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Faculty Profile

Brent T. White

Associate Dean for Programs & Global Initiatives; Professor of Law and Affiliated Professor of East Asian Studies


E-mail:  Brent T. White
Office Number: 268
Office Phone: (520) 626-2063

Courses Taught:
Negotiation and Mediation Advocacy (FebBar) - Law 698E
Internship (Summer 1/Section4) - Law 693
Law and Society in Japan - Law 685A
Mediation Advocacy (Representing Clients in Mediation) - Law 680C
Legislation and Regulation - Law 677
International Litigation - Law 643P
Civil Procedure Practice (Lab) - Law 603C
Introduction to Legal and Civil Procedure - Law 601B
Introduction to Legal & Civil Procedure - Law 601a
Undergraduate Course - Law 301

Curriculum Vitae
SSRN Published Papers

Biographical Information

Dean White writes in the areas of Property and Law & Development, both through the lens of social psychology and behavioral economics. Recently, his work has focused on homeowner behavior in the United States in the wake of the housing crisis. His work has been widely cited by academics, and in the media, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, NPR and 60 Minutes. He has also written significant articles in the area of law and development, including empirical work examining the failure of judicial reform due to "project capture." His current research project explores the role of urban spatial environments in shaping positive or negative rule of law cultures. His teaching line-up includes Property, Law & Development, Civil Procedure, and Mediation. He has also taught International Litigation, Japanese Law, and Legislation and Regulation. He directs Arizona's Advanced JD Program for non-U.S. lawyers and the Global Law Partnership Program.


New York University School of Law, J.D. (1998) Graduated magna cum laude; Order of the Coif; Root-Tilden-Snow Scholar; Staff Editor, Annual Survey of American Law
Duke University, B.A. (1993) Graduated magna cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa

Representative Publications

Failing Cities: Urban Decay and the Negative Rule of Law, Arizona Legal Studies Discussion Paper No 13-15 (2013) (co-author, with Simone M. Sepe).
Preventing Strategic Default: Lesons from Japan, 29 Ariz. J. Int'l & Comp. L. 235 (2012).
Walking Away Scot-Free: Trust, Expert Advice, and Realtor Responsibility, 40 Real Estate L.J. 312 (2011).
Underwater Home (2010).
Take this House and Shove It: The Emotional Drivers of Strategic Default, 63 SMU L. Rev. 1279 (2010).
The Morality of Strategic Default, 58 UCLA L. Rev. Discourse 155 (2010).
Underwater and Not Walking Away: Shame, Fear and the Social Management of the Housing Crisis, 45 Wake Forest L. Rev. 971 (2010).
Putting Aside the Rule of Law Myth: Corruption and the Case for Juries in Emerging Democracies, 43 Cornell Int'l L.J. 307 (2010).
Rotten to the Core: Project Capture and the Failure of Judicial Reform in Mongolia, 4 East Asia L. Rev. 209 (2009).
Saving Face: The Benefits of Not Saying I'm Sorry, 72 Law & Contemp. Probs. 261 (2009).
Ritual, Emotion, and Political Belief: The Search for the Constitutional Limit to Patriotic Education in Public Schools, 44 Ga. L. Rev. 447 (2009).
Say You're Sorry: Court-Ordered Apologies as a Civil Rights Remedy, 91 Cornell L. Rev. 1261 (2006).
Complete List of Publications


Last Updated: 09/18/2013