Carl S. Bjerre

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  • Title: Wallace L. & Ellen A. Kaapcke Professor of Business Law
  • Phone: 541-346-3981
  • Office: 353 Knight Law Center
  • Departments: Law, Law-JD

Academic Interests

Commercial Law, Secured Transactions, Investment Securities, Contracts


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 recent 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. 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, 7A Revised Article 8: Investment Securities, in Hawkland Uniform Commerical Code Series (Thomson Reuters 2013) (revision of main volume with William Hawkland & James Rogers) Further Information Westlaw

Carl S. Bjerre, 9A, 9B and 9C Revised Article 9: Secured Transactions, in Hawkland Uniform Commercial Code Series (Thomson Reuters 2013) (cumulative annual supplement with William Hawkland & Frederick H. Miller) Further Information Westlaw

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, published as a chapter of Privatising Development: Transnational Law, Infrastructure and Human Rights, edited by Michael B. Likosky (Leiden and Boston: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers 2005) (substantially reprinting a journal article)

Journal Articles

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, 73 Business Lawyer 1209 (August 2018)

Investment Securities, 72 Business Lawyer 1133 (August 2017)

Investment Securities, 71 Business Lawyer 1311 (August 2016)

Investment Securities, 70 Business Lawyer 1233 (August 2015)

Investment Securities, 69 Business Lawyer 1215 (August 2014)

Investment Securities, 68 Business Lawyer 1243 (August 2013)

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, International Project Finance Transactions: Selected Issues Under UCC Article 9, 73 Am. Bankruptcy L.J. 261 (1999) (in symposium on revisions of Uniform Commercial Code Article 9)

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

Carl S. Bjerre, Thanks, Boss: A Tribute to Professor Jim Mooney, 87 Or. L. Rev. 14 (2008)

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