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Prof. Bryan H. DRUZIN
Associate Professor
Tel (852) 3943 1044
Fax (852) 2994 2505
Email bryandruzin@cuhk.edu.hk
Office

Room 526,
Faculty of Law,
5/F, Lee Shau Kee Building,
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Sha Tin, NT, Hong Kong SAR



Professor Bryan Druzin is a specialist in legal theory. His scholarship applies game theory and behavioral economics to law and political theory. Dr. Druzin has published extensively with leading U.S. law schools (Duke, Cornell, Harvard, Northwestern, University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown, etc.), top international peer-reviewed journals, and has contributed to several edited volumes published by Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press. Dr. Druzin holds a B.A., LL.B., and LL.M. from the University of British Columbia and a PhD in law from King's College London. He teaches jurisprudence and contract law, and has previously taught at Brunel University and King's College London. Dr. Druzin is Director of the Faculty's LLM Programmes. In 2015, Dr. Druzin received the university's Research Excellence Award, providing substantial financial support for his research.

Dr. Druzin's scholarship relates to a single, defining idea: understanding and managing the bottom-up emergence of legal order. This topic cuts across a broad range of legal domains. His work thus addresses some of the most pressing issues of modern legal theory, such as the self-ordering potential of private law, treaty stability in public international law, the emergence of global governance, the growing power of soft law, spontaneous changes in mass social norms, and the self-ordering nature of customary law, rights, and markets. Dr. Druzin's work is highly interdisciplinary. It draws from economics, normative ethics, and the study of complex systems.

Dr. Druzin's current research projects explore the implications of bottom-up ordering for the formation and stability of governance structures under anarchy. The central question this research addresses is whether it is possible to accelerate the emergence of global governance by harnessing the mechanics of self-organization. Dr. Druzin is a frequent speaker at legal forums around the world, and is regularly interviewed by international media on issues related to his scholarship.


Education

  • PhD (King’s College London)
  • LL.M. (University of British Columbia)
  • LL.B. (University of British Columbia)
  • B.A. (University of British Columbia)

Awards

  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong Research Excellence Award 2015
  • University of British Columbia Graduate Scholarship Award 2007
  • Hugh M Brock Scholarship Award 2002
  • Hugh M Brock Scholarship Award 1995

Representative Publications

Journal Articles

Book Chapters

Book Reviews

Works in Progress
  • Leviathan wakes: The Emergence of Property Rights and the Rule of Law
  • Spontaneous Legal Emergence: How to build more stable Treaty Regimes

Conference Papers and Roundtables

  • “The Coming Collapse of International Economic Integration” presented at the Joint North American Conference on International Economic Law, supported by the American Society of International Law  (ASIL), the Canadian Council on International Law (CCIL), and the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), at McGill University Faculty of Law, in Montreal, Canada (September 2018).
  • “Networks and Institutional Power” presented at the 14th Annual meeting of the Asian Law and Economics Association (AsLEA), at the Singapore Academy of Law, in Singapore (August 2018).
  • “Corporate Responsibility and the Limits of Soft Law” invited to present on a panel discussion at the 2018 Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) annual conference in Kyoto, Japan (June 2018).
  • "Strengthening International Institutions in a Time of Global Disorder" presented at the European Society of International Law (ESIL) Research Forum at Hebrew University Faculty of Law, in Jerusalem, Israel (February 2018).
  • “Controlling Public Opinion in the Digital Age” invited to speak at Law and the Digital Age at Qatar University, College of Law, in Doha, Qatar (February 2018).
  • "Escaping Institutional Lock-in" invited to speak at The Future of Asian Trade Deals and IP at Singapore Management University, in Singapore (December 2017).
  • "The Rise of Soft Law" invited to speak at the 2nd Annual Conference of the French Association of Law and Economics (AFED) at Aix-Marseille University, in Marseille, France (November 2017).
  • "Toward a Network Model of Soft Law" invited to speak at the 3rd European Conference on Social Networks (EUSN) at Johannes Gutenberg University Institute of Sociology, in Mainz, Germany (September 2017).
  • "Institutional Lock-In' within the Field of Investment Arbitration" presented at the Biennial Conference of the Asian Society of International Law (AsianSIL), in Seoul, Korea (August 2017).
  • "The US has abandoned the Paris Climate Agreement—is its Collapse now inevitable?" presented at the 13th Annual meeting of the Asian Law and Economics Association (AsLEA) in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam (June 2017).
  • "Why does Soft Law have Power?" presented at the 27th Annual Meeting of the American Law and Economics Association (ALEA) at Yale Law school, in New Haven, United States (May 2017).
  • "A Proposal to solve the Tragedy of the Commons in International Environmental Governance" invited to present at the 2017 Meeting of the Society for Environmental Law and Economics (SELE) at Worcester College, University of Oxford, in Oxford, United Kingdom (May 2017).
  • "Shouldering the Burden of Modernity: The Internet as a Source for Abrupt Normative Change" presented at the 14th Asian Law Institute Conference (ASLI) in Manila, Philippines (May 2017).
  • "Towards a Greater Practice of Investment Arbitration in Asia-Pacific" invited to present on a panel discussion at the 14th Asian Law Institute Conference (ASLI) in Manila, Philippines (May 2017).
  • "A Theory of Speech Cascades" invited to present at the 111th Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Annual meeting, in San Francisco, United States (January 2017).
  • “Legal Ambiguity and the Limits of Censorship” presented at the 11th Annual General Conference of the European China Law Studies Association (ECLS) at the University of Roma TRE, Faculty of Law, in Rome, Italy (September 2016).
  • Invited to chair the Asia WTO Research Network (AWRN) 2016 Annual Conference The Trans-Pacific Partnership: A Paradigm Shift in International Trade Regulation?, in Hong Kong, China (May 2016).
  • "Why Utilitarianism is not a Moral Theory" invited as keynote speaker at the 'World Lumen Congress 2016,' in Iasi, Romania (April 2016).
  • "Soft Law as Spontaneous Order" invited to present at 'HKU-NUS-SMU Conference 2016' at the Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong, in Hong Kong (February2016).
  • "Sustainable Development in China: An Opportunity for Creative Environmental Governance" invited to present at 'Consumer Policy in China: New Trends and Challenges' at the Faculty of Law of the University of Macau, in Macau, China (December 2015).
  • “Understanding the force of Soft Law” presented at the Biennial Conference of the Asian Society of International Law (AsianSIL), in Bangkok, Thailand (November 2015).
  • “The Fragility of the Norms that underpin Environmental Cooperation: A Game Theoretic Analysis” invited to present at the ‘International Conference on Cooperation between China and ASIAN States on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage’ at the South China Sea Institute of Xiamen University, in Xiamen, China (November 2015).
  • “Why Soft Law has Influence and how to harness its Power to strengthen International Law” presented at the American Society of International Law Research Forum (ASIL), in Washington DC, United States (October 2015).
  • LEC Workshop for Law Professors on Austrian Law & Economics, at George Mason University, School of Law, in Arlington, United States (October 2015) (as attendee).
  • “The Normative Future of Sustainable Development” invited to present at ‘Sustainable Development and International Law: Current Issues and Future Challenges’ at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Law, co-organized by the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau, in Hong Kong, SAR (October 2015).
  •  “Why the Nation-state does not make Sense” invited to present at ‘New Approaches in Social and Humanistic Sciences’ at The Public Institute of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova, in Chisinau, Moldova (September 2015).
  • “Our Massive Castles in the Sky: Why the Nation State is Illegitimate” presented at the International Society for the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, XXVII World Congress, at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington DC, United States (July 2015).
  • LEC Thirty-First Economics Institute for Law Professors, Henry G. Manne Program in Law & Economics Studies, George Mason University School of Law in Virginia, United States (July 2015) (as attendee).
  • Invited to attend Expert Roundtable on International Investment Law and Sustainable Development at Université Panthéon-Assas Paris II, CRED - Paris Center for Law and Economics, in Paris, France (July 2015).
  • “From Chaos to Cooperation: A Proposal to strengthen International Treaty Compliance” invited to present at the UK-China Comparative Public Law Symposium at Shandong University, in Jinan, China (April 2015).
  • “Fixing the Tragedy in the Tragedy of the Commons” presented at ‘Managing the Globalization of Water Services in a World Affected by Climate Change’ in Hong Kong, SAR (March 2015).
  • Invited to chair the European China Law Studies Association conference (ECLS) 2014 Annual Conference “'Making, Enforcing and Accessing the Law', in Hong Kong, China (November 2014).
  • "The Enhancement of International Trade through Spontaneous Harmonization” invited to present at the 2014 UNCITRAL Asia-Pacific Fall Conference "Trade Development through the Harmonization of Commercial Law" in Macau, China (October 2014).
  • “The new Lex Maritima and the Possibility of Stateless Legal Order” invited to present at The Continued Development of Shipping Law: The Role of Arbitration (roundtable) at Queen Mary University London, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, in London, United Kingdom (July 2014).
  • “The parched Earth of Cooperation: Solving the Tragedy of the Commons in Global Water Conservation” invited to present at the Globalization of Water Services International Rules and Challenges at Maastricht University in Brussels, in Brussels, Belgium (June 2014).
  • “Anarchy, Order, and Trade: A partial Account of why a global, unified Commercial Legal Order is emerging”” presented at the Asian Conference on Politics, Economy and Law (ACPEL) in Osaka, Japan (November 2013).
  • “Authoritarianism’s new Leash on Speech”” presented at the Joint-workshop on ‘Technology, Energy and International Economic Law’, hosted by Chinese University of Hong Kong in Hong Kong, SAR (September 2012).
  • “A Semiotic Approach to Law and Norms” presented at the 10th International Roundtable for the Semiotics of Law “Intercultural Awareness in Legal Language” at the Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV) in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (November 2011).
  • “Towards a Postmodern Conception of Law” presented at the 13th annual Interdisciplinary Legal Studies Graduate Students Conference, Law without Borders, at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada (May 2008).

Research Interests

  • Jurisprudence
  • Law and Economics (game theory)
  • Legal, Social and Political Theory
  • Socio-legal studies

Occasional Reviewer

  • Law & Social Inquiry
  • International Journal for the Semiotics of Law
  • Journal of International Dispute Settlement
  • Social Theory and Practice