Ciara Torres-Spelliscy - Publications

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy

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, Honors Colloquium, and First Amendment

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Political Brands (Elgar Publishing 2019).

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

Law Review Articles

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, The Political Branding of Us and Them: The Branding of Asian Immigrants in the Democratic and Republican Party Platforms and Supreme Court Opinions 1876-1924, 96(4) NYU L. Rev. 1214 (Oct. 2021). 

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Elegy for Anti-Corruption Law: How the Bridgegate Case Could Crush Corruption Prosecutions and Boost Liars, 69 American University Law Review 1689 (2020).

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Deregulating Corruption, 13 Harvard Law & Policy Rev. 471 (2019).

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, From a Mint on a Hotel Pillow to an Emolument, 70 Mercer L. Rev. 705 (Spring 2019).

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Time Suck: How the Fundraising Treadmill Diminishes Effective Governance, 42 (2) Seton Hall Legislative Journal 271 (2018). 

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Campaign Finance, Free Speech, and Boycotts, 41 Harvard J. of L. & Public Policy 153 (2018).

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Dark Money as a Political Sovereignty Problem, 28 (2) Kings L.J. 239 (2017).

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Shooting Your Brand in the Foot: What Citizens United Invites, 68 Rutgers U. L. Rev. 1295 (Spring 2016).

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Slaves to the Bottom Line: The Corporate Role in Slavery from Nuremberg to Now, 46(1) Stetson L.R. 167 (Fall 2016).

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. Online 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, Boycotting the President's Brand: Commercial Reactions to Trump 2015-2017 (Corporate Reform Coalition 2018).

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Dark Money, Black Hole Money, and How to Solve It, in What's the Big Deal? Recommendations for Improving Law and Policy in the Next Administration, (American Constitution Society Oct. 2016.)

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).