Professor Yahya graduated from George Mason University School of Law in 2003. He has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Toronto, where he specialized in Law and Economics.
During his Ph.D. Professor Yahya studied the impact of legal and regulatory regimes of firms- capital structure. He examined the impact of various joint and several liability tort regimes on the incentives facing firms when they have the option of bankruptcy. While increasing liability, through a joint and several liability regime, persuades firms to take care in the design of their products, too much liability can give firms the incentive to declare bankruptcy. This incentive means that firms know that they can avoid paying any liability, and therefore, they will take less care in their product design.
Before studying law, Professor Yahya was an antitrust economist at the Competition Bureau in Ottawa. He worked on merger review and other civil non-merger cases. He participated in the design of regulatory guidelines for strategic alliances. During his time at law school, he was a summer associate at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (now Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale & Dorr) and Steptoe & Johnson. He worked on substantive and procedural aspects of antitrust, international trade, Taxation, and Telecommunication litigation. Professor Yahya interned at the Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney in Arlington, Virginia. There, he assisted in misdemeanor prosecution cases, as well as doing substantive and evidentiary criminal law research.
Professor Yahya's current research includes law & economics, antitrust, torts, regulatory issues both civil and criminal, and legal history. He has written articles on the statutory and constitutional jurisdiction of the Sherman Act. He is currently writing on the question of no-injury lawsuits, whereby plaintiffs sue product manufacturers in advance of any actual injury; the legality of plaintiffs- attorneys short-selling the stock of companies they sue; the law and economics of regulatory crime, especially where need to prove mens rea has been removed; and the law and economics of antitrust pleadings. In the area of legal history, Professor Yahya is investigating the question of whether judges understood economics before the economists.