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Felipe Ford Cole

Assistant Professor


Felipe Ford Cole joined BC Law as an Assistant Professor of Law in 2022. He studies how the law shapes the balance between sovereign power and the power conferred to private capital in local, national, and international contexts. As a comparative legal historian, Professor Cole’s research focuses on the historical evolution of this balance in the U.S. and Latin America.

Cole’s current research explores the evolution of public debt markets and the theory of sovereignty in the U.S. and Latin America and reexamines of the origins of the core doctrines of international investment law. Professor Cole’s work has been published or is forthcoming in the University of Chicago Law Review, the University of Chicago Law Review Online, and in edited volumes published by Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press.

Before coming to BC Law, Cole was a Sharswood Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. Professor Cole earned a JD from Northwestern University School of Law and a PhD in history at Northwestern University. He also earned an MPhil in Latin American Studies from the University of Cambridge and a BA in history from New York University.