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Tim Samples

  • Associate Professor, Legal Studies Program
A-424 Moore-Rooker Hall


Tim Samples is an Associate Professor of Legal Studies at the Terry College of Business. His research on international law focuses primarily on sovereign debt and investor-state disputes. Another area of his work is interdisciplinary research on emerging issues in law and technology.

His research has appeared or is forthcoming in the American Business Law Journal, the Harvard International Law Journal, the Yale Journal of International Law, the Berkeley Technology Law Journal, the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law, the Cornell International Law Journal, and the Columbia Journalism Review, among other outlets.

In 2017, Samples received a Fulbright research/teaching grant 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, New York Times, Reuters, 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

Research Interests

  • Sovereign debt
  • Law and technology
  • International investment law
  • Latin America


Journal Articles

Book Chapters

Editorial Appointments

  • Staff Editor, American Business Law Journal

Awards, Honors, and Recognition

  • Distinguished Early Career Faculty Award, Academy of Legal Studies in Business, 2021
  • Russell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, University of Georgia, 2020
  • Outstanding Teacher Recognition, Student Government Association, 2018
  • Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar (Teaching/Research Grant at Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina), 2017
  • Holmes-Cardozo Award for Best Submitted Conference Paper, Academy of Legal Studies in Business, 2016
  • Lilly Teaching Fellow, UGA Center for Teaching and Learning, 2015-17
  • Teaching Academy Fellow, UGA Center for Teaching and Learning, 2014-15


  • Representative, University Council, 2018 – present, University
  • Parliamentarian, 2018 – present, Terry College
  • 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

Prior Professional Positions

  • Associate (M&A/Corporate and Latin America Practice Groups), Hogan Lovells LLP, 2011-2013
  • Associate (Energy and International Practice Groups), Bracewell LLP, 2010-2011
  • Analyst (Industrial Cooperation Program - Santiago, Chile), Latinvalley, Ltda., 2005-2006