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Bruner publishes Oxford book and Yale Law Journal feature

christopher bruner picSpecializing in corporate law, corporate governance, comparative law and sustainability, Stembler Family Distinguished Professor in Business Law Christopher M. Bruner had multiple significant publications this year.

He authored The Corporation as Technology: Re-Calibrating Corporate Governance for a Sustainable Future, which was published by the Oxford University Press. He also wrote “Corporate Governance Reform and the Sustainability Imperative,” a feature published by the Yale Law Journal. He is currently co-editing A Research Agenda for Corporate Law, forthcoming from Edward Elgar Publishing.

Bruner’s other books include: The Cambridge Handbook of Corporate Law, Corporate Governance and Sustainability (Cambridge University Press, 2019) (co-edited); Re-Imagining Offshore Finance: Market-Dominant Small Jurisdictions in a Globalizing Financial World (Oxford University Press, 2016); and Corporate Governance in the Common-Law World: The Political Foundations of Shareholder Power (Cambridge University Press, 2013).

Over the last year, he has delivered presentations to audiences at the University College Dublin, the University of Oslo and the University of Minnesota.

Bruner joined the School of Law faculty in 2017 and teaches a range of corporate and transactional subjects.

Burch continues to build MDL and class action reputation

elizabeth chamblee burch picDuring the past year, Callaway Chair Elizabeth Chamblee Burch released the findings from her procedural justice study of plaintiffs in women’s health multidistrict litigation (which are forthcoming in the Cornell Law Review) and published three articles – “Information for the Common Good in Mass Torts” in the DePaul Law Review, “MDL Revolution” in the New York University Law Review and “Diversity in MDL Leadership: A Field Guide in the University of Missouri Kansas City Law Review.

An authority on multidistrict litigation and class actions, Burch continues to be one of the School of Law’s most frequently quoted faculty members by high profile media outlets. She was interviewed by leading news agencies such as the Associated Press, Reuters and Bloomberg and was quoted in The New York Times, U.S. News & World Report, The Washington Post, Law360 and The Seattle Times as well as on

Burch, a member of the School of Law’s faculty since 2011, teaches the courses Complex Litigation; Mass Torts; Multidistrict Litigation: Law, Practice, and Strategy; Civil Procedure and Torts.

Cohen receives Jackson Prize

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Wilner/UGA Foundation Professor in International Law Harlan G. Cohen was awarded the John H. Jackson Prize by the Journal of International Economic Law for his article Nations and Markets.” Published in the journal in 2020, the article traces current conflicts between national security and international economics to their source and maps potential paths forward for both.

The Jackson Prize is awarded annually to the author of an article or other contribution in the JIEL that “most significantly breaks new ground and adds new insights to the study and understanding of international economic law, especially in fields beyond a self-contained analysis of WTO law.”

His other recent publications include “Culture Clash: The Sociology of WTO Precedent” in Precedents as Rules and Practice and “Are We (Americans) All International Realists Now?” in Whither the West? Concepts on International Law in Europe and the United States.

Cohen, who joined the School of Law faculty in 2007, serves as a faculty co-director of the Dean Rusk International Law Center. Cohen also holds a courtesy appointment with the UGA School of Public and International Affairs’ Department of International Affairs.

Simon earns promotion and publishes article in the Yale Law Journal

lindsey simon picLindsey Simon, who was promoted to associate professor, recently published “Bankruptcy Grifters” in the Yale Law Journal and “The Settlement Trap” in the Indiana Law Journal. Notably, the Yale article was selected by the Association of American Law Schools as an honorable mention in its 2021 Scholarly Papers Competition.

She teaches in the areas of bankruptcy and secured transactions, and her research focuses on the bankruptcy system, drawing concepts from bankruptcy structure and procedure to address broader institutional design challenges.

Simon, who joined the UGA faculty in 2018, has assisted academics, judges, members of Congress and other stakeholders on the subject of mass tort bankruptcies, and her commentary in connection with the Purdue Pharma, Boy Scouts of America and USA Gymnastics bankruptcies has appeared in various media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and Forbes in addition to airing on National Public Radio.

She is an active member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, where she serves as a member of the ABI Diversity Working Group.