John N. Drobak

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John N. Drobak is Professor of Law at the Washington University School of Law. He also holds Business, as well as Professor of Business at the United appointments at Washington University as a Professor of Economics and a Professor of States Business School in Prague. He received his J.D. from Stanford University and writes about issues in economic regulation.

Professor  Drobak is an expert in antitrust, economic regulation, and law and economics. A pioneer in interdisciplinary education and scholarship, he is a past director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies (now the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Work and Social Capital); co-taught for many years a course with Nobel laureate in economics Douglass North; and has been involved in a number of joint programs at Washington University, including in business, economics, and political economy. A co-founder of the International Society for New Institutional Economics, Professor Drobak has written extensively on such diverse topics as the constitutional limits on utility rate-making, rent control and other types of price regulation, the Supreme Court’s role in the creation of a national commercial law in the 19th century, cognitive science perspective on legal incentives and judicial decision-making, and the new institutional economics. He has participated in and organized numerous symposia, workshops, and panels here and overseas, including Iceland, Hungary, the Netherlands, and Spain, on such topics as corporate governance, new institutional economics, and cognition and legal incentives. In addition to his scholarship, Professor Drobak is the recipient of the law school’s Teacher of the Year Award, four times, and Washington University’s Distinguished Faculty Award. He has served as a pro bono consultant for the Czech government concerning its voucher privatization of large government enterprises and for the Republic of Georgia regarding the drafting of a new constitution. He also was a 15-year member of the MBA faculty for the United States Business School in Prague. Before joining the faculty, he clerked for the Hon. Winslow Christian, California Court of Appeal, then practiced with Tyler, Cooper, Grant, Bowerman & Keefe in New Haven, Connecticut, for five years.

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