Faculty Profiles

David Nersessian

  • Associate Professor
Academic Division: Accounting & Law

Bio

Dr. David Nersessian is an Associate Professor in the Accounting and Law Division of Babson College, where he teaches Business Law to undergraduate and MBA students and an elective in Public International Law. He earned his D Phil (PhD) in Law from Oxford University, where his research concentrated in public international law and human rights. He earned his JD magna cum laude from Boston University School of Law and his BSBA summa cum laude from Boston University School of Management.

Prior to completing his doctoral work, Dr. Nersessian practiced for six years with several large law firms, representing clients in complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts, administrative proceedings, and private arbitrations throughout the United States. He later spent five years as the vice president and general counsel of an international educational nonprofit.

Before joining Babson, Professor Nersessian spent many years at Boston University in a variety of roles. He was Assistant Dean of Global Programs and a Senior Lecturer at the Questrom School of Business and both a Visiting Assistant Professor and Lecturer in Law at BU’s School of Law. He also served as the founding Executive Director of Questrom’s Susilo Institute for Ethics in a Global Economy. Prior to joining BU, he was Executive Director of Harvard Law School’s Center on the Legal Profession and a Supreme Court Fellow at the US Supreme Court, where he worked for the Chief Justice’s chief of staff. Before that he taught Criminal Law for St. Edmund Hall and St. Benet’s Hall at Oxford University.

Dr. Nersessian’s research concentrates on public international law, human rights, legal ethics, globalization, and the management of legal and ethical risk in the corporate setting. He has a particular focus on the intersection of human rights and new technologies and the role of corporate lawyers in human rights issues. His other research focuses on the impact of globalization on the ethical regulation of attorneys. In addition to his work in technology and ethics, he continues to write, speak and consult in public international law and human rights.

Dr. Nersessian’s book “Genocide and Political Groups” was published by Oxford University Press in 2010. His second book, “International Human Rights Litigation: A Guide for Federal Judges” was published in early 2017. This book, which is a scholarly monograph on the Alien Tort Statute and related topics, was commissioned by the Federal Judicial Center to educate ~1,400 federal judges and magistrates nationwide on how to effectively hear and resolve human rights cases on their dockets. Prof. Nersessian also has taught international law subjects to federal judges on behalf of the Federal Judicial Center.

Professor Nersessian’s current journal scholarship analyzes: (i) the intersection of artificial intelligence, “big data” analytics, and other cutting-edge technological advances with international human rights law, and (ii) the governance implications and ethical risks for corporate lawyers arising out of legal work that facilitates human rights violations abroad. Dr. Nersessian also worked with a major global hotel chain on a case study about the hospitality industry’s efforts to combat human trafficking. This case, Hilton: Combatting Human Trafficking in the Hospitality Industry, received the Best International Case Award at the 2018 annual meeting of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business.

Academic Degrees

  • Ph D, Oxford University, St. Catherine’s College
  • LLM, Oxford University, St. Catherine’s College
  • JD, Boston University School of Law
  • BS, Boston University School of Management

Academic Interests

Human Rights and New Technologies; Public International Law; Public Policy; Ethics

Awards & Honors

  • 2018 — Babson Research Scholar Award, 2019-2022, Babson College
  • 2018 — Best International Case Award, Academy of Legal Studies in Business
  • 2018 — Babson College Provost’s Office Conference Grant, Babson College
  • 2018 — Babson Faculty Research Fund Award, 2018-19, Babson College
  • 2016 — Virginia Maurer Outstanding Ethics Paper Award, Academy of Legal Studies in Business,
  • 2016 — New Case Writer Fellowship, The Case Centre
  • 2016 — Case Study Research Award, Babson College (Center on Engaged Learning & Teaching) Teaching Innovation Fund
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Courses

  • Degree Courses 2019

    • LAW 1000 BUSINESS LAW
  • Degree Courses 2018

    • LAW 1000 BUSINESS LAW
    • LAW 3601 PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL LAW

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Nersessian, D. (2018). A Human Rights Perspective on Professional Responsibility in Global Corporate Practice. CASE WESTERN RESERVE JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW.
  • Nersessian, D. (2018). The Law and Ethics of Big Data Analytics – A New Role for International Human Rights in the Search for Global Standards . Business Horizons. Vol: 61, Issue: 6, Page: 845-54. link
  • Nersessian, D. (2015). Business Lawyers as Worldwide Moral Gatekeepers? Legal Ethics and Human Rights in Global Corporate Practice. Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, The. Vol: 28, Issue: 4, Page: 1135-1187. Georgetown Law School.
  • Nersessian, D. (2012). How State Legislative Bans on Foreign and International Law Obstruct the Global Practice and Ethical Regulation of American Lawyers. Arizona State Law Journal. Vol: 44. Arizona State University, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law.
  • Nersessian, D. (2007). Comparative approaches to punishing hate: The intersection of genocide and crimes against humanity. Stan. J. Int’l L.. Vol: 43, Page: 221. HeinOnline.
  • Nersessian, D. (2006). Whoops, I Committed Genocide! The Anomaly of Constructive Liability for Serious International Crimes. Fletcher F. World Aff.. Vol: 30, Page: 81.
  • Nersessian, D. (2005). Rethinking cultural genocide under International law. Human Rights Dialogue. Vol: 2, Issue: 12, Page: 7–8.
  • Nersessian, D. (2004). To Snitch or Not: The Obligations and Implications of Mandatory Fraud Reporting. Int'l Risk Management CGL Reporter. Vol: 16, Page: 1.
  • Nersessian, D. (2003). Penalty by Proxy: Holding the Policyholder Liable for Fraud by Coinsureds, Claims Professionals, and Other Agents. Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice L.J.. Vol: 38, Page: 907. American Bar Association.
  • Nersessian, D. (2003). The Razor’s Edge: Defining and Protecting Human Groups under the Genocide Convention, The. Cornell Int’l LJ. Vol: 36, Page: 293.
  • Nersessian, D. (2002). Penalty by Proxy: Holding the Innocent Policyholder Liable for Fraud by Coinsureds, Claims Professionals, and Other Agents. Tort Trial & Ins. Prac. LJ. Vol: 38, Page: 907. HeinOnline.
  • Nersessian, D. (2002). The Contours of Genocidal Intent: Troubling Jurisprudence from the International Criminal Tribunals, The. Tex. Int’l LJ. Vol: 37, Page: 231.

Books

  • Nersessian, D. (2017). INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS LITIGATION: A GUIDE FOR FEDERAL JUDGES. Page: 188. Federal Judicial Center - US Government Printing Office. link
  • Nersessian, D. (2010). GENOCIDE AND POLITICAL GROUPS. Oxford University Press . link

Cases and Teaching Notes

  • Nersessian, D. (2018). Hilton: Combatting Human Trafficking in the Hospitality Industry. Page: 1-32. Harvard Business Publishing . link
  • Nersessian, D. (2018). Teaching Note, Hilton: Combatting Human Trafficking in the Hospitality Industry. Page: 1-20. Harvard Business Publishing .

Reports

  • Williams, S., Nersessian, D. (2007). Overview of the Professional Services Industry and the Legal Profession.

Conference Proceedings

  • Nersessian, D. (2012). Ethical Risks, Corporate Lawyers, and Human Rights: Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law. Vol: 105, Page: 295-298 . American Society of International Law. link
  • Nersessian, D., Davis, R., Keenan, P.J., Guáqueta, A., Altschuller, S.A. (2011). ETHICAL AND PRACTICAL CHALLENGES FOR CORPORATE LAWYERS ADVISING CLIENTS ON HUMAN RIGHTS: American Society of International Law. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting. Page: 295.

Other

  • Nersessian, D. (2005). The case for a crime of political genocide under international law. University of Oxford.
  • Nersessian, D. (2000). The Genocide Convention: defining the parameters of a crime without a name. University of Oxford.

Presentations

  • Social Justice & Business Success Nersessian, D. Integrated Sustainability Teaching Panel, Wellesley, MA (2018)
  • Hilton: Combatting Human Trafficking in the Hospitality Industry Nersessian, D. Academy of Legal Studies in Business Annual Meeting, Portland, OR (2018)
  • Innovative Technologies and Human Rights Nersessian, D. Academy of Legal Studies in Business Annual Meeting, Portland, OR (2018)
  • Panel moderator / organizer, Ralph Bunche International Law Paper Award Finalists Nersessian, D. Academy of Legal Studies in Business Annual Meeting, Portland, OR (2018)
  • Senate Executive Committee Overview Nersessian, D. New Faculty Orientation, Babson College, Wellesley MA (2018)
  • A Human Rights Perspective on Legal Ethics and Global Corporate Practice Nersessian, D. Symposium, Corporations on Trial: International Criminal and Civil Liability for Corporations for Human Rights Violations, Case Western Reserve University School of Law (2017)
  • Big Data, Big Business, and Big Problems – Corporate Opportunities & Risks from an International Human Rights Perspective Nersessian, D. Babson College Research Day, Wellesley, MA (2017)
  • Big Data, Big Business, and Big Problems – Corporate Opportunities & Risks from an International Human Rights Perspective Nersessian, D. North Atlantic Regional Business Law Association (NARBLA) Annual Conference, Wellesley, MA (2017)
  • Big Data, Big Business, and Big Problems – Corporate Opportunities & Risks from an International Human Rights Perspective Nersessian, D. Research Colloquium: The Law and Ethics of Big Data, Philadelphia, PA (2017)
  • Babson, UN PRME, and the Sustainable Development Goals Strategic Linkages / Pathways Forward Nersessian, D. Babson College - Board of Trustees, Babson College, Wellesley MA (2017)
  • PRME Update / Pathways Forward Nersessian, D. Babson College - President's Cabinet, Babson College, Wellesley MA (2016)
  • Big Data, Big Business, and Big Problems – Corporate Opportunities & Risks from an International Human Rights Perspective Nersessian, D. Invited Research Presentation at U Conn Human Rights Center, Storrs, CT (2016)
  • Beyond Privacy: Rethinking Big Data Analytics and International Human Rights Nersessian, D. Academy of Legal Studies in Business, San Juan, PR (2016)
  • Integrating Ethics, Social Responsibility, and Sustainability into Lessons, Courses, and Publications Nersessian, D. Annual Faculty Learn & Share Day, Babson College, Wellesley MA (2016)
  • The Law and Ethics of Big Data: (Very) Preliminary Thoughts on Big Data and Human Rights Nersessian, D. North Atlantic Regional Business Law Association (NARBLA) Annual Conference, Bentley College, Waltham, MA (2016)
  • The Law and Ethics of Big Data: (Very) Preliminary Thoughts on Big Data and Human Rights Nersessian, D. Research Colloquium: The Law and Ethics of Big Data, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN (2016)
  • Human Rights and ISIS – International Crimes and Humanitarian Intervention Nersessian, D. BU Law Inaugural Peace and National Security Panel, Boston, MA (2014)
  • The Professional Development of Ethical Lawyers – Operationalizing Legal Ethics in Private Practice Nersessian, D. NALP/ALI-ABA Professional Development Institute, Washington, DC (2012)
  • “Save our State” – But From What? How Legislative Prohibitions on International and Foreign Law in Judicial Decision Making Impede the Ethical Regulation of American Lawyers Nersessian, D. Boston University School of Law Faculty Workshop, Boston, MA (2012)
  • Publication and Publicity in Legal Scholarship Nersessian, D. Northeast Regional Scholarship Workshop, Albany, NY (2012)
  • “Save our State” – But From What? How Legislative Prohibitions on International and Foreign Law in Judicial Decision Making Impede the Ethical Regulation of American Lawyers Nersessian, D. Northeast Regional Scholarship Workshop, Albany, NY (2012)
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Professional Services

  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer Oxford University Press ()
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer American Business Law Journal ()
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer Journal of Legal Studies Education ()
  • Officer, President/Elect/Past Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Section of International Law (2018 - 2019)
  • Officer, Vice President Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Section of International Law (2017 - 2018)
  • Officer, President/Elect/Past North Atlantic Regional Business Law Association (2017 - 2018)
  • Officer, Secretary Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Section of International Law (2016 - 2017)
  • Officer, Other Officer North Atlantic Regional Business Law Association (2016 - 2017)

Professional Memberships

  • North Atlantic Regional Business Law Association (2016)
  • Working Group, UN PRME Working Group on Business and Human Rights (2016)
  • Academy of Legal Studies in Business (2015)
  • American Society of International Law (2000)