Katharina Pistor

Professor of Law
Columbia University

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Katharina Pistor is Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, where she teaches Corporations, Lawyering in Multiple Legal Orders, Globalization in Comparative Perspective, and Law and Capitalism. She also serves as a member of the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University.  Pistor previously taught at the Kennedy School of Government and has held research positions at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg and at the Harvard Institute for International Development in Cambridge, MA. Her research focuses on comparative law and institutional development with special emphasis on corporate governance and financial market development. She has conducted several studies on the legal framework for the evolving corporate governance regime in transition economies, including field research of privatized firms and financial intermediaries in Russia. Pistor has published widely on comparative legal developments. Recent work include “Enhancing Corporate Governance in the New Member States: Does EU Law Help?" in Law and Governance in an Enlarged Europe. G. Berman and K. Pistor (eds.) (2004); "Governing Stock Markets in Transition Economies: Lessons from China (with Xu)", American Law and Economics Review (2005); “Trade, Law and Product Complexity” (with Berkowitz and Moenius), Review of Economics and Statistics (2006); “The Law and the Non-Law”, Michigan Journal of International Law (2006).