Introducing Guest Blogger Robert Ahdieh

I’m so delighted to welcome back Professor Robert (Bobby) Ahdieh to Concurring Opinions for another guest visit.  Bobby’s scholarship explores the distinct nature 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 sub-national) jurisdictional overlap. In earlier work, and in a book project titled The Visible Hand, he also identities distinct occasions for regulatory intervention arising from coordination game dynamics in standard-setting, network construction, and other areas of the modern industrial economy.

In 2007-09, Bobby spent time at Princeton University’s Program in Law and Public Affairs, at the Institute for Advanced Study, and at Columbia and Georgetown. His permanent teaching position is at Emory Law School, where he also co-directs the Center on Federalism & Intersystemic Governance.

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 a member of the Allard K. Lowenstein Human Rights Clinic.

Following law school, Bobby served as a clerk to James R. Browning, of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Bobby’s publications include:

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

*The Fog of Certainty, 119 Yale L.J. Online 41 (2009)

* Trapped in Metaphor: The Limited Implications of Federalism for Corporate Governance, 77 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 255 (2009)

* Foreign Affairs, International Law, and the New Federalism: Lessons From Coordination, 73 Mo. L. Rev. 1185 (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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3 Responses

  1. Matt says:

    I’m a big fan of Ahdieh’s work so am very glad to see this. Let me especially recommend the “Fog of Certainty” piece, from the on-line companion to the Yale Law Review, as a brief and excellent answer to certain sorts of international law skepticism. It really does an excellent job of treating the issues it addresses.

  2. Orin Kerr says:

    Watch out: Ahdieh’s back.


  3. Matt,

    Thanks for pointing out that essay to us: it was indeed very good.