John F. Coyle

Assistant Professor of Law


  • 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 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), private international law, and the role of international law in domestic courts.

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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  • The Case for Writing International Law into the U.S. Code, 56 B.C. L. REV. (forthcoming 2015). [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]
  • Friendship Treaties ≠ Judgments Treaties, 112 MICH. L. REV. FIRST IMPRESSIONS 49 (2013). [SSRN]
  • 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]
  • Rethinking the Commercial Law Treaty, 45 GA. L. REV. 343 (2011). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein]
  • Incorporative Statutes and the Borrowed Treaty Rule, 50 VA. J. INT'L L. 655 (2010). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein]
  • Rules of Origin as Instruments of Foreign Economic Policy, 29 YALE J. INT'L L. 545 (2004). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein]
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