Eric F. Hinton

Adjunct faculty

Director | Robert B. Rowling Center for Business Law & Leadership


Eric F. Hinton is the inaugural Director of the Robert B. Rowling Center for Business Law & Leadership and an adjunct professor of law at SMU Dedman School of Law. He has over 10 years of experience teaching international business law, European Union law, and ethics and compliance at SMU Dedman School of Law, Loyola Chicago University School of Law, and the John Marshall Law School. Eric also lectures regularly in the MBA programs at the University of Texas at Dallas, Jindal School of Management.

With 20 years of experience in international business law matters, he has worked for two public Fortune 500 companies and two privately owned companies in Illinois, Texas, and Brussels, Belgium. Eric began his career practicing international trade law in Washington, DC, with an international law firm. He is the founder and past chair of the North Texas Ethics & Compliance Council and past chair of the ABA Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committee.

Eric holds an LL M from the University of Leiden Law School (The Netherlands), a JD from BYU Law School, an MA from the University of Limerick (Ireland), and a BA from Utah State University. He studied international business law at the Sorbonne in Paris, France. Eric has published a number of scholarly articles on international law and compliance topics, including at Columbia University, NYU, SMU, and the University of Texas at Austin.

Areas of Expertise

  • Anticorruption
  • Corporate Governance
  • Data Privacy
  • Ethics and Compliance
  • European Union
  • Export Controls and Sanctions
  • International Business Law and Transactions
  • International Trade


B.A., Utah State University
M.A., University of Limerick
J.D., Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law School
LL.M., Universiteit Leiden


Business Law Bootcamp
Ethics & Compliance for the Global Enterprise
European Union Law
International Business and Financial Transactions