International Financial Law Prof Blog

Editor: William Byrnes
Texas A&M University
School of Law

Friday, September 15, 2017

First Tier Law Schools Ranked By SSRN, But Beware Ghost Author Affiliations

Below are the top 50 U.S. laws schools by SSRN statistics.  

However, when combing through "authors" and the author's downloads by the school, several authors at the top schools did not appear on the law school website and a look at the LinkedIn profile did not contain mention of the law school as a faculty employer.  Are the 'ghost' authors possibly misrepresenting the employer?  Is the employer turning a blind eye to whom lists it as an affiliation to elevate its academic impact/relevance on SSRN?  Something worth looking into for an enterprising researcher in order to clean the numbers by matching against actual employed full-time faculty members.

  Total New Downloads # of New Papers New Downloads per paper   Total # of Downloads # of Papers Total Downloads per paper   # of Authors Total Downloads per author New Downloads per author
1 Harvard Law School Authors   148,058 (1) 274 (1) 48 (12)   1,489,298 (1) 3,103 (1) 480 (6)   358 (3) 4,160 (13) 414 (17)
2 Yale University - Law School Authors   110,486 (2) 201 (3) 58 (6)   825,797 (5) 1,903 (4) 434 (10)   366 (2) 2,256 (51) 302 (38)
3 Stanford Law School Authors   109,012 (3) 153 (5) 68 (5)   897,011 (2) 1,607 (7) 558 (1)   263 (7) 3,411 (20) 414 (17)
4 New York University School of Law Authors   94,303 (4) 200 (4) 40 (17)   753,656 (6) 2,386 (2) 316 (24)   388 (1) 1,942 (65) 243 (60)
5 Columbia University - Law School Authors   84,034 (5) 134 (7) 46 (14)   835,029 (4) 1,811 (5) 461 (8)   275 (5) 3,036 (24) 306 (35)
6 George Washington University - Law School Authors   80,476 (6) 121 (10) 49 (10)   872,649 (3) 1,630 (6) 535 (3)   185 (9) 4,717 (11) 435 (13)
7 University of Chicago - Law School Authors   73,925 (7) 114 (12) 53 (7)   747,408 (7) 1,394 (11) 536 (2)   126 (15) 5,932 (4) 587 (6)
8 Georgetown University Law Center Authors   63,914 (8) 148 (6) 33 (40)   615,724 (8) 1,912 (3) 322 (21)   288 (4) 2,138 (58) 222 (70)
9 University of Pennsylvania Law School Authors   55,270 (9) 111 (15) 38 (23)   588,027 (9) 1,443 (10) 408 (11)   74 (50) 7,946 (2) 747 (4)
10 University of California, Berkeley - School of Law Authors   54,016 (10) 112 (13) 35 (32)   500,843 (11) 1,527 (8) 328 (20)   274 (6) 1,828 (72) 197 (84)
11 University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law Authors   48,386 (11) 78 (23) 43 (15)   494,601 (12) 1,137 (19) 435 (9)   137 (13) 3,610 (17) 353 (26)
12 University of Michigan Law School Authors   46,425 (12) 98 (17) 37 (24)   389,104 (15) 1,247 (16) 312 (27)   185 (9) 2,103 (60) 251 (52)
13 Northwestern University - Pritzker School of Law Authors   46,042 (13) 117 (11) 31 (47)   513,904 (10) 1,480 (9) 347 (16)   170 (11) 3,023 (25) 271 (44)
14 Vanderbilt University - Law School Authors   42,664 (14) 92 (19) 33 (40)   429,098 (13) 1,292 (14) 332 (19)   83 (43) 5,170 (8) 514 (8)
15 University of Virginia - School of Law Authors   42,289 (15) 125 (8) 34 (39)   335,684 (16) 1,227 (17) 274 (40)   91 (34) 3,689 (16) 465 (12)
16 Fordham University School of Law Authors   41,871 (16) 92 (19) 31 (47)   323,838 (17) 1,359 (12) 238 (59)   242 (8) 1,338 (104) 173 (105)
17 George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty Authors   38,060 (17) 112 (13) 37 (24)   312,324 (20) 1,038 (21) 301 (31)   54 (84) 5,784 (5) 705 (5)
18 Duke University School of Law Authors   35,756 (18) 97 (18) 27 (64)   402,273 (14) 1,347 (13) 299 (33)   103 (26) 3,906 (15) 347 (29)
19 University of Tennessee College of Law Authors   30,690 (19) 38 (62) 72 (4)   224,217 (28) 424 (93) 529 (4)   40 (117) 5,605 (7) 767 (3)
20 University of San Diego School of Law Authors   30,610 (20) 122 (9) 37 (24)   313,008 (18) 820 (31) 382 (14)   64 (64) 4,891 (10) 478 (11)
21 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - School of Law Authors   30,408 (21) 73 (25) 31 (47)   312,961 (19) 991 (23) 316 (24)   116 (19) 2,698 (30) 262 (47)
22 University of Washington - School of Law Authors   29,956 (22) 62 (31) 40 (17)   154,957 (44) 758 (34) 204 (88)   120 (17) 1,291 (107) 250 (53)
23 University of California, Irvine School of Law Authors   29,114 (23) 55 (38) 33 (40)   267,593 (24) 871 (29) 307 (28)   59 (72) 4,535 (12) 493 (10)
24 Cornell University - Law School Authors   29,040 (24) 69 (27) 27 (64)   295,380 (23) 1,067 (20) 277 (38)   107 (22) 2,761 (29) 271 (44)
25 University of Utah - S.J. Quinney College of Law Authors   27,658 (25) 62 (31) 40 (17)   148,567 (49) 684 (45) 217 (69)   65 (61) 2,286 (47) 426 (15)
26 Washington University in St. Louis - School of Law Authors   27,514 (26) 58 (37) 39 (20)   239,846 (27) 706 (43) 340 (17)   90 (37) 2,665 (32) 306 (35)
27 Boston University - School of Law Authors   27,174 (27) 67 (29) 30 (53)   249,529 (26) 899 (28) 278 (37)   88 (39) 2,836 (28) 309 (34)
28 Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law Authors   26,515 (28) 39 (61) 37 (24)   213,328 (30) 714 (41) 299 (33)   72 (51) 2,963 (26) 368 (23)
29 University of Florida - Levin College of Law Authors   26,220 (29) 68 (28) 26 (73)   189,171 (36) 1,009 (22) 187 (106)   107 (22) 1,768 (78) 245 (58)
30 University of California, Davis - School of Law Authors   23,921 (30) 53 (43) 32 (45)   203,899 (32) 742 (37) 275 (39)   57 (78) 3,577 (18) 420 (16)
31 USC Gould School of Law Authors   23,724 (31) 52 (44) 39 (20)   309,105 (21) 602 (57) 513 (5)   48 (92) 6,440 (3) 494 (9)
32 Florida State University - College of Law Authors   23,350 (32) 60 (35) 24 (87)   196,636 (34) 977 (24) 201 (91)   57 (78) 3,450 (19) 410 (19)
33 American University - Washington College of Law Authors   22,915 (33) 48 (51) 24 (87)   211,507 (31) 952 (26) 222 (66)   126 (15) 1,679 (81) 182 (99)
34 Rutgers Law School Authors   22,645 (34) 104 (16) 24 (87)   196,453 (35) 952 (26) 206 (82)   111 (21) 1,770 (76) 204 (80)
35 Georgia Institute of Technology - Scheller College of Business Authors   22,532 (35) 44 (56) 36 (30)   214,149 (29) 634 (52) 338 (18)   100 (29) 2,141 (57) 225 (69)
36 University of Texas at Austin - School of Law Authors   22,458 (36) 62 (31) 19 (136)   257,848 (25) 1,188 (18) 217 (69)   98 (30) 2,631 (34) 229 (66)
37 Texas A&M University School of Law Authors   22,395 (37) 82 (22) 30 (53)   177,013 (39) 738 (38) 240 (57)   71 (52) 2,493 (40) 315 (33)
38 University of Colorado Law School Authors   21,364 (38) 51 (45) 41 (16)   135,204 (58) 515 (73) 263 (42)   91 (34) 1,486 (93) 235 (63)
39 University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law Authors   21,088 (39) 42 (59) 28 (61)   149,961 (46) 759 (33) 198 (94)   114 (20) 1,315 (106) 185 (95)
40 University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - School of Law Authors   20,855 (40) 54 (42) 31 (47)   149,132 (48) 670 (46) 223 (65)   70 (53) 2,130 (59) 298 (39)
41 University of Illinois College of Law Authors   20,512 (41) 51 (45) 22 (105)   299,870 (22) 953 (25) 315 (26)   59 (72) 5,083 (9) 348 (28)
42 University of Arizona - James E. Rogers College of Law Authors   20,298 (42) 31 (84) 33 (40)   200,010 (33) 621 (54) 322 (21)   88 (39) 2,273 (49) 231 (65)
43 University of Denver Sturm College of Law Authors   20,230 (43) 55 (38) 27 (64)   144,359 (53) 755 (35) 191 (101)   105 (25) 1,375 (100) 193 (88)
44 Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law Authors   19,538 (44) 43 (58) 24 (87)   153,795 (45) 819 (32) 188 (104)   97 (31) 1,586 (89) 201 (83)
45 Indiana University Maurer School of Law Authors   19,199 (45) 50 (47) 25 (79)   182,298 (38) 754 (36) 242 (55)   87 (41) 2,095 (61) 221 (71)
46 Emory University School of Law Authors   19,083 (46) 61 (34) 22 (105)   169,915 (42) 864 (30) 197 (96)   102 (27) 1,666 (82) 187 (92)
47 Boston College - Law School Authors   18,433 (47) 60 (35) 26 (73)   144,112 (54) 720 (40) 200 (92)   166 (12) 868 (156) 111 (155)
48 Ohio State University (OSU) - Michael E. Moritz College of Law Authors   18,328 (48) 38 (62) 37 (24)   145,126 (52) 502 (74) 289 (36)   75 (49) 1,935 (66) 244 (59)
49 Loyola University Chicago School of Law Authors   18,058 (49) 19 (121) 31 (47)   141,049 (55) 574 (63) 246 (54)   48 (92) 2,939 (27) 376 (22)
50 Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law Authors   17,978 (50) 46 (53) 30 (53)   149,138 (47) 598 (58) 249 (51)   65 (61) 2,294 (46) 277 (43)

September 15, 2017 in Academia | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Quinnipiac University School of Law Seeks Full Time Tax Professor

Quinnipiac University School of Law invites applications for two full-time tenure-track faculty positions for the fall of 2018. The principal curricular focus for one position will be tax law. Applicants for this position should expect to teach at least one section of Federal Income Taxation plus other courses in taxation and/or related fields of interest, including real estate, trusts & estates, business entities, and non-profit organizations. The principal curricular focus for the second position will be property law, broadly construed to include the traditional first-year Property course, plus real estate transactions and financing, land use, and planning and zoning. 

Applications must be submitted electronically and should include a cover letter which details teaching experience and research achievements as well as a curriculum vitae. The names and contact information of three references must be submitted on the application. While the application process requires that candidates apply online, inquiries regarding the position may be directed to: Professor Jeffrey Cooper, Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee, Quinnipiac University School of Law. Please send e-mail inquiries to:

August 8, 2017 in Academia | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Registration is Open for the CSLSA 2017 Conference

Registration is Open for the CSLSA 2017 Conference
Registration is now open for the Central States Law Schools Association 2017 Scholarship Conference, which will be held on Friday, October 6 and Saturday, October 7 at Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale, Illinois. We invite law faculty from across the country to submit proposals to present papers or works in progress.

CSLSA is an organization of law schools dedicated to providing a forum for conversation and collaboration among law school academics. The CSLSA Annual Conference is an opportunity for legal scholars, especially more junior scholars, to present working papers or finished articles on any law-related topic in a relaxed and supportive setting where junior and senior scholars from various disciplines are available to comment. More mature scholars have an opportunity to test new ideas in a less formal setting than is generally available for their work. Scholars from member and nonmember schools are invited to attend. 

Please click here to register. The deadline for registration is September 2, 2017.  

Hotel rooms are now available for pre-booking.  The conference hotel is the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Carbondale.  To reserve a room, call 618-549-2600 and ask for the SIU School of Law rate ($109/night) or book online and use block code SOL.  SIU School of Law will provide shuttle service to and from the Holiday Inn & Conference Center for conference events.  Other hotel options (without shuttle service) are listed on our website.  Please note that conference participants are responsible for all of their own travel expenses including hotel accommodations.

Kara J. Bruce, Professor of Law
Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development
University of Toledo College of Law

July 16, 2017 in Academia | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

William Byrnes: Presentation about Innovation and Pedagogy

Presentation about Innovation and Pedagogy (on YouTube)

India on April 22, 2017 broadcast on LiveStream 



July 12, 2017 in Academia, Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, June 30, 2017

Max Planck 2018 Postdoctoral Conference on Tax Law Call for Papers

We would like to draw your attention to the fourth Max Planck European Postdoctoral Conference on Tax Law. The Conference will be held in Munich on 15-16 January 2018 in Munich and is intended to provide postdoctoral researchers in the field of tax law with a platform for presenting and discussing their research projects with peers from all over Europe and to foster the pan-European academic exchange of ideas. As the success of the three previous Max Planck European Postdoctoral Conferences on Tax Law in 2011, 2013 and 2015 has shown, there is much to be gained from discussions within an international setting.

Yours sincerely

Wolfgang Schön / Caroline Heber / Christine Osterloh-Konrad / Erik Röder / Johanna Stark


Prof. Dr.Dr.h.c. Wolfgang Schoen


Max-Planck-Institut für Steuerrecht und Öffentliche Finanzen


Marstallplatz 1

80539 München

Tel. +49 89 24246-5400


June 30, 2017 in Academia | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Research Fellow (Law), Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation Saïd Business School

Grade 8: £39,324 - £46,924 p.a.

The Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation is a leading independent, interdisciplinary research centre that undertakes a broad research programme related to business taxation, including the impact of taxes on firm behaviour and the welfare effects of such behaviour, and the design of taxation and fiscal policy.

The centre is seeking an outstanding researcher in law. The research fellow will be expected to carry out independent, high-quality academic research into business taxation under the guidance of the centre’s Director and other senior staff. Research output should primarily be aimed at leading peer-reviewed academic journals; however, researchers are also expected to contribute to policy-related output. The postholder will contribute to the teaching on the MSc in taxation degree programme. The fellow will be expected to lead significant research projects and to make a significant contribution to research grant applications.

You will probably have or be working towards a PhD, but highly experienced or differently qualified individuals in a relevant area will also be considered.

You must also be capable of, and be enthusiastic about, contributing to the centre in a variety of ways, including engaging in policy debate with government, business representatives and the media, and raising grant income.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. Please submit a job market paper and two references with your application. To apply for this role and for further details, including a job description and person specification, please click on the link below.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Monday 10 July 2017. Applicants should note that interviews are expected to be held on 18 July 2017.

June 29, 2017 in Academia | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, June 9, 2017

The Business of Data and Privacy in San Antonio on Tues. June 13, 2017

San Antonio June 13 for lunch:  You are invited to join Texas A&M University School of Law this coming Tuesday for the next event in our Texas A&M School of Law Business Lecture Series, a series of lunchtime gatherings where Aggie Law faculty bring their practical expertise to the San Antonio business community. Our featured speaker on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 will be Professor Brian Holland, an expert in internet and technology law, who will speak on “The Business of Data and Privacy,” addressing trends in innovation of the use of data and toward the erosion of privacy—matters about which every business and legal professional should be aware.

This exciting, informative, and free program will also highlight the fall 2017 opening of the law school’s San Antonio Center, a facility that will house an innovative graduate degree program designed from the ground up for working business professionals. The June 13 event will be held at noon at San Antonio’s Cadillac Bar Restaurant (212 S. Flores Street), and event registration is open online at Space is limited, and lunch will be provided for those who register by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, June 12.

June 9, 2017 in Academia | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, June 5, 2017

15th Chinese Internet Research Conference

This conference is a collaborative effort with the Department of Communication and the Confucius Institute at Texas A&M University (which provides considerable funding for the event). Professor Peter Yu of Texas A&M University School of Law co-founded the conference in May 2003 to closely examine not only the internet's impact on China but also China's impact on the internet.
The conference includes panelists from the United States, Australia, Canada, China, Germany, and the United Kingdom. The event is open to the public and will cover a wide variety of internet-related topics. It will also touch on many disciplines, from law to communication studies and from political science to international relations.
This year celebrates the conference's 15th anniversary. In the past, the event has been held at USC, Berkeley, Penn, Peking, Georgetown, Oxford, and other leading universities. Harvard has also expressed interest in holding the event in the future. The last time Texas A&M University hosted this event was 10 years ago. 

June 5, 2017 in Academia | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, June 2, 2017

Associate Dean Conference Discusses Scholarship Assessment and the Rankings

The 2017 Texas A&M University Law School Associate Dean Conference  from Thursday, June 1, through Saturday, June 3, 2017 addressed topics relevant to associate deans at law schools, including

  • scholarship assessment,
  • teaching assessment,
  • diversity,
  • law school buildings,
  • and rankings.

In addition, because many associate deans eventually become law deans, the conference will address topics that dean candidates would need to be familiar with to participate in a dean search.  Speakers included Robert Morse, Chief Data Strategist, U.S. News and World Report, who will engage in a conversation on rankings with Andrew Morriss, Dean of Texas A&M University Law School.

Friday's two-hour panel on Scholarship Assessment was led off by an insightful, cutting edge presentation by the reknown Law Prof Blogs Founder Dean Paul Caron (Pepperdine Deans Conference
University School of Law) focusing on assessing faculty scholarship, including scholarship metrics and "alt metrics".  Dean Caron was followed by Gary Lucas, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Assessment, Strategic Analysis, and Reporting, Texas A&M University School of Law, who addressed such alt rankings such as SSRN and Google Scholar and evidenced how these can be gathered by US News & World Report and then used to compare the top research institutions and faculty members within them.  Gregory Sisk, Laghi Distinguished Chair in Law, University of St. Thomas School of Law addressed what "scholarly" means in the context of legal education and methods to assess who is actually a "scholar" and who just ursurps the term "scholar".  Finally, Dr. John August, the Dean of Faculties and Associate Provost of Texas A&M University addressed how the law school scholarly impact fits into the the bigger picture of the university measurement system of scholarly impact used to compare the 63 scholarly research institutions of the AAU.


June 2, 2017 in Academia | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Villanova University Law seeks to hire 3 Visiting Assistant Professors Starting Summer 2017

Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law seeks three qualified individuals to serve as Visiting Assistant Professors of Law during 2017-18 academic year. We encourage persons with strong academic records and the potential for outstanding teaching and scholarship to apply. Although not limited to these subject matters, candidates must be willing to teach in one of the following areas: Criminal Law, Law and Economics, and Legal Writing.

The successful candidates will enjoy many benefits of a top-notch law faculty. Our visiting assistant professors (VAPs) will teach one course per semester, allowing ample time for scholarship. VAPs also are invited to attend faculty meetings, participate in faculty workshops, and are given opportunities to engage in mock job talks, mock job interviews, and scholarship reviews. Alumni of our VAP program have gone on to hold tenure-track appointments at other esteemed law schools, including the University of Florida, Washington and Lee University, University of Alabama, and Temple University.

These positions are 10-month, terminal visiting positions beginning in the summer of 2017. Salary is commensurate with experience and VAPs receive health and dental benefits.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Villanova is a Catholic university sponsored by the Augustinian order. Diversity and inclusion have been and will continue to be an integral component of Villanova University's mission. The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to the University's mission and values. All interested persons should visit Villanova University's Human Resources website at and search for "Law" under the "Faculty Positions" section.

Applicants should feel free to apply to multiple positions but, of course, should satisfy the minimum qualifications for each position he or she seeks. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the positions are filled. Questions may be directed to Professor Teri Ravenell. Her email address is

May 31, 2017 in Academia | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, May 19, 2017

Texas Tax Professors Research Workshop at Houston Law Today

Presentation #1: 9:00 – 9:20 Presenter: Bryan Camp, “Application of Equitable Principles to Jurisdictional Time Periods”

9:00 – 9:40 Commenter: Terri Helge Treasury-Dept.-Seal-of-the-IRS
9:40 – 10:00 OPEN COMMENT

Presentation #2: 10:10 – 10:30 Presenter: Cal Johnson, Beckemeyer and the Tax Benefit Rule
10:30 – 10:50 Commenter: Johnny Buckles
10:50 – 11:10 OPEN COMMENT

Open Forum: Round Table Discussion on Business Tax Reform

Presentation #3: 12:30 – 12:50 Presenter: Susan Morse, “The Dark Side of Safe Harbors?”
12:50 – 1:10 Commenter: Bruce McGovern
1:10 – 1:30 OPEN COMMENT

Presentation #4: 1:30 – 1:50 Presenter: Bill Byrnes, “How Much Does It Cost to Roast a Cup of Starbucks?” Download 5-19-2017
1:50 – 2:10 Commenter: Bill Streng
2:10 – 2:30 OPEN COMMENT

*Open Forum 2:20 – 3:20 Roundtable Introduction of Research Topics for Non-Presenters (if time permits)

May 19, 2017 in Academia, Tax Compliance | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Inaugural International Law Weekend-South Kicks Off at Texas A&M Law

This Thursday, 25 international law experts, policy officials, and faculty will convene at Texas A&M University School of Law for the inaugural International Law Weekend-South.

This initial conference brings together leadership from Halliburton, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and legal academics to examine key aspects of international trade, including:

  • resource management and development,
  • intellectual property impacts,
  • the potential renegotiation of NAFTA,
  • international corruption, and,
  • regional and international agreements, and the role of judges in enforcement of same.

International Law Weekend-South was established in cooperation with the American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA) and is co-sponsored by the American Society TAMU-Law-lockup-stack-SQUARE (1) of International Law. ABILA President and Georgetown Visiting Professor of Law David Stewart has already named International Law Weekend-South the Association's official South Regional conference.

"This conference is going to provide a first-rate forum for exploring some of the most challenging questions of international law and practice facing the profession today, and – just as important – a terrific opportunity to engage students in thinking about cutting edge issues as well as career opportunities they may not have considered," Stewart said.

"From cross border trade to sustainable development to democratic transition, international law developments have been of utmost importance to this globalized world," said Professor Peter Yu, co-director of the school's Center for Law and Intellectual Property, and also Co-Director of Studies for ABILA. "With the many new policies that the U.S. administration is now rolling out, there cannot be a better time to closely examine these developments."

For more information about International Law Weekend-South, visit

March 1, 2017 in Academia | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Oxford University seeks to hire Tax Law Professor

Associate Professorship of Taxation Law
Faculty of Law, St Cross Road, Oxford in association with Harris Manchester College, Oxford
Grade 10a: £45,562 - £61,179 p.a.

The University proposes to appoint an Associate Professor of Taxation Law. The MSc Taxation is a Law Faculty degree that is organised and taught jointly with the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation, based in the Saïd Business School (the Tax Centre). The appointed person will teach tax law at graduate level, especially on the part-time MSc in Taxation, and also at undergraduate level, they will engage in research at the highest level and supervise graduate students in the field of Taxation Law and in such other areas of research as may be appropriate. The postholder will have excellent opportunities to engage with the interdisciplinary tax research and policy work at the Tax Centre. The person appointed will be offered a non-tutorial fellowship at Harris Manchester College.

The successful candidate should have a law degree and/or professional legal qualification; a doctorate in a relevant subject or an established record of accomplishment in academic research, in either case together with a record of high quality research and publication commensurate with career experience, and the potential to produce further significant output of a recognised international quality during the tenure of the post; the ability to teach and assess high-achieving and challenging students in taught courses, and to provide supervision and research leadership for masters-level and doctoral students.

The salary will be on a scale from £45,562 to £61,179 p.a. plus additional benefits as detailed in the job description. Associate professors who are awarded the title of full professor may receive from the University an additional salary payment of £2,655 per annum.

Queries about the post may be addressed to the Pinsent Masons Professor of Taxation Law, Judith Freedman at: General queries may also be directed to Dr Rebecca Williams, Associate Professor of Law:, who will not be involved in the selection or interview process.

Queries about the application process should be addressed to the Personnel Officer in the Law Faculty, Emma Gascoigne: or tel: 01865 281622. All enquiries will be treated in strict confidence and will not form part of the selection decision.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. To apply for this role and for further details, including the job description and selection criteria, please click on the link below.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Monday 27 February 2017.

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford.

Contact Person : Emma Gascoigne Vacancy ID : 127357
Contact Number : 01865 281622 Closing Date : 27-Feb-2017
Contact Email :

February 4, 2017 in Academia | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Latin American Workshop on Law & Economics (2016) in Bogota Nov 17 & 18

2016 host:  Universidad de Los Andes, Bogota, Colombia PosterLAWLE

Sponsor: World Bank

The Latin American Workshop on Law and Economics is an academic annual meeting created in 2014 by a group of Law and Economics professors from Latin American universities ― Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, ITAM, Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia, and Universidade de Brasília, Brasil.

The main purpose of this event is to encourage academic research on Law and Economics across Latin America, by discussing a wide array of topics regarding these two disciplines.

The event will take place on Thursday, November the 17th, and Friday, November the 18th, at the campus of Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia.

Program here

November 15, 2016 in Academia | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, September 2, 2016

Academics and scientists: Beware of predatory journal publishers

If you’re a scholar or scientist, you know the value of being published in an academic journal.  Unfortunately, some dishonest Flag_of_the_United_States_Federal_Trade_Commission publishers also understand this — and have used it to profit from rather than promote legitimate advancements in research and academia.

In its lawsuit against OMICS Group — which operates hundreds of online journals in a variety of fields — the FTC says the company bombards people with emails soliciting articles, misrepresents the reputation of its publications, and doesn’t disclose that authors have to pay substantial fees — ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars — to be published.

OMICS Group allegedly claims its journals are peer-reviewed, edited by prominent academics, and that its articles are widely cited in other academic and scientific journals. Also, the FTC says OMICS tells aspiring authors that its journals are listed in reputable indexing services, such as PubMed, a database run by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

But, in its lawsuit, the FTC says these statements are misleading, at best: OMICS often fails to peer review submitted articles, either providing authors with no comments at all or only minor, non-substantive edits. OMICS also falsely lists specific academic scholars as its journal “editors” without their permission. NIH has refused to include any OMICS journals in PubMed because of concerns about the integrity of its practices. Also, authors often find out about OMICS’ fees only after their articles have been accepted for publication. And even when the authors have asked OMICS to withdraw those articles, OMICS has published them anyway. This means that, under academic ethical standards, those authors can’t submit those articles to other journals.

Unscrupulous publishers can be difficult to spot. They often make themselves sound legitimate by overstating their reputation or by using journal names that sound similar to the names of reputable journals. If you’re considering publishing in a journal that you’re not familiar with, ask yourself these questions:

  • What does your librarian have to say? Check with your university librarian to see if he or she has ever heard of the journal or the publisher. Your librarian also may be able to tell you if the journal is included in relevant indexing services.
  • Are there any publication fees? A legitimate journal will tell you up front whether it charges publication fees or not. If a journal doesn’t mention fees, don’t assume there aren’t any – contact the journal or publisher and ask about any fees. 
  • What is the journal’s publishing process? A legitimate journal will clearly lay out its publishing process, peer-review practices, and author responsibilities.

If you’ve been approached or taken in by a predatory publisher,report it to the FTC.

September 2, 2016 in Academia | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, August 15, 2016

20 New Scholars Join Texas A&M Law in Two Years

1. Lisa Alexander

Lisa Alexander is an expert in community development law, specializing in urban real estate, low-income housing law and policy, economic development, and urban reform. She has experience at the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc. and was awarded an Equal Justice Works Fellowship. She is also a former Associate Editor of the ABAJournal of Affordable Housing & Community Development Law. She was named an “Emerging Leader” by the National Congress for Community and Economic Development. Coming to us from the University of Wisconsin Law School, Professor Alexander was recently appointed to the Wisconsin State Advisory Committee for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

2. William Byrnes

William Byrnes is a leading tax and financial crimes published author and co-author of eight Lexis treatises, a 10-volume Kluwer set, three Tax Facts books, and an 8-volume National Underwriter Wealth Planning treatise.   His weekly financial law and planning article is syndicated by American Legal Media (ALM).  Professor Byrnes pioneered online legal education in the early nineties and created the first online LL.M. offered by an ABA accredited law school.  He served a senior position of international tax for Coopers and Lybrand, specializing in transfer pricing.  He is a J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) and U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs (ECA) appointed specialist for tax law and legal pedagogy. 

3. Irene Calboli

Irene Calboli specializes in intellectual property, European Union law, and international trade law. She has published numerous articles in journals such as the Illinois Law Review and Florida Law Review. She is the Co-Chair of the Professor Membership Team of the Academic Committee of the International Trademark Association and a member of the Executive Committee of the Art Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools. Professor Calboli formerly taught at Marquette University Law School.

4. Vanessa Casado Pérez

Vanessa Casado Pérez is a leading scholar on property and natural resources law. In several publications, she explores the role of property rights in water scarcity mitigation. She is affiliated with the Bill Lane Center for the American West, collaborating with the Water in the West program, a joint venture between the Center and the Woods Institute for the Environment. She has served as a research assistant at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain, and the University of Chicago and New York University law schools. Professor Casado Perez joins us from Stanford University Law School where she was a Teaching Fellow of the LL.M. Program in Environmental Law & Policy and Lecturer in Law and coordinator of the Stanford Law Fellows’ research workshop.

5. Susan Fortney

Susan Fortney is one of the country’s foremost legal ethics and attorney malpractice scholars. She has authored many books and law review articles on these and other topics. She also serves on the editorial board for two American Bar Association journals. During her impressive career, Professor Fortney has also received many awards for outstanding teaching. She comes to Texas A&M from Hofstra University Law School. She also formerly served as Interim Dean of Texas Tech University School of Law.

6. Nuno Garoupa

Nuno Garoupa is a top scholar in comparative law and law & economics. He has published dozens of articles in journals such as the Illinois Law Review and the American Law and Economics Review. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of York and also holds an LL.M. from the University of London. He has a long-established research interest in the economics of law and legal institutions. Professor Garoupa currently serves as President of the Fundação Francisco Manuel dos Santos in Portugal. He formerly taught at the University of Illinois College of Law.

7. Bill Henning

Bill Henning is a preeminent scholar in commercial law. Professor Henning has served as Executive Director of the Uniform Law Commission. He is a member of the Permanent Editorial Board for the Uniform Commercial Code, the American Law Institute, and the State Department’s Advisory Council on Private International Law. He currently serves as a member of the U.S. Delegation to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, Working Group VI.  Professor Henning formerly taught at the University of Alabama School of Law.

8. Luz Herrera

Luz Herrera will join us from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. She will serve as Associate Dean for Experiential Education. A leader in clinical programs, she also specializes in civil justice and wills and trusts. A former Senior Clinical Fellow at Harvard Law School, she has been recognized by the Daily Journal as among the 100 Top Attorneys in California and by the Mexican American Bar Association with the Cruz Reynoso Community Service Award.

9. Charlotte Ku

Dr. Charlotte Ku is an expert in international law and has published numerous books and articles in the field. She has also served as acting director at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge, as executive director and executive vice president of the American Society of International Law, and as a chair of the Board of Directors of the Academic Council on the United Nations System. Dr. Ku is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is a member of the Board of Advisors, Strategic Studies Quarterly. Dr. Ku joins us from the University of Illinois College of Law, where she was a professor of law and assistant dean of graduate and international legal studies.

10. Glynn Lunney

Glynn Lunney is an expert in intellectual property law and also has a Ph.D. in economics. He specializes in patent, copyright and trademark law, unfair competition, and contracts. He has published in prestigious journals such as the Virginia Law Review and the Michigan Law Review. Professor Lunney has a special connection to Texas A&M as he attended the University as an undergraduate and received a degree in engineering. Professor Lunney formerly taught at Tulane University Law School.

11. William Magnuson

William Magnuson is a practicing attorney who focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and private equity. He joins us from the law firm of Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody in Austin, Texas, and he previously worked in the mergers and acquisitions group at Sullivan and Cromwell. He has represented public and private companies in various industries involving both U.S. and cross-border transactions. He served as a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, and as a clerk to the Honorable Priscilla R. Owen of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. While he was a student at Harvard Law School, he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard International Law Journal and continues to present at the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation.

12. Jack Manhire

Dr. John T. (“Jack”) Manhire, Jr., former Chief of Legal Analysis for the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility and National Program Chair, Executive Education for the U.S. Treasury Executive Institute, is the Director of Program Development at Texas A&M University School of Law.  His prior positions include Director of Technical Analysis & Guidance (Policy and Procedure) for the IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service, Attorney-Advisor (Tax) to the IRS National Taxpayer Advocate and Division Chief, Tax Law for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary National Office.  Jack’s scholarly interests primarily involve issues relating to tax compliance. His articles and essays appear in journals such as the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Virginia Tax Review, the Iowa Law Review, and the Florida Tax Review, Journal on Policy and Complex Systems. Jack was a University Fellow (Ph.D. candidate) at Yale University where he was Editor of the Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities.

13. Fatma Marouf

Fatma Marouf, a top scholar in immigration law, refugee law and international human rights law, will create and direct our new Immigration Clinic. Her scholarship has examined issues such as the rights of mentally incompetent noncitizens, the use of restraints in removal proceedings, and the exclusion of DREAMers from the Affordable Care Act. She was also named a Bellow Scholar for her empirical research on the adjudication of immigration appeals in the federal courts. She has extensive experience representing immigrants at all levels of adjudication and has served as a consultant to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Professor Marouf joins us from University of Nevada, Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law, where she was co-director of the Immigration Clinic.

14. Thomas W. Mitchell

Thomas W. Mitchell is widely recognized as an expert in property law, land use, remedies and rural community development. He founded and directed the Program in Real Estate, Land Use, and Community Development, a multi-disciplinary program at the University of Wisconsin Law School where he was the Frederick W. and Vi Miller Chair in Law. He served as the primary drafter of the Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act, which was promulgated by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (commonly known as the Uniform Law Commission), endorsed by the ABA and enacted into law thus far in eight states. The Act was also selected by the Council on State Governments for its 2013 Selected State Legislation publication which characterized it as comprehensive, innovative and a model statute.

15. Angela Morrison

Angela Morrison is an expert in employment and immigration law. She was previously the Legal Director of the Nevada Immigrant Resource Project, where she conducted outreach on immigration-related issues to community partners, governmental organizations, and immigrant communities. She also worked for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as a trial attorney. Professor Morrison formerly taught at UNLV School of Law.

16. Srividhya Ragavan

Srividhya Ragavan is an intellectual property expert, who has published numerous books and articles in the field. Her scholarship focuses on the relationship between international trade law and intellectual property. Professor Ragavan’s work is internationally recognized, particularly in India. Professor Ragavan has been associated with the various departments of the Indian government such as the Ministry of Human Resource Development. Professor Ragavan formerly taught at the University of Oklahoma College of Law.

17. Elizabeth Trujillo

Elizabeth Trujillo is a leading scholar in international economic law, specializing in the North American Free Trade Agreement, contracts, international trade, investment, and development. Her publications, which have appeared in law reviews, books, and peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of International Economic Law, examine the relationship between international trade and investment with domestic regulatory structures. She is currently writing a book on international trade and sustainable development with Cambridge University Press. At the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, she founded a J.D., LLB, L.E.D. tri-lateral degree program with universities in Mexico and Canada. Trujillo was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School and at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Germany and is an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Fellow. She comes to us from Suffolk University Law School in Boston where she previously served as the director of the international law concentration and was named “Latina Trailblazer in the Law” by the Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys.

18. Saurabh Vishnubhakat

Saurabh Vishnubhakat is an expert in intellectual property and patent law. He has published articles in journals such as the Florida Law Review and the Yale Journal of Law and Technology. He previously served in the United States Patent and Trademark Office, advising the agency’s chief economist and other leadership on patent policy. Profesor Vishnubhakat was also a faculty fellow at Duke Law School, where he taught patent law and researched bioinformatics innovation as well as economic and tort-theory aspects of patent litigation.

19. Michael K. Young

Michael K. Young, President of Texas A&M University, previously served as President and tenured Professor of Law at the University of Washington and President and Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Utah. He served as Dean and Lobingier Professor of Comparative Law and Jurisprudence at the George Washington University Law School, and he was a professor at Columbia University for more than 20 years. He also has been a visiting professor and scholar at three universities in Japan. A graduate of Harvard Law School, President Young served as a law clerk to the late Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist of the U.S. Supreme Court, and he has held a number of government positions, including Deputy Under Secretary for Economic and Agricultural Affairs and Ambassador for Trade and Environmental Affairs in the Department of State during the administration of President George H.W. Bush.

20. Peter Yu

Peter Yu is a prolific scholar and an award-winning teacher. He is the author or editor of six books and more than 100 law review articles and book chapters. He has lectured and presented in more than 25 countries on six continents. He serves as the general editor ofThe WIPO Journal published by the World Intellectual Property Organization and chairs the Committee on International Intellectual Property of the American Branch of the International Law Association. Professor Yu formerly taught at Drake University Law School.

August 15, 2016 in Academia | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Texas A&M Seeking National and International Scholars to Join Law Faculty

TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW seeks to expand its academic program and its strong commitment to scholarship by hiring multiple exceptional faculty candidates for TAMU-Law-lockup-stack-SQUARE (1)contract, tenure-track, or tenured positions, with rank dependent on qualifications and experience. 

Preference will be given to those with demonstrated outstanding scholarly achievement and strong classroom teaching skills.  Successful candidates will be expected to teach and engage in research and service.  While the law school welcomes applications in all subject areas, it particularly invites applications from:

  • Candidates who are interested in expanding and building on our innovative Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinic (with concentrations in both trademarks and patents), or in one of our other acclaimed clinical areas, including Family Law and Benefits Clinic, Employment Mediation Clinic, Wills & Estates Clinic, Innocence Clinic, and Immigration Law Clinic; and
  • Candidates with an oil and gas law and/or energy law background, either domestic U.S. or international, who are interested in interdisciplinary research, teaching, and programmatic activities.

While the law school is primarily interested in entry-level candidates for the above positions, more experienced candidates may be considered to the extent that their qualifications respond to the law school’s needs and interests.

In addition, the law school welcomes lateral and highly experienced professionals for the following positions:

  • Candidates with experience in IP licensing and technology transfers, with relevant academic and/or professional science background, and who are interested in working and building synergies with the Texas A&M University’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
  • Candidates in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution with a national or international reputation and stellar credentials in scholarship, teaching, and service, and with an interest in building our nationally ranked dispute resolution program;
  • Candidates in any field with a national or international reputation and stellar credentials in scholarship, teaching, and service;

Texas A&M University is a tier one research institution and American Association of Universities member.  The university consists of 16 colleges and schools that collectively rank among the top 20 higher education institutions nationwide in terms of research and development expenditures.  

Over the past two years, Texas A&M University  has embarked on a program of investment for its School of Law that increased its entering class credentials and financial aid budgets, while shrinking the class size; attracted 19 new faculty members, including 12 prominent lateral hires; and substantially increased its career services, admissions, and student services staff.   The School of Law has also hired a senior U.S. Treasury expert.  The Texas A&M Law faculty is highly published,  already ranking #41 for article downloads among the top published 350 US and foreign  law faculties (SSRN 2016).

Texas A&M School of Law is located in the heart of downtown Fort Worth, one of the largest and fastest growing cities in the country.  The Fort Worth/Dallas area, with a total population in excess of six million people, offers a low cost of living, a strong economy, and access to world-class museums, restaurants, entertainment, and outdoor activities.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Texas A&M welcomes applications from a broad spectrum of qualified individuals who will enhance the rich diversity of the university’s academic community. Applicants should email a résumé and cover letter indicating research and teaching interests to Professor Gabriel Eckstein, Chair of the Faculty Appointments Committee, at  Alternatively, résumés can be mailed to Professor Eckstein at Texas A&M University School of Law, 1515 Commerce Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76102-6509.

July 28, 2016 in Academia | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

IRS Awards Texas A&M University Law Grant for Low Income Taxpayer Clinic for DFW Metroplex

The Internal Revenue Service yesterday announced $385,678 in matching grants to nine additional recipients for development of qualified Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs) in underserved areas around the country for the last six months of the 2016 grant year. Irs_logo

The LITC program is a federal grant program administered by the Office of the Taxpayer Advocate at the IRS, led by National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson. Although LITCs receive partial funding from the IRS, LITCs, their employees and their volunteers operate independently from the IRS.

The LITC program awards matching grants of up to $100,000 per year to qualifying organizations to develop, expand, or continue low income taxpayer clinics. The LITC program funds organizations to represent low income taxpayers in controversies with the IRS and to educate individuals who speak English as a second language about their rights and responsibilities as taxpayers. An LITC must provide services for free or for no more than a nominal fee.

The following is a list of additional organizations awarded a part-year grant:


Name of Organization



Award Amount

Inland Counties Legal Services, Inc.




JCVision and Associates, Inc.




New Mexico Legal Aid




Hofstra University




Touro Law Center

Central Islip



Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Inc.




South Texas College of Law




Texas A&M University

Fort Worth



University of Utah

Salt Lake City



In February 2016, the IRS awarded $10.72 million in matching grants to 129 other organizations for operation throughout the year. For complete details of the previous release, see the news release IR-2016-32.

For more information about LITCs or to find a clinic near you, visit our Low Income Taxpayer Clinics page.

July 19, 2016 in Academia, Tax Compliance | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Prof. Sahar Aziz on CNN "A new norm for my daughter"

On the eve of the announcement of Hillary Clinton's historical nomination as a presidential candidate of one of the two major parties (sorry my Libertarian and Green Party friends), CNN Aziz-sahar-head-shot-story-body interviewed some of the most influential women voices in America to gain perspective, including Donna Brazile, Gloria Steinem, and Sahar Aziz, an associate professor at Texas A&M School of Law where she teaches national security and Middle East law.   

Sahar opens her interview "What makes Hillary Clinton's presumptive nomination of historical significance is not simply that she is a woman, but that she is an overtly confident and ambitious woman."  Read the CNN interviews of America's most influential commentators on gender issues here

June 11, 2016 in Academia | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, April 8, 2016

Get Published! Q&A with a Texas A&M Law Professor

Falcon Scientific Editing & Publishing Q&A transcript

Law Books Small1) Where do you and your colleagues publish your work?

4) What English language journals are most important in your field?

5) How do you write letters to editors to make your work stand out?

7) If you have reviewed manuscripts or books from international authors in your field, what do you think are their major challenges?

Falcon Scientific Editing & Publishing Q&A transcript

My field is taxation, which is like saying my field is “law” or “business”.  Taxation is a very broad field, with many intra-silo specialties.  The specialty areas may be, nonexclusively, based on industry (e.g., oil & gas, pharmaceutical), on country/region (e.g., U.S., EU, South East Asia), on type of taxation (e.g., municipal, international, VAT, federal, estate), and topic areas (e.g., transfer pricing, M&A, corporate).  My field specialty, at least what my graduate education and fellowship dissertation reflect, is “transfer pricing”.  During my practice, I expanded into an international tax comparatist.  As an international tax expert, with agility I research and analyze the tax laws of countries then categorize the laws with added value annotation for meaningful reference for tax advisors. 

April 8, 2016 in Academia | Permalink | Comments (0)