Fulbright Scholar coming to Auckland Law School

29 August 2016
Associate Professor Andrew Schwartz
Associate Professor Andrew Schwartz

Associate Professor Andrew Schwartz from the University of Colorado Law School will join the Auckland Law School as a Fulbright US Scholar next year.

He will spend the first half of 2017 researching and lecturing at the University of Auckland as part of a project studying securities crowdfunding.

Associate Professor Schwartz, who is the author of numerous law review articles on the subject, has received a Fulbright Scholar grant from the US Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

An internationally recognised expert on securities crowdfunding, Associate Professor Schwartz was looking forward to coming to New Zealand, saying “it was the perfect place to continue his research.”

“In the United States, our federal crowdfunding law was enacted in 2012 but only went into effect this year because of the need for the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) to draft rules and regulations for this new type of online securities marketplace,” he said.

“In New Zealand, by contrast, they have actually been doing securities crowdfunding since 2014, and millions of dollars have already been raised on licensed Internet platforms there, making the country a worldwide leader in this emerging field.” As such, he believes the US can learn from New Zealand’s experience over the past few years and plans to share his results with the SEC upon his return.

Schwartz has never visited New Zealand, although he has long had an interest in doing so.  “When I was at university, I applied - unsuccessfully - to work on the ski mountains in the South Island, hoping to spend my ‘summer’ as a lift operator,” he explained.  “All these years later, I am glad to finally get my chance to visit.”  He also has a personal connection to the Auckland Law School, as his sister’s father-in-law, Peter Craighead, is a 1972 (Bachelors) and 1978 (Masters) graduate of the school.

The Fulbright US Scholar Program is the flagship international educational exchange programme sponsored by the US government. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields.

“I feel honoured to have been selected for a Fulbright US Scholar Award,” Schwartz said.  “I am thankful for the opportunity and hope that my research can advance knowledge in New Zealand, the United States, and beyond.”