Steven J. Burton is the John F. Murray Professor of Law at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. He teaches courses in International Commercial Arbitration and Contracts, among others. In several international and domestic arbitrations, he has served as chair, sole arbitrator, and an expert witness on questions of contract law. He has received awards for excellence in teaching and scholarship, and he was a Fulbright Scholar to the United Kingdom in 1987. Before joining the University of Iowa faculty in 1977, he served for four years in the Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State. He has a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Southern California (1973) and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Los Angeles (1970).
Professor Burton has published several books and many law review articles. In addition to co-editing this volume, he is the author of the following books: Elements of Contract Interpretation (Oxford University Press 2009); An Introduction to Law and Legal Reasoning (Wolters-Kluwer, 3d ed., 2007); Principles of Contract Law (Thomson-West, 3d ed., 2006); Contractual Good Faith: Formation, Performance, Breach and Enforcement (Little Brown & Co. 1995) (with Eric G. Andersen); and Judging in Good Faith (Cambridge University Press 1992). His publications in law reviews include the following: Symposium in Support of International Commercial Arbitration and Litigation: The Need for Federal Legislation, 8 Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems 1-109 (1998) (Guest Editor); Combining Conciliation with Arbitration in International Commercial Disputes, 18 Hastings Journal of International and Comparative Law 637 (1995); Good Faith in Articles 1 and 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code: The Practice View, 35 William & Mary Law Review 1533 (1994); The World of a Contract, 75 Iowa Law Review 861 (1990) (Faculty Essays Issue) (with Eric G. Andersen); More on Good Faith Performance of a Contract: A Reply to Professor Summers, 69 Iowa Law Review 337 (1984); Good Faith Performance of a Contract within Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code, 67 Iowa Law Review 1 (1981); Breach of Contract and the Common Law Duty to Perform in Good Faith, 94 Harvard Law Review 369 (1980); New Stresses on the Antarctic Treaty: Toward International Legal Institutions Governing Antarctic Resources, 65 Virginia Law Review 421 (1979); and Freedom of the Seas: International Law Applicable to Deep Seabed Mining Claims, 29 Stanford Law Review 1135 (1977).