Peer Zumbansen

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Peer Zumbansen is the inaugural Professor of Transnational Law at The Dickson Poon School of Law, King's College London. At King's, he is the Director of the Transnational Law Institute, and the faculty co-director (with Prabha Kotiswaran) of the Transnational Law Summer Institute [TLSI].

From 2004 to 2014, he was professor of law at Osgoode Hall Law School, in Toronto, Canada, and holder of the Canada Research Chair in Transnational Economic Governance and Legal Theory. He is a co-founder of the German Law Journal[1] and was Co-editor in chief from 2000 to 2013. At Osgoode, he was the founder and editor in Chief of the CLPE Comparative Research in Law & Political Economy Research Paper Series.[2] He is a Founding Member and, since January 2012, the Editor in Chief of "Transnational Legal Theory: A Quarterly Journal" - see also the student editors' website for TLT - and a member of the Advisory Board of Kritische Justiz.


Peer Zumbansen completed his doctorate and worked as a senior research fellow at Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University, Frankfurt from 1998 to 2004. In 2004 he became a professor at Osgoode Hall Law School (tenured in 2006), and a full professor in 2009. He is also the Founding Director of the Critical Research Laboratory in Law and Society (Programs: CLPE Comparative Research in Law & Political Economy, 2004 and CURL Collaborative Urban Research Laboratory, 2006) [3] and the Co-Director of the European Union Centre of Excellence at York University since 1 July 2010.[4] He was also a York-Massey Fellow from 2010 to 2011 and the Associate Dean Research of Graduate Studies and Institutional Relations at Osgoode Hall Law School from 2007 to 2009.

From May to August 2013, he was the inaugural Chair in Global Law at Tilburg Law School in The Netherlands. In fall 2013, Professor Zumbansen was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor and, in spring 2014, Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School in New Haven. In July 2014, he joined the Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London as the inaugural Professor of Transnational Law and the Founding Director of the Transnational Law Institute.


Peer Zumbansen is the author of an award-winning monograph in German and the co-author of a monograph in English. He is editor and co-editor of a number of collected volumes and the author of numerous articles, book chapters and case commentaries in English and German. His scholarship is available through the Social Science Research Network at:


  • Ordnungsmuster im modernen Wohlfahrtsstaat: Lernerfahrungen zwischen Staat, Gesellschaft und Vertrag. Nomos: Baden-Baden 2000.
  • Rough Consensus and Running Code: A Theory of Transnational Private Law (co-authored with Gralf-Peter Calliess, with a foreword by Stewart Macaulay). Hart Publishing: Oxford, UK / Portland, OR, xv, 366 pp., 2010.

Reviewed by: Stephan Meder, JURISTENZEITUNG 2011, 37, Mario Rizzi, In Search of Consensus, 4:1 EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF LEGAL STUDIES 231-237 (2011).[5]

Edited Books[edit]

  • Law, Economics and Evolutionary Theory, 378 pp., Edward Elgar 2011 (co-edited with Gralf-Peter Calliess)
  • The Embedded Firm: Labour Corporate Governance and Finance Capitalism, 440 pp., Cambridge University Press 2011 (co-edited with Cynthia Williams).
  • Beyond Territoriality. Transnational Legal Authority in an Age of Globalization. Brill: Leiden & Boston 2012. (co-edited with G. Handl & J. Zekoll)
  • Soziologische Jurisprudenz. Festschrift für Gunther Teubner zum 65. Geburtstag, 734 pp., Walter de Gruyter (Berlin – New York, 2009) (co-edited with Gralf-Peter Calliess, Andreas Fischer-Lescano and Dan Wielsch)
  • Law in Transition: Rights, Development and Transitional Justice. Hart Publishing: Oxford, UK & Portland, OR, 2014. (co-edited with R. Buchanan)
  • Rudolf Wiethölter, Recht in Recht-Fertigungen. Ausgewählte Schriften. Berliner Wissenschafts-Verlag: Berlin 2014. (co-edited with M. Amstutz)
  • Comparative Law as Transnational Law. A Decade of the German Law Journal. Oxford University Press: New York 2011. (co-edited with R. Miller)



  • Transnational Law, Evolving, in: J. Smits (ed.), Elgar Encyclopedia of Comparative Law (2nd ed., 2012), forthcoming. Osgoode CLPE Research Paper No. 27/2011 [6]
  • ILR blog:[7]
  • The New Embeddedness of the Corporation: Corporate Social Responsibility in the Knowledge Society, in: Peer Zumbansen & Cynthia Williams (eds.), THE EMBEDDED FIRM: CORPORATE GOVERNANCE, LABOUR, AND FINANCE CAPITALISM, Cambridge University Press, 2011 [8]
  • Corporate governance, capital market regulation and the challenge of disembedded markets, in: William Sun, Jim Stewart and David Pollard (eds.), Corporate Governance and the Global Financial Crisis (Cambridge University Press, 2011), 248-283. Osgoode CLPE Research Paper No. 24/2010.[9]
  • Debating Autonomy and Procedural Justice: The Lex Mercatoria in the Context of Global Governance Debates-A Reply to Thomas Schultz, 2:1 Journal of International Dispute Settlement 1-7 (2011)
  • The Next ‘Great Transformation’? The Double Movement in Transnational Corporate Governance and Capital Markets Regulation, in: Christian Joerges & Josef Falke (eds.), KARL POLANYI, GLOBALISATION AND THE POTENTIAL OF LAW IN TRANSNATIONAL MARKETS (Oxford/Portland: Hart Publishing), 181-206.
  • The Legacy of Critical Legal Thought and Transatlantic Endeavours (with Christian Joerges and David Trubek), 12 German Law Journal 1-33 (2011).
  • Governance: An Interdisciplinary Perspective, in: David Levi-Faur (ed.), OXFORD HANDBOOK ON GOVERNANCE (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2011), forthcoming.[10]
  • Neither Public Nor Private, Neither National Nor International: Transnational Corporate Governance from a Legal Pluralist Perspective, 38:1 Journal of Law and Society 50-75 (2011). Osgoode CLPE Research Paper No. 22/2010.[11]
  • Law, Economics, and Evolutionary Theory: State of the Art and Interdisciplinary Perspectives (with Gralf-Peter Calliess), in: LAW, ECONOMICS, AND EVOLUTIONARY THEORY (Peer Zumbansen & Gralf-Peter Calliess, eds., Edward Elgar, 2011 – in print). Osgoode CLPE Research Paper No. 10/2010.[12]


  • The Future of Legal Theory. Paper written for the “Future of Law” Project, Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law.[13]
  • Transnational Legal Pluralism, 1:2 Transnational Legal Theory 141-189 (2010), CLPE Research Paper 01/2010.[14]


  • The Next ‘Great Transformation’ of Markets and States in the Transnational Space: Global Assemblages of Corporate Governance & Financial Market Regulation, CLPE Research Paper 09/2009.[15]
  • ‘New Governance’ in European Corporate Law Regulation as Transnational Legal Pluralism, in: 15:2 EUROPEAN LAW JOURNAL (2009), 246-276.[16]
  • The State as Black Box and Market as Regulator: A Comment, in 165:1 JOURNAL OF INSTITUTIONAL AND THEORETICAL ECONOMICS [JITE] 2009 [17]
  • Law’s Knowledge and Law’s Impact: Reflections from Legal Sociology and Legal Theory, 10 German Law Journal 417-438 (2009)
  • Introduction - The Kantian Project of International Law: Engagements with Jürgen Habermas’ The Divided West (with Achilles Skordas), in: (2009) 1 German Law Journal 1-4
  • The Evolution Of The Corporation: Organization, Finance, Knowledge and Corporate Social Responsibility, CLPE Research Paper 06/2009.[18]


  • Transitional Justice in a Transnational World: The Ambiguous Role of Law, CLPE RESEARCH PAPER NO. 40/2008.[19]
  • Law after the Welfare State: Formalism, Functionalism and the Ironic Turn of Reflexive Law, 56 AMERICAN JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE LAW 769-805 (2008);[20] reprinted in Jansen/Michaels eds., BEYOND THE STATE – RETHINKING PRIVATE LAW (Tübingen: Siebeck Mohr), 349-386.
  • UNCITRAL, in: Rüdiger Wolfrum ed., ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL LAW, 2008 (together with Maria Panezi)
  • Review Essay – After Enron. Improving Corporate Law and Modernising Securities Regulation in Europe and the US, in 22 Banking & Finance Law Review 215-222 (2007) / 56 American Journal of Comparative Law 101-108 (2008).[21]
  • Book Review – Saskia Sassen, Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval To Global Assemblages (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2006), in: 46:3 Osgoode Hall Law Journal 665-673 (2008) (with Florian F. Hoffmann)
  • Law, the State, and Evolutionary Theory: Introduction (with Gralf-Peter Calliess), 9 GERMAN L.J. 389-396 (2008).[22]
  • The BCE Decision: Reflections on the Firm as a Contractual Organization (together with Simon Archer), No. 17/2008.[23]


  • Transnational Law and Societal Memory, in Law and the Politics of Reconciliation (Scott Veitch ed., Aldershot: Ashgate 2007), 129-146
  • The ECJ, Volkswagen and European Corporate Law: Reshaping the European Varieties of Capitalism, 8 German Law Journal 1026-1051 (2007) (with Daniel Saam)
  • Introduction: Private Ordering in a Globalizing World: Still Searching for the Basis of Contract, 14 Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies 181-190 (2007)
  • The Law of Society: Governance Through Contract, 14 Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies. 191-233 (2007), available as CLPE Research Paper 2/2007 [24]
  • Varieties of Capitalism and the Learning Firm: Corporate Governance and Labor in the Context of Contemporary Developments in European and German Company Law, in 8 European Business Organization Law Review [EBOR] 467-496 (2007);[25] Cambridge Centre for Business Research [CBR] Working Paper 347[26]


  • Transnational Law, in: ENCYCLOPEDIA OF COMPARATIVE LAW, 738-754 (Jan Smits, ed., EDWARD ELGAR 2006).[27]
  • Review Essay: Niklas Luhmann, Law as a Social System (K.Ziegert transl., F.Kastner, D.Schiff, R.Nobles, R.Ziegert eds., Oxford University Press 2004), Social & Legal Studies 453-468 (2006).[28]
  • Spaces and Places: A Systems Theory Approach to Regulatory Competition in European Company Law, 12:4 European Law Journal 535-557 (2006).[29]
  • The Conundrum of Corporate Social Responsibility: Reflections on the Changing Nature of Firms and States, in: Transboundary Harm in the 21st Century: Lessons from the Trail Smelter Arbitration 240-253 (R.Bratspies & R.Miller eds., Cambridge University Press 2006).[30]
  • Redefining the Traditional Pillars of German Legal Studies and Setting the Stage for Contemporary Interdisciplinary Research, in: 7 German Law Journal 661-680 (2006) [co-authored with Stephan Leibfried, Christoph Schmid und Christoph Möllers].[31]
  • The Parallel Worlds of Corporate Governance and Labor Codes, 13 Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies 261-312 (2006).[32]
  • Harry Arthurs and the Philosopher’s Stone, in: 44:1 OSGOODE HALL LAW JOURNAL 105-117 (2006).


  • Law of Contracts. In: Introduction to German Law (Joachim Zekoll and Mathias Reimann eds., Kluwer Law International 2005), 179-203.
  • Comparative Law’s Coming of Age? Twenty Years After ‘Critical Comparisons’, in: Alexander Hanebeck/Felix Hanschmann/Nina Malaviya/Timo Tohidipur (eds.), Liber Amicorum Günter Frankenberg (Frankfurt: 2005), and in 6 German Law Journal 1073-1084 (2005).[33]
  • Review Essay - Europe’s ‘Darker Legacies’? Notes on ‘Mirror Reflections’, the ‘Constitution as Fetish’ and Other Such Linkages between the Past and the Future, in: 43 Osgoode Hall Law Journal (2005), 321-334. Amended version published in 7 German Law Journal 241-256 (2006).[34]
  • Beyond Territoriality: The Case of Transnational Human Rights Litigation, ConWeb Paper 4/2005.


  • Sustaining Paradox Boundaries: Perspectives on Internal Affairs in Domestic and International Law (Review Essay on A. Claire Cutler, Private Power and Public Authority. Transnational Merchant Law in the Global Political Economy (Cambridge University Press 2003), in: 15 European Journal of International Law 197-211 (2004).[35]
  • Review Essay - European Corporate Law and National Divergences: The Case of Takeover Regulation, in: 3 Washington University Global Studies Law Review 867-886 (2004).
  • Globalization and the Law: Deciphering the Message of Transnational Human Rights Litigation, in: 5 German Law Journal 1499-1520 (2004).[36]


  • Quod Omnes Tangit: Globalization, Welfare Regimes and Entitlements, in: The Welfare State in an Era of Globalization 135-173 (Eyal Benvenisti and Georg Nolte eds., New York 2003).[37]
  • American and European Constitutionalism Compared: A Report from the UNIDEM Conference in Göttingen, 23–24 May 2003 (co-authored with Morag Goodwin), in: 4 German Law Journal 613-627 (2003).[38]


  • The Forgetfulness of Noblesse: A Critique of the German Foundation Law Compensating Slave and Forced Laborers of the Third Reich, in: 39 Harvard Journal on Legislation 1-61 (2002) (with Libby Adler).[39]
  • Piercing the Legal Veil: Commercial Arbitration and Transnational Law, in: 8 European Law Journal 400-432 (2002), EUI Working Paper in Law.[40]
  • Germany Inc. Eroding? Board Structure, CEO and Rhenish Capitalism, in: 3 German Law Journal No. 6 (1 June 2002).[41]
  • The Privatization of Company Law? Corporate Governance Codes and Commercial Self Regulation, in: Juridikum 136-145 (2002).[42]


  • Semantics of European Law, in: 5 European Law Journal (ELJ) 114-126 (1999).[43]


  • Towards a Deliberative Model of Free Speech, in: Revista Cientifica de la Universidad de Ciencias Empresariales y Sociales (UCES) 2 (1998), 3-16.



  • Politische Ambivalenzen privater Normsetzung in der Globalisierung, in: Stefan Wiprächtiger & Stefan Keller eds., Liber Amicorum für Marc Amstutz (2011)
  • Die Lehren der Lex Mercatoria: Notizen zur Emergenz und Methodologie privater Normsetzung in der Globalisierung, in: Christian Bumke & Anne Röthel (Hrsg.), Privates Recht (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck), in print.


  • Laudatio für Arno Scherzberg zur Verleihung des Christa-Hoffmann-Riem-Preises 2009, 31:1 Zeitschrift für Rechtssoziologie 2010, 145-152.


  • Postregulatorisches Recht: Chronik einer angekündigten Karriere, in: Soziologische Jurisprudenz. Festschrift für Gunther Teubner zum 65. Geburtstag, Walter de Gruyter (Berlin – New York, 2009) (co-edited with Gralf-Peter Calliess, Andreas Fischer-Lescano and Dan Wielsch), 629-643.


  • Kumpfmüllers Staat und Ackermanns Markt. Anmerkungen zur Wirkung von Recht am Ende des Wohlfahrtsstaats, in: 29:1 Zeitschrift für Rechtssoziologie 109-124 (2008)


  • Die Geheimhaltungspflicht des Vorstands bei der Due Diligence: Neubewertung im globalisierten Geschäftsverkehr, in: Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Rechtswissenschaft 1-18 (2006) (with Constantin Lachner). Reprinted in Betriebs Berater 613-619 (2006).[44]


  • Review Essay on Karl-Heinz Ladeur, Negative Freiheitsrechte und gesellschaftliche Selbstorganisation (Siebeck Mohr: Tübingen 2000), in: Rabels Zeitschrift für ausländisches und internationales Privatrecht [RabelsZ] 404-415 (2004).[45]


  • Das gesellschaftliche Gedächtnis des Rechts oder: Die juristische Dogmatik als Standeskunst [The social memory of law, or: legal doctrine as the lawyers’ state of art], in: Christian Joerges/Gunther Teubner (eds.), RECHTSVERFASSUNGSRECHT: RECHT-FERTIGUNG ZWISCHEN PRIVATRECHT UND GESELLSCHAFTSTHEORIE, Nomos: Baden-Baden 2003, 151-179.[46]
  • Lex mercatoria: Zum Geltungsanspruch transnationalen Rechts, in: 67 RABELS ZEITSCHRIFT FÜR AUSLÄNDISCHES UND INTERNATIONALES PRIVATRECHT [RabelsZ] 637-682 (2003).[47]
  • Vertragsregimes im ‚Dritten Sektor’: Zur Verortung des Verwaltungsrechts in Zeiten veränderter Handlungsformen [The Governance of Contracting: The Province of Administrative Law in an Era of Contractualized Government], in: 2 NON-PROFIT YEARBOOK 2002, 61-85 (W.Rainer Walz/Hein Kötz/Karsten Schmidt et al. eds., Cologne et al. 2003).[48]
  • Die engen Wände der Internetwelt: Autonomie und Kontrolle jenseits von staatlicher Steuerung und gesellschaftlicher Selbstorganisation? [The Narrow Confines of the Internet World: Autonomy and Control Beyond “State and Market”] in: INNOVATIONSOFFENE REGULIERUNG DES INTERNET 273-300 (Karl-Heinz Ladeur/Wolfgang Hoffmann-Riem eds., Baden-Baden 2003.[49]


  • Iura Novit Curia: Rechtsanspruch auf Entschädigung für NS-Zwangsarbeit vor deutschen Gerichten [iura novit curia: compensation claims before German courts] (co-authored with Christoph Safferling), in: Juristische Rundschau 2002, 6-11; also in: Peer Zumbansen (ed.), NS-Forced Labor: Remembrance and Responsibility (Nomos: Baden-Baden 2002), 229-240 [Iura Novit Curia: Legal Claim for Compensation for NS- Forced Labor before German Courts].[50]


  • Die vergangene Zukunft des Völkerrechts, in: Kritische Justiz (KJ) 34 (2001), 46-68. [The Past Future of International Law].[51]
  • Spiegelungen von Staat und Gesellschaft: Governance-Erfahrungen in der Globalisierungsdebatte, in: GLOBALISIERUNG ALS PROBLEM DER STEUERUNGSFÄHIGKEIT DES RECHTS UND DER GERECHTIGKEIT (Michael Anderheiden, Stefan Huster, Stephan Kirste eds.), ARSP Beiheft No. 79, Stuttgart 2001, 13-40. [Reflections of State and Society: Governance Experiences and the Globalization Debate].[52]


  • Rechtsentfremdungen: Über den gesellschaftlichen Mehrwert des zwölften Kamels (with Gunther Teubner), in: 21 Zeitschrift für Rechtssoziologie (2000), 189-215 [reprinted in: G.Teubner (ed.), Die Rückgabe des zwölften Kamels. Niklas Luhmann in der Diskussion über Gerechtigkeit (Lucius & Lucius: Stuttgart 2000), 189-215]. [Legal Alienations: Societal Surplus Value of the 12th Camel].[53]


  • Carl Schmitt und die Suche nach politischer Einheit, in: Kritische Justiz (KJ) 1997, 63-79. [Carl Schmitt and the Search for Political Unity]

Book Reviews[edit]

  • Review: Larry Catá Backer, 1 January 2012:[54]
  • Global Forces of Corporate Governance Change and European Path-Dependencies. Review of John Armour & Joseph McCahery eds., After Enron: Improving Corporate Law and Modernising Securities Regulation in Europe and the U.S. (Oxford: Hart Publishing 2006), 23:1 Banking & Finance Law Review 215-222; 56:2 American Journal of Comparative Law 517-523 (2008).[55]
  • Book review: Cindy Skach, Borrowing Constitutional Designs: Constitutional Law in Weimar Germany and the French Fifth Republic (Princeton University Press: Princeton 2006), in: 5:4 Perspectives on Politics 2007, 853-854.[56]
  • Reforming Closely Held Corporations: Corporate Governance Writ Small?, Review of The Governance of Close Corporations and Partnerships. US and European Perspectives. Edited by Joseph McCahery, Theo Raaijmakers, and Erik P. M. Vermeulen. Oxford University Press: Oxford and New York: 2004, in: 21:2 Banking & Finance Law Review 341-351 (2006).
  • Making Day to Day Sense of European Governance. Review of: Christian Calliess/Matthias Ruffert, Kommentar zu EU-Vertrag und EG-Vertrag, 2nd ed. (Luchterhand: Neuwied 2002) [Commentary to EC and EU Treaty, 2nd Ed. July 2002], in: Miller/Zumbansen (eds.), Annual of German & European Law [AGEL] Vol. 1 [2001-2002] (Berghahn Books: Oxford and New York 2004), 612-616.
  • Review of Ringleb/Kremer/Lutter/v.Werder, Deutscher Corporate Governance Kodex (Beck: Munich 2003), in: 58 Wertpapiermitteilungen [WM] 805-807 (2004).[57]
  • A Certain Constitutional History of the Federal Republic of Germany. Review of Kritische Vierteljahresschrift für Gesetzgebung und Rechtspolitik, Sonderheft zum Jubiläum des Bundesverfassungsgerichts (Autumn 2000), in: 2 German Law Journal No. 10 (15 June 2001).[58]
  • Richard Posner, Legal Theory in the UK and USA, Oxford 1996, in: 10 European Journal of International Law [EJIL] 217-218 (1999).[59]
  • Heike Kuhn, Die soziale Dimension der Europäischen Gemeinschaft (Duncker & Humblot: Berlin 1996), in: 9 European Journal of International Law [EJIL] 425-426 (1998).[60]


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