Bernard Black

Nicholas D. Chabraja Professor


Bernard S. Black is the Nicholas D. Chabraja Professor at Northwestern University School of Law and Kellogg School of Management. He is also managing director of the Social Science Research Network and founding chairman of the annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies. Professor Black received a BA from Princeton University, an MA in physics from the University of California, Berkeley, and a JD from Stanford Law School. He was Professor of Law at Stanford Law School from 1998 to 2004 and at Columbia Law School from 1988 to 1998. His principal research areas are law and finance, international corporate governance, health care and medical malpractice, and corporate and securities law. His books include To Sue is Human: A Profile of Medical Malpractice Litigation (forthcoming 2010, with David Hyman,William Sage, Charles Silver, and Kathryn Zeiler), The Law and Finance of Corporate Acquisitions (2nd ed., with Ronald Gilson, 1995 and supplement 2006–2007), and Guide to the Russian Law on Joint Stock Companies (with Reinier Kraakman and Anna Tarassova (1998).

Areas of Expertise

  • Law and Finance
  • International Corporate Governance
  • Health Law and Policy
  • Corporate and Securities Law

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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