Social Enterprise Fellows

Robert Esposito is the 2013-2014 Jacobson Fellow in Law & Social Enterprise at New York University School of Law. Before joining NYU Law, Rob was an Associate at Lazarus & Associates in Washington, DC, where he practiced complex commercial litigation and corporate law, and provided pro bono legal counsel to social entrepreneurs. Rob also worked as a Staff Attorney in the International Human Rights Clinic at The George Washington University Law School where he assisted lead counsel in international human trafficking litigation and developed new clinical litigation projects. Rob is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia.

Rob received his LLM, with highest honors, in International & Comparative Law from The George Washington University Law School where his research focused on social enterprise entities in Europe and the United States. He holds a JD from Wake Forest University School of Law and a BA in English from Dartmouth College. His current scholarship focuses on state regulation of social enterprise entities, specifically the interaction between state charitable solicitation acts and social enterprises. Rob’s other research interests include social impact bonds and their potential utility in the context of foreign direct investment in renewable energy, and the philosophical and political assumptions of what constitutes a social or environmental benefit in the social enterprise context.


The Social Enterprise Revolution in Corporate Law: A Primer on Emerging Corporate Entities in Europe and the United States and the Case for the Benefit Corporation, 4 Wm. & Mary Bus. L. Rev. 639 (2013).

The ICJ and the Future of Transboundary Harm Disputes: A Preliminary Analysis of the Case Concerning Aerial Herbicide Spraying (Ecuador v. Colombia), 2 Pace Int’l L. Rev. Online Companion 1 (2010).

Shawn Pelsinger

Shawn is the 2013-2014 Law & Social Enterprise Fellow at New York University School of Law. Shawn received his JD from NYU Law in 2009, where he was an articles editor of the Journal of International Law & Politics. In 2010, he received LLM degrees from both NYU Law and the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law, where he was a Deans' Scholar and a recipient of the Justice and Human Rights Prize. Prior to joining NYU Law, Shawn was a Research Fellow at Columbia University's Vale Center for Sustainable International Investment, where he co-authored "Intra-African Investment - A Pressing Issue," the cover story of Africa Investor's Nov/Dec 2012 issue. Shawn also worked as an associate in the Investment Funds practice group at Shearman & Sterling LLP, where he represented private equity and hedge fund sponsors, sovereign investment vehicles, international development banks, and a number of global financial institutions. Shawn is a member of the New York State Bar.

Shawn’s research focuses on the growth of legislation aimed at accommodating and growing social entrepreneurship and socially responsible investment vehicles. Shawn also focuses his research on the uses of technology by state and local governments to advance open government, uses of data, and development policy.