Professor of Law
Office: Room 352
Professor Gelpern’s research explores the legal and policy implications of international capital flows. She has published articles on financial integration, government debt, and regulation of financial institutions in law and social science journals, and has co-authored a textbook on International Finance with Professor Hal S. Scott. She has contributed to international initiatives on financial reform and sovereign borrowing, most recently as part of the Second Warwick Commission and as an expert for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. Professor Gelpern is a visiting fellow at the Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics and a fellow at the George Washington University School of Law Center for Law, Economics & Finance; she held a visiting appointment at the University of Pennsylvania Law School in Spring 2011.
Before joining the WCL faculty, she was an Associate Professor at Rutgers School of Law-Newark and Rutgers University Division of Global Affairs. She was an International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in 2002-2003. Between 1996 and 2002, Professor Gelpern served in legal and policy positions at the U.S. Treasury Department. Earlier she practiced with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in New York and London. Professor Gelpern has taught International Finance, Contracts, Commercial Law, Financial Institutions and International Law, and currently serves as Chair of the Financial Institutions and Consumer Financial Services Section of the Association of American Law Schools. She earned an A.B. from Princeton University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Degrees & Universities
- J.D., Harvard Law School
- M.Sc., London School of Economics and Political Science
- A.B., Princeton University
- Anna Gelpern, Banks, Governments, and Debt Crises, in Great Decisions, 49-60 (Foreign Policy Association 2011).
- Anna Gelpern & Kevin E. Davis, Peer-to –Peer Financing for Development: Regulating the Intermediaries, 42 N.Y.U. J. Intl. L. & Pol. 1209 (2010).
- Anna Gelpern & G. Mitu Gulati, How CACs Became Boilerplate: The Politics of Contract Change, in Overcoming Developing Country Debt Crises, 347-388 (Barry Herman, Jose Antonio Ocampo & Shari Spiegel, Oxford University Press 2010).
- Anna Gelpern & Mitu Gulati, Innovation after the Revolution: Foreign Sovereign Bond Contracts since 2003, 4 Cap. Mkt. L.J. 85 (2009).
- Anna Gelpern & Mitu Gulati, Feel-Good Formalism, 35 Queen's L.J. 97 (2009). SSRN Link
- Anna Gelpern, Financial Crisis Containment, 41 Conn. L. Rev. 1051 (2009).
- Anna Gelpern & Adam J. Levitin, Rewriting Frankenstein Contracts: Workout Prohibitions in Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities, 82 S. Cal. L. Rev. 1075 (2009).
- Hal S. Scott & Anna Gelpern, International Finance: Transactions, Policy, and Regulation (18th ed., Foundation Press 2011).
- Anna Gelpern, Sovereignty, Accountability, and the Wealth Fund Governance Conundrum, 1 Asian J. Intl. L. 289 (2011).
- Anna Gelpern, Financial Stability is a Volume Business: A Comment on the Legal Infrastructure of Ex Post Consumer Debtor Protections, 38 Fordham Urb. L.J. 767 (2011).
- Anna Gelpern & G. Mitu Gulati, Foreword: Of Lawyers, Leaders, And Returning Riddles in Sovereign Debt, 73 L. & Contemp. Probs. 1 (2010).
- Ginsburg, Tom et al., The Future of Law and Development, 104 Nw. L. Rev. Colloquy 164 (2009).
- Anna Gelpern, Commentary: Contracts as Organizations, 51 Ariz. L. Rev. 1051 (2009).
- Anna Gelpern, Domestic Bonds, Credit Derivatives, and the Next Transformation of Sovereign Debt, 83 Chi-Kent L. Rev. 147 (2008).
- Anna Gelpern, Wal-Mart Bank in Mexico: Money to the Masses and the Home-Host Hole, 39 Conn. L. Rev. 1513 (2007).
- Anna Gelpern, Odious, Not Debt, 70 L. & Contemp. Probs. 81 (2007).
- Anna Gelpern & Mitu Gulati, Public Symbol in Private Contract: A Case Study, 84 Wash. L. Rev. 1627 (2006).
- Brad Setser & Anna Gelpern, Argentina's Pathways through Financial Crisis, 12 Global Governance 465 (2006).
- Anna Gelpern, After Argentina, 2 Policy Br. Intl. Econ. 2 (Sept. 2005).
- Anna Gelpern, What the Bond Markets Could Learn from Argentina, 4 Intl. Fin. L. Rev. 19 (2005).
- Anna Gelpern, What Iraq and Argentina Might Learn from Each Other, 6 Chi. J. Intl. L. 391 (2005).
- Anna Gelpern, Systemic Bank and Corporate Distress from Asia to Argentina: What Have We Learned?, 7 Intl. Fin. 151 (2004).
- Anna Gelpern, Building a Better Seating Chart for Sovereign Restructurings, 53 Emory L.J. 1119 (2004).
- Anna Gelpern & Brad Setser, Domestic and External Debt: The Doomed Quest for Equal Treatment, 35 Geo. J. Intl. L. 795 (2004).