K atharina PISTOR is Michael I. Sovern Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, director of Columbia Law School’s Center on Global Legal Transformation, and founding member of Columbia University’s Committee on Global Thought. In that capacity she has launched a number of interdisciplinary research projects on law and finance (the Global Law and Finance Initiative), the distributional effects of transnational private regulation (with Fabrizio Cafaggi) governing essential resources (with Olivier De Schutter), and a multidisciplinary initiative on scalability of states, firms, and policy interventions in different domains.
She has taught at the Kennedy School of Government and as Visiting Professor at University of Pennsylvania and New York University Law Schools as well as the Gerzensee Summer Institute, the summer school on finance at Amsterdam University, Frankfurt University, and Columbia University’s Global Center in Paris. Her research focuses on comparative law and institutions with emphasis on emerging markets, the legal construction of financial markets, governing essential resources, and law and development.
Prof. Dr. Katharina PISTOR has published widely in leading law and social science journals and has co-authored and edited several books, including (with Curtis Milhaupt in 2008) “Law and Capitalism: What Corporate Crises Reveal about Legal Systems and Economic Development Around the World” and with Olivier de Schutter (eds.) “Governing Essential Resources” (forthcoming). Her paper, “A Legal Theory of Finance” published in 2013 in the Journal of Comparative Economics, has been awarded the Allen & Overy best paper prize by the European Corporate Governance Institute. In 2012 she was co-recipient (with Martin Hellwig) of the Max Planck Research Award on International Financial Regulation. She is also the recipient of research grants by the Institute for New Economic Thinking and the National Science Foundation and serves on the editorial boards of several journals in law and economics.