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Professor Roy Andrew Partain


Professor Roy Andrew Partain holds a personal chair in international and comparative law and in mathematical analysis of law in the School of Law at the University of Aberdeen (Scotland, UK). His research on economic models of climate change and their impact on climate policy, on the economic analysis of environmental law, on the use of game theory and mechanism design to achieve regulatory goals, particularly for reducing atmospheric carbon, are globally recognized. His articles and books on comparative environmental law have been published across East Asia and Europe. His use of 'anticommons theory' as a method of legal analysis has enabled new pathways of legal research, from public international law, to constitutional law, and recently a new joint research project of legal scholars from the University of Aberdeen, Kobe University, and BIICL to locate potential legal reforms to enable more rapid medical research and development in pandemic periods.

Professor Partain received his PhD in Law from Erasmus University Rotterdam, his Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD) from Vanderbilt University, a MSc in Economics (Institutional Economics) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a MSc in Economics (Microeconomics and Game Theory) from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a BSc in Economics from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has held permanent and visiting positions at universities in China, Japan, South Korea, and the United Kingdom. He remains an active attorney-at-law with the State Bar of Texas.


Professor Roy Andrew Partain

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