Areas of Expertise
- Business Organizations Law
- Conflict of Laws
- Corporate Governance
- Corporate Law
- Entrepreneurship and the Law
- International Business Transactions
- International Law
- International Trade Law
- Organizations Law
John Coyle joined the Carolina Law faculty in 2010 and serves as the Reef C. Ivey II Distinguished Professor of Law. His teaching and research interests include contracts, corporate law, and conflict of laws. Coyle is the author of more than thirty articles on topics ranging from contract boilerplate to venture capital to private international law. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Duke Law Journal, the Iowa Law Review, and the Notre Dame Law Review, among others. The graduating class at Carolina Law has twice voted to award him the Frederick B. McCall Award for Teaching Excellence.
Coyle attended Yale Law School where he was a symposium editor on the Yale Law Journal, an articles editor on the Yale Journal of International Law, and the recipient of the William K.S. Wang Prize and the Jewell Prize. Prior to joining Carolina Law, Coyle clerked for Judge Reena Raggi on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, practiced law in the corporate group at Covington & Burling LLP in Washington, DC, and taught legal writing at Harvard Law School.
- J.D., Yale University (2005)
- M.Phil., European Studies, University of Cambridge (2001)
- B.A., History and Literature, Harvard University (2000)
The Mystery of the Missing Choice-of-Law Clause, 56 U.C. DAVIS L. REV. (forthcoming 2022).
“Contractually Valid” Forum Selection Clauses, 108 IOWA L. REV. (forthcoming 2022).
Forum Selection Clauses, Non-Signatories, and Personal Jurisdiction (with R. Effron), 97 NOTRE DAME L. REV. 189 (2021).
In the Media
- John Coyle on the History of the Choice-of-Law Clause (Business Scholarship Podcast)
- City of Contracts Podcast: John Coyle (Legal Sifter)
- Coyle: A Short History of the Choice-of-Law Clause (CLS Blue Sky Blog)
- Not So Funny Things that Can Happen on the Way to Your Contractually Selected Forum; Coyle Paper Quoted (Lexology)
- Op-Ed: Editor Joe Green Discusses Article Co-Written with Prof. John Coyle (Reuters)
- John F. Coyle: Choice of Law Clause Can Be Complicated (Corporate Counsel subscription required)
- Start-Up Lawyering 2.0; Coyle Mentioned (OBLB)
- Is the CISG Irrelevant? Coyle Article Review (JOTWELL)
- Coyle: Is the SAFE Not So Safe for Investment Crowdfunding? (Crowdfund Insider)