and Legal Methods -- but not all at the same time.

In 2019, Professor Niblett gave a TEDx talk on machine learning and law. Neither this video nor the headshot above are accurate depictions of what he currently looks like. 

In addition to his academic career, Professor Niblett is a co-founder of Blue J, a legal tech startup that helps predict legal outcomes in tax and employment law. 


Ph.D. - Economics, Harvard University (2009)
M.A. - Economics, Harvard University (2006)
LL.B. (Hon.) - University of Melbourne (2003)
B.Com. (Hon. in Econ.) - University of Melbourne (2003)
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Selected publications

A Framework for the New Personalization of Law, 86 Univ. of Chicago Law Review 333 (2019) [co-authored with Anthony J. Casey]

The Death of Rules and Standards, 92 Indiana Law Journal 1401 (2017) [co-authored with Anthony J. Casey]

Regulation by MachineJournal of Machine Learning Research (W&CP) [co-authored with Ben Alarie & Albert H. Yoon]

Using Machine Learning to Predict Outcomes in Tax Law, 58(3) Canadian Business Law Journal 231 (2016) [co-authored with Ben AlarieAlbert H. Yoon]

Unintended Consequences: The Regressive Effects of Increased Access to Courts, 14(1) Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 5 (2017) [co-authored with Albert H. Yoon]

Case-by-Case Adjudication and the Path of the Law, 42(2) Journal of Legal Studies 303 (2013)

The Evolution of a Legal Rule, 39(2) Journal of Legal Studies 325 (2010) [co-authored with Richard A. Posner and Andrei Shleifer