Gopalan, Dr. Sandeep

Vice Chancellor
Executive VP for Academic Affairs & International
PhD, Oxford University 2004
BA, LLB, National Law School of India
BCL, Oxford University 1998

About Academic Affairs

Prof Gopalan is the Vice Chancellor of Carolina University. He was previously the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Academic Innovation at Deakin University, Australia. Gopalan has been a leader in legal education — serving as dean of law schools and a law professor in Australia and Ireland. Prior to that, he was an associate professor at law schools in the US and UK. Before commencing his academic career, he was an investment banker on Wall Street, and a lawyer.

Prof Gopalan has served as the Chairman of the Arizona Aerospace and Defense Commission, member of the Tempe Aviation Commission, co-chair of the American Bar Association Aerospace and Defense Industries Committee, and Insolvency and Restructuring Committee. He has also been a member of the ABA Commission on Immigration.

Prof Gopalan was educated at Oxford University (BCL and D.Phil.), where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and at the National Law School of India.

His legal research has been published in journals including at Georgetown, Northwestern, Columbia, Pepperdine, Buffalo, Rutgers, etc., whereas his business academic research has been published in journals such as the European Accounting Review.

Gopalan is a regular media columnist and has been published by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington ExaminerThe Hill, the Khaleej TimesAl JazeeraThe Straits TimesThe Australian, the Irish TimesIrish IndependentThe Indian ExpressTimes of India, etc. He has also appeared on a variety of TV and radio shows as an expert commentator.

Select Publications

Books

  • Transnational Commercial Law, (New York: Hein), 2004.
  • Cross-Border Insolvency Law in Australia, (Sydney: Lexis), with Michael Guihot, 2015.

Journal Articles (available at http://ssrn.com/author=386877)

  • A comparison of voluntary and mandated climate change-related disclosure, (with L. Perera, C.Jubb) 15(2) Journal of Contemporary Accounting & Economics, 243-266 (2019).
  • Implications of a fragile professional identity on role behaviour: An exploratory case of an accountant fraudster, (with S. Dellaportas, L. Perera, & B. Richardson), European Accounting Review (2018).
  • A Principled Strategy for Addressing the Incarceration Crisis: Redefining Excessive Imprisonment as a Human Rights Abuse, (with Mirko Bagaric and M. Florio), 38 Cardozo Law Review 1163 (2017).
  • Sound Principles, Undesirable Outcomes: Justice Scalia's Paradoxical Eighth Amendment Jurisprudence, (with Mirko Bagaric), 50 Akron Law Review 301 (2017).
  • A Sober Assessment of the Link Between Substance Abuse and Crime - Eliminating Drug and Alcohol Use From the Sentencing Calculus, (with Mirko Bagaric), 56 Santa Clara L. Rev. (2016).
  • Progressive Alternatives to imprisonment in an Increasingly Punitive (and self-defeating) Society, (with Mirko Bagaric) 40 Seattle L. Rev. 57-114 (2016)
  • ‘Rogue States’ and the Commission of Inquiry into Human Rights in North Korea, (with Hon. Justice Michael Kirby), Univ. of Penn. J. Int’l Law (2015).
  • Multinational Enterprise Groups and Cross-Border Insolvency Law, (with Michael Guihot), Geo. Washington Int’l Law Rev. (2015).
  • Saving the United States From Lurching To Another Sentencing Crisis: Taking Proportionality Seriously And Implementing Fair Fixed Penalties," (with Mirko Bagaric) 60 Saint Louis Univ. Law Journal (2015).
  • Enforcing Cross-Border Insolvency Judgments: A Comparative Analysis of the US, UK, and Australia, (with Michael Guihot), Vanderbilt J. of Transnational Law (2015).
  • Ethical Transnational Activity at Home and Abroad: A Proposal for Reforming Continuous Disclosure, (with Katrina Hogan), Columbia Human Rights Law Rev. 1-70 (2015).
  • An Agency Theoretical Approach to Corporate Board Diversity, (with Katie Watson), San Diego Law Rev. 1-72 (2015).
  • Mandatory CSR as a Vehicle for Reducing Inequality: An Indian Solution for the Piketty and the Millennials, (with Akshaya Kamalnath), Northwestern J. Law & Soc. Pol. 1-77 (2014).
  • Enforcing International Law: States, IOs, and Courts as Shaming Reference Groups, (with Roslyn Fuller), 39 Brooklyn J. Int’l Law 73-158 (2013).
  • Skilling’s Martyrdom: The Case for Criminalization without Incarceration, 44 U. San Francisco L. Rev. 459 (lead article, 2010).
  • Opting Only in: Contractarians, Waiver of Liability Provisions, and the Race to the Bottom, (with Prof Jay Brown), 42 Indiana L. Rev. 285 (with Prof. Jay Brown, 2009)
  • A Demandeur-Centric Theory of Regime Design in Transnational Commercial Law, 39 Georgetown J. Int’l Law 327-381 (2008).
  • Alternative Sanctions in International Law: The case of Abu Ghraib, Mich. St. L. Rev. 785-839 (lead article, 2008).
  • Shame Sanctions and Excessive CEO Pay, 32 Delaware J. Corp. Law 757-797 (2007).
  • Changing Social Norms on CEO Compensation: The Role of Norms Entrepreneurs, 39 Rutgers Law Journ. 1-58 (lead article, 2007).
  • Say on Pay, and the SEC Disclosure Rules: Expressive Law and CEO Compensation, 35 Pepperdine L. Rev. 207-246 (lead article, 2007).
  • From Darfur to Sinai to Kashmir: The Case for Legalization, 55 Buffalo L. Rev. 403-455 (lead article, 2007).
  • India-Pakistan Relations: A Case for Legalization, 40 Vanderbilt J. Transnational Law 687-726 (2007).
  • New Trends in the Making of International Commercial Law, 23 J. L. & Com. 117-168 (2004).
  • The Creation of International Commercial Law: Sovereignty Felled?, 5 San Diego Int’l L. J. 267-322 (2004).
  • Securing Mobile Assets: The Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment, 29 N.Carolina J. Int'l Law 59-82 (2003).

Other Articles

  • Can Biden Reframe US International Education, The Hill, 8/12/2021.
  • The legal case against Trump was not strong - there was no actual crime, The Khaleej Times, 6/2/2020.
  • Kobe Bryant has left this earth — but his life lessons linger, The Hill, 28/1/2020.
  • Five lessons from Kobe's brief but storied life, The Khaleej Times, 27/1/2020.
  • When tech recognises your face in the crowd, The Khaleej Times, 26/1/2020.
  • Iran’s Fake Apology Can’t Save It From The Long Arm Of International Law, The Daily Caller, 20/1/2020.
  • Corporates should end the greed and go green, The Khaleej Times, 19/1/2020.
  • Trump and Obama equally admired? Eight things popularity polls tell us, The Hill, 13/1/2020.
  • Taxing billionaires more won't make poverty go away, The Khaleej Times, 11/1/2020.
  • Soleimani Killing Shows Trump Giving In To DC Warmongers, The Daily Caller, 4/1/2020.
  • Fight cybercrime, but why shut down the Net? The Khaleej Times, 2/1/2020.
  • Facial recognition is the future, privacy is a concern, The Khaleej Times, 25/12/2019.
  • Adam Schiff's cop analogy undermines case for impeachment, The Hill, 23/12/2019.
  • Impeachment violates constitutional history, The Tribune, 23/12/2019.
  • Democrats may have bitten off more than they can chew, The Khaleej Times, 15/12/2019.
  • 'Rocket Man' and 'The Dotard,' redux, The Hill, 9/12/2019.
  • Hate on the streets as the law goes soft on terrorists, The Khaleej Times, 3/12/2019.
  • Macron Isn’t Alone In Thinking NATO Is Near ‘Brain Death’, The Daily Caller, 3/12/2019.
  • Trump's Afghanistan 'peace deal' evidences Tucker Carlson's 'salesman' claim, The Hill, 2/12/2019.
  • At Thanksgiving, think of the poor, The Khaleej Times, 27/11/2019.
  • After London’s Uber Decision, American Regulators Should Wake Up, The Daily Caller, 25/11/2019.
  • Humans must set the rules for self-driving cars, The Khaleej Times, 21/11/2019.
  • Time to bust myth that India doesn’t belong in APEC, The Tribune, 28/11/2018.
  • Trump v. Roberts amplifies public’s loss of trust in institutions, The Hill, 26/11/2018.
  • Facebook Stock Has Fallen, But Its Exploitation of User Data Is Active As Ever, The Daily Caller, 26/11/2018.
  • The law will not turn a blind eye, Mr President, The Khaleej Times, 26/11/2018.
  • Trump's America First is not good enough for Asia, The Khaleej Times, 19/11/2018.
  • Hate speech, fake news, privacy violations — time to rein in social media, The Hill, 16/11/2018.
  • Can we trust Facebook to keep out hate speech?, The Khaleej Times, 11/11/2018.
  • Caravan’s absurd lawsuit against Trump treads dangerous territory, The Hill, 9/11/2018.
  • Trump is playing with lives of innocent kids, The Khaleej Times, 2/11/2018.
  • Supreme Court set clear precedent on birthright citizenship, The Hill, 31/10/2018.
  • Big Govt and Big Tech are watching what we do, The Khaleej Times, 30/10/2018.
  • India must evolve better relations with democratic states, The Asian Age, 21/10/2018.
  • Cold War 2.0 in South China Sea, Indian Ocean could harm nations, The Khaleej Times, 20/10/2018.
  • Self-driving vehicles need new road safety rules, The Khaleej Times, 8/10/2018.
  • Reserving board seats for women doesn’t empower them — or help companies, The Hill, 4/10/2018.
  • India’s landmark ruling on gay sex has ties to US civil rights, The Hill, 27/9/2018.
  • More jobs are coming from new tech but are we ready for them?, The Khaleej Times, 22/9/2018.
  • Hard choices in training Americans for AI workplace of future, The Hill, 21/9/2018.
  • Will President Trump Survive the Manafort Guilty Plea?, New Europe, 20/9/2018.
  • Approach culture wars with caution, The Asian Age, 16/9/2018.
  • Why a Chinese high-speed train to Kolkata could put peace on track, The Khaleej Times, 15/9/2018.
  • Serena’s loss: By the rules, or an umpire’s rigidity?, The Hill, 12/9/2018.
  • Xi’s Africa speech points to a new Chinese world order, The Hill, 9/9/2018.
  • Asia, Africa must be ready for China's great power games, The Khaleej Times, 8/9/2018.
  • India decriminalises gay sex: Another win for the Supreme Court, Al Jazeera, 7/9/2018.
  • A warning label on coffee smacks of nanny statism, The Hill, 2/9/2018.
  • China has transformed its military to 'fight and win wars', Pentagon warns, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), 2/9/2018.
  • A robot bartender is just the beginning — and really isn’t a bad thing, The Hill, 28/8/2018.
  • Mueller’s Victory Might be a Tipping Point for the Trump Presidency, The Australian Broadcasting Corporation News, 22/8/2018
  • Privatization might work in Afghan war, where UN platitudes have not, The Hill, 22/8/2018.
  • To counter China, US could learn from Beijing’s diplomatic successes in Asia, The Hill, 8/8/18.
  • Embrace big data and robots — they're the future of work, The Hill, 28/7/2018.
  • The case for treating cyber attackers like enemies of mankind, The Hill, 25/7/2018.
  • Tackle ignorance, distrust to end mob lynching, The Khaleej Times, 24/7/2018.
  • NATO: No Reason to Exist, Deccan Herald, 22/7/2018.
  • Why the Helsinki meet is damaging for Donald Trump and a victory for Putin, The Indian Express, 18/7/2018.
  • What's education worth if it doesn't prepare one for life? The Khaleej Times, 17/7/2018.
  • The Top 5 Takeaways From the Trump-Putin Summit, Ten Daily (CBS), 17/7/2018.
  • Helsinki Summit: Trump Faces Major Test After Russians Charged Over Election Hacking, Ten Daily (CBS), 16/7/2018.
  • Kavanaugh nomination, important for Trump, is not the end for women's rights, The Hill, 14/7/2018.
  • A new security alliance might be better than NATO free-riders, The Hill, 11/7/2018.
  • Why is Brett Kavanaugh the most powerful man on the planet, The Indian Express, 11/7/2018.
  • Lord and master, The Tribune, 10/7/2018.
  • Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation will set off a major political battle, The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC News), 10/7/2018.
  • N Korea Just Accused The US Of 'Gangster-Like' Diplomacy. Was The Summit A Failure? Ten Daily (CBS), 10/7/2018.
  • The Declaration of Independence in the Age of Trump, New Europe, 9/7/2018.
  • Why blame WhatsApp for mob lynchings? The Khaleej Times, 7/7/2018.
  • Worrying signs for women, The Tribune, 3/3/2018.
  • US Supreme Court’s Cellphone Privacy Ruling is a Call to Action, New Europe, 2/7/18.
  • Trump's travel ban victory may be Pyrrhic, The Straits Times, 29/6/18.
  • Migrant Crisis Presents Moral Dilemma for the EU and US, New Europe, 25/6/18.
  • How Hollywood Can Change The Horror Show Of US Politics, Ten Daily - Channel 10, 27/6/18.
  • Donald Trump's Muslim travel ban win may be good law but it's bad policy, The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC News), 27/6/18.
  • Fix source, not symptom, The Tribune, 23/6/18.
  • U.S., North Korea deal has little legal significance, New Straits Times, 22/6/18.
  • US refugee crisis needs a humane solution, The Khaleej Times, 21/6/18.
  • Enforcing Immigration Shouldn't Mean Sacrificing Morality, Ten Daily - Channel 10, 20/6/18.
  • UN’s call for inquiry into Kashmir conflict is misguided, The Hill, 19/6/18.
  • North Korea Summit Yields Trump Political Victory But Not Binding Commitments, New Europe, 18/6/18.
  • North Korea Summit: It was an agreement to agree, The Khaleej Times, 14/6/18.
  • Criminal justice reform in the era of reality TV-style government, The Hill, 13/6/18.
  • Modi’s Shangri-La speech offers hope for India-SL partnership in Indian Ocean governance, The Financial Times (Sri Lanka), 12/6/18.
  • What is next for North Korea after the Singapore summit? Al Jazeera, 12/6/18.
  • Trump Just Weaponized And Unleashed Trade Deficit, The Daily Caller, 12/6/18.
  • Kevin Joseph's 'honour killing' a symptom of women's disempowerment in Kerala, India, The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC News), 10/6/18.
  • Commonwealth Bank’s $700 million fine will end up punishing its customers, The Conversation, 8/6/18.
  • Nothing sinister about Trump’s pardons — even his own, should he need to, The Hill, 5/6/18.
  • Why Chinese telecoms participating in Australia’s 5G network could be a problem, The Conversation, 5/6/18.
  • Donald Trump's pardon of Dinesh D'Souza confirms broad scope of US constitutional power, The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC News), 4/6/18.
  • Denmark's burka ban will send Muslim women further underground, The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC News), 3/6/18.
  • Exports to US allies, not sanctions, would better counter Russian arms sales, The Hill, 1/6/18.
  • Rise of China could bring India and Indonesia closer, The Khaleej Times, 31/5/18.
  • Slow and steady is the way to go for self-driving cars, The Khaleej Times, 30/5/18.
  • Rule of Law threats provide the EU with socialisation opportunity, New Europe, 28/5/18.
  • Kim shown his place, over to Russia and China, The Khaleej Times, 26/5/18.
  • Indian Supreme Court engages in judicial overreach, The Financial Times, 25/5/18.
  • US must step up diplomacy to counter Iran's ambitions, The Khaleej Times, 23/5/18.
  • Trump’s approach to trade deficit could change the world, The Hill, 23/5/18.
  • The genius of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, The Hill, 23/5/18.
  • History reveals the differences in denuclearizing Libya and North Korea, The Hill, 19/5/18.
  • India's Supreme Court's 'power grab' tarnishes democracy, The Khaleej Times, 19/5/18.
  • Europe Should Embrace the Value of Diversity and Inclusion, New Europe, 18/5/18.
  • Why are Europeans afraid? New Straits Times, 17/5/18.
  • Kim has best chance for peace, he mustn't blow it, The Khaleej Times, 16/5/18.
  • Unlike politicians, rational company executives won’t risk dealing with Iran, The Hill, 14/5/18.
  • Can Trump bully his way to bring Assad down? The Khaleej Times, 10/5/18.
  • For Europe, the Iran nuclear deal is all about trade, The Hill, 7/5/18.
  • Linking EU funds to 'rule of law' is innovative - but vague, EU Observer, 7/5/18.
  • EU fake news measures are bureaucratic burden on free speech, New Europe, 7/5/18.
  • UAE stance on Iran nuclear deal offers lessons to West, The Khaleej Times, 7/5/18.
  • There is still no US ambassador to Australia, but it is neither an insult nor a concern, The Conversation, 30/4/18.
  • EU Can Advance Pragmatic Solutions in North Korea, New Europe, 30/4/18.
  • Macron needs to set his house in order before lecturing US, The Hill, 29/4/18.
  • Why Democrats have filed a lawsuit against Russia – and what Australian politicians should learn from it, The Conversation, 27/4/18.
  • With no evidence, can a weak DNC lawsuit against Russia and Trump survive scrutiny? The Hill, 26/4/18.
  • Class action against Facebook over facial recognition could pave the way for further lawsuits, The Conversation, 20/4/18.
  • Russian cyber attack should be met by counter-strikes, The Hill, 17/4/18.
  • The public has a vital role to play in preventing future cyber attacks, The Conversation, 17/4/18.
  • UK participation in Syrian missile strike on shaky legal ground, EU Observer, 16/4/18.
  • Trump's 'big price' for Syria will illustrate failure of UN and international law, The Hill, 10/4/18.
  • Free speech cannot be sacrificed to strike fake news, The Hill, 6/4/18.
  • Outlawing fake news will chill the real news, The Conversation, 5/4/2018. Reprinted in The Khaleej Times, and other publications.
  • Attacks by Houthi rebels breach international law and risk war, The Hill, 2/4/2018.
  • Self-driving cars have created a real-life 'Trolley Problem', The Washington Examiner, 30/3/18.
  • Because of Afrin, US should abandon the ‘olive branch’ with Turkey, The Hill, 27/3/2018.
  • Is counter-attack justified against a state-sponsored cyber attack? It’s a legal grey areaThe Conversation, 27/3/2018. Reprinted by other outlets.
  • The Uber death in Arizona is no reason to hold back on developing self-driving cars, Business Insider, 22/3/18.
  • Legal lessons for Australia from Uber’s self-driving car fatality, The Conversation, 20/3/18.
  • Trump's tweets against Mueller investigation might hit the mark, The Hill, 20/3/18.
  • If war crimes occurred in Syria, the West must hold Russia accountable, The Hill, 13/3/2018.
  • A peace deal with the Taliban would be pure folly, The Hill, 16/3/18.
  • Russia's support for Iran's proxy war in Yemen is further proof it's enemy No. 1, The Washington Examiner, 10/3/18.
  • Add North Korea’s human rights abuses to agenda for truly momentous meeting, The Hill, 10/3/18.
  • Punjab National Bank Scam Is an Opportunity to Reform India's Public Sector Banks, Oxford Business Law Blog, March 1, 2018.
  • The first charges over Russian involvement in the US election have been laid – are there more to come?, The Conversation, Feb 19, 2018.
  • In India, a legislative reform is needed to push corporate social responsibility, The Conversation, June 30, 2017.
  • Time Pakistan called a halt on double game, The Australian, May 24, 2011.
  • Was bin Laden’s Killing Lawful, The Wall Street Journal, May 11, 2011.
  • Pulling the Afghan bus from the ditch, The Washington Times, May 6, 2010.
  • Behind the Burqa, The New York Times (2010).
  • Russia's Islamic Time Bomb, The Washington Times (2010).
  • A Time for Paddywhackery, The Wall Street Journal (2010).
  • Google's Faustian Bargain Unravels, The Huffington Post (2010).
  • A Hybrid Conservatorship Model for Greece?, The Huffington Post (2010).
  • Sorry Pope, It Hasn't Worked, The Huffington Post (2010).
  • Another Opportunity in Afghanistan, The Huffington Post (2010).
  • An Unlawful Bailout, The Wall Street Journal (2010).
  • Banks must help solve the lurking crisis in mortgage defaults, The Irish Independent (2010).
  • Fixing Europe's Immigration Problem, The Wall Street Journal (2010).
  • Put Pirates to the Sword, The Wall Street Journal (2010).
  • Fixing Europe’s Immigration Problem, The Wall Street Journal, January 14, 2010.
  • EU Should Steer US Away from Air Strike on Iran, The Irish Times, January 5, 2010.
  • Commission is Needed to Investigate Bank Failures, The Sunday Business Post, January 3, 2010.
Gopalan, Sandeep