John F. Coyle

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  • J.D., Yale University (2005)
  • M.Phil., European Studies, University of Cambridge (2001)
  • B.A., History and Literature, Harvard University (2000)

Professor Coyle joined the UNC faculty in 2010 after serving as a Climenko Fellow at Harvard Law School. Prior to his fellowship, Professor Coyle clerked for Judge Reena Raggi on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and practiced corporate law at Covington & Burling LLP in Washington, D.C. His research interests include corporate law (with an emphasis on venture capital), conflict of laws, and private international law.

His scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in the Arizona State Law Journal, the Boston College Law Review, the Duke Law Journal, the Georgia Law Review, the Hastings Law Journal, the North Carolina Law Review, the Utah Law Review, and the William and Mary Law Review.  In 2015, he received the Frederick B. McCall Award for Teaching Excellence from the graduating class at Carolina Law.

Professor Coyle received his B.A. in History and Literature, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Harvard College. He received his M.Phil in European Studies from Cambridge University where he wrote his dissertation about economic and cultural globalization. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was a symposium editor for the Yale Law Journal, an articles editor for the Yale Journal of International Law, and a recipient of the William K.S. Wang Prize and the Jewell Prize.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Selected Publications

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  • Reviving the Treaty of Friendship: Enforcing International Investment Law in U.S. Courts (with J. Yackee), 49 ARIZ. ST. L.J. (forthcoming 2017). [SSRN]
  • Altering Rules, Cumulative Voting, and Venture Capital, 2016 UTAH L. REV. (forthcoming). [SSRN]
  • The Role of the CISG in U.S. Contract Practice: An Empirical Study, 38 U. PA. J. INT’L L. (forthcoming 2016). [SSRN]
  • The Case for Writing International Law into U.S. Code, 56 B.C.L. REV 433 (2015). [Lexis/Nexis, SSRN]
  • Contractual Innovation in Venture Capital (with J. Green), 66 HASTINGS L. J. 133 (2014). [SSRN]
  • Rethinking Judgments Reciprocity, 92 N.C. L. REV.  1109 (2014). [SSRN]
  • Acqui-hiring (J. Coyle & G. Polsky), 63 DUKE L.J. 281 (2013). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • The Treaty of Friendship, Commerce and Navigation in the Modern Era, 51 COLUM. J. TRANSNAT’L L. 302 (2013). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein]
  • Business Courts and Interstate Competition, 53 WM. & MARY L. REV. 1915 (2012), reprinted in 54 CORPORATE PRACTICE COMMENTATOR 869 (2013). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • Incorporative Statutes and the Borrowed Treaty Rule, 50 VA. J. INT'L L. 655 (2010). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein]
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