Corporate Governance & Accountability

Philip M. Nichols, Joseph Kolodny Professor of Social Responsibility in Business, Professor of Legal Studies & Business Ethics, is the faculty member responsible for leading the Corporate Governance & Accountability Pillar in the Carol and Lawrence Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research.  This third program area of the Zicklin Center explores a host of issues relating to the enforcement of regulations from corporate accountability for political spending to standards of corporate liability and culpability. On issues of corporate compliance, corruption, and corporate political accountability, the Zicklin Center actively collaborates with the Center for Political Accountability, Hills Program on Governance, and the World Bank.

Research Papers


Vincent Buccola (2016). States’ Rights against Corporate Rights. Columbia Business Law Review, 2016(3), 595-656.

Vincent Buccola (2017), Law and Legislation in Municipal Bankruptcy, Cardozo Law Review, 38(4), 1301-1341.

Peter Conti-Brown (2016). The Power and Independence of the Federal Reserve (Princeton University Press).

Peter Conti-Brown (2015). The Institutions of Federal Reserve Independence. Yale Journal on Regulation, 32(2), 257-310.

Gwendolyn Gordon (2016). Culture in Corporate Law. Seattle University Law Review, 39(2), 353-396.

Gwendolyn Gordon (Work In Progress), Corporate Contagion: Ethnographic Insights Into the Nature of the Firm.

Herbert Hovenkamp (forthcoming 2018). Antitrust and the Design of Production. Cornell Law Review.

Herbert Hovenkamp & Fiona Scott Morton (forthcoming 2018). Horizontal Shareholding and Antitrust Policy. Yale Law Journal.

William S. Laufer (forthcoming 2017). A Very Special Regulatory Milestone. University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law.

William S. Laufer (forthcoming 2017), The Missing Account of Progressive Corporate Criminal Law. New York University Journal of Law and Business.

Sarah E. Light & Eric W. Orts (forthcoming 2018). Public and Private Procurement in Environmental Governance. In Ken Richards & Josephine van Zeben, editors, Policy Instruments in Environmental Law (Edward Elgar).

Eric Biber, Sarah E. Light, J. B. Ruhl, James Salzman (2017). Regulating Business Innovation as Policy Disruption: From the Model T to Airbnb. Vanderbilt Law Review, 70(5), 1561-1626.

Sarah E. Light (forthcoming 2018). The Role of the Federal Government in Regulating the Sharing Economy. In Nestor Davidson, Michèle Finck & John Infranca, editors, Cambridge Handbook on the Law of the Sharing Economy (Cambridge University Press).

Philip M. Nichols (forthcoming). Corruption, Business Law, and Business Ethics (University of Chicago Press).

Philip M. Nichols (forthcoming). Public Sector Corruption and the Private Business Firm (Oxford University Press).

Philip M. Nichols (2017). What is Organizational Corruption?. In Michael Aßländer & Sarah Hudson, editors, Handbook of Business and Corruption: Cross-Sectoral Experiences, pp. 3-23 (Emerald Group Publishing).

Philip M. Nichols (2016). The Neomercantilist Fallacy and the Contextual Reality of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Harvard Journal on Legislation, 53(1), 203-246.

Philip M. Nichols (2015). The Good Bribe. UC Davis Law Review, 49(2), 647-683.

Eric W. Orts & N. Craig Smith (2018). The Moral Responsibility of Firms (Oxford University Press).

David Zaring (2016). Free Trade Through Regulation?. Southern California Law Review, 89(4), 863-890.

David Zaring (2016). Enforcement Discretion at the SEC. Texas Law Review, 94(6), 1155-1219.