W. Mark C. Weidemaier
Assistant Professor of Law
Mark Weidemaier is Assistant Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research focuses on how contracts evolve in response to legal changes and the behavior of intermediaries. Current projects, for example, use archival research to uncover the origins of terms used in international financial contracts and trace how these contracts evolved in response to government policies and changes in public international law. Other work focuses on contractual dispute resolution mechanisms such as arbitration, examining the influence of litigants, lawyers, and arbitrators. For example, his scholarship has explored how arbitrators use precedent, and at times create it, and how institutional providers of arbitration services shape arbitration contracts. Representative publications are available for download on the Social Science Research Network and the Berkeley Electronic Press. At UNC, Weidemaier teaches Contracts, Commercial Arbitration, Complex Civil Litigation, Advanced Litigation Practice, and Foundations of US Common Law.
After graduating first in his class from the University of Minnesota Law School, Weidemaier clerked for the Honorable Dolores K. Sloviter on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He then practiced law in the complex commercial litigation group at Dechert LLP in Philadelphia and worked at the School of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a graduate of Carleton College in Northfield, MN.
- Book review (reviewing ANNELISE RILES, COLLATERAL KNOWLEDGE: LEGAL REASONING IN THE GLOBAL FINANCIAL MARKETS (2011) POL. & LEGAL ANTHROPOLOGY (forthcoming 2013). [K1100 .R55 2011 ]
How Markets Work: The Lawyer's Version (with M. Gulati), STUDIES IN LAW, POLITICS, AND SOCIETY (forthcoming 2013). [SSRN]
Obsessed by Contracts: Sovereign Debt Reform in the Eurozone, J. TRANSNAT'L L. & CONTEMP. PROBS. (forthcoming 2013).
Reforming Sovereign Lending Practices: Modern Initiatives in Historical Context, in SOVEREIGN FINANCING AND INTERNATIONAL LAW: THE UNCTAD PRINCIPLES ON RESPONSIBILE SOVEREIGN LENDING AND BORROWING (Oxford Univ. Press forthcoming 2013).
Judging Lite: How Arbitrators Make and Use Precedent, 90 N.C. L. REV. 1091 (2012). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein]
Origin Myths, Contracts, and the Hunt for Pari Passu (with B. Scott & M. Gulati), 38 LAW & SOC. INQUIRY __ (2012). [SSRN]
Contracting for State Intervention: The Origins of Sovereign Debt Arbitration, 73 LAW & CONTEMP. PROBS., Fall 2010, at 335 (2010). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress, Document Link]
Toward A Theory of Precedent in Arbitration, 51 WM. & MARY L. REV. 1895 (2010). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
Disputing Boilerplate, 82 TEMP. L. REV. 1 (2009). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
Arbitration and the Individuation Critique, 49 ARIZ. L. REV. 69 (2007). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, BEPress]
Areas of Expertise
- Civil Litigation
- LL.M. Program
- Sovereign Debt
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