Tim Samples is an Associate Professor of Legal Studies at the Terry College of Business.
His research focuses on the interactions between markets and sovereign states, particularly
in the areas of sovereign finance, investor-state disputes, and frameworks for foreign
investment. Samples received a 2017-18 Core Fulbright grant to conduct research and
teach in Argentina, where he taught courses on sovereign debt at the Facultad de Derecho
(School of Law) at the Universidad de Buenos Aires.
Samples has been quoted by media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Barron's, Bloomberg, Los Angeles Times, and BBC Mundo, and has also appeared on CNN en Español, BBC World Service, and National Public Radio.
Samples is fluent in Spanish and proficient in Portuguese.
JD, Law, University of Texas, 2010
MA, Latin American Studies, University of Texas, 2010
BA, International Affairs, University of Georgia, 2004
Prior Professional Positions
Hogan Lovells LLP, Associate (M&A/Corporate and Latin America Practice Groups), 2011 to 2013
Bracewell LLP, Associate (Energy and International Practice Groups), 2010 to 2011
Latinvalley, Ltda., Analyst (Industrial Cooperation Program - Santiago, Chile), 2005 to 2006
Bunche Award for Best Paper in International Business Law, Academy of Legal Studies
in Business, 2020
Russell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, University of Georgia, 2020
Junior Scholar Award, Southeastern Academy of Legal Studies in Business, 2018
Runner-up, Holmes-Cardozo Award for Best Submitted Conference Paper, Academy of Legal Studies in Business, 2018
Outstanding Teacher Recognition, Student Government Association, 2018
Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar (Teaching/Research Grant), Council on the Exchange of Scholars, 2017
Teacher of the Week, UGA Center for Teaching and Learning, 2017
Holmes-Cardozo Award for Best Submitted Conference Paper, Academy of Legal Studies in Business, 2016
Outstanding Teaching Faculty Award, Department of Insurance, Legal Studies, and Real
Bunche Award for Best Paper in International Business Law, Academy of Legal Studies in Business, 2015
Lilly Teaching Fellow, UGA Center for Teaching and Learning, 2015
Teaching Academy Fellow, UGA Center for Teaching and Learning, 2014
Representative, University Council, 2018 – present, University
Parliamentarian, 2018 – present, Terry College
University of Georgia, Diversity Advisory Council, Member, 2014 – 2019, University
Lilly Fellows Advisory Board, Member, 2018 – present, University
International Business Committee, Chair, 2016 – present, Terry College
Academy of Legal Studies in Business - International Section, Secretary, Vice-President, President, 2015 – 2018, Professional
Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute, Academic Programs Committee, Member, 2015 – 2019, University
- Sovereign Debt
- Investor-State Relations
- FDI and Investment Law
- Latin America
- Winning and Losing in Investor-State Dispute Settlement. American Business Law Journal, 56(1): 115-175.
- 2017. Tribunalizing Sovereign Debt: Argentina's Experience with Investor-State Dispute Settlement. Vanderbilt Journal Of Transnational Law, 50(4): 1033-1063.
- 2017. Puerto Rico's Debt Dilemma and Pathways Towards Sovereign Solvency. American Business Law Journal, 54(1): 9-60.
- 2016. Settling Sovereign Debt's "Trial of the Century". Emory International Law Review, 31(1):5-47.
- 2016. Towards Sovereign Equity. Stanford Journal Of Law, Business & Finance, 21(2): 240-285.
- 2016. A New Era for Energy in Mexico? The 2013-14 Energy Reform. Texas International Law Journal, 50(4): 603-643.
- 2014. Rogue Trends in Sovereign Debt: Argentina, Vulture Funds, and Pari Passu Under New York Law. Northwestern Journal Of International Law & Business, 35(1): 49-86.
- 2013. The Past, Present, and Future of Energy in Mexico: Prospects for Reform Under the Peña Nieto Administration. Houston Journal Of International Law, 35(3):697-734.
- 2012. Energy Reform and the Future of Mexico's Oil Industry: The Pemex Bidding Rounds and Integrated Service Contracts. Texas Journal Of Oil, Gas & Energy Law, 7(2): 215-240.