Rory Van Loo

Associate Professor of Law

Peter Paul Career Development Professor

BA, magna cum laude, Pomona College
JD, magna cum laude, Harvard Law School
PhD, with distinction, Yale University

Areas of Interest
Administrative Law, Banking & Financial Instruments, Bankruptcy, Consumer Law, Electronic Commerce

Rory Van Loo’s research focuses on consumer transactions, with a particular interest in the intersection between technology and regulation. His most recent project was selected by blind peer review for the 2017 Stanford/Yale/Harvard Junior Faculty Forum, and his work has appeared in the Duke Law JournalYale Journal on Regulation, and the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.

Prior to joining the BU Law faculty, Professor Van Loo taught at Harvard Law School and spent four years at McKinsey & Co. conducting quantitative empirical studies for multinational consumer companies in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, organizational design, and sales. He also served on the implementation team that set up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, helping to build the framework for supervision of large banks.

Professor Van Loo’s intellectual study of digital markets began with an undergraduate major in Science, Technology, and Society, with a focus on Computer Science. He later spent a year in Argentina, Costa Rica, the Cote d’Ivoire, India, Mali, Peru, Senegal, and Vietnam researching the economic impact of the Internet.

  1. Rory Van Loo, "Making Innovation More Competitive: The Case of Fintech," UCLA Law Review (forthcoming).
  2. Rory Van Loo, "Rise of the Digital Regulator," 66 Duke Law Journal 1267 (2017).
  3. Rory Van Loo, "The Corporation as Courthouse," 33 Yale Journal on Regulation 547 (2016).
  4. Rory Van Loo, "Helping Buyers Beware: The Need for Supervision of Big Retail," 163 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 1311 (2015).
  5. Rory Van Loo, "A Tale of Two Debtors: Bankruptcy Disparities by Race," 72 Albany Law Review 231 (2009).

3 credits

This course will survey the regulatory architecture of major U.S. financial institutions, including commercial banks, investment banks, hedge funds, mutual funds, and insurance companies. Understanding the regulatory framework surrounding financial institutions requires situating them within a rapidly evolving political, technological and global context. The course will explore various regulatory mechanisms, such as bank supervision, security disclosures, fiduciary duties, consumer protections, capital requirements, and risk monitoring. The design of these complex governance tools has important implications for the health and stability of the economy, and thus for society. Attendance at the Graduate Program in Banking and Financial Law's three-day program, "Financial Services Basics," is highly recommended. PREREQUISITE: Business Fundamentals. GRADING NOTICE: This class does not offer the CR/NC/H option.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 864 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Tue,Thu 2:30 pm 3:55 pm 3 James E. Scott LAW 209
FALL 2017: LAW JD 864 A1 , Sep 5th to Dec 7th 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Tue,Thu 4:20 pm 5:45 pm 3 Rory Van Loo LAW 410

3 credits

Understanding the laws governing consumer transactions is relevant not only to our daily lives but also to many careers in the law. Why do consumer laws matter for societal issues such as racial and income inequality? How can government agencies best promote compliance while minimizing burden to businesses? How should leaders of consumer corporations navigate a heavier regulatory era? This seminar will examine consumer laws from three main perspectives: the businesses that must comply with regulations; the agencies--such as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission--that write or enforce rules; and the consumers who purchase over $10 trillion in goods and services annually. PREREQUISITE: Business Fundamentals. RECOMMENDED COURSE: Antitrust. NOTE: This seminar does not satisfy the Upper-class Writing Requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This seminar does not offer the CR/NC/H option. **A student who fails to attend the initial meeting of a seminar (designated by an (S) in the title), or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, may be administratively dropped from the seminar. Students who are on a wait list for a seminar are required to attend the first seminar meeting to be considered for enrollment.

SPRG 2018: LAW JD 904 A1 , Jan 16th to Apr 24th 2018
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Tue 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 Rory Van Loo
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