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Professor Henry Hansmann

Oscar M Ruebhausen Professor of Law
Yale Law School
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Henry Hansmann, Oscar M Ruebhausen Professor of Law, Yale Law School
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Biography    

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 organizations.

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.


Research Interests
Organisational ownership and structure
Property rights

ECGI Working Papers (Click title for more details)
Managerial Distance and Virtual Ownership: The Governance of Industrial Foundations ECGI Finance Working Paper 372/2013 March 2013
Incomplete Organizations: Legal Entities and Asset Partitioning in Roman Commerce ECGI Law Working Paper 271/2014 October 2014
The Evolution of Shareholder Voting Rights: Separation of Ownership and Consumption ECGI Law Working Paper 219/2013 February 2013
Regulatory Dualism as a Development Strategy: Corporate Reform in Brazil, the U.S., and the EU ECGI Law Working Paper 149/2010 April 2010
Agency Problems, Legal Strategies and Enforcement ECGI Law Working Paper 135/2009 November 2009 This article is the second chapter of the second edition of The Anatomy of Corporate Law: A Comparative and Functional Approach, by Reinier Kraakman, John Armour, Paul Davies, Luca Enriques, Henry Hansmann, Gerard Hertig, Klaus Hopt, Hideki Kanda and Edward Rock (Oxford University Press 2009).
The Essential Elements of Corporate Law ECGI Law Working Paper 134/2009 November 2009 This article is the first chapter of the second edition of The Anatomy of Corporate Law: A Comparative and Functional Approach, by Reinier Kraakman, John Armour, Paul Davies, Luca Enriques, Henry Hansmann, Gerard Hertig, Klaus Hopt, Hideki Kanda and Edward Rock (Oxford University Press, 2009).
Corporation and Contract ECGI Law Working Paper 066/2006 March 2006
Law and the Rise of the Firm ECGI Law Working Paper 057/2006 December 2005
Extraterritorial Courts for Corporate Law ECGI Law Working Paper 043/2005 May 2005 This Working Paper is based upon a draft prepared for the EU Corporate Law Making Conference (Cambridge, October 29-30, 2004) organized by Harvard Law School and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich)

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