Rory Van Loo

Rory Van Loo

Professor of Law

Michaels Faculty Research Scholar

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


Biography

Rory Van Loo’s research focuses on institutional improvements to corporate compliance, with a particular emphasis on consumer technology and financial companies. His articles on these topics were twice chosen through blind peer review for the Harvard/Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum, and have been published in the Columbia Law Review, Cornell Law Review, Duke Law Journal, Georgetown Law Journal, Michigan Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, UCLA Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Vanderbilt Law Review, and Virginia Law Review. He currently teaches Business Organization, Contracts, and Financial Regulation.

Prior to BU, 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 spent several years at McKinsey & Co. conducting empirical studies for multinational corporations in mergers and acquisitions, marketing, and organizational design.

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.

Publications

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  • Rory Van Loo, Stress Testing Governance 75 Vanderbilt Law Review (2022)
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  • Rory Van Loo, Privacy Pretexts (2022)
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  • Rory Van Loo, Federal Rules of Platform Procedure 88 University of Chicago Law Review (2021)
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  • Rory Van Loo, In Defense of Breakups: Administering a “Radical” Remedy 105 Cornell Law Review (2020)
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  • Rory Van Loo, The Revival of Respondeat Superior and Evolution of Gatekeeper Liability 109 Georgetown Law Journal (2020)
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  • Rory Van Loo, The New Gatekeepers: Private Firms as Public Enforcers 106 Virginia Law Review (2020)
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  • Rory Van Loo, Broadening Consumer Law: Competition, Protection, and Distribution 95 Notre Dame Law Review (2019)
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  • Rory Van Loo, The Missing Regulatory State: Monitoring Businesses in an Age of Surveillance 72 Vanderbilt Law Review (2019)
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  • Rory Van Loo, Digital Market Perfection 117 Michigan Law Review (2019)
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  • Rory Van Loo, Regulatory Monitors: Policing Firms in the Compliance Era (2018)
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  • Rory Van Loo, Technology Regulation by Default: Platforms, Privacy, and the CFPB 2 Georgetown Law Technology Review (2018)
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  • Rory Van Loo, Making Innovation More Competitive: The Case of Fintech 65 UCLA Law Review (2018)
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  • Rory Van Loo, Ellen E. Deason, Michael Z. Green, Donna Shestowsky & Ellen Waldman, ADR and Access to Justice: Current Perspectives 33 Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution (2018)
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  • Rory Van Loo, Rise of the Digital Regulator 66 Duke Law Journal (2017)
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  • Rory Van Loo, The Corporation as Courthouse 33 Yale Journal on Regulation (2016)
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  • Rory Van Loo, Helping Buyers Beware: The Need for Supervision of Big Retail 163 University of Pennsylvania Law Review (2015)
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  • Rory Van Loo, A Tale of Two Debtors: Bankruptcy Disparities by Race 72 Albany Law Review (2009)
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  • Rory Van Loo, Consumer Law As Tax Alternative (2007)
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In the Media

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  • Bloomberg Businessweek December 3, 2021

    A Tougher CFPB Wants to Be Big Tech’s Financial Watchdog

    Rory Van Loo is quoted.
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  • Bloomberg Law July 9, 2021

    Biden’s Executive Order Links Data Collection to Competition

    Rory Van Loo is quoted.
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  • Lawfare April 7, 2021

    A Broader Look at Privacy Remedies

    Rory Van Loo's research is cited.
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  • Bloomberg Law December 22, 2020

    FTC’s Demand for Tech Company Data Shows ‘Underutilized’ Power

    Rory Van Loo is quoted.
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  • Columbia Journalism Review December 18, 2020

    Facebook and Antitrust: A Slam-Dunk Case, or a Decades-Long Fight in the Making?

    Rory Van Loo is quoted.
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  • The Times December 16, 2020

    Is the Party Over for Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook?

    Rory Van Loo is quoted.
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  • Reuters December 11, 2020

    US Blessing Facebook Deals Complicates Lawsuit Demanding Instagram Sale

    Rory Van Loo is quoted.
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  • Reuters

    US Blessing Facebook Deals Complicates Lawsuit Demanding Instagram Sale

    Rory Van Loo is quoted.
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  • Modern Retail November 6, 2020

    How Amazon’s Vast Logistics Network May Become a Liability Trap

    Rory Van Loo is quoted.
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  • Politico October 26, 2020

    Why Breaking Up (Google) is So Hard To Do

    Rory Van Loo is quoted.
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  • The Times

    Washington Should Dig In For a Long War with Google

    Rory Van Loo is quoted.
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  • Politico August 26, 2020

    A California Cage Match: Amazon Squares off against eBay in Statehouse Brawl

    Rory Van Loo quoted.
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  • The Hill July 29, 2020

    Stop with the Egg Metaphor in Discussing Big Tech Break-ups

    An op-ed by Rory van Loo.
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  • Columbia Journalism Review May 27, 2020

    A Roundtable on Facebook’s Oversight Board

    Tiffany Li and Rory Van Loo are quoted in the <em>Columbia Journalism Review</em>
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  • December 17, 2019

    As Digital Payments Soar, PayPal Stock Is a Buy on Any Dip

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Courses

Business Organization (S): LAW JD 818

3 credits

This seminar will explore various ways to organizationally design businesses, especially for those who aim one day to lead, advise, or regulate large corporations. The organizational considerations that are the focus of the core Corporations class represent only some of the many organizational decisions that business leaders face. Besides deciding whether to take a firm public and designing the corporate governance structure, leaders must choose how to integrate algorithms and technology platforms into the business model; whether to outsource various functions, such as call centers and manufacturing; whether to locate corporate compliance within the same group as the general counsel's office or as a separate part of the organization; and how to design the business units to maximize innovation. With each of these decisions, designers must integrate lawyers and the law. This seminar will explore such issues at a strategic level, focusing in particular on the relationship between corporate compliance, liability, and organizational design. There will be no exam. Instead, students will be assessed on their class participation and a 3000-word paper. UPPER-CLASS WRITING REQUIREMENT: Class of 2024 -- This class may be used to partially satisfy the requirement. PREREQUISITE: Any one of the following: Corporations, Compliance and Risk Management in Global Commerce, Compliance Policy Clinic, or Financial Regulation. ** 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 2023: LAW JD 818 A1 , Jan 19th to Apr 20th 2023
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Thu 10:40 am 12:40 pm 3 Rory Van Loo

Financial Regulation: LAW JD 864

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. GRADING NOTICE: This class does not offer the CR/NC/H option. PREREQUISITE: Business Fundamentals.

FALL 2022: LAW JD 864 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2022
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Tue,Thu 2:45 pm 4:10 pm 3 Rory Van Loo LAW 413