Travis Luis Pantin is an associate professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law, where he teaches courses in insurance law and contract law. He is also the director of the Insurance Law Center, the pre-eminent academic center for the study of insurance law in the United States.
Pantin aims to develop an “internalist” theory of insurance law by studying its doctrine, history, and institutional practices to reveal its immanent logic and normative structure. His forthcoming article, What Can’t Be Insured: The Policyholder’s Own Bad Acts, analyzes the insurance law principle that one cannot be indemnified against the results of one’s own moral turpitude. Pantin argues that insurance law articulates its own conception of individual responsibility that is distinct from but analogous to similar conceptions that courts use to assign legal liability in the tort or criminal law contexts.
Pantin received his bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago, after which he spent two years as a macroeconomics and finance reporter in New York City and Abu Dhabi. He received his law degree from Yale Law School, where he was articles editor for the Yale Law Journal and editor-in-chief of the Yale Journal of International Law. During law school, he spent a summer clerking in Islamabad at the Supreme Court of Pakistan. After law school, he clerked for the Hon. Guido Calabresi on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. He then spent two years as General Counsel of Garner Health, a health benefits startup based in New York City. He was also an Academic Fellow at Columbia University Law School.