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Emory Law launches journal on governance and accountability

Emory University School of Law |

Emory University School of Law has introduced a new law review to explore the relationship between the corporation and its stakeholders in the United States and abroad. The new Emory Corporate Governance and Accountability Review, an online publication, will seek to identify the relevant stakeholders and assess the full range of corporate responsibility. Reuben Guttman 85L, ECGAR senior advisor, as well as adjunct professor and Senior Fellow at the Emory University School of Law Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution, said, “Our goal is to redefine and broaden the definition of corporate law while creating a dialogue that will provide practical advice to practitioners, jurists and legislators.”

ECGAR will strive to answer questions surrounding litigation as well as address issues of financial risk management, labor law, products liability, environmental law, health law, and lawmaking. According to Guttman, the journal’s scope will extend beyond geographic boundaries, focusing on the cross-border regulation of multi-nationals.  

Unlike traditional print journals, ECGAR will publish its content on a dedicated website hosted by Emory Law. Student members will write blog posts and short essays, while external contributors (including law professors, judges, and practitioners) may submit for publication works of any length, including full-length law review articles. Robert B. Ahdieh, vice dean and K.H. Gyr Professor of Private International Law, said, “Making ECGAR predominantly digital has enabled the law school to provide timely scholarship and broaden its reach on vital matters of accountability and governance.”

The journal will periodically publish issues in PDF format. These issues—formatted and paginated to capture the look of a print journal—will feature select external submissions as well as those student pieces deemed to be the most outstanding. Hard copies of all issues will be available by special order.

Keeping with the tradition of its sister journals at Emory Law, membership on ECGAR is limited to second- and third-year law students selected through a competitive “write-on” process. The third-year members comprise the editorial board, which is led by an executive board consisting of an editor-in-chief, four executive managing editors, an executive articles editor, and an administrative editor. Second-year members are considered candidates for the board and must meet specific writing and editing requirements if they are to be elevated to the editorial board. 

The inaugural issue of ECGAR features:

“A Skeptic’s View of Benefit Corporations” by Kent Greenfield, a professor of law and Dean’s Research Scholar at Boston College Law School, where he teaches courses in business law and constitutional law.

Scott Hempling’s “ ‘Regulatory Capture’: Sources and Solutions.” Hempling is an advisor to public utility regulatory agencies and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, teaching courses on public utility law and regulatory litigation.

“Office of the Whistleblower: A Slow Beginning” by Christopher T. Huslak 14L, managing editor of the journal.

“Judge Rakoff, the Justice Department, and Corporate Crime: Lack of Will or Lack of Cause?” by Michael A. Wiseman 14L

Emory Law's journals highlight the legal scholarship of professors, practitioners, officials, and students from throughout the country and around the world. ECGAR is the newest among six journals published through the school.