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Nicholas L. Georgakopoulos

Harold R. Woodard Professor of Law

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Lawrence W. Inlow Hall, Room 307
530 W. New York Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202-3225

Phone: (317) 274-1825
Fax: (317) 278-3326

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Ptyhion Nomikis, 1987, Athens University School of Law
LL.M.,1988, S.J.D., 1992 Harvard Law School


Business associations, mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy law, securities regulation


Professor Georgakopoulos was a Professor of Law at the University of Connecticut before moving to Indianapolis. The scion of an old Greek legal family, he began his legal education in his home country, graduating first in his law school, and completed it by studying law and finance at Harvard where he then held a postdoctoral appointment. His doctoral dissertation focused on insider trading, disclosure obligations, and securities fraud. One of the resulting articles was cited by the S.E.C. to the U.S. Supreme Court.

He is a member of the American Law Institute, the American Law & Economics Association, the European Association of Law & Economics, the Am. Econ. Assn., and the Amer. Finance Assn. He is also a founding member of the Midwestern Law & Economics Association and has served as an advisor to the Capital Markets Commission of Greece. He was awarded a John S. Grimes Fellowship in 2002.

His scholarship of over 25 publications focuses on corporate, securities, discrimination, and bankruptcy law, which has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court.


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Books and Chapters

  • Agency, Selected Essays on Current Legal Issues, Frenkel & Gerner-Beule, eds, 2008
  • Principles and Methods of Lw and Economics (Cambridge U. Press)
  • THE ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF BANKRUPTCY LAW: AN INTRODUCTION TO ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF LAW (in Greek, Ant. Sakkoulas-Kluwer Publ., 2000, with an introduction by Prof. E. Perakis of Athens U. Law School).
  • Richard A. Posner, CARDOZO: A STUDY IN REPUTATION, Annotated Translation (in Greek, 1997).
  • Securities Regulation and Transaction Costs: A Justification for the Reduction of Transaction Costs through Regulation, in Festschrift fur A. Argyriades 317-341 (1995).

Law Review and Journal Articles

  • Exploring the Shavellian Boundary: Violations from Judgment-Proofing, Minority Rights, and Signaling (3 Journal of Law, Economics and Policy 47-62, 2006
  • Judicial Reaction to Change: The California Supreme Court around the 1986 Elections (13 Cornell J. L. Pub. Policy 405-430, 2004)
  • Self-Fulfilling Impressions of Criminality: Unintentional Police Race Profiling (24 Intern'l Rev. of L. & Econ. 169-190, 2004)
  • New Value, After LaSalle (20 Bankr. Developments J. 1-24, 2003)
  • Bankruptcy for Productivity (37 Wake Forest Law Review 51-96, 2002)
  • Solutions to the Intractability of Distributional Concerns (33 Rutgers L. Rev. 279-328, 2002)
  • Corporate Defense Law for Dispersed Ownership (30 Hofstra L. Rev. 11-120, 2001)
  • Vagueness of Limits and the Distribution of Conducts, 32 Conn. L.Rev. 451-83 (2000).
  • Independence in the Career and Recognition Judiciary, 7 Chicago Roundtable 205-25 (2000).
  • The Creation of Artificial Demand on the Stock Exchange as Abuse of Confidential Information and Grounds for Liability Pursuant to Presidential Decree 53/92, 47 Nomiko Vima 1381-1403 (1999) (in Greek, with Prof. Emer. Leonidas L. Georgakopoulos).
  • Some Errors of §510(b), 16 Bankr. Developments J. 91-122 (1999).
  • Meinhard v. Salmon and the Economics of Honor, 1999 Columbia Business L. Rev. 137-64.
  • Transitions in Affirmative Action, 19 International Rev. of Law and Econ. 23-32 (1999) (with Colin Read).
  • Predictability and Legal Evolution, 17 Int’l Review of Law and Economics 475-89 (1997).
  • New Value, Fresh Start, 3 Stanford J. L. Bus. & Fin. 125-68 (1997).
  • Relative Rank: A Remedy for Subjective Absolute Grades, 29 Conn. L. Rev. 445-57 (1996).
  • Why Should Disclosure Rules Subsidize Informed Traders? 16 International Review of Law and Economics 417-31 (1996).
  • Frauds, Markets, and Fraud-on-the-Market: The Tortured Transition of Justifiable Reliance from Common Law Deceit to Securities Fraud, 49 Miami Law Review 671-730 (1995), reprinted in 29 Securities L. Rev. 511 (1997).
  • About Partial Borrowing from the American Legal Thought (in Greek), 43 Nomiko Vima 799-807 (1995).
  • Insider Trading as a Transaction Cost: A Market Microstructure Justification and Optimization of Insider Trading Regulation, 26 Conn. L. Rev. 1-51 (1993).
  • Classical and Cross Insider Trading: Variations on the Theme of Rule 10b-5, 28 Am. Bus. L.J. 109 (1990).
  • Comment on the acquisition of prescriptive easements from non-continuous trespasses, 33 Nomiko Vima 1557 (1985).

Essays and Reports

  • Bankruptcy for Growth? No more, The Hartford Courant, March 21, 2001, p. A17 (Op-Ed).
  • Concept Paper on Judicial Independence, (with other contributors, ABA Central and Eastern European Law Initiative, 1999).