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Carl S. Bjerre

Wallace L. & Ellen A. Kaapcke Professor of Business Law

Law, Law-JD, Business Law
Phone: 541-346-3981
Office: 353 Knight Law Center


Carl S. Bjerre specializes in commercial law. At Oregon Law, he teaches business courses ranging from first-year Contracts through Advanced Commercial Law and holds the title of Kaapcke Professor of Business Law. Active in national and international projects to modernize commercial law, Professor Bjerre is a member of the Permanent Editorial Board for the Uniform Commercial Code, the Uniform Law Commission, and the American Law Institute. He was a member of the United States delegation for the negotiation of the Geneva Securities Convention and was closely involved with the United States ratification of the Hague Securities Convention.

Prior to joining the Oregon Law faculty, Professor Bjerre practiced transactional finance law for six years with the multinational law firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York City. A native of Los Angeles, California, he earned his J.D. magna cum laude from Cornell Law School and clerked for U.S. District Judge Charles P. Sifton.


Books and Book Chapters

Carl S. Bjerre, Revised Article 8: Investment Securities, in Hawkland Uniform Commercial Code Series (Thomson Reuters 2020) (with William Hawkland & James S. Rogers)

Carl S. Bjerre, Revised Article 9: Secured Transactions, in Hawkland Uniform Commercial Code Series (Thomson Reuters 2020) (with William Hawkland & Frederick H. Miller)

Carl S. Bjerre and Sandra M. Rocks, The ABCs of the UCC, Article 8: Investment Securities, 2d edition (American Bar Association 2004)

Carl S. Bjerre, Project Finance and Consent, chapter of Privatising Development: Transnational Law, Infrastructure and Human Rights, edited by Michael B. Likosky (Leiden and Boston: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers 2005)

Selected Journal Articles

The UCC and the ABA’s Business Law Section:  In Praise of the Omnium Gatherum, 75 Business Lawyer 2411 (2020) (with Amelia H. Boss, Charles W. Mooney, Jr., Edwin E. Smith, Sandra M. Rocks, Steven L. Harris, and Steven O. Weise)

Carl S. Bjerre, A Guide to the Hague Securities Convention for U.S. Lawyers, 47 Unif. Comm’l Code L.J. 389 (2018) (with Rocks, Smith and Weise)

Carl S. Bjerre, Changes in the Choice-of-Law Rules for Intermediated Securities: The Hague Securities Convention Is Now Live, Business Law Today (August 2017) (with Rocks and Smith)

Carl S. Bjerre, Security Interest Opinions Under The Hague Securities Convention, In Our Opinion, The Newsletter of the American Bar Association’s Legal Opinions Committee (Spring 2017) (with Rocks, Smith and Weise)

Investment Securities, 75 Business Lawyer 2691 (August 2020)

Investment Securities, 74 Business Lawyer 1283 (August 2019)

Investment Securities, 73 Business Lawyer 1209 (August 2018)

Investment Securities, 72 Business Lawyer 1133 (August 2017)

Carl S. Bjerre, Intermediated Securities: Legal Problems and Practical Issues (Book Review), 27 Banking and Financial L. Rev. 753 (2012)

Carl S. Bjerre and Sandra M. Rocks, A Transactional Approach to the Hague Securities Convention, 3 Capital Markets Law J. 109 (2008)

Carl S. Bjerre, Principle and Utility in the Structure of Securities Ownership: A Comment on Schwarcz and Benjamin, 12 Duke J. Comp. & Int’l L. 331 (2002) (in symposium on international structured finance transactions)

Carl S. Bjerre, Secured Transactions Inside Out: Negative Pledge Covenants, Property and Perfection, 84 Cornell L. Rev. 305 (1999)

Carl S. Bjerre, Mental Capacity as Metaphor, 18 Int’l J. Semiotics of L. 101 (2005)