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Jay L. Westbrook

  • Benno C. Schmidt Chair of Business Law

Publications

Books

  • The Law of Debtors and Creditors (7th edition, Aspen, 2014).
  • A Global View of Business Insolvency Systems (Washington, D.C.: Martinus Nijhoff, 2010) (editor & senior author, with Charles D. Booth, Christoph G. Paulus & Harry Rajak).
  • The Law of Debtors and Creditors: Text, Cases and Problems (New York: Aspen, 6th ed. 2009; 5th ed. 2005; 4th ed. 2001; Boston: Little, Brown, 3rd ed. 1996; 2nd ed. 1991; 1st ed. 1986; Supplement 1990; Teacher's Manual, 6th ed. 2009) (with Elizabeth Warren).
  • Transnational Insolvency: Cooperation Among the NAFTA Countries: Principles of Cooperation Among the NAFTA Countries (Philadelphia: American Law Institute, 2003) (U.S. Reporter).
  • Transnational Insolvency: Cooperation Among the NAFTA Countries: International Statement of United States Bankruptcy Law (Philadelphia: American Law Institute, 2003) (U.S. Reporter).
  • The Fragile Middle Class: Americans in Debt (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2000) (with Teresa A. Sullivan & Elizabeth Warren).
  • As We Forgive Our Debtors (New York: Oxford University Press, 1989) (with Teresa Sullivan & Elizabeth Warren).
  • Consumer Choices in Bankruptcy: Statutory Intentions and Statutory Consequences (National Science Foundation funded proposal SES-8310173, 1983) (with Teresa Sullivan & Elizabeth Warren).

Articles

  • Lessons on Love from the Uniform Commercial Code, 17 Green Bag 2d 443 (2014) (with Lee H. Rosenthal).
  • International Arbitration and Multinational Insolvency [Symposium: International Academy of Commercial and Consumer Law], 29 Penn State International Law Review 635 (2011).
  • Breaking Away: Local Priorities and Global Assets, 46 Texas International Law Journal 601 (2011).
  • Introduction, 46 Texas International Law Journal 437 (2011).
  • A Comment on Universal Proceduralism, 48 Columbia Journal of Transnational Law 503 (2010). View Article
  • What Bankruptcy Could Do for GM, CNN, June 1, 2009. <http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/06/01/westbrook.gm/index.html>
  • Priority Conflicts as a Barrier to Cooperation in Multinational Insolvencies [The Fourteenth Biennial Meeting of the International Academy of Commercial and Consumer Law], 27 Penn State International Law Review 869 (2009).
  • The Success of Chapter 11: A Challenge to the Critics, 107 Michigan Law Review 603 (2009) (with Elizabeth Warren).
  • Legal Integration of NAFTA through Supranational Adjudication, 43 Texas International Law Journal 349 (2008).
  • Avoidance of Pre-Bankruptcy Transactions in Multinational Bankruptcy Cases [Changing Law for Changing Times: The Thirteenth Biennial Meeting of the International Academy of Commercial and Consumer Law], 42 Texas International Law Journal 899 (2007).
  • Abolition of the Corporate Duty to Creditors, 107 Columbia Law Review 1321 (2007) (with Henry T. C. Hu).
  • Less Stigma or More Financial Distress: An Empirical Analysis of the Extraordinary Increase in Bankruptcy Filings, 59 Stanford Law Review 213 (2006) (with Teresa A. Sullivan & Elizabeth Warren).
  • Examining the Examiner, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, May 2005, at 34 (with Elizabeth Warren).
  • But It's My Corporation, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, February 2005, at 48 (with Elizabeth Warren).
  • Universalism and Choice of Law, 23 Penn State International Law Review 625 (2005).
  • Contracting Out of Bankruptcy: An Empirical Intervention, 118 Harvard Law Review 1197 (2005) (with Elizabeth Warren).
  • Chapter 15 at Last, 79 American Bankruptcy Law Journal 713 (2005).
  • Chapter 15 and Discharge, 13 American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review 503 (2005).
  • Selling the Trustee's Powers, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, September 2004, at 32 (with Elizabeth Warren).
  • Remembering Chapter 7, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, May 2004, at 22.
  • Pinning the Tail on the Lenders, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, April 2004, at 38 (with Elizabeth Warren).
  • A Little Peripheral Vision, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, February 2004, at 26 (with Elizabeth Warren).
  • Bankruptcy Control of the Recovery Process, 12 American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review 245 (2004).
  • The Control of Wealth in Bankruptcy, 82 Texas Law Review 795 (2004).
  • Settling into Bankruptcy, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, May 2003, at 85 (with Elizabeth Warren).
  • Class Actions for Post-petition Wrongs: National Relief Against National Creditors, ABI Journal, Mar. 2003, at 14 (with Elizabeth Warren).
  • Empirical Research in Consumer Bankruptcy [Symposium: The Impact of Civil Justice on the American Economy & Polity], 80 Texas Law Review 2123 (2002). [Reprinted in 12 Journal of Bankruptcy Law & Practice 3 (2003).]
  • International Judicial Negotiation, 38 Texas International Law Journal 567 (2003).
  • Setting Global Standards for Cross-Border Insolvency, International Financial Law Review, Sept. 2002, at 9.
  • Multinational Enterprises in General Default: Chapter 15, the ALI Principles, and the EU Insolvency Regulation, 76 American Bankruptcy Law Journal 1 (2002).
  • International Bankruptcy Approaches Chapter 15, New York Law Journal, Aug. 23, 2001, at 1.
  • Another Day Older and Deeper in Debt, TomPaine.common sense, Feb. 27, 2001.
  • Une prospérité précaire: Sur les situations financières critiques dans la classe moyenne, 138 Actes de la recherche en sciences sociales 19 (2001) (with Teresa A. Sullivan & Elizabeth Warren).
  • Japan's New Cross-Border Insolvency Law, 1112 Kinyu Shoji 86 (2001). [In Japanese.]
  • The Transnational Insolvency Project of the American Law Institute, 17 Connecticut Journal of International Law 99 (2001).
  • Explaining Why the Middle Class Is Prone to Bankruptcy, Chronicle of Higher Education, Sept. 22, 2000, at A20 (interview by D.W. Miller).
  • A Global Solution to Multinational Default, 98 Michigan Law Review 2276 (2000).
  • Comparative Empiricism, 37 Osgoode Hall Law Journal 143 (1999).
  • Financial Characteristics of Businesses in Bankruptcy, 73 American Bankruptcy Law Journal 499 (1999) (with Elizabeth Warren). <http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?cfid=193929&cftoken=73065547&per_id=194993>
  • The Globalization of Insolvency Reform, 1999 New Zealand Law Review 401.
  • Modeling International Bankruptcy, 1998-1999 Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law 465.
  • From Golden Years to Bankrupt Years, Norton Bankruptcy Law Adviser, July 1998, at 1 (with Teresa A. Sullivan & Elizabeth Warren).
  • Universal Priorities [Symposium: Symposium on International Bankruptcy Law: Comparative and Transnational Approaches], 33 Texas International Law Journal 27 (1998).
  • Pierre Loiseaux: A Master Teacher, 32 U.C. Davis Law Review 15 (1998).
  • Local Legal Culture and the Fear of Abuse, 6 American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review 25 (1998).
  • Consumer Bankruptcy in the United States: A Study of Alleged Abuse and of Local Legal Culture, 20 Journal of Consumer Policy 223 (1997) (with Teresa A. Sullivan & Elizabeth Warren).
  • The Commission's Recommendations Concerning the Treatment of Bankruptcy Contracts, 5 American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review 463 (1997).
  • United Nations Commission on International Trade Law: Model Law on Cross-Border Insolvency: Introductory Note, 36 International Legal Materials 1386 (1997) (with Harold Burman).
  • The American Law Institute NAFTA Insolvency Project, 23 Brooklyn Journal Of International Law 7 (1997) (with Jacob S. Ziegel).
  • International Developments in Commercial Law and in Civil Procedure and Arbitration, 46 Journal of Legal Education 579 (1996).
  • International Developments in Commercial Law and in Civil Procedure and Arbitration, 46 Journal of Legal Education 579 (1996).
  • The Lessons of Maxwell Communications, 64 Fordham Law Review 2531 (1996).
  • Creating International Insolvency Law, 70 American Bankruptcy Law Journal 563 (1996).
  • Developments in Transnational Bankruptcy, 39 Saint Louis University Law Journal 745 (1995).
  • A More Optimistic View of Cross-Border Insolvency, 72 Washington University Law Quarterly 947 (1994).
  • Searching for Reorganization Realities, 72 Washington University Law Quarterly 1257 (1994) (with Elizabeth Warren).
  • The Persistence of Local Legal Culture: Twenty Years of Evidence from the Federal Bankruptcy Courts, 17 Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy 801 (1994) (with Teresa Sullivan & Elizabeth Warren).
  • Consumer Debtors Ten Years Later: A Financial Comparison of Consumer Bankrupts 1981-1991, 68 American Bankruptcy Law Journal 121 (1994) (with Teresa Sullivan & Elizabeth Warren).
  • Comparative Insolvency Law, 28 Texas International Law Journal 675 (1993) (reviewing A Practitioner's Guide to European Corporate Insolvency Law, by Harry Rajak).
  • Four Models for International Bankruptcy, 41 American Journal of Comparative Law 573 (1993) (with Donald T. Trautman and Emmanuel Gaillard).
  • Fees and Inherent Conflicts of Interest, 1 American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review 287 (1993).
  • Clear Thinking About Insider Preferences: A Reply, 77 Minnesota Law Review 1393 (1993).
  • Think Again Before Scuttling Chapter 11, New York Times, Apr. 12, 1992, § 3 (Forum), at 6.
  • What We Really Said About Chapter Thirteen, National Association of Chapter Thirteen Trustees Quarterly, Apr. 1992, at 18 (with Teresa Sullivan & Elizabeth Warren).
  • A Comparative Empirical Research Agenda in Consumer Bankruptcy, 21 Canadian Business Law Journal 30 (1992).
  • Choice of Avoidance Law in Global Insolvencies, 17 Brooklyn Journal of International Law 499 (1991).
  • Two Thoughts About Insider Preferences, 76 Minnesota Law Review 73 (1991).
  • Theory and Pragmatism in Global Insolvencies: Choice of Law and Choice of Forum, 65 American Bankruptcy Journal 457 (1991).
  • A Comparison of Bankruptcy Reorganization in the US With the Administrative Procedure in the UK, 1990 Insolvency Law & Practice 86.
  • Extraterritoriality, Conflicts of Laws, and Transnational Regulation of Business, 25 Texas International Law Journal 71 (1990). [Essay reviewing International Business and National Jurisdictions, by A. D. Neale & Mel L. Stephens.]
  • In Memoriam: Michael P. Rosenthal, 68 Texas Law Review i (1989).
  • A Functional Analysis of Executory Contracts, 74 Minnesota Law Review 227 (1989).
  • U.S. Fights Bankruptcy "Grab" Alone, Wall Street Journal, Jan. 29, 1988, at 10.
  • Law, Models, and Real People: Choice of Chapter in Personal Bankruptcy, 13 Law & Social Inquiry 661 (1988) (with Teresa Sullivan & Elizabeth Warren).
  • The World of Bankruptcy, 11 Discovery 4 (1988).
  • Chapter 11 Offers Safety Net for Texaco, Legal Times, Apr. 20, 1987, at 12.
  • The Use of Empirical Data in Formulating Bankruptcy Policy, 50 Law & Contemporary Problems 195 (1987) (with Teresa Sullivan & Elizabeth Warren).
  • Folklore and Facts: a Preliminary Report From the Consumer Bankruptcy Project, 60 American Bankruptcy Law Journal 292 (1986) (with Teresa Sullivan & Elizabeth Warren).
  • Theories of Parent Company Liability and the Prospects for an International Settlement [Symposium: The Bhopal Tragedy: Social and Legal Issues], 20 Texas International Law Journal 321 (1985).
  • Glitch: UCC 9-402(7) and the UCC Revision Process, 52 Georgetown Law Journal 408 (1984). [Excerpt reprinted in Commercial Law Teaching Materials 123 (Speidel, Summers & White eds.; 4th ed. 1987).]
  • Rejoinder: Limiting Access to Bankruptcy Discharge, 1984 Wisconsin Law Review 1087 (with Teresa Sullivan & Elizabeth Warren).
  • Flower's Approval Crucial for Braniff, Dallas Morning News, Feb. 13, 1983.
  • The Coming Encounter: International Arbitration and Bankruptcy, 67 Minnesota Law Review 595 (1983).
  • Limiting Access to the Bankruptcy Discharge: An Analysis of the Creditors' Data, 1983 Wisconsin Law Review 1091 (with Teresa Sullivan & Elizabeth Warren).

Reviews

  • Multinational Financial Distress: The Last Hurrah of Territorialism, 41 Texas International Law Journal 321 (2006) (reviewing Courting Failure: How Competition for Big Cases Is Corrupting the Bankruptcy Courts, by Lynn M. LoPucki).
  • Creditors' Rights in Bankruptcy, by Patrick A. Murphy, 43 Texas Bar Journal 715 (1980).

Contributions

  • Jacob Ziegel and Going Broke Internationale, in Annual Review of Insolvency Law (Janis P. Sarra, editor; Toronto: Carswell, 2010 ed. 2011).
  • The Elements of Coordination in International Corporate Insolvencies: What Cross-Border Bank Insolvency Can Learn from Corporate Insolvency, in Cross-Border Bank Insolvency 185 (Rosa M. Lastra, editor; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011).
  • The Present and Future of Multinational Insolvency, in The Intersection of Insolvency and Company Laws (Nottingham: INSOL Europe, 2009).
  • Multinational Insolvency: A First Analysis of Unilateral Jurisdiction, in Norton Annual Review of International Insolvency (St. Paul: Thomson/West, 2009).
  • Exemption of Financial Assets from Bankruptcy, Testimony before the Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law, Committee on the Judiciary, 110th Cong, 2nd Sess., (2008).
  • The Duty to Seek Cooperation in Multinational Insolvency Cases, in The Challenges of Insolvency Law Reform in the 21st Century (Peter Henry, Jeandin Nicolas & Kilborn Jason eds., Zurich: Schulthess Buch, 2006). [Reprinted in Annual Review of Insolvency Law 187 (Janis P. Sarra ed., Toronto: Carswell, 2005.]
  • The Multinational Provisions of the New Spanish Law, in Estudios sobre la Ley Consursal: Libro Homenaje a Manuel Olivencia (Madrid: Marcial Pons, 2005).
  • Who Uses Chapter 13?, in Consumer Bankruptcy in Global Perspective 269 (J. Niemi-Kiesiläinen et al. eds.; Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2003) (with Teresa Sullivan & Elizabeth Warren).
  • Managing Defaulting Multinationals within NAFTA, Ch. 30 in Foundations and Perspectives of International Trade Law (I. Fletcher, L. Mistelis & M. Cremona eds.; London: Sweet & Maxwell, 2001).
  • Systemic Corporate Distress: A Legal Perspective, in Resolution of Financial Distress: An International Perspective on the Design of Bankruptcy Laws 47 (S. Claessens, S. Djankov, & A. Mody eds.; Washington, D.C.: World Bank Institute, 2001).
  • Universal Participation in Transnational Insolvencies, in Making Commercial Law: Essays in Honor of Roy Goode 419 (New York: Clarendon Press, 1997).
  • Recent Developments in Bankruptcy, in 2nd through 15th Annual Bankruptcy Conference (Austin: The University of Texas at Austin School of Law, 1984-97).
  • Transnational Bankruptcy, in The Development of Bankruptcy & Reorganization Law in the Courts of the Second Circuit of the United States 239 (New York: Matthew Bender, 1995).
  • A Comparison of Bankruptcy Reorganisation in the US With the Administration Procedure in the UK, Chapter 2 in Current Issues in Cross-Border Insolvency and Reorganisations (E. Bruce Leonard & Christopher Besant eds.; Boston: Graham & Trotman, 1994).
  • Conflict of Laws Issues in International Insolvencies, in Current Developments in International and Comparative Corporate Insolvency Law 655 (Jacob S. Ziegel ed.; Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1994) (with Donald T. Trautman).
  • Contract Issues in International Insolvencies, in Insolvency and Finance in the Transportation Industry (London 1993).
  • Chapter 11 Reorganization in the United States, Chapter 21 in Insolvency Law: Theory and Practice 347-367 (Harry Rajak ed.; London: Sweet & Maxwell, 1993).
  • Chapter 11 Reorganization, in Proceedings of the Symposium on Insolvency (Istanbul: Marmura University, 1993).
  • Cross-Border Bankruptcy: United States Report, in The International Symposium on Civil Justice in the Era of Globalization, Tokyo, August 1992: Collected Reports 281 (1993).
  • Global Insolvencies in a World of Nation States, chapter in Current Issues in Insolvency Law (London, 1991).
  • An Overview of Valuation in Bankruptcy, in Annual Conference on Valuation of Assets (Austin: University of Texas School of Law, Continuing Legal Education Program, 1990, 1989, and 1988).
  • Bankruptcy, in Mortgage Lending Institute (Austin: University of Texas School of Law, 1989; 1987; 1986; 1985).
  • Are Consumer Bankrupts Economic Maximizers?, (Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting, June 1988).
  • Transnational Bankruptcy, in The University of London Joint Energy Conference (London, 1987).
  • Basic Bankruptcy, in Tulane Bankruptcy Conference (New Orleans: Tulane University, 1986).
  • Recent Developments in Bankruptcy, in Advanced Consumer Bankruptcy Course (Austin: State Bar of Texas, Professional Development Program, 1986).
  • Bankruptcy Judges and Bankruptcy Lawyers, in Proceedings of the 79th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, San Antonio, Texas, Aug. 27, 1984 (Washington, DC: The American Sociological Association).
  • American Consumer Bankruptcy Law, in Proceedings of the 78th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Detroit, Michigan, September 4, 1983 (Washington, DC: The American Sociological Association).

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