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John Chung

John Chung
Professor of Law

J.D., Harvard
B.A., Washington University


Keenly interested in the relationship between consumer debt and bankruptcy, Professor John Chung recently testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on proposed bankruptcy legislation regarding abusive credit card practices. A prolific author, Professor Chung’s articles cover many legal topics including bankruptcy, international law, and contracts. Academia is not alone in recognizing Professor Chung’s talents. Both the RWU 2009 and 2012 graduating classes voted him Professor of the Year.

Many of Professor Chung’s remarkable teaching skills come from his extensive background as a commercial lawyer. As a partner in the Los Angeles firm Katten Munchen & Zavis, Professor Chung devoted a significant portion of his practice representing secured creditors in bankruptcy court. While employed for the United Nations, he worked for the Compensation Commission originated by the UN to process claims and award compensation for losses resulting from Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990. Professor Chung teaches contracts, sales, secured transactions and bankruptcy at RWU.

Selected Publications


From Feudal Land Contracts to Financial Derivatives: The Treatment of Status Through Specific Relief, 29 Review of Banking and Finance Law 107 (2009)

Money as Simulacrum: The Legal Nature and Reality of Money, 5 Hastings Business Law Journal 109 (2009)

Chapter 15 of the Bankruptcy Code and Its Implicit Assumptions Regarding the Foreign Exchange Market, 76 Tennessee Law Review 67 (2008)

Promissory Estoppel and the Protection of Interpersonal Trust, 56 Cleveland State Law Review 37 (2008)

The Retrogressive Flaw of Chapter 15 of the Bankruptcy Code: A Lesson from Maritime Law, 17 Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law 253 (2007)

The New Chapter 15 of the Bankruptcy Code: A Step Toward Erosion of National Sovereignty, 27 Northwestern Journal of International Law and Business 89 (2006)

The United Nations Compensation Commission and the Balancing of Rights between Individual Claimants and the Government of Iraq, 10 UCLA Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs 141 (2005)