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Reza Dibadj

Title: Visiting Professor of Law
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Reza Dibadj is a Visiting Professor at Berkeley Law for the 2008-09 academic year. Currently a Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco, he began his academic career as an Assistant Professor at the University of Miami.

His recent research has been primarily in the corporate and securities area, though he also writes about antitrust, regulation and administrative law, and social welfare theory. His writing focuses on two themes. The first involves the application of new tools, such as network theory, to legal analysis. The second is an exploration of different institutional choices the law has made. For instance, corporate and securities law often try to achieve similar goals, but through very different means; similarly for antitrust and regulation. For their part, corporate and administrative law each present distinct approaches to problems of governance and delegation. Which methods are preferable, and under what circumstances? These two themes converge in an attempt to propose new, welfare-enhancing, institutional arrangements for the relationship between governments and businesses. Publications vary in method and scope: some cover broad themes, while others are narrowly focused; some are theoretical, others empirical. Much of the work is interdisciplinary, drawing primarily from law and economics.

Dibadj writes in three media: books, academic articles, and op-ed pieces. His recent book, Rescuing Regulation (SUNY Press) was released in hardcover in October 2006 and paperback in June 2007. His articles have appeared in over twenty academic journals, including the Antitrust Bulletin, Cardozo Law Review, University of Colorado Law Review, Ohio State Law Journal, San Diego Law Review, Stanford Journal of International Law, and Washington University Law Review. His op-ed pieces have been published in several newspapers, including the Washington Post, Financial Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and National Law Journal.

He teaches Corporations (Business Associations), Securities Regulation, and International Business Transactions. In 2008 he received the "Distinguished Professor Award" at the University of San Francisco School of Law, and has also been nominated to the "Best Law Teachers," a national project to identify the most effective law teachers in America.


S.B., Harvard College (1991)
J.D., Harvard Law School (1997)
M.B.A, Harvard University (1997)

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