David V. Snyder, a visiting professor at Michigan Law, is professor of law at the American University Washington College of Law and the director of the Business Law Program. 

He has been a regular visiting professor at the law school of the University of Paris II (Paris-Panthéon-Assas University) since 2012, and during 2021-2022, he held a Fernand Braudel Senior Fellowship at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. In 2014, he was awarded a McCormick Fellowship, during which he delivered the Wilson Memorial Lecture at the University of Edinburgh.

Snyder’s research and teaching interests are primarily in contracts and commercial law, including their US, international, and comparative aspects. He is known for his work on international commercial transactions and is the author, with Martin Davies, of International Transactions in Goods: Global Sales in Comparative Context (Oxford University Press, 2014). More particularly, he has devoted considerable effort to using contracts to protect the environment and the human rights of workers in international supply chains. His book with Susan A. Maslow, Contracts for Responsible and Sustainable Supply Chains (American Bar Association, 2023), includes the model contract clauses produced by a working group and task force that he chairs for the ABA Business Law Section. He is also co-chair of a similar working group in Europe. He has published numerous journal articles and book chapters on these and other topics.

Following his clerkship, he joined the Washington, DC, firm Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells). He began his academic career at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University and then moved to Indiana University Bloomington before joining the faculty at Tulane Law School. He returned to Washington, DC, in 2006 to accept his current appointment. In addition, Snyder has served as a visiting professor at the University of Paris-X (Nanterre La Défense), Boston University, and the College of William & Mary, and he has taught summer courses at the University of Mainz in Germany. 

Snyder was chair of the Section on Contracts of the Association of American Law Schools  in 2005-2006 and chaired the Washington steering committee for the XVIIIth International Congress of Comparative Law in 2010. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute and a titular member of the International Academy of Comparative Law, and has served on the board of directors of the Washington Foreign Law Society, the board of editors of the American Journal of Comparative Law, and the scientific council of the French Journal of Legal Policy