Introducing Guest Blogger Robert Ahdieh

ahdieh-robert.jpgI’m very pleased that Professor Robert (Bobby) Ahdieh, is returning for another guest visit with us. Bobby’s scholarship explores the distinct nature and role of law and regulation in the face of coordination game dynamics and tendencies toward coordination more generally. In transactional areas including corporate and securities law, international trade and finance, and contracts, he has focused particular attention on two categories of coordination-driven regulation. The first is what he terms “intersystemic governance” – intertwined regulatory regimes motivated by patterns of (transnational or subnational) jurisdictional overlap. In earlier work, and a book project titled The New Regulation, he also identities distinct occasions for regulatory intervention – and non-traditional regulatory forms – that arise from coordination game dynamics in standard-setting, network construction, and other areas of the modern industrial economy.

In 2008-08, Bobby is working on the latter project at the Institute for Advanced Study, in Princeton, while also visiting at Columbia in the fall and Georgetown in the spring. His permanent teaching position is at Emory Law School.

Bobby received his A.B., summa cum laude, from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and his J.D. from Yale Law School. While in law school, he published what remains one of the seminal treatments of the constitutional transformation of post-Soviet Russia: Russia’s Constitutional Revolution – Legal Consciousness and the Transition to Democracy. He was also active in the Allard K. Lowenstein Human Rights Clinic, receiving the C. LaRue Munson Prize for his work on the Clinic’s Alien Tort Claims Act suit against Radovan Karadzic.

Following law school, Bobby did a clerkship with James R. Browning, of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, during which he worked extensively on the Court’s resistance to efforts to split the circuit.

At Emory, Bobby directs the Center on Federalism and Intersystemic Governance. His courses include Contracts, Corporate Federalism, Comparative Law, International Trade Law, and Emerging Markets Law.

Bobby’s publications include:

* Russia’s Constitutional Revolution: Legal Consciousness and the Transition to Democracy (Penn State Press 1997)

* Trapped in Metaphor: The Limited Implications of Federalism for Corporate Governance, 77 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2009)

* Foreign Affairs, International Law, and the New Federalism: Lessons From Coordination, 73 Mo. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2008)

* From Federalism to Intersystemic Governance: The Changing Nature of Modern Jurisdiction, 57 Emory L.J. 1 (2007)

* Dialectical Regulation, 38 Conn. L. Rev. 863 (2006)

* The Strategy of Boilerplate, 104 Mich. L. Rev. 1033 (2006)

* From “Federalization” to “Mixed Governance” in Corporate Law: A Defense of Sarbanes-Oxley, 53 Buff. L. Rev. 721 (2005)

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