Assistant Professor of Law
Areas of Expertise
Securities Regulation, Corporate Law, Corporate Governance
Urska Velikonja is an Assistant Professor of Law at Emory University School of Law. She teaches business law courses, including securities regulation and mergers and acquisitions. She writes about securities regulation and corporate governance. Her most recent article “The Cost of Securities Fraud”, published in the William and Mary Law Review, questions the widely-held belief that securities fraud harms primarily shareholders. Relying on empirical evidence, the article shows that the economic harm of securities fraud is borne by shareholders and stakeholders alike, in particular the fraudulent firms’ employees and the firms’ competitors. This research offers a new paradigm for securities regulation and enforcement, one not narrowly focused on investor harms, but rather on broader economic harms. Professor Velikonja’s related work has appeared or is about to appear in the UC Davis Law Review and the North Carolina Law Review.
Prior to joining Emory, she was Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and a fellow at the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law. She also clerked for Judge Stephen F. Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and worked as a banking and finance associate with an Austrian law firm in her native Slovenia. She graduated first in her law school class at the University of Ljubljana School of Law (undergraduate degree) and received her J.D. degree magna cum laude from Harvard Law School.
LLB, University of Ljubljana, School of Law, 2002; LLM, Harvard Law School, 2003; JD, Harvard Law School, 2009.
"The Political Economy of Board Independence," 92 North Carolina Law Review (forthcoming 2014). SSRN >>
"The Cost of Securities Fraud," 54 William & Mary Law Review 1887 (2013). Junior Faculty Scholarship Prize, George Washington University C-LEAF Junior Faculty Business and Financial Law Workshop (competitively selected from a pool of over 80 submissions). SSRN >>
"Leverage, Sanctions, and Deterrence of Accounting Fraud," 44 UC Davis Law Review 1281 (2011). Competitively selected and featured as part of The Conglomerate’s Fifth Annual Junior Scholars Workshop (Sept. 1, 2010). SSRN >>
Pre-academic Career Publications
"Negotiating Executive Compensation in Lieu of Regulation," 25 Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution 621 (2010).
"Making Peace and Making Money: Economic Analysis of the Market for Mediators in Private Practice," 72 Albany Law Review 257 (2009) (republished on mediate.com, May 2009). SSRN >>
"The Costs of Multiple Gestation Pregnancies in Assisted Reproduction," 32 Harvard Journal of Law & Gender 463 (2009). SSRN >>
"Corporate Governance of State-owned Enterprises," in corporate Governance in Slovenia 113 (Katarina Zajc ed., 2004).
"Making Peace and Making Money," ABA Dispute Resolution Magazine, Winter 2011, at 20 (solicited).
"Commercial Collections in Slovenia," in International Commercial Debt Collection (David Franklin ed., 2007).
"On Translating the European Constitution: Drafted in Two Languages, Law in Twenty-Seven," 41 Javna Uprava [Public Law Journal] 890 (2005).
"Companies Law Amended to Implement E.U. Directives," Tax Planning International: European Union Focus, BNA International, July/August 2004 (with Ales Lunder).
"Investigating White-Collar Crime and Corruption," Pravna Praksa [Legal Practice], Jan. 1999, at 2-3.