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Founded in 2005, the Hastings Business Law Journal ("HBLJ") is an academic journal published by students at the UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, California. HBLJ currently publishes two issues per volume. Each issue contains scholarship written by law professors, judges, practitioners, and student members of HBLJ. All articles are subjected to a rigorous editorial process designed to sharpen and strengthen substance and tone.

Most Recent Articles

Institutionalized Disruption: The Rise of the Reformer Startup

This essay emerges from a joint symposium of the Hastings Business Law Journal and the Hastings Science andTechnology Law Journal entitled “Regulating the Disruption Economy: Tech Startups as Regulatory Reformers.” Thesymposium featured panels on virtual currency, crowdfunding, and the sharing economy. Drawing from the symposium, this essay considers why startups are increasingly taking up the mantle of regulatory reform, how they are achieving their successes, and whether this is a positive development for our political economy. 

The Treaty Shopping Practice: Corporate Structuring and Restructuring to Gain Access to Investment Treaties and Arbitration

In recent years, international law governing foreign investment has been criticized for giving too much power to foreign investors, while international arbitration procedures have been criticized for not being able to develop a jurisprudence constante.  This article proposes that, despite these critiques, the current regime provides adequate protection to most foreign investors.  In particular, this article analyzes the magnitude of the emerging “treaty shopping practice” and draws relevant theoretical and policy implications for proper rulemaking.  While the risk of treaty shoppin

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