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Professor Michael B. Runnels

California State University, Los Angeles
Business Regulation & Regulated Industries


    Michael B. Runnels is an Assistant Professor of Business Law at California State University, Los Angeles, where he teaches courses on the Legal and Regulatory Environment of Business and International Business Law to undergraduate business students. Professor Runnels is also a Visiting Professor at the Beijing Institute of Technology, where he teaches courses on Energy & Environmental Policy, Business Ethics, and International Business Law to international MBA students.

    Professor Runnels received his B.A. from the University of Georgia, during which he had the opportunity to study at the University of Oxford, England, and received his J.D. from the Fordham University School of Law.  While at Fordham, Professor Runnels served as the Senior Articles Editor of the Fordham Journal of Corporate and Financial Law.

    Professor Runnels writes legal scholarship that advocates social change through legal and policy reform. Recent publications include a book chapter, Stakeholder Engagement, in The Lawyer’s Corporate Social Responsibility Deskbook: Practical Guidance for Corporate Counsel and Law Firms, American Bar Association (Fall 2019), and several law review articles, including The Core of an Unqualified Case for Judicial Review, A Reply to Jeremy Waldron and Contemporary Critics, 82 Brooklyn L. Rev. 163 (2016); Rising to China’s Challenge in the Pacific Rim: Reforming the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act to Further the Trans-Pacific Partnership, 39 Seattle U. L. Rev. 107 (2015); The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act & New Governance: Incentivizing Ethical Foreign Direct Investment in China and Other Emerging Economics, 34 Cardozo Law Review 294 (2012); Corporate Social Responsibility and the New Governance: In Search of Epstein’s Good Company in the Employment Context, 43 Akron Law Review 501 (2010); Apologies All Around: Advocating Federal Protection for the Full Apology in Civil Cases, 46 San Diego L. Rev. 137 (2009); UNCLOS and the Arctic: The Path of Least Resistance, 30 Fordham International Law Journal 1587 (2007); and One Nation Indivisible: The Use of Diversity Report Cards to Promote Transparency, Accountability, and Workplace Fairness, 9 Fordham J. Corp. & Fin. L.. 395 (2004).

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