Bernard Black

Nicholas D. Chabraja Professor


Bernard Black is Nicholas D. Chabraja Professor at Northwestern University, with positions in the Pritzker School of Law, the Kellogg School of Management, Department of Finance, and the Institute for Policy Research.  His research areas include health policy and medical malpractice, empirical methods for causal inference, law and finance, and international corporate governance.  Recent book:  Medical Malpractice Litigation:  How It Works; Why Tort Reform Hasn’t Helped (Cato Institute 2021, with David Hyman, Myungho Paik, William Sage, and Charles Silver). He is the founding Chairman of the annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies (2006-2016), a founding editor of the Journal of Law, Finance and Accounting, and has run, since 2010, an annual summer workshop at Northwestern.  He is among the leading empirical legal scholars in the U.S., with over 150 published articles and over 31,000 citations on Google Scholar.

Areas of Expertise

  • Law and Finance
  • International Corporate Governance
  • Health Law and Policy
  • Corporate and Securities Law
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Empirical Methods for Causal Inference

Selected Publications

  • Is Delaware Losing Its Cases?, 9 Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 605-656 (2012) (with John Armour and Brian Cheffins).
  • What Matters and for Which Firms for Corporate Governance in Emerging Markets? Evidence from Brazil (and Other BRIK Countries), 2011 Journal of Corporate Finance doi:10,1016/j.jcorpfin.2011.10.001 (with Antonio Gledson de Carvalho, and Érica Gorga).
  • Delaware's Balancing Act, 87 Indiana Law Review 1345-1405 (2012) (with John Armour and Brian Cheffins).
  • Delaware Corporate Litigation and the Fragmentation of the Plaintiff's Bar, 2012 Columbia Business Law Review 427-501 (with Brian Cheffins and John Armour).
  • Public Reporting of HAI Rates: What We (Mostly Don't) Know, 17 Clinical Governance 124-133 (2012).

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  • BA, Princeton University
  • MA in Physics, University of California, Berkeley
  • JD, Stanford Law School

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