Rory Van Loo

Rory VanLoo

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 how artificial intelligence, digital platforms, and other technologies challenge conventional thinking about regulating transactions between consumers and businesses. More broadly, he explores how improved information laws, business ethics, institutional design, and legal remedies can produce better market outcomes for society. His articles on these topics were twice chosen through blind peer review for the Harvard/Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum, and have been published six times in the top ten law journals by impact factor.

Professor Van Loo has taught Contracts, Business Organization, Consumer Law, Dispute Systems Design, Multiparty Negotiation, 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 travel to Argentina, Costa Rica, the Cote d’Ivoire, India, Mali, Peru, Senegal, and Vietnam researching the social impact of the internet.

Publications

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  • National Telecommunications and Information Administration: Comments from Researchers at Boston University and the University of Chicago Boston University School of Law Research Paper Series (2023)
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  • Rory Van Loo & Nikita Aggarwal, Amazon's Pricing Paradox Harvard Journal of Law & Technology (2023)
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  • Rory Van Loo, Stress Testing Governance 75 Vanderbilt Law Review (2022)
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  • Rory Van Loo, Privacy Pretexts 108 Cornell Law Review (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 119 Columbia Law Review (2019)
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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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  • LLRX December 31, 2023

    AI in Banking and Finance, December 31, 2023

    Rory Van Loo is quoted.
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  • Chicago Tribune October 16, 2023

    Buyers, Beware. Amazon Makes It Hard to Find the Best Deals.

    Rory Van Loo's piece is featured.
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  • Chicago Tribune October 10, 2023

    Nikita Aggarwal and Rory Van Loo: Prime Day Buyers, Beware. Amazon Makes It Hard to Find the Best Deals.

    Rory Van Loo coauthors an opinion.
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  • Harvard Law Today March 22, 2023

    Making the Invisible Curriculum Visible

    Rory Van Loo is quoted.
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  • USA Today February 28, 2023

    Fact Check: Apple Settlement Payouts Will Be Far Less than $700 per User, Claims Closed in 2020

    Rory Van Loo is quoted.
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  • The Hill December 25, 2022

    How to Help the Fed and Avoid a Recession

    Rory Van Loo coauthors an opinion.
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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?

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  • Reuters December 11, 2020

    US Blessing Facebook Deals Complicates Lawsuit Demanding Instagram Sale

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    US Blessing Facebook Deals Complicates Lawsuit Demanding Instagram Sale

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  • Modern Retail November 6, 2020

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

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