Urska Velikonja

Assistant Professor of Law

Curriculum Vitae





Areas of Expertise

Securities Regulation, Corporate Law, Corporate Governance


Urska Velikonja joined Emory in 2013 after having spent two years at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. Professor Velikonja teaches business law courses, including securities regulation and mergers and acquisitions, and writes primarily about securities regulation and enforcement. Her most recent article “Public Compensation for Private Harm: Evidence from the SEC’s Fair Fund Distributions,” forthcoming in Stanford Law Review, studies empirically all SEC fair fund distributions to date. Professor Velikonja has testified to the PCAOB about her prior work on the economic consequences of financial reporting fraud, which refutes the widely-held belief that securities fraud harms primarily shareholders. Professor Velikonja’s work has appeared in the William & Mary Law Review, North Carolina Law Review, and UC Davis Law Review.Prior to joining academia, Professor Velikonja 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.


Urska Velikonja


Journal Articles

"Public Compensation for Private Harm: Evidence from the SEC’s Fair Fund Distributions," 67 STANFORD LAW REVIEW (forthcoming) (2015).  SSRN >>

"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, 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).

Shorter Publications

"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.