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What is ECGAR? Emory Law's youngest publication promotes greater corporate responsibility
By Amy Tozer | Emory Law | March 2, 2016

Inspired by whistleblowers who have contributed greatly to corporate oversight, Emory Corporate Governance and Accountability Review hopes to bring more accountability to corporate America by offering more frequent, shorter pieces that shine a critical light on corporate practices. Only three years old, ECGAR is nimble, timely, and relevant.

An online-only and less traditional law journal, ECGAR focuses on timely content that is useful to practitioners. Rather than write a traditional law journal comment, second-year students write three shorter pieces that are more investigatory in nature. In addition to its online volumes containing essays as well as more traditional law journal Articles, Perspectives is a conversation of shorter essays on its website.

When reviewing submissions for publication, the executive board looks for well-researched, opinionated pieces that explore issues that affect corporations, shareholders, and consumers. This year’s editor-in-chief, Nicole Fukuoka, explains, “We want our content to inspire readers to look at current corporate practices in a different light to ultimately drive change towards greater corporate accountability. We hope that our publication will provide practical guidance to not only scholars, but also practicing attorneys, law makers, and corporate America as a whole.”

Specifically, Fukuoka shares how one member took a deeper look at cutting-edge issues that affect corporations and asked questions no one else is asking. “One student recently attended a Securities and Exchange Commission panel about whistleblowers and is now writing a piece that analyzes the shortcomings of U.S. agencies in facilitating Chinese nationals to report violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by U.S. corporations.”

Thinking long-term, Fukuoka hopes her young journal has an important role to play in the corporate responsibility conversation. Concludes Fukuoka, “Our ultimate goal is to publish content that inspires discussions that could ultimately lead to changes in how certain corporate procedures are perceived or regulated.” ECGAR is poised to disrupt not only the format of the student law journal, but also the conversation about corporate responsibility.