John Andrew Spanogle, Jr.

Portrait of John Andrew Spanogle Jr.
William Wallace Kirkpatrick Research Professor Emeritus of Law
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
[email protected]

John Andrew Spanogle, Jr. joined the law school faculty in 1988. He has taught at the University of California, Berkeley, Vanderbilt University, the University of Texas, the University of Maine, SUNY at Buffalo, and Bond and Monash Universities in Australia. He has written many articles on commercial and consumer law. He drafted three Titles of Maine’s state statutes on banking, commercial, and consumer law. 

A founding member of Ralph Nader’s Public Interest Research Group, he is co-author of the widely used casebook Consumer Law. In addition, Professor Spanogle is the co-author of International Business Transactions, the most widely used casebook in its field, and also a West Group Treatise on the same subject. 

From 1982 to 1989, he was a member of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law and was the chief of delegation to its Working Group on Payment Systems. Professor Spanogle’s research on the commercial law of other nations has resulted in books and articles on many subjects in the field, ranging from Egyptian agricultural law to Chinese commercial dispute resolution. 

In 1991-92 he received a Fulbright Grant to be an adviser to the Polish Minister of Finance, which has led to his serving as a consultant to numerous international organizations on proposed commercial financing legislation, including the Polish Registered Pledge Act of 1996, a draft of a Commercial Code for Eritrea, and consumer laws for Trinidad and Tobago.


BSE, Princeton University; JD, University of Chicago