Becky L. Jacobs

Jacobs, Becky
  • Professor of Law

  • B.S, 1983, Florida Institute of Technology, summa cum laude
    J.D., 1987, University of Georgia, summa cum laude

  • Location: Room 368
  • Phone Number: 865-974-8598
  • Email:
  • Courses Taught: Legal Process I, International Business Transactions, International Intellectual Property, ADR, Natural Resources, Environmental Law, Mediation Clinic, Representing Enterprises
  • Additional Information: Curriculum Vitae (pdf)


Publications of Becky L. Jacobs

Becky L. Jacobs brought more than a decade of national and international experience in the corporate world when she joined the College of Law faculty in 2002. Prof. Jacobs came to UT from Duke Energy International's Sao Paulo, Brazil office, where she worked as an Assistant General Counsel. Early in her career, she clerked for the Honorable Pasco M. Bowman on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit. She then practiced with the law firms of Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher and Shook, Hardy & Bacon, spending time in the London offices of both firms, and she also worked as an in house lawyer for CNG Transmission and Conoco. Prof. Jacobs has extensive experience with international transactions and also has practiced in the areas of environmental, energy, and administrative/regulatory law. The top graduate in her law class at the University of Georgia, Prof. Jacobs was named to the Order of the Coif and was Symposium Editor of the Georgia Law Review.


Biography of Becky L. Jacobs


Community Mediation and the Use of Volunteers, ___ Nev. L.J. ___ (2010).

Often Wrong, Never in Doubt: How Arbitration Expectancy Bias May Limit Access to Justice, ___ Me. L. Rev. ___ (2009).

Pugh’s Lawn Landscape Company, Inc. v. Jaycon Development Corporation: The Court of Appeals of Tennessee Limits Judicial Review of Arbitration Awards, 11 Transactions: Tenn. J. Bus. L. 199 (2009).

Teaching and Learning Negotiation in a Simulated Environment, 18 Widener L.J. 91 (2008).

Pareto Negativity: The Enemy of My Enemy is Not Necessarily My Friend – Latin Leadership, Coalition Building, and Predatory Globalization
, 20 St. Thomas  L. Rev. 593 (2008).

A Lexical Examination and (Unscientific) Survey of Expanded Clinical Experiences in U.S. Law Schools
, 75 Tenn. L. Rev. 343 (2008).

The Post-Apartheid City in the New South Africa: A Constitutional Triomf?, 18 Pace Int. L.J. 407 (2006).

Brazil's Agricultural Trade War: Success and Failure on the Southern Route to Antarctica, 36 U. Miami Inter-Am. L. Rev. 167 (2005),

PMS HAHAcronym: Perpetuating Male Superiority, 14 Texas J. Women & L. 1 (2004).

Policy and Praxis: A Role for LatCrit Institutional-Class Analysis in Latin American Judicial Reform, 16 Fla. J. Int. L. 601 (2004).

Pesification and Economic Crisis in Argentina: The Moral Hazard Posed by a Political Supreme Court, 34 U. Miami Inter.-Am. L. Rev. 391 (2003).

Basic Brownfields, 12 U. Ky. J. Nat. Resources & Envtl. L. 265 (1996-1997).

Beckett & Jacobs, The Storm Water Regulatory Scheme: Washing an Industry Down the Drain?, 10 U. Ky. J. Nat. Resources & Envtl. L. 307 (1994-1995).

Works in Progress

Mother Earth and Her Daughters: The Importance of Environmental Law to Women's Health

Dominion, Democracy, and Self-Determination: How the MST is Transforming Brazil’s Landscape

The New Religion of NAFTA/CAFTA/FTAA: Deifying Commerce, Defying Constitutions

The Art and Architecture of Justice/Injustice (The Look of Law)

Cross-Cultural ADR Experiences

Study Abroad: A Critical Component of Legal Education NAMA – Forgotten But Not Gone in the WTO

Oil Leasing and Production – Best Practices for National Bidding

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