Legal Studies — Economics, Law, and International Business — Business Administration
Lydie  Pierre-Louis

Lydie Pierre-Louis

Associate Professor

Lydie Pierre-Louis is a recognized scholar, educator, and speaker on corporate governance with a focus on financial regulation and emerging market regulation. She is an Associate Professor in the Economics, Law and International Business Department at the University of San Francisco School of Management. She has developed financial literacy programs for emerging communities in coordination with The Federal Reserve Banks of New York and Atlanta. She has served on the American Branch of the International Law Association Committee on Multilateralism and the Accountability of International Organizations to review the governance practices of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

Dr. Pierre-Louis' research crosses disciplines of corporate law, international fiscal policy, financial development strategy, and market regulation. Her research explores the philosophical principles of ethics, fidelity and justice, in particular how these core tenants deeply affect the economic and well-being of communities and global economies. Dr. Pierre-Louis endeavors to guide students on a comprehensive journey of legal and economic history, helping develop their understanding of accountability and corporate social responsibility.

Dr. Pierre-Louis' research takes a critical stance on deregulation, the lack of transparency and the lack of enforcement of securities laws, business ethics and accountability of business entities and markets, from a Keynesian economics perspective. Dr. Pierre-Louis has presented scholarly papers, and taught corporate governance courses at leading universities and international forums throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Caribbean, and Turkey.

She was a member of the legal team that defended Michael Milken against the Securities & Exchange Commission for securities and reporting violations. She is a former Assistant Attorney General in the Investment Protection Bureau of New York State Attorney General, Eliot Spitzer, where she enforced New York State's securities laws against the financial services industry including Bank of America, Bank One, Invesco Funds, and AIM Funds.


J.D., Fordham University School of Law
M.P.A., Finance (Minor in International Development), New York University
B.A., Sociology (Minor in Economics), Barnard College, Columbia University

Courses Offered
  • The following courses represent the last 3 years of teaching and do not represent the current course offerings.

The following list is a selection of recent publications and does not represent the entire body of research.

"The Human Rights-Related Aspects of Indigenous Knowledge in the Context of Common Law Equitable Doctrines, and the Implications of the Kiobel Decision," Bridging the Gap between Law, Business, and Human Rights, Edward Elgar Publishers, 2014 (with David Orozco, and Kevin McGarry)

"Restructuring Istanbul: Historical City, Modern 'Profit-polis', and Byzantine Risk Mitigation Financial Structure," Georgia State University School of Business Law Journal (reprinted in Bahcesehir University Press), 2013 (with Nicholas Imparato)

"Hedge Fund Fraud and the Public Good," Fordham Journal of Corporate and Financial Law, Vol. 24, 2009

"Farmers and Land Ownership," Encyclopedia of African American History, Vol. 2: 187, Oxford University Press, 2009

"Corporate Law: An Historical Perspective of the Supreme Court's Corporate Law Decisions from the Nineteenth Century to the Present," Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States, (MacMillan Reference USA) Vol. 1: 443, 2008

"Controlling a Financial Jurassic Park: Obtaining Jurisdiction over Derivatives by Regulating Illegal Foreign Currency Boiler Rooms," UC Davis Business Law Journal, Vol. 34, 2007

Honors and Awards

Outstanding Professor, St. Thomas University School of Law, LALSA, 2010

Outstanding Professor, St. Thomas University School of Law, BLSA, 2009

Exemplary Excellence Award, St. Thomas University School of Law Regional BLSA, 2008


Dr. Pierre-Louis is a member of the Federal Bar Association, the Hispanic Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.

Dr. Pierre-Louis is admitted to practice law before:

United States Supreme Court

Second Circuit Court of Appeals

New York State Court of Appeals

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

Lydie Pierre-Louis, University of San Francisco School of Management