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
Business Law, Cyberlaw, Data Security, Financial Institutions, Regulation

Rory Van Loo’s research focuses on consumer transactions, with a particular interest in the intersection between technology and regulation. He was twice selected through blind peer review for the Harvard/Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum. His articles have been published or are forthcoming in the Columbia Law Review, Duke Law Journal, Michigan Law Review, UCLA Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Vanderbilt Law Review, and Virginia Law Review.

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

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 then received a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship to spend 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, "Regulatory Monitors: Policing Firms in the Compliance Era," 119 Columbia Law Review 369 (2019).
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  2. Rory Van Loo, "Digital Market Perfection," 117 Michigan Law Review 815 (2019).
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  3. Rory Van Loo, "Making Innovation More Competitive: The Case of Fintech," 65 UCLA Law Review 232 (2018).
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  4. Rory Van Loo, "Technology Regulation by Default: Platforms, Privacy, and the CFPB," 2 Georgetown Law Technology Review 531 (2018) (by invitation).
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  5. Rory Van Loo, "Rise of the Digital Regulator," 66 Duke Law Journal 1267 (2017).
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  6. Rory Van Loo, "The Corporation as Courthouse," 33 Yale Journal on Regulation 547 (2016).
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  7. Rory Van Loo, "Helping Buyers Beware: The Need for Supervision of Big Retail," 163 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 1311 (2015).
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  8. Rory Van Loo, "A Tale of Two Debtors: Bankruptcy Disparities by Race," 72 Albany Law Review 231 (2009).
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