Professor Jack Graves teaches Contracts, Business Organizations, Arbitration, and
International Sales Law & Arbitration (including an associated skills practicum). He
brings to the study of commercial and business law a unique blend of international
business and legal practice experience, along with his academic perspective. Before
attending law school, Professor Graves spent 15 years in business management, last
serving as the President of Lowe Alpine Systems, an international manufacturer and
distributor of active outdoor sports equipment and apparel. He then earned his law degree
from the University of Colorado in 1994, Order of the Coif. During law school, he served
as an Articles Editor for the Law Review and as a Teaching Fellow in Contracts. Following
law school, Professor Graves clerked for the Honorable David M. Ebel on the United States
Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. After his clerkship, Professor Graves joined the
firm of Chrisman, Bynum & Johnson, P.C. (later becoming the Boulder, Colorado office
of Faegre & Benson LLP) and ultimately became a member of the firm. He spent 6 years
practicing civil litigation, trials, and appeals, with an emphasis on commercial and
corporate litigation. He practiced before Colorado state and federal courts, as well as
the Delaware Court of Chancery. 

Professor Graves began his full-time teaching career as a Visitor at the University of
Colorado School of Law during the 2001-02 academic year. He was selected by the
University of Colorado law school student body as "Outstanding Visiting
Professor" in recognition of "Excellence in Teaching.” Professor Graves then
spent three years as a member of the faculty at Stetson University College of Law, where
he taught Contracts, as well as a variety of courses in domestic and international
commercial law and dispute resolution. He spent the 2005-06 academic year as a fall
Visitor at the University of Syracuse and a spring Visitor at Franklin Pierce Law Center.
Today, his teaching and scholarship at Touro Law Center focus on commercial law and
dispute resolution—both domestic and international. He has also recently taught an
introductory course on the UCC, as comparative law, to a class of Australian law students
at the Victoria University, Melbourne, School of Law. 

In collaboration with a group of colleagues from the University of Pittsburgh and the
University of Zagreb, Professor Graves founded and continues to serve as Director of the
Institute of International Commercial Law & Dispute Resolution. Each summer, the
Institute holds a program in Zagreb and Zadar, Croatia, hosting over 30 students from
around the globe and fully accredited by both the American Bar Association and the
European Credit Transfer System. Professor Graves developed the overall program
curriculum and teaches a part of it each summer. He also spends significant time
collaborating with students and faculty from the U.S. and abroad in relation to the
Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, an international moot involving
law student teams from over 250 law schools and over 60 countries. Professor Graves has
coached teams from Stetson (1st place in team orals – 2005), Franklin Pierce (honorable
mention in team orals – 2006), and Touro (2nd place in team orals – 2008; round of 16 in
team orals – 2009; honorable mention in team orals – 2011). 

When not teaching, writing, or thinking about law, Jack is an avid outdoor enthusiast,
including climbing, skiing, cycling, kayaking, and running. 

Commercial Law


The ABCs of the CISG, American Bar Association (2013)

As an introductory overview of a relatively comprehensive statute, this book provides details and comparative...



Penalty Clauses and the CISG, Journal of Law & Commerce (2012)

Commercial agreements often provide for “fixed sums” payable upon a specified breach. Such agreements are...



CISG Article 6 and Issues of Formation: The Problem of Circularity, Belgrade Law Review (2011)

CISG Article 6 broadly allows parties to exclude the application of the CISG or derogate...




Court Litigation over Arbitration Agreements: Is it Time for a New Default Rule?, The American Review of International Arbitration (2012)

Court litigation over the existence or validity of arbitration agreements is a major threat to...



Arbitration as Contract: The Need for a Fully Developed and Comprehensive Set of Statutory Default Legal Rules, 2 Wm. & Mart Bus. L. Rev. 227 (2011)

This article addresses an increasingly important topic in today’s commercial world—the United States Federal Arbitration...



"Competence-Competence and Separability-American Style", published as Chapter 8 in International Arbitration and International Commercial Law: Synergy, Convergence and Evolution (with Yelena Davydan), Aspen Publishers (2011)

The doctrines of “separability” and “competence-competence” are often called the cornerstones of international commercial arbitration....


Conflicts / Private International Law


Legal Education


A More Cost Effective Model for Legal Education, New York State Bar Association Journal (2013)

In his most recent book, Richard Susskind focuses on three primary drivers of change in...



An Essay on Rebuilding and Renewal in American Legal Education, 29 Touro L. Rev. 375 (2013)

The American model of legal education is broken as a value proposition. Like a building...



The Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot: Making the Most of an Extraordinary Educational Opportunity (with Stephanie A. Vaughan), Vindobona Journal of International Law and Arbitration (2006)