Associate Dean of research at Stanford University
George Triantis is Associate Dean for Strategic Planning in the Law School at Stanford University. He is an expert in the fields of contracts, commercial law, business law, and bankruptcy.
In 2017 , he beacame an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The Academy’s membership includes many of the most accomplished scholars and scientists, writers, artists, politicians, businessmen and philanthropists worldwide.
Among his contributions to legal scholarship, Professor Triantis pioneered the application of options theory to the study of contracts and commercial law, and authored a series of articles that develop principles of contract design.
Prior to joining the Stanford Law School faculty in 2011, he was the Eli Goldston Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. He received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Toronto in 1980 and a J.D. from the University of Toronto in 1983. He continued his education at the University of Virginia, where he earned an LL.M. He then was a teaching fellow at Stanford Law School, where he received his J.S.D.
Professor Triantis began his teaching career in 1989 as an assistant professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and Faculty of Management and since then, has also been a member of the law faculties at Virginia, Chicago and Harvard.
His recent publications concern the process of business negotiations, the link between contract design and dispute resolution, the design of legal remedies in commercial contracts, the impact of bargaining power on contract design, and the forces of disruption and innovation in transactional legal practice. His other writings include analysis of business bankruptcy process. He is also the coauthor of the book Foundations of Commercial Law (Foundation Press, 2009).
His other service roles outside Stanford have included past editor of the Journal of Law & Economics and past director of the American Law & Economics Association, and a consultant on matters of contract interpretation and bankruptcy. He is also an elected member of the American Law Institute.