Securities Law Prof Blog

Editor: Eric C. Chaffee
Univ. of Toledo College of Law

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Study Abroad Opportunity in Lille, France (May 27 – June 7, 2019): Global Issues in Securities Law

Professor John Anderson from Mississippi College School of Law sent me the following study abroad announcement:


Study Abroad Opportunity in Lille, France (May 27 – June 7): Global Issues in Securities Law (2 credits)

This course offers an introduction to comparative securities law. It begins with a general overview of securities law in the United States and then offers some studies in global comparison. The course will pay special attention to the topic of insider trading. Recent decades have witness a proliferation of diverse insider trading enforcement regimes around the globe. This course will offer an introduction to a number of these different regimes (in the U.S., Western Europe, Japan, China, Russia, India, Australia, etc.) and consider some problems that have arisen and some lessons that can be learned from the global experience of this regulation. Students taking this course will learn:

* The historical development of Securities law in the United States and around the globe;

* The basic elements of securities regulation generally (in the U.S. and globally), and, more specifically, the basic elements of insider trading regulation (in the U.S. and globally);

* Important critiques and defenses of insider trading enforcement; and

* Global lessons in insider trading enforcement and possible paths to reform.

Students will be evaluated based on participation and a series of three or four short papers drafted and presented in teams.

Location and Excursions:

* Classes will be held in Lille, France

* Planned excursions to Bruges, Brussels, and Paris included

* Students are responsible for booking their own flights to Lille and lodging in Lille

* Cost: $3,458 (includes tuition, excursions, some meals, and course administration) + books.

Required Books:

* Marc Steinberg, Franklin Gevurtz, and Eric Chaffee, Global Issues in Securities Law (2013)

* John P. Anderson, Insider Trading: Law, Ethics, and Reform (2018)


Putting aside that I am an author of one of the required texts, this course looks like a wonderful opportunity for students to study securities law.  Please contact Professor Anderson ( for more details.


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New Securities Law Articles in Print

The following law review article relating to securities regulation is now available in paper format:

Stuart R. Cohn & Miao Yinzhi, The Dragon and the Eagle: Reforming China's Securities IPO Laws in the U.S. Model, Pros and Cons, 17 Wash. U. Global Stud. L. Rev. 327 (2018).

Hugo S.W. Farmer, How Do You Qualify as a Whistleblower Under the Dodd-Frank Act? Blowing the Whistle on a Circuit Split, 36 J.L. & Com. 101 (2018).

Yuliya Guseva, The SEC and Foreign Private Issuers: A Path to Optimal Public Enforcement, 59 B.C. L. Rev. 2055 (2018).

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

2018 Leet Symposium: Fiduciary Duty, Corporate Goals, and Shareholder Activism

Emily Cunningham,  Executive Symposium Editor for the Case Western Reserve University Law Review, forwarded me the following symposium announcement:

We are hosting a Symposium on November 2, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the 2018 Leet Symposium: Fiduciary Duty, Corporate Goals, and Shareholder Activism. The Symposium will discuss corporate officers’ fiduciary duties by exploring the tension between traditional shareholder wealth maximization and shareholder environmental and social activism. The Symposium will present issues related to corporate governance, hedge fund activism, and the ethical role of general counsels seeking to zealously advocate for their corporations while giving impartial legal advice. We are presenting three panels: The Changing Face of the Corporate Board, Ethical Challenges in the Role of In-House Counsel, and Society and Shareholders: How Companies Weigh Financial and Social Pressures.

Our keynote speaker is Securities and Exchange Commissioner Hester Peirce, who earned her B.A. in Economics from Case Western Reserve University and her J.D. from Yale Law School. Commissioner Peirce will discuss “Undermining Investor Protection through Environmental, Social and Governance Activism.”

We will stream our program online through a link found on the following website: In-person registration is available on the website as well.

Based on the line-up of speakers, this looks to be an outstanding event and well worth attending in person or virtually.

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