Shawn Bayern is the Larry and Joyce Beltz Professor of Torts at Florida State University College of Law. His research focuses on common-law issues, primarily in contract law, tort law, and organizational law. He teaches Torts, Contracts, Agency & Partnership, and other related courses.
Professor Bayern is the author of Autonomous Organizations (Cambridge University Press, 2021), The Analytical Failures of Law and Economics (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2023), and Principles and Possibilities in Common Law (West Academic, forthcoming 2023). He has visited at Berkeley, Duke, and Northwestern's law schools. As a law student, he was editor-in-chief of the California Law Review and recipient of the Thelen Marrin Prize for Academic Achievement, given annually at graduation to the student with the strongest academic record.
Before his legal career, Professor Bayern worked in computing research, served on groups responsible for developing programming languages, and wrote several books and articles about computer programming. He also created the Central Authentication Service (CAS), a framework for computer security that has been adopted by many universities and other organizations.