Henry Hansmann is Oscar M Ruebhausen Professor of Law at the Yale Law School. He returned to the Yale Law School at the beginning of July 2004 as August E. Lines Professor of Law. He had been Professor of Law at New York University School of Law from 2003. He was previously Sam Harris Professor of Law at the Yale Law School.
A 1974 J.D. from Yale and a 1978
Ph.D. in Economics (also from Yale), he began his teaching career
at the University of Pennsylvania in 1975.
Hansmann is one of the leading law and economics scholars of
his generation. He has written about a broad range of subjects,
from markets for human organs to artists' moral rights, but has
focused most extensively on the structure and economic functions
of organizational law, including not just the law of business
corporations but also the law of non-profit, mutual, and cooperative
His current work is particularly concerned with issues of cross-national
comparative organizational law. His book, The
Ownership of Enterprise, was published by Harvard University
Press in 1996.