Amitai Aviram

Professor of Law
Director, Corporate Law Program


Professor Amitai Aviram studies the law of acting through others – the governance of business organizations – using analytical tools from the field of law and economics. Specific themes explored include the mechanisms of norm enforcement in private legal systems and the role of law in manipulating perceptions. Prior to joining the Illinois faculty, he taught at Florida State University and George Mason University and was a John M. Olin Scholar of Law and Economics at the University of Chicago.



JSD, LLM University of Chicago
LLB TAU Faculty of Law

Areas of Expertise

Business Strategy
Corporate Law
Economic Analysis of Law
History of Business Organizations
Mergers and Acquisitions


Business Associations I
Business Associations II
Business Strategy for Lawyers
Comparative Analysis of Legal Practice
Law Teaching Practicum
Mergers & Acquisitions
Thesis Research

Selected Publications

Evolutionary Models of Corporate Law, in: RESEARCH HANDBOOK ON THE HISTORY OF CORPORATE AND COMPANY LAW (Harwell Wells (ed.), Edward Elgar, 2018), pp. 596-620

Officers’ Fiduciary Duties and the Nature of Corporate Organs, 2013 University of Illinois Law Review 763-784 (2013)

Forces Shaping the Evolution of Private Legal Systems, in: Peer Zumbansen & Gralf-Peter Calliess (eds.), LAW, ECONOMICS AND EVOLUTIONARY THEORY (2011)

Counter-cyclical Enforcement of Corporate Law, 25 Yale Journal on Regulation 1 (2008)

The Placebo Effect of Law: Law’s Role in Manipulating Perceptions, 75 George Washington Law Review 54 (2006)

Regulation by Networks, 2003 BYU Law Review 1179 (2003)


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