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Urska Velikonja

Professor of Law

LL.B., University of Ljubljana School of Law; LL.M., J.D., Harvard

Professor Velikonja teaches Securities Regulation, Contracts and Securities and Enforcement Seminar.  She previously taught at Emory University.  She writes primarily about securities regulation and enforcement. Velikonja’s...

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Professor Velikonja teaches Securities Regulation, Contracts and Securities and Enforcement Seminar.  She previously taught at Emory University.  She writes primarily about securities regulation and enforcement. Velikonja’s recent scholarship has appeared in the Stanford Law Review, the California Law Review, the Cornell Law Review, and many other journals. Professor Velikonja’s work is regularly discussed by regulators and has been featured in major newspapers, including the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, the Financial Times and other media.

Professor Velikonja graduated first in her class at the University of Ljubljana School of Law in 2002 and received her LL.M. at Harvard Law School in 2003. She received her J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2009. Prior to entering academia, Velikonja clerked for Judge Stephen F. Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and worked as a banking and finance associate with an Austrian law firm in her native Slovenia.

Recent Scholarship

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Urska Velikonja, Are the SEC's Administrative Law Judges Biased? An Empirical Investigation, 92 Wash. L. Rev. 315-370 (2017).    [W] [SSRN] [WWW]
  • Urska Velikonja, Reporting Agency Performance: Behind the SEC's Enforcement Statistics, 101 Cornell L. Rev. 901-980 (2016).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [WWW]
  • Urska Velikonja, Securities Settlements in the Shadows, 126 Yale L.J. F. 124-138 (2016).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [WWW]
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All Scholarship 2016 - Present

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Urska Velikonja, Are the SEC's Administrative Law Judges Biased? An Empirical Investigation, 92 Wash. L. Rev. 315-370 (2017).    [W] [SSRN] [WWW]
  • Urska Velikonja, Reporting Agency Performance: Behind the SEC's Enforcement Statistics, 101 Cornell L. Rev. 901-980 (2016).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [WWW]
  • Urska Velikonja, Securities Settlements in the Shadows, 126 Yale L.J. F. 124-138 (2016).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [WWW]
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In the News

"SEC Reverses Policy on In-House Judges," coverage in Financial Advisor IQ, December 1, 2017, featuring Professor Urska Velikonja.

"The Numbers Don’t Lie: The SEC Pursues a More Streamlined Enforcement Agenda," coverage by The National Law Review, November 29, 2017, mentioning Professor Urska Velikonja.

"Trump Administration Questions Validity of SEC Judges," coverage by The Wall Street Journal, November 29, 2017, mentioning Professor Urska Velikonja.

"Wall Street’s watchdog is pursuing fewer cases since Trump took office", coverage by The Washington Post, November 23, 2017, quoting Professor Urska Velikonja.

"Has The SEC Gone Soft Under Trump? Enforcement Actions Are Down, But That's Deceptive," coverage by Forbes, November 21, 2017, featuring Professor Urska Velikonja's 2017 law review article.

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"SEC Reverses Policy on In-House Judges," coverage in Financial Advisor IQ, December 1, 2017, featuring Professor Urska Velikonja.

"The Numbers Don’t Lie: The SEC Pursues a More Streamlined Enforcement Agenda," coverage by The National Law Review, November 29, 2017, mentioning Professor Urska Velikonja.

"Trump Administration Questions Validity of SEC Judges," coverage by The Wall Street Journal, November 29, 2017, mentioning Professor Urska Velikonja.

"Wall Street’s watchdog is pursuing fewer cases since Trump took office", coverage by The Washington Post, November 23, 2017, quoting Professor Urska Velikonja.

"Has The SEC Gone Soft Under Trump? Enforcement Actions Are Down, But That's Deceptive," coverage by Forbes, November 21, 2017, featuring Professor Urska Velikonja's 2017 law review article.

"FDIC chief warns on looser regs; Wells cuts fee," by the American Banker, November 15, 2017, quoting Professor Urska Velikonja.

"Wall Street Fines Fall During First Year of Trump Administration," by the Wall Street Journal, November 14, 2017, quoting Professor Urska Velikonja.  Professor Velikonja's research was also featured in the Washington Post,  Bloomberg News  and Business Insider in simliar articles.

"Verity Winship on Denials and Admissions in SEC Civil Enforcement," coverage in the Corporate Crime Reporter, May 2, 2017, that includes a reference to Visiting Professor Urska Velikonja's paper Reporting Agency Performance: Behind the SEC's Enforcement Statistics. 

"A Whack at Dodd-Frank Could Hamstring the S.E.C.," coverage in The New York Times, April 24, 2017, featuring Professor Urska Velikonja.

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