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Our History: Former Faculty [Fall 2020 - this site is under construction as we update this list]: Triantis, George (1993-99, 2001-06)

Tenured faculty at the University of Virginia School of Law through its history.

George Triantis, 1993-99, 2001-06

George Triantis

George Triantis received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Toronto in 1980 and a J.D. from the University of Toronto in 1983. He then practiced with Fraser & Beatty in Toronto before continuing his education at Virginia, where he earned an LL.M. He then was a teaching fellow at Stanford Law School, where he received his J.S.D. from in 1989. He joined the UVA faculty in 1994 after visiting for one year from the University of Toronto, where he had served as assistant professor of law and management since 1989. He taught courses in contracts, sales, secured transactions, bankruptcy, and debt financing and restructuring. He held visiting professorships at NYU, Columbia, and Harvard. In 1997 he was the John M. Olin Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Toronto and the George E. Allen Visiting Professor at the University of Richmond. Triantis became the Nicholas E. Chimicles Research Professor of Business Law and Regulation, the Perre Bowen Professor of Law, and the Director of the John M. Olin Program in Law and Economics. Professor Triantis left UVA in 1999 to teach at the University of Chicago, returned from 2001 to 2006, and then accepted a position at Harvard Law School. Triantis has been coeditor of the Journal of Law & Economics (2000-2004) and on the board of directors of the American Law & Economics Association (2004-2007).


Articles and Book Chapters

Conversion Rights and the Design of Financial Contracts (with Alexander J. Triantis), 72 Wash. U. L.Q. 1231-1255 (1994).

A Free Cash-flow Theory of Secured Debt and Creditor Priorities, 80 Va. L. Rev. 2155-2168 (1994).

A Systems Approach to Comparing U.S. and Canadian Reorganization of Financially Distressed Companies (with Lynn M. Lopucki), 35 Harv. Int’l L.J. 267-343 (1994); reprinted in Current Developments in International and Comparative Corporate Insolvency Law 109-183 (Jacob S. Ziegel ed., Clarendon Press, 1994).

Debt Financing, Corporate Decision Making and Security Design, 26 Can. Bus. L.J. 93-105 (1995).

The Role of Debt in Interactive Corporate Governance (with Ronald J. Daniels), 83 Cal. L. Rev. 1073-1113 (1995).

Insolvency Law: Treating the Illness, Not the Symptom, in Corporate Restructurings and Insolvencies: Issues and Perspectives: Papers Presented at the Queen's Annual Business Law Symposium 1995, at 93-97 (1996).

The Interplay Between Liquidation and Reorganization in Bankruptcy: The Role of Screens, Gatekeepers, and Guillotines, 16 Int’l Rev. L. & Econ. 101-119 (1996); expanded version published in Economic Dimensions of International Law: Comparative and Empirical Perspectives 449-476 (Jagdeep S. Bhandari & Alan O. Sykes eds., Cambridge University Press, 1997).

The Careful Use of Comparative Law Data: The Case of Corporate Insolvency Systems, 17 N.Y. L. Sch. J. Int’l & Comp. L. 193-205 (1997).

Debt Financing and Motivation, 31 U. Rich. L. Rev. 1323-1343 (1997).

Unforeseen Contingencies. Risk Allocation in Contracts, in Encyclopedia of Law and Economics III: The Regulation of Contracts 100-116 (Boudewijn Bouckaert & Gerrit De Geest eds., Elgar, 2000).

Timing Problems in Contract Breach Decisions (with Alexander J. Triantis), 41 J.L. & Econ. 163-207 (1998); excerpts reprinted in 5 Va. J. 14-21 (2002).

The Aftermath of North LaSalle Street (with Barry E. Adler), 70 U. Cin. L. Rev. 1225-1244 (2002).

The Efficiency of Vague Contract Terms: A Response to the Schwartz-Scott Theory of U.C.C. Article 2, 62 La. L. Rev. 1065-1079 (2002).

Anticipatory Repudiation Reconsidered (with Jody S. Kraus), 6 Va. J. 54-71 (2003).

Embedded Options and the Case Against Compensation in Contract Law (with Robert E. Scott), 104 Colum. L. Rev. 1428-1491 (2004).

Organizations as Internal Capital Markets: The Legal Boundaries of Firms, Collateral, and Trusts in Commercial and Charitable Enterprises, 117 Harv. L. Rev. 1102-1162 (2004).

Incomplete Contracts and the Theory of Contract Design (with Robert E. Scott), 56 Case W. Res. L. Rev. 187-201 (2005).

Anticipating Litigation in Contract Design (with Robert E. Scott), 115 Yale L.J. 814-879 (2006).


Foreword: The Allocation of Government Authority, 83 Va. L. Rev. 1275-1282 (1997).

Keeping the Gates to Corporate Reorganization: Judicial Activism under the BIA and CCAA (reviewing McLaren, Canadian Commercial Reorganization), 28 Can. Bus. L.J. 279-293 (1997).

Private Law-Making and the Uniform Commercial Code, in 3 The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics and the Law 117-121 (Peter Newman ed., Macmillan, 1998).