Robert Emerson

Warrington professor honored with award

Robert W. Emerson, Huber Hurst Professor of Business Law, received the Best Paper Award at the International Society of Franchising (ISoF) Annual Conference in June.

The ISoF conference is the premier gathering for researchers in franchising worldwide. It is aimed at academics, students and practitioners in all areas related to franchising — accounting, economics, finance, information systems, law, management, marketing, etc.

Prof. Emerson, who is also a licensed attorney and affiliate professor with the Center for European Studies, has a J.D. from Harvard Law School and is a 14-time winner of University teaching awards. He is also a seven-time recipient of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business (ALSB) Best Paper Award.  He is the recipient of the 2016 career teaching award (the ALSB’s John Bonsignore Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Legal Studies Education), and he won the 2014 Senior Distinguished Scholar Award of the Southeastern Academy of Legal Studies in Business.

Author of numerous law journal articles, book chapters, and other works on U.S. and international franchise law, Prof. Emerson has led research symposia on franchising, testified about franchise law and ethics before the U.S. Congress, served as an expert witness in numerous court cases, and taught franchise and distribution law at universities and institutions throughout North America and Europe.

An inaugural member of the Conseil Scientifique (Academic Council) for the Union Internationale des Huissiers de Justice (UIHJ – “International Association of Judicial Officers”) as well as a reporter for the UIHJ’s triennial World Congress, Prof. Emerson was editor-in-chief of the American Business Law Journal and is also the author of many law review articles on comparative civil procedure.