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Charles W. Mooney Jr.

Charles A. Heimbold, Jr. Professor of Law

Charles Mooney Jr.

Charles Mooney Jr. is a leading legal scholar in the fields of commercial law and bankruptcy law. His book (with S. Harris) Security Interests in Personal Property (Foundation Press, 5th ed. Continue reading…


  • Commercial Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • International Trade


SECURITY INTERESTS IN PERSONAL PROPERTY (with S. HARRIS, Foundation Press, 2d ed. 1992; Supp. 1999; 3d ed. 2000; 4th ed. 2006; 5th ed. 2011; 6th ed. 2015).


Articles and Book Chapters

The Cape Town Convention’s Improbable-but-Possible Progeny Part Two: Bilateral Investment Treaty-Like Enforcement Mechanism, 55 VA. J. INT'L L. 451 (2015).

The (Il)Legitimacy of Bankruptcies for the Benefit of Secured Creditors, 2015 U. ILL. L. REV. 735.

When is a Dog's Tail Not a Leg?: A Property-Based Methodology for Distinguishing Sales of Receivables from Security Interests That Secure an Obligation, 82 U. CIN. L. REV. 1029 (2014) (with Steven L. Harris).

Harmonizing Choice-of-Law Rules For International Insolvency Cases: Virtual Territoriality, Virtual Universalism, and the Problem of Local Interests, 9 BROOK. J. CORP., FIN. & COM. L. 120 (2014).

The Cape Town Convention’s Improbable-but-Possible Progeny Part One: An International Secured Transactions Registry of General Application, 55 VA. J. INT'L L. 163 (2014).

The Bankruptcy Code’s Safe Harbors for Settlement Payments and Securities Contracts: When Is Safe Too Safe?, 49 TEX. INT'L L. J. 245 (2014).

U.C.C. Article 9, Filing-Based Priority, and Fundamental Property Principles: A Reply to Professor Plank (September 1, 2013), 69 BUS. LAW. 79-92 (Nov. 2013) (with Steven L. Harris).

United States Sovereign Debt: A Thought Experiment on Default and Restructuring, in IS U.S. GOVERNMENT DEBT DIFFERENT? 169 (Franklin Allen et al. eds., 2012).

Using First Principles of UCC Article 9 to Solve Statutory Puzzles in Receivables Financing, 46 GONZ. L. REV. 297 (2011) (with Steven Harris).

Private Law and the Regulation of Securities Intermediaries: Perspectives Under the Geneva Securities Convention and United States Law, 2010 UNIF. L. REV. 811.

Core Issues Under the UNIDROIT (Geneva) Convention on Intermediated Securities: Views From the United States and Japan, in INTERMEDIATED SECURITIES: LEGAL PROBLEMS AND PRACTICAL ISSUES 69 (Louise Gullifer & Jennifer Payne eds., Hart Publishing, 2010) (with Hideki Kanda).

The (UNIDROIT) Geneva Securities Convention on Intermediated Securities, 24 BUTTERWORTH’S J. INT’L BANKING & FIN. L. 596 (2009).

Law and Systems for Intermediated Securities and the Relationship of Private Property Law to Securities Clearance and Settlement: United States, Japan, and the UNIDROIT Draft Convention, Institute for Monetary and Economic Studies, Discussion Paper No. 2008-E-8 (May 2008).

The “Consumer Compromise” in Revised UCC Article 9: The Shame of it All, 68 OHIO ST. L.J. 215 (2007).

Introductory Note to Convention on the Law Applicable to Certain Rights in respect of Securities Held with an Intermediary, 46 INT’L. LEGAL MATERIALS 645 (2007).

The Unfortunate Life and Merciful Death of the Avoidance Powers Under Section 103 of the Durbin-Delahunt Bill: What Were They Thinking?, 25 CARDOZO L. REV. 1829 (2004) (with Harris).

Insolvency Law as Credit Enhancement: The Insolvency-Related Provisions of the Cape Town Convention and the Aircraft Protocol, 13 INT’L INSOLVENCY REV. 24 (2004).

A Normative Theory of Bankruptcy: Bankruptcy As (Is) Civil Procedure, 61 WASH. & LEE L. REV. 931 (2004).

The Roles of Individuals in UCC Reform: Is the Uniform Law Process a Potted Plant? The Case of Revised UCC Article 8, 27 OKLA. CITY U. L. REV. 553 (2002).

Judgment Proofing, Bankruptcy Policy, and the Dark Side of Tort Liability, 52 STAN. L. REV. 73 (1999).

Measuring the Social Costs and Benefits and Identifying the Victims of Subordinating Security Interests in Bankruptcy, 82 CORNELL L. REV. 1349 (1997) (with Steven L. Harris).

A Property-Based Theory of Security Interests: Taking Debtors' Choices Seriously, 80 VA. L. REV. 2021 (1994) (with Steven L. Harris).

Property, Credit, and Regulation Meet Information Technology: Clearance and Settlement in the Securities Markets, 55 LAW & CONTEMP. PROBS. 131 (1992) (issue devoted to "Technology and Commercial Law" for which Professor Mooney was special editor).

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Working Papers

A Framework for a Formal Sovereign Debt Restructuring Mechanism: The KISS Principle (Keep It Simple, Stupid) and Other Guiding Principles (May 7, 2015), U of Penn, Inst for Law & Econ Research Paper No. 15-17 (forthcoming)
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Research Areas

  • Commercial Law and Uniform Commercial Code
  • Bankruptcy Law
  • Private International Law
  • International Business Transactions


Penn Law - Associate Dean (2008-09); Charles A. Heimbold Jr. Professor of Law (2004- ); Professor (1990-2004); Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (1998-2000); Interim Dean (1999-2000); Associate Professor (1986-90)

University of Pennsylvania – Chair, Faculty Senate (2004-05)

Visiting Professor - University of Virginia; Georgetown; University of Tokyo; Waseda University

Shearman & Sterling, New York, New York - Partner (1981-86)

Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - (1972-81); Partner/Director (1977-81)

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius L.L.P. - Consultant (1994-2003)

Professional Activities

Member - U.S. delegation for the UNIDROIT draft convention on intermediated securities, representing the government at international meetings in Rome and at intersessional meetings in Berne, Paris, Berlin, and Beijing.

Member, The American Law Institute (elected 1985).

Fellow, American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers (elected 1992).

American College of Bankruptcy: Fellow (elected 1997); At-Large Regent (2007-11); Director (2011 - Present)

Member, International Insolvency Institute (elected 2009)

Co-Reporter, National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, Drafting Committee for the Revision of Uniform Commercial Code Article 9 (Secured Transactions) (1993-99). (Received Distinguished Service Award (April, 2002), presented by the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers, for "work in the creation and adoption of Revised Article 9").


  • Commercial Law
  • Bankruptcy and Chapter 11 Law
  • International Business Transactions

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