Ciara Torres-Spelliscy - Publications

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy

Associate Professor of Law

A.B., Harvard University
J.D., Columbia School of Law

Election Law, Constitutional Law I and II, Corporate Governance in a Global Market, Business Entities

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Corporate Citizen? An Argument for the Separation of Corporation and State
(Carolina Academic Press 2016).  

Law Review Articles

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, A locked iPhone; Unlocked Corporate Constitutional Rights, 164 Penn L. Rev. Online 287 (2016).

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Corporate Democracy from Say on Pay to Say on Politics, 30(2) Constitutional Commentary 431 (Summer 2015).

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Electoral Silver Linings after Shelby, Citizens United and Bennett, 17 Berkeley J. Afr.-Am. L. & Pol'y 103 (2015).

Kathy Fogel, Rwan El-Khatib, Nancy Chun Feng & Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Compliance Costs and Disclosure Requirement Mandates: Some Evidence, 27(1) Research In Accounting Regulation 83–87 (April 2015).

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Kathy Fogel & Rwan El-Khatib, Running the D.C. Circuit Gauntlet on Cost-Benefit Analysis after Citizens United: Empirical Evidence from Sarbanes-Oxley and the JOBS Act, 9 Duke J. Const. L. & Pub. Pol'y 135 (2014).

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, The Democracy We Left Behind in Greece and McCutcheon, 89 NYU L. Rev. 112 (2014).

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Safeguarding Markets from Pernicious Pay to Play: A Model Explaining Why the SEC Regulates Money in Politics, 12(2) Connecticut Public Interest L. J. 361 (2012-2013).

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Taking Opt-In Rights Seriously: What Knox v. SEIU Could Mean for Post-Citizens United Shareholder Rights, 74(1) Montana L. Rev. 101 (2013).

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, How Much Is an Ambassadorship? And the Tale of How Watergate Led to a Strong Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and a Weak Federal Election Campaign Act, 16(1) Chapman L. Rev. 71 (Spring 2012).

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, The $500 Million Question:  Are the Democratic and Republican Governors Associations Really State PACs Under Buckley's Major Purpose Test?, 15 NYU J. of Legislation & Public Policy 485 (Spring 2012).

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy & Kathy Fogel, Shareholder-Authorized Corporate Political Spending in the United Kingdom, 46 U. of San Francisco L. Rev. 479 (Spring 2012).

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Has the Tide Turned in Favor of Disclosure? Revealing Money in Politics After Citizens United and Doe v. Reed, 27 Ga. St. U. L. Rev. 1057 (Summer 2011).

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Hiding Behind the Tax Code, the Dark Election of 2010 and Why Tax-Exempt Entities Should Be Subject to Robust Federal Campaign Finance Disclosure Laws, 16 Nexus: Chap. J. L. & Pol'y 59 (2011).

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy & Ari Weisbard, What Albany Could Learn from New York City: A Model of Meaningful Campaign Finance Reform in Action, 1 Albany Gov't L.R. 194 (2008).

Ciara Torres, Housing in the Heartland: An Examination of the Hollman v. Cisneros Consent Decree, the Politics of Racial Concentration and the Possibilities Offered by Democratic Experimentalism, 17 Nat'l Black L.J. 98 (2003).


Book Chapters

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Corporate Political Spending & Shareholders' Rights: Why the US Should Adopt the British Approach in Risk Management and Corporate Governance, Jalilvand & Malliaris, eds., Routledge (2011).

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Monique Chase and Emma Greenman, Improving Judicial Diversity, in Women and the Law, Moriarty, ed., Thompson West Reuters (2009).


Book Reviews

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Book Review of Capitalism v. Democracy in Political Science Quarterly (Fall 2015).

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Book Review of The Supreme Court: A Very Short Introduction in Judicature (Nov./Dec. 2012).

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Book Review of The Crisis of Capitalist Democracy in Just Books (Apr. 22, 2010). 

Policy Reports

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, How the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Could Require Transparency for Corporate Political Expenditures (Scholars Strategy Network 2015).

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, The SEC and Dark Political Money: An Historical Argument for Requiring Disclosure (Corporate Reform Coalition 2013).

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Transparent Elections after Citizens United (Brennan Center 2011).

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Ed., Writing Reform: A Guide to Drafting State & Local Campaign Finance Laws (Brennan Center 2010 Revised Edition).

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Corporate Campaign Spending: Giving Shareholders A Voice (Brennan Center 2010).

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Kahlil Williams & Dr. Thomas Stratmann, Electoral Competition and Low Contribution Limits (Brennan Center 2009).