Comparative Corporate Law Scholar Curtis Milhaupt to Join Stanford Law Faculty

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September 28, 2017
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Curtis Milhaupt will join the Stanford Law faculty as Professor of Law on January 1, 2018.

Stanford Law School announced today that Curtis Milhaupt, currently the Parker Professor of Comparative Corporate Law and Fuyo Professor of Japanese Law at Columbia Law School, will join the Stanford Law School faculty as Professor of Law, starting in January 2018.

Milhaupt’s scholarly focus is on the legal systems of East Asia, comparative corporate governance, law and economic development, and state capitalism. His published works include serving as co-author or editor of seven books including Law and Capitalism: What Corporate Crises Reveal about Legal Systems and Economic Development around the World. His research has been profiled in premier publications including The Economist, The Financial Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

“It’s a truism to say the world is global, and Curtis Milhaupt is a legal scholar who has shaped our understanding of that reality, as well as its implications. His expertise–comparative corporate governance, state capitalism, and economic development—is both rare and absolutely essential to understanding the dynamic economies and legal systems in East Asia,” said M. Elizabeth Magill, Richard E. Lang Professor of Law and Dean. “He is likewise a valued colleague, and a devoted teacher and mentor to his students.  We are delighted that Curtis will call Stanford Law home.”

In addition to his extensive scholarship on comparative corporate governance, Milhaupt is at the forefront of legal scholarship on state-owned enterprises (SOEs), which have become important global actors in the wake of China’s rise.  In connection with his scholarship on Chinese SOEs, he has testified before a congressional commission and consulted with U.S. executive branch agencies on trade and national security issues.  In the wake of Brazil’s Petrobras scandal, together with a Brazilian scholar, Milhaupt was commissioned by the Sao Paulo stock exchange to undertake a worldwide study of the corporate governance of listed state-owned enterprises.

“I am attracted by the highly collegial atmosphere among students and faculty at Stanford Law, and excited to collaborate not only with my new SLS colleagues, but also with faculty in the Graduate School of Business and the Asia-Pacific Research Center of FSI,” said Milhaupt. “I hope my work will contribute to the Law School’s ongoing global initiatives and add depth to the comparative law dimension of its educational mission.”

“We are lucky to have Curtis join the faculty. He’s a marvelous colleague and the leading authority on the economic function and role of corporate law rules in Japan and China,” said Robert M. Daines, Pritzker Professor of Law and Business, Associate Dean for Global Programs. “Both students and faculty will benefit enormously from his insights gained by comparing the U.S. economy and legal system to other systems around the world.”

Milhaupt teaches regularly at universities throughout the world and is the recipient of two teaching awards.