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About Bryan H. Druzin

Professor Bryan Druzin is a specialist in legal theory at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Law. His scholarship applies game theory and behavioral economics to various areas of law and political theory. Dr. Druzin is prolific and has published extensively with leading U.S. law schools (Duke, Cornell, Vanderbilt, Georgetown, etc.), top international peer-reviewed journals, and has contributed to several edited volumes published by Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press. Dr. Druzin holds a B.A., LL.B., and LL.M. from the University of British Columbia and a PhD in law from King's College London. He teaches jurisprudence and contract law, and has previously taught at Brunel University and King's College London. Dr. Druzin is currently Deputy Director of the Faculty's LLM program. In recognition of his outstanding scholarly achievements, Dr. Druzin received the university's Research Excellence Award in 2015.
Dr. Druzin's scholarship relates to a single, defining idea: the bottom-up emergence of legal order, and the structural causes that underpin and shape this emergence. This topic cuts across a broad range of legal domains. His work thus addresses some of the most pressing issues of modern legal theory, such as the self-ordering potential of private law, treaty stability in public international law, the emergence of global governance, the growing power of soft law, spontaneous changes in mass social norms, and the self-ordering nature of customary law, rights, and markets. In pursuing this bottom-up analysis of law, Dr. Druzin is contributing to and helping to lead a contemporary trend in jurisprudential scholarship. Dr. Druzin's work is highly interdisciplinary. It draws from economics, political science, sociology, and normative ethics, and has been deeply influenced by a diverse range of thinkers, such as John Rawls, Michel Foucault, Friedrich Hayek, and David Hume.
Dr. Druzin's research is steadily expanding in depth and scope. He has recently received extensive funding to conduct a series of games involving hundreds of participants to empirically support his theory of property rights emergence, which has already attracted widespread interest. Dr. Druzin's current research projects explore the implications of bottom-up ordering for the emergence of global governance. The central question this research addresses is whether, by employing our knowledge of game theory, it is possible to fashion structural mechanisms to accelerate the emergence of global governance.
Dr. Druzin is a frequent speaker at legal forums around the world, and is regularly interviewed by international media on issues related to his scholarship. Dr. Druzin is fluent in Mandarin having lived in Taiwan where he worked for many years in the private sector.


Present Assistant Professor of Law, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Present Lecturer in law, King's College London, Brunel University London



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