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Adam I. Muchmore

Adam Muchmore

Associate Professor of Law

Curriculum Vitae

(814) 865-8972

J.D., Yale Law School
B.A., University of Oklahoma, summa cum laude

Professor Adam I. Muchmore focuses his research on uncertainty, delegation, and discretion in complex regulatory systems. He is particularly interested in regulatory systems for food, drugs, and medical devices, as well as in problems that arise in regulating international business.

Professor Muchmore graduated from Yale Law School in 2003, where he was co-editor-in-chief of the Yale Journal of International Law. Following graduation, he served as a law clerk to Judge Keith P. Ellison of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas and Judge Karen Nelson Moore of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He then worked as a litigation associate in the Washington, D.C., office of Sidley Austin LLP, where he focused his practice on the life sciences industry. Prior to joining Penn State Law, he was a Bigelow Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School.

He teaches Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, and Food and Drug Regulation.


Food & Drug Regulation (casebook, under contract with Carolina Academic Press—forthcoming 2018).


“Uncertainty , Complexity, and Regulatory Design,” 53 Hous. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2016).

Jurisdictional Standards (and Rules),” 46 Vand. J. Transnat'l L. 171 (2013)

International Activity and Domestic Law,” 1 Penn St. J. L. & Int'l Aff. 363 (2012)

Private Regulation and Foreign Conduct,” 47 San Diego L. Rev. 371 (2010)

Passports and Nationality in International Law,” 10 U. C. Davis J. Int’l L. & Pol’y 301 (2004), reprinted in 26 Immigr. & Nat’lity L. Rev.327 (2005)

“Review of ‘Multilateral Treaty-Making’” (Vera Gowlland-Debbas, 2000), 26 Yale J. Int’l L. 547 (2001)


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