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Robert Illig

Associate Professor

Law, Law-JD, Business Law
Phone: 541-346-1723
Office: 320D Knight Law Center



Professor Illig specializes in corporate, securities, and contract law, with a special emphasis on the governance of pooled investment funds. He is the author of numerous journal articles dealing with corporate governance and legal pedagogy. Currently, he is working on a book that questions the limits of private law to explain and influence economic behavior.

Professor Illig joined the faculty of the UO after practicing for seven years in New York and London. While in practice, he handled a wide range of negotiated transactions in the US and overseas, including public and private mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, and private equity transactions.

Professor Illig earned his JD from Vanderbilt University, which he attended tuition-free as a John W. Wade Scholar. He graduated Order of the Coif in 1996 after having served as Senior Managing Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review. In 1991, he earned his BA from Williams College, magna cum laude.

In 2010, Professor Illig was elected by the graduating class to serve as their Commencement Marshal.

See Professor Illig's curriculum vitae.

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Recent Publications

A Business Lawyer's Bibliography: Books Every Dealmaker Should Read, 61 J. Legal Ed. 585 (2012)

Oregon's Experiment With Sustainable Corporate Governance: A Friendly Critique, 25 J. Envt'l Law & Litigation 189 (2010)

Hedge Funds:The Missing Link in Executive Pay Reform 28 Bank. & Fin. Serv. Pol'y Rep. 10 (Sept. 2009)

The Oregon Method: An Alternative Model for Teaching Transactional Law 59 J. Legal Ed. 221 (2009)

Al Gore, Oprah, and Silicon Valley: Bringing Main Street and Corporate America into the Environmental Movement, 23 J. Envt'l. Law & Litigation 223 (2008)

The Promise of Hedge Fund Governance: How Incentive Compensation can Enhance Institutional Investor Monitoring, 60 Ala. L. Rev. 41 (2008)

What Hedge Funds Can Teach Corporate America: A Roadmap for Achieving Institutional Investor Oversight, 57 Amer. Univ. L. Rev. 225 (2007)

Minority Investor Protections as Default Norms: Using Price to Illuminate the Deal in Close Corporations, 56 Amer. Univ. L. Rev. 271 (2006)

Works in Progress


Between Law and Contract:  Surprising and Unusual Sources of Private Obligation (in process)

Oregon Law and Practice:  Volume I, Corporations (in process)

The Law and Regulation of Private Money:  Cases and Materials on Venture Capital Funds, Hedge Funds and LBO Funds – A Case Study in Transactional Lawyering (in process)

The Evolution of Business Law:  Using Context and History to Understand the Development of Business Regulation in the United States (in process)

Journal Articles

Backdoor Rule-Making:  The Story of the SEC’s Manual of Telephone Interpretations (in process)

Private Makers of Public Law:  A Case Study from the Wake of Sarbanes-Oxley (in process)

B Corporations:  Why Is the Left Surrendering the Middle? (forthcoming 2012)

The Dog That Didn’t Bark:  Private Investment Funds and Relational Contracts in the Wake of the Great Recession (forthcoming 2012)