Shawn J. Bayern

Professor Shawn Bayern

Shawn J. Bayern

Larry and Joyce Beltz Professor of Torts and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Contact Information

Florida State University
College of Law
Advocacy Center, Room A202B
Phone: 850.644.8308
Fax: 850.644.5487


J.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2006 
B.S., Yale University, 1999

Professor Bayern's research focuses on common-law issues, primarily in contracts, torts and organizational law. He has recently written articles criticizing formalism and economic simplifications of the law. He teaches Torts, Contracts, Agency & Partnership and other related courses.

Before joining Florida State Law, Professor Bayern was a visiting assistant professor at Duke Law School. He has also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Harris Hartz of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, for the Office of the Solicitor General, and at the appellate staff of the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice. As a law student, he was editor-in-chief of the California Law Review and recipient of the Thelen Marrin Prize for Academic Achievement, given annually at graduation to the student with the strongest academic record. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute and serves as an adviser to the Restatement (Third) of Torts: Concluding Provisions.

Before his legal career, Professor Bayern worked in computing research, served on groups responsible for developing programming languages, and wrote several books and articles about computer programming. He also created the Central Authentication Service (CAS), a framework for computer security that has been adopted by many universities, including Florida State.


Select Recent and Forthcoming Publications

Autonomous Organizations (Cambridge University Press) (forthcoming 2021)

Gilbert Law Summaries on Contracts (with Melvin A. Eisenberg) (15th ed., West Academic 2020)

Closely Held Organizations (2d ed., Carolina Academic Press 2020)

Agreements, Algorithms, and Agency, in The Cambridge Handbook of the Law of Algorithms (Woody Barfield, editor) (Cambridge University Press 2020)

Artificial Intelligence and Private Law, in Research Handbook on Law and Artificial Intelligence (Woodrow Barfield & Ugo Pagallo, editors) (Edward Elgar Publishing 2018)

Business Law Beyond Business, 46 J. Corp L. ___ (forthcoming 2020)

Are Autonomous Entities Possible?, 114 Nw. U. L. Rev. Online 23 (2019)

Methodological Failures in Leading American Economic Analyses of the Private Law, 5 Critical Analysis L. 19 (2018)

An Unintended Consequence of Reducing the Corporate Tax Rate, 157 Tax Notes 1137 (2017)

Company Law and Autonomous Systems: A Blueprint for Lawyers, Entrepreneurs, and Regulators (with Thomas Burri, Thomas Grant, Daniel Hausermann, Florian Moslein & Richard Williams), 9 Hasting Sci. & Tech. L.J. 135 (2017)

Gesellschaftsrecht und Autonome Systeme in Rechsvergleich (“Corporate Law and Autonomous Systems in Comparison”) (with Thomas Burri, Thomas Grant, Daniel Hausermann, Florian Moslein & Richard Williams), Aktuelle Juristische Praxis (2017)