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Eric L. Richards

Contact Information

(812) 855-9308
richarde [at] indiana [dot] edu (E-mail)
Business School

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  • Chair of East Asian Initiatives
  • Professor of Business Law


  • Bloomington


  • JD, Indiana University School of Law
  • BA, Indiana University

Awards, Honors & Certifications

  • Kelley Direct Teaching Excellence Award, 2008
  • Harry C. Sauvain Undergraduate Teaching Award, 1994, 2001 & 2005
  • Trustee Teaching Award, 2003 & 2004
  • Schuyler F. Otteson Teaching Excellence Award, 1990 & 2003
  • Best Case Writing Award, Academy of Legal Studies in Business, 2002
  • Outstanding Paper Award, Tri-State Business Law Association, 2001
  • Outstanding Environment and Business Paper, Academy of Legal Studies in Business (co-author). 1999
  • Ralph C. Hoeber Award, Outstanding Article in American Business Law Journal (co-author), 1997
  • MBA Teaching Excellence Award, 1989-1994
  • Dow Technology Innovation Teaching Award, 1993
  • President's Award (Indiana University Distinguished Teaching Award), 1992
  • Alpha Kappa Psi Alumni Award, 2001
  • Student Choice Award for Outstanding Faculty, 1990
  • Best Comment Award, American Business Law Journal, 1983
  • Holmes Cardozo Award, Outstanding Paper, American Business Law Association, 1982

Professional Interests

International Trade Law


Professor Richards has been a Professor of Business Law in the Department of Business Law and Ethics at the Kelley School of Business since 1979. Prior to his appointment at the Kelley School, he spent two years as an Assistant Professor of Business Law at the University of Kansas. Throughout his teaching career, Professor Richards has published extensively in both law and business law journals. His research has focused on antitrust law, constitutional law, and international trade. He also has served as an editor for the American Business Law Journal. Professor Richards has taught at the undergraduate, graduate, and executive level both in the United States and Europe. He has taught courses covering ethics, personal law, the legal environment of business, commercial law, and international trade law. During his career, he has authored or co-authored four text books covering both U.S. domestic law and international trade law. These texts are used at universities throughout the world. During his career, Professor Richards has received over 30 university and national awards for his research and teaching. He currently serves as the Chair of Indiana University's Kelley Direct Public MBA program.