Anthony Sebok

Professor of Law


B.A., 1984, Cornell University
M.Phil., 1986, Oxford University
J.D., 1991, Yale Law School
Ph.D., 1993, Princeton University

Areas of Expertise



Professor Sebok is an expert on mass torts, litigation finance, comparative tort law, and legal philosophy. Before coming to Cardozo in 2007, he was the Centennial Professor of Law and the Associate Dean for Research at Brooklyn Law School where he taught for 15 years. He was a Fellow in the Program in Law and Public Affairs at Princeton University from 2005-06, and in 1999, he was a Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. Following law school, he clerked for Chief Judge Edward N. Cahn of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Professor Sebok has authored numerous articles about litigation finance and mass restitution litigation involving tobacco, handguns, and slavery reparations. He is the author of Legal Positivism in American Jurisprudence, articles and essays on jurisprudence, and is the coeditor of The Philosophy of Law: A Collection of Essays. His casebook, Tort Law: Responsibilities and Redress, which he coauthored with John Goldberg and Benjamin Zipursky, is used at several leading law schools. Professor Sebok is frequently quoted in the national media on timely legal issues, such as the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund. He is currently writing a book with Mauro Bussani of the University of Trieste on comparative tort law, which will be published by Oxford University Press.



TORT LAW:  RESPONSIBILITIES AND REDRESS, FOURTH EDITION (with John C.P. Goldberg & Benjamin Zipursky) (Wolters Kluwer, 2016)


COMPARATIVE TORT LAW: GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES (edited with Mauro Bussani) (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2015)




“Actual Causation in the Second and Third Restatements: Or, the Expulsion of the Substantial Factor Test,” in CAUSATION IN EUROPEAN TORT LAW (Marta Infantino & Eleni Zervogianni, eds., Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2016)


“Normative Theories of Punitive Damages:  The Case of Deterrence,” in PHILOSOPHICAL FOUNDATIONS OF THE LAW OF TORTS (John Oberdieck, ed., Oxford University Press, 2014)


“The U.S. Supreme Court’s Theory of Common Law Punitive Damages: An Inauspicious Start,” in THE POWER OF PUNITIVE DAMAGES:  IS EUROPE MISSING OUT, (Lotte Meurkens and Emily Nordin, eds., Intersentia Press, 2012)


“Adversarial Legalism and the Emergence of a New European Legality:  A Comparative Perspective” in IMAGINING NEW LEGALITIES:  PRIVACY AND ITS POSSIBILITIES IN THE 21ST CENTURY (Austin Sarat, Lawrence Douglas, and Martha Merrill Umphrey, eds., Stanford University Press, 2012) (with Lars Trägårdh)




Private Dollars For Public Litigation, 12 NYU J.L. & BUS. 809     (2016)


The Unwritten Federal Arbitration Act, 65 DEPAUL L. REV. 1301 (2016)


Should the Law Preserve Party Control? Litigation Investment, Insurance Law and Double Standards, 56 WILLIAM & MARY L. REV. 837 (2015)


What Do We Talk About When We Talk About Control? 82 FORDHAM L. REV. 2939 (2014)


Litigation Investment and Legal Ethics:  What are the Real Issues?,  55 CAN. BUS. L.J. 111 (2014)

“Operation Arbitration”:  Massing Individual Arbitrations in a Post-Class Action Era, 63 DEPAUL L. REV. 447 (2014) (with Myriam Gilles)


Jeffrey O’Connell and the Market in Tort Claims, 6 J. TORT L. 115 (2013)


Characterizing the Parties’ Relationship in Litigation Investment:  Contract and Tort Good Faith Norms, 66 VAND. L. REV. 1832 (2013) (with W. Bradley Wendel)


The Failed Promise of a General Theory of Pure Economic Loss: An Accident of History? 61 DEPAUL L. REV. 615 (2012)


What is Wrong About Wrongdoing?, 38 FLA. ST. U.L. REV. 209 (2011)


The Inauthentic Claim, 64 VAND. L. REV. 61 (2011)


Betting on Tort Suits After the Event:  From Champerty to Insurance, 60 DEPAUL L. REV. 453 (2011)