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Professor Anna Gelpern Chosen to Present Research at Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum

May 15, 2007 – 

Anna Gelpern, Associate Professor of Law at Rutgers School of Law–Newark and a rising scholar in the area of international finance, has been selected to present a paper at the eighth annual Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum, to be held at Stanford Law School on May 18-19, 2007. She will present “Public Symbol in Private Contract: A Case Study,” co-authored with G. Mitu Gulati of Duke Law School. The paper, which will be published this year in the Washington University Law Review, is among 20 chosen on a blind basis from submissions by tenure-track faculty across the country. 

“Anna Gelpern brings both novel insight and observed experience to her research into the legal and policy implications of international finance,” said Professor Bernard W. Bell, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Faculty and Herbert Hannoch Scholar. “We are delighted that her paper has been selected for the Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum. We also are very pleased that the academic legal community has again recognized the significant scholarship of our gifted junior faculty.” 

“Public Symbol in Private Contract: A Case Study” explores a recent high-profile initiative to change standard form government bond contracts entered into by developing countries. Major media characterized the contract reform as a milestone in fighting international financial crises. The authors, based on interviews with more than 100 participants in the initiative, argue that the private contract form was used in this case to achieve political and reputational goals apart from the technical function of the contract term.

In addition to teaching at the law school, Professor Gelpern is part of the core faculty of the Division of Global Affairs (DGA) at Rutgers-Newark. “On coming to Rutgers, Anna Gelpern has rapidly become a pillar of the Graduate Division of Global Affairs,” said Professor Richard Langhorne, co-director of DGA. “Her legal perspective on issues of global political economy and especially her specialty, sovereign debt, has made an invaluable contribution to the program.” 

Professor Gelpern also is a visiting fellow at the Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics. Before joining Rutgers in the fall of 2005, she was an international affairs fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Earlier, she served in legal and policy positions at the U.S. Treasury Department, where she focused on international debt, development, and international financial institutions. She practiced with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in New York and London, advising governments and private sector clients on debt restructuring, investment, and other cross-border financial transactions. 

Professor Gelpern holds an A.B. from Princeton University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science.