Social Enterprise Fellows

Shawn Pelsinger

Shawn is the 2014-2015 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. Shawn serves as an advisor to both the NYU Law Business Law Transactions Clinic and the Zahn Innovation Center at the City College of New York, a Venture Partner at Rubicon Venture Capital, and an advisor to AGI Partners. In addition, Shawn advises and represents a number of early stage companies and social enterprises. Shawn has lectured at New York University School of Law, the George Washington University School of Engineering & Applied Science, the Grove School of Engineering at the City College of New York, the University of Nottingham, the University of International Business and Economics (Beijing), and the International Islamic University of Malaysia. Prior to joining NYU Law, Shawn was a Research Fellow at Columbia University's Vale Center for Sustainable International Investment, where his research focused on development economics and the root causes of stagnant intra-African investment. Shawn also worked in the New York and London offices of Shearman & Sterling, 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 researches and writes on a number of topics, including the growth, regulation, and structure of social impact bonds, the regulation of civic data and open data policies, emerging trends in social enterprise/corporate innovation (including the benefit corporation, the low-profit limited liability company, the certified "B Corp", etc.), and the structure and regulation of socially responsible investment vehicles.


The Supreme Court’s First Brush with Social Enterprise A Look at How Hobby Lobby Affects Emerging Corporate Forms, Stanford Social Innovation Review, July 21, 2014.

People, Planet, Profit ... Religion? How Legal Challenges to the Contraceptive Mandate Implicate Social Enterprise, Stanford Social Innovation Review, January 23, 2014.

Intra-African Investment – A Pressing Issue, Africa Investor, December 2012

Liberia's Long Tail: How Web 2.0 is Changing and Challenging Truth Commissions, Human Rights Law Review, 10(4): 730-748

Book Review of Rumu Sarkar, International Development Law: Rule of Law, Human Rights and Global Finance, Asian J. Int’l L. (2010).

Book Review of Zeray Yihdego, The Arms Trade and International Law, 40 N.Y.U. J. Int’l L. & Pol. 893 (2008).

Naveen Thomas
Naveen is the 2014-2015 Jacobson Fellow in Law and Business at New York University School of Law. He is also a Supervising Attorney in NYU Law’s Business Law Transactions Clinic, a Visiting Professor at the Vellore Institute of Technology Law School in India, and the founder of Thomas Law, a law firm that serves entrepreneurs in the technology sector among other clients. His research and published writing to date have focused on sovereign wealth funds, international investment law, and social enterprise.

Before joining NYU Law, Naveen was a Lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School, where he codirected the Corporate Lab Transactional Clinic and instructed separate courses on contract drafting and professional skills. He had previously worked as an attorney at Shearman & Sterling in New York, London, and Paris, where his practice focused on mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance, and at Barros & Errázuriz Abogados in Santiago, Chile. Naveen holds a BA in Philosophy and Economics from NYU, a JD from Columbia University, and a Master of Global Business Law from Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and the Institut d'études politiques (Sciences Po).


Sovereign Wealth Funds: Evolving Perceptions and Strategies, 44 BNA Securities Regulation & Law Report No. 50 (2012), with Clare O’Brien and Tania Mattei

Regulating Sovereign Wealth Funds Through Contract, 24 Duke Journal of Comparative & International Law 459 (2014)