Rohan Grey

Assistant Professor of Law

Professor Grey’s research focuses on the legal design and regulation of money and finance, including digital fiat currency, as well as broader issues of law and political economy. He teaches Contracts, Business Organizations, and Securities Regulation. He previously co-taught seminars on Fintech and Monies with Professor Robert Hockett at Cornell Law School, where he was a fellow with the Clarke Business Law Institute’s Program on the Law and Regulation of Financial Institutions and Markets, and facilitated a reading group on Law, Money, and Finance at Columbia Law School with Professor Jeffrey N. Gordon.

Grey is the research director of the Digital Fiat Currency Institute, a consultant to the UN International Telecommunications Union’s Focus Group on Digital Currency, and a network manager with the FreedomBox Foundation, which develops privacy and freedom-respecting software for personal use. He is also the president of the Modern Money Network, a research fellow with the Global Institute of Sustainable Prosperity, a director of the National Jobs for All Network, and a member of ClassCrits and the Association for the Promotion of Political Economy and the Law (APPEAL). 

Prior to entering legal academia, Grey practiced law in New York City as an attorney for children with Lawyers for Children and the Children’s Law Center, where he focused on issues relating to custody & visitation, abuse & neglect, guardianship, and foster care. During law school, he served as articles editor and digital editor of the Columbia Journal of Law & Social Problems, as well as director of the High School Law Institute’s moot court program. He also interned for U.S. Magistrate Judge James C. Francis IV (S.D.N.Y.), Judge Fredericka H. Wicker of the Louisiana Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal, the National Center for Youth Law, the Legal Aid Society’s Education Advocacy Project, Oklahoma Lawyers for Children, and Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. In addition, he has consulted with the Louisiana Sentencing Commission, the New York Reentry Education Network, the New York City Department of Education, and Americans for the Arts. 

Before law school, Grey worked as a professional musician, and an elementary and secondary school music and social studies teacher at Harlem Children’s Zone and St. Andrew’s Cathedral School, Sydney.

Education

  • JSD, Cornell Law School (expected 2020)
  • LLM, London School of Economics
  • JD, Columbia Law School
  • MA (Music Education), Columbia Teachers College
  • BCrA (Music), University of Southern Queensland
  • BA (International Relations, International Business), University of Sydney

Books

  • Digitizing the Dollar: The Battle for the Soul of Public Money in the Age of Cryptocurrency (Melville House, forthcoming 2021)

Articles

Book Chapters

  • "International Law, Global Finance, and the Internet Society," Tipping Points in International Law: Critique and Commitment (J. Haskell & J. d’Aspremont, Eds.) (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2020) 
  • "Inflation Management in the Green New Deal Era," Green New Deal: Interdisciplinary Heterodox Perspectives (M. Murray & M. Forstater, Eds.) (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2020)  
  • "Equality, Not Equal Pay: Distributional Justice Beyond Money," Debating Equal Pay For All: Economy, Practicability, and Ethics (A. Örtenblad, Ed.) (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2020)
  • "Banking in a Digital Fiat Currency Regime," Regulating Blockchain: Techno-Social and Legal Challenges (Philipp Hacker, et al., Eds.) (Oxford University Press, 2019)
  • "What is Money?," Rethinking Finance (Rethinking Economics Norway, 2019)
  • "Who Owns the Intellectual Fruits of Job Guarantee Labor?" The Job Guarantee and Modern Money: Realizing Keynes's Labor Standard (M. Murray & M. Forstater, Eds.) (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)

Reports & White Papers

Editorials & Blogs

Podcast Interviews


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