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Christopher G. Bradley

Assistant Professor of Law

227 Mandrell Hall

(859) 257-6197


In fall 2016, Christopher G. Bradley joined the College of Law as an Assistant Professor. Professor Bradley’s research and teaching interests include commercial, business, and bankruptcy law. Both in his research and his teaching, Professor Bradley adheres to a legal realist emphasis on “law in action” rather than “law in the books.” To that end, his research relies on empirical, historical, and theoretical approaches—all focused on how law impacts the realities of social, commercial, business, political, and cultural life.

Prior to entering academia, Professor Bradley clerked for Judge Higginbotham of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He then spent several years practicing with the international law firm of Weil, Gotshal and Manges. At Weil, he was recognized for pro bono service, which included the successful representation of an asylum petitioner from El Salvador and of a victim of domestic violence seeking a visa under the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act.  

Professor Bradley left Weil to clerk for Judge Davis of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Texas. In this capacity he gained exposure to the wide range of matters brought before bankruptcy courts, from individual debtors trying to rebuild their credit to business entities and corporate groups pursuing reorganization.

Professor Bradley then practiced at the specialty bankruptcy and litigation firm of Hohmann Taube & Summers and with the Finance and Restructuring Group of the national firm of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis. Professor Bradley’s practice included service to creditors, to debtors in bankruptcy, as well as to bankruptcy trustees and state court receivers. In addition to taking and defending depositions, drafting briefs and other court papers, participating in alternative dispute resolutions, and arguing to courts, he negotiated and drafted a range of business transaction documents. While at these firms, Professor Bradley also participated in several pro bono matters and served the bar in various roles, including as chair of the Young Lawyers Committee of the Bankruptcy Section of the State Bar of Texas.


  • A.B., summa cum laude, Princeton University (2001)
  • M.Phil. in Medieval English Literature with distinction, Balliol College, University of Oxford (2003)
  • J.D., magna cum laude, N.Y.U. School of Law (2007)
  • LL.M. in International Legal Studies,  N.Y.U. School of Law (2008)
  • D.Phil. in Medieval English Literature, Balliol College, University of Oxford (2008)

Books & Book Chapters

  • International Organizations and the Production of Indicators: The Case of Freedom House, in The Quiet Power of Indicators: Measuring Governance, Corruption, and Rule of Law (Sally Merry, Kevin Davis & Benedict Kingsbury eds., Cambridge Univ. Press 2015).
  • Censorship and Cultural Continuity, in After Arundel: Religious Writing in Fifteenth-Century England (Vincent Gillespie & Kantik Ghosh eds., Brepols 2012).

Scholarly Articles

Christopher G. Bradley's scholarship is available for download at his SelectedWorks page.

  • The FinTech Arms Race: Consumer Protection, Commercial Transactions, and Technological Change, __ Chi.-Kent L. Rev. __ (forthcoming). (Symposium on FinTech's Promises and Threats)
  • Trials of Conscience and the Story of Conscience, 24 Exemplaria: J. Theory Medieval & Renaissance Stud. 28 (2012). 
  • The Letter of Richard Wyche: An Interrogation Narrative, 127 PMLA 626 (2012).
  • Partner Capture in Public International Organizations, 44 Akron L. Rev. 261 (2011).
  • Book Review, 39 N.Y.U. J. Int'l L. & Pol. 155 (2006) (reviewing Dan Sarooshi, International Organizations and Their Exercise of Sovereign Powers (2005) & Margaret P. Karns & Karen A. Mingst, International Organizations: The Politics and Processes of Global Governance (2004)).  

Popular Media

Selected Presentations

  • Technological Change and The Future of Commercial Law, Southeastern Association of Law Schools New Scholars Presentation, Law and Technology Panel (August 2017).
  • Disrupting the UCC? Secured Transactions and the "Internet of Things", Oho State University Moritz College of Law (June 2017).
  • Ethics and Disclosures for Business and Consumer Practitioners, Austin Bar Association Bankruptcy Section (Apr. 2016) (with Henry Hobbs and Frank Lyon).
  • Exemptions (Including Homesteads)—Developments, Open Issues, and Best Practices34th Annual Jay L. Westbrook Bankruptcy Conference (Nov. 2015).
  • Indicators, Law, and Governance, Panel Respondent, Indicators and the Ecology of Governance Conference, N.Y.U. School of Law (July 2015).
  • Developments in Bankruptcy Law, 48th Annual William W. Gibson, Jr., Mortgage Lending Institute (Sept. & Oct. 2014) (with Mark C. Taylor).
  • 363 Sales & Credit Bidding, Bankruptcy Bench-Bar Conference, Western District of Texas (June 2014) (with Leif Clark and Hon. Tony M. Davis).