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Beny, Laura Nyantung

Professor of Law

428 Hutchins Hall

Since joining Michigan Law in 2003, Professor Laura N. Beny has taught Corporate Finance, Enterprise Organization, International Finance, The Public Corporation, Law and Development, and Law and Finance. Her research and teaching interests include a wide range of subjects in law and economics, finance, political economy, and international development. Her research has been published in the American Economic Review, American Law and Economics Review, Journal of Corporation Law, and Harvard Business Law Review, among others. Her work has been cited in numerous media, including The Economist, The Age (Australia), and Global Risk Regulator, and in congressional testimony. She is co-editor with Sondra Hale of the book Sudan's Killing Fields: Political Violence and Fragmentation (Red Sea Press, 2014). In addition to her scholarly work, Professor Beny has published numerous opinion pieces on Africa, particularly Sudan and South Sudan, in various international media, such as Newsweek International,, and Al Jazeera, among others. She also has served as a legal consultant on numerous projects in the United States and Africa. Before coming to Michigan, she practiced private and pro bono law at Debevoise & Plimpton, an international law firm based in New York City. Professor Beny earned her MA and PhD in economics from Harvard University, her JD from Harvard Law School, and her BA in economics from Stanford University. She is currently serving a two-year term (2015–2017) on the University of Michigan African Studies Center's executive committee.

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Recent Publications

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Review of South Sudan: A Slow Liberation, by E. Thomas. The Historian (Forthcoming).

The Empirical Evidence on the Regulation of Insider Trading. Working Paper.

The Law and Economics of Public Global Efforts to Prevent and Punish Genocide. Working Paper.​

Diversity Among Elite American Law Firms: A Signal of Quality and Prestige. Univ. of Michigan Law & Economics. Working Paper.
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Analysis of the Republic of South Sudan's Accession to the East African Community: Benefits, Detriments and Recommendations. M. Snyder, co-author. Univ. of Michigan Public Law Research Paper, no. 337. Working Paper, 2013.
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"Preserving Self-Determination in the Search for Peace in South Sudan." Berkeley J. Int'l L. Blog (May 2017).
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"Self-Determination is the Key for Peace in South Sudan." Al (May 14, 2017).
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"A Roadmap for Peace in South Sudan." M. Blackings, co-author. (January 17, 2014).
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"Think Courts Aren't Relevant? Ask the Victims." (February 25, 2014).
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"A National Adaptation Programme of Action: Ethiopia's responses to climate change." A. Golrokhian, K. Browne, R. Hardin, A. Agrawal, K. Askew, B. Larroquette, and B. Morse, co-authors. World Development Perspectives 1 (2016): 53-7.​
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"Introductory Note to United Nations Security Council Resolution on Targeted Sanctions in South Sudan." Int'l Legal Materials 54, no. 5 (2015): 945-54.
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Appointed associate director of the University of Michigan African Studies Center, International Institute, July 2018.

Nominated to serve another term as a member of the executive committee of the University of Michigan African Studies Center, July 2017.

Hosted the 11th Annual Lutie A. Lytle Black Women Law Faculty Workshop and Writing Retreat at the University of Michigan Law School, July 6–12, 2017. It involved fundraising from co-sponsoring law schools for participant scholarships and a year of planning and coordination. Keynote speakers included Robert Sellers, U-M vice provost; Michele Coleman Mayes, '74, vice president and general counsel of the New York Public Library; and Marcilynn Burke, dean of the University of Oregon School of Law.

Peer-reviewed articles for Regulation & Governance and Feminist Economics, March 2017.

Featured in an exhibit of national law faculty put together by student groups at Harvard Law School. The professors were selected because of "the diverse perspectives they bring to the law through their backgrounds and scholarship." Professor Beny, in particular, was selected for the "tremendous scholarship she's created in the field of corporate law, economics, and international development." November 2016.