James D. Cox


Brainerd Currie Distinguished Professor of Law

James D. Cox, the Brainerd Currie Professor of Law, specializes in the areas of corporate and securities law.  In addition to his texts, Financial Information, Accounting and the Law; Corporations and Other Business Organizations; Cases and Materials (with Eisenberg) and Securities Regulations Cases and Materials (with Hillman & Langevoort) and his multi-volume treatise Cox and Hazen on Corporations, he has published extensively in the areas of market regulation and corporate governance, and has testified before the U.S. House and Senate on insider trading, class actions, and market reform issues.

Cox’s memberships have included the American Law Institute, the ABA Committee on Corporate Laws, the NYSE Legal Advisory Committee, the NASD Legal Advisory Board, and the Fulbright Law Discipline Review Committee. In 2009, he was appointed to the Bipartisan Policy Center's credit rating agency task force and most recently was a member of the Center’s Capital Market Task Force. Since 2009 he has been a member of the Standing Advisory Group for the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. In 2001 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Mercature from the University of Southern Denmark for his work in international securities law.  Cox and Hazen on Corporations won the Association of American Publishers National Book Award for Best New Professional/Scholarly Legal Book for 1995. He served as a member of the corporate law drafting committees in California (1977-80) and North Carolina (1984-93).

Cox joined the Duke Law faculty in 1979 after teaching at the law schools of Boston University, the University of San Francisco, the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and Stanford. During the 1988-89 academic year he was a Senior Research Fulbright Fellow at the University of Sydney.  He earned his B.S. from Arizona State University and law degrees at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law (J.D.) and Harvard Law School (LL.M.)

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Brainerd Currie Distinguished Professor of Law
  • Professor of Law

Contact Information


  • LL.M. Harvard University, 1971
  • J.D. University of California, Los Angeles, 1969
  • B.S. Arizona State University, 1966

Courses Taught

  • LAW 800: Basics of Accounting
  • LAW 640: Independent Research
  • LAW 604: Ad Hoc Tutorial
  • LAW 384: Securities Regulation
  • LAW 210: Business Associations

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Cox, JD, SOX's Impact on the Quality of Financial Reporting, Business Lawyer, vol 78 (2023), pp. 685-704 [abs].
  • Cox, JD; Thomas, RS, Addendum: Recent Developments in the “Tools at Hand” Doctrine (2023), pp. 249-257 [abs].
  • Cox, J, Will It Float?: The Legitimacy of the SEC’s Authority for Climate Risk Disclosures, CLS Blue Sky Blog (2022) [abs].
  • Cox, J; Hafstead, M; Pizer, W; Aldy, J, Will the SEC’s Proposed Climate Disclosure Rule Come Up against Legal and Economic Challenges?, Resources (2022) [abs].
  • Cox, JD; Hillman, RW; Langevoort, DC; Lipton, AM, Securities Regulation: Cases and Materials (2022) [abs].