David A. Westbrook

Louis A. Del Cotto Professor; Co-Director, NYC Program in Finance & Law

Research Focus: Corporations and Finance, International Law and Globalization, Political Economy and Social Theory

Links: Curriculum Vitae,

Contact Information

521 O'Brian Hall, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1100
Phone: 716-645-2490

Faculty Assistant: Suzanne Caruso

Bio Pubs Interviews Presentations

"Teaching Transactions to Integrate Finance and Corporate Law," (with John Henry Schlegel), plenary presentation at the Workshop: Blurring Boundaries in Financial and Corporate Law," AALS 2014 Mid- Year Meeting, Washington, D.C., June 7-9, 2014

"Creative Engagements Indeed! Weak Disciplines, the Lure of Others, and Intellectual Fertility," University of Hong Kong, "Creative Engagements Workshop," Hong Kong, April 25-26, 2014

"The Anthropology of Finance Policy: An IGAPP Roundtable," at the American Anthropological Association annual meeting, San Francisco, November 14, 2012

"Navigating the Economy of Money: Paraethnography and the Custodial Regulation of Financial Institutions," (Keynote) Allens & UNSW Centre for Law, Markets and Regulation workshop "Regulating Culture: Compliance, Risk Management and Accountability in the Aftermath of LIBOR," Sydney, October 26, 2012

"Dinner Parties During 'Lost Decades:' Social Capitalism, Economies of Money, and Custodial Regulation as Topics" at the Berle Center, Seattle University and the University of London conference "Berle IV: The Future of Financial/Securities Markets," London, June 14-15, 2012

"A Shallow Harbor and a Cold Horizon: The Deceptive Promise of Modern Agency Law for the Theory of the Firm, " at the Berle Center, Seattle University conference "Berle III: Theory of the Firm," Seattle, January 13-14, 2012

Comments on John D. Ciorciari and Jaya Ramji-Nogales, "Lessons From the Cambodian Experience with Truth & Reconciliation," at the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy conference "Implementing Truth and Reconciliation: Comparative Lessons for Korea," SUNY Buffalo Law , October 24, 2011

“Anxiety, Hope and Discipline: The Restoration of Market Confidence,” program sponsored by the U.S. State Department, May 8-15, 2011. Addressed government officials, business leaders, academics, students and media.
Catholic University of Porto, May 9, 2011; Porto Business School, May 9, 2011; Institute of Financial, Economic, and Fiscal Law, University of Lisbon, May 10, 2011; Interview with Nuno Rogeiro for Society of Nations (television program), US Embassy Lisbon, May 11, 2011; Breakfast Roundtable with Financial Sector Contacts at US Embassy Lisbon, May 12, 2011; Mission Initium Brainstormer, at US Embassy Lisbon, May 12, 2011; Superior Institute of Economics and Management, Lisbon, May 12, 2011; American Chamber of Commerce, at Luso-American Foundation for Development, Lisbon, May 13, 2011; Superior

"Deploying Ourselves: Islamist Violence and the Responsible Projection of US Force," in the series Ripples of Hope: The Eric Scott Pitman Lecture in Ethics and Social Justice, St. Joe's Collegiate Institute Buffalo, New York, April 13, 2011

"Key Ideas and Paradigms in the American Economy," video conference with Slovakian and Polish students organized by the Bratislava Economics University and the U.S. embassies in Bratislava and Warsaw, March 16, 2011

Roundtable on the European Response to the Financial Crisis, Bureau of European Policy Advisers, Commission of the European Communities, Brussels, Belgium, September 18, 2009

"Transactional Teaching and Conversational Scholarship," (plenary address) Workshop on Transactional Law, American Association of Law Schools Mid-Year Meeting, Long Beach, California, June 11, 2009

"Tragedy, Law, and Rethinking Our Financial Markets," Tobin Project Conference, Government & Markets: Ferment in the Face of Crisis, White Oak, Florida, April 24, 2009

"Temptations of Modern Finance: A Critical Yet Sympathetic Analysis of Recent US Financial Policy," China Banking Regulatory Commission, Beijing, February 23, 2009; Guanghua School of Management, Peking University, Beijing, February 23, 2009; U.S. Consulate, Shanghai, Public Affairs Section, March 2, 2009

"Rethinking Our Financial Markets," Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, February 24, 2009; Renmin University of China, February 24, 2009; Dongbei University of Finance and Economics, Dalian, February 25, 2009; Shanghai Institute for International Studies, February 26, 2009; Fudan University, Shanghai, February 27, 2009; China-European International Business School, Shanghai, February 27, 2009; U.S. Consulate, Shanghai, Public Affairs Section, March 2, 2009; Zhongshan (Sun Yat Sen) University, Guangzhou, March 3, 2009; China Development Institute, Shenzhen, March 4, 2009; American Chamber of Commerce, Shenzhen, March 4, 2009; Southwest University of Finance and Economics, Chengdu, March 5, 2009; Sichuan Academy of Social Science, Chengdu, March 6, 2009

Roundtable Discussions on Financial Crisis: President, Dalian Commodities Exchange, February 25, 2009; leaders of various financial institutions, Shenzhen, March 4, 2009

"Legal Safeguards for Stock Markets: Sarbanes-Oxley, the Credit Crisis, and Limitations on Transparency," (1) Damasio Prep School for Magistrates and Prosecutors Candidates, August 5, 2008; (2) Brazilian Bar – Chapter Sao Paulo, August 5, 2008; (3) Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV) Law School (EDESP), August 6, 2008; (4) Public Diplomacy School (ESD), August 6, 2008. All supported by a U.S. Speaker and Specialist Grant from the U.S. Department of State

"Corporation Law as Theater," HEC, Paris, France, March 13, 2008

"Deploying Ourselves: Islamist Violence, Globalization, and the Responsible Projection of U.S. Force," NATO, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, Mons, Belgium, March 12, 2008

"Corporate Social Responsibility," Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgium, March 11, 2008

"Holding Positions in a Time of Targeted Killing," talk given at the University of California at Irvine for the University of California Humanities Research Institute and the Center for Ethnography, May 18, 2007, and for faculty of the James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona, May 22, 2007

"Refunctioning Ethnography as One Kind of Solution: Bureaucracies, Conversations, and Possibilities for Intellectual Politics," Department of Anthropology & School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, December 1, 2006

"Bin Laden's War: Strategic Consequences of Radical Neofundamentalism," Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, Mons, Belgium, November 14, 2006

"An Introduction to City of Gold: An Apology for Global Capitalism in a Time of Discontent," Conference on Critical World Problems, World Association of International Studies, Stanford University, July 30, 2006

"The Time of Faith: Contemporary Muslims, Secularists, and Anxieties over the Nature of History," talk at the conference "Does Islam Need a Reformulation to be Compatible with the West?" Columbia University, March 29, 2006, sponsored by the Alliance Program (Columbia University; Ecole Polytechnique; Sciences Po; Universite Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne) and The Middle East Institute, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University.

"Theorizing the Diffusion of Law: Conceptual Difficulties, Unstable Imaginations, and the Effort to Think Gracefully Nonetheless," Keynote Address to International Law Journal Symposium, "The Diffusion of Law in the 21st Century," Harvard Law School, March 4, 2006; Baldy Center Work in Progress, UB Law School, February 13, 2006

"True Politics: Culture, Law, and the Difficulty of Building an Informed Society," panel presentation at the United Nations World Summit on the Information Society, Tunis, November 17, 2005

"Disclosure, Bureaucratization, and the Fall of Giants," talk given at the American Center (U.S. Department of State), Brussels, Belgium, May 10, 2004, and at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Private Law, Hamburg, Germany, May 13, 2004

"Despots and Offshore Assets: Possible Responses," chaired panel at ASIL 2000: International Law in Ferment, Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law, Washington, D.C. April 5-8, 2000

"Is the U.N. Obsolete?" presentation at the conference International Law Plus or Minus Fifty Years: A Colloquium on the Occasion of Abram Chayes' Fiftieth Law School Reunion, Harvard Law School, April 22-24, 1999