A review of Washington and Lee law professor Christopher Bruner’s book, Corporate Governance in the Common-Law World: The Political Foundations of Shareholder Power, has been published by the Cambridge Law Journal. The review was authored by Dr. Marc Moore, Reader in Corporate Law at the University of Cambridge Faculty of Law.
Professor Bruner’s book, published in 2013 by Cambridge University Press, examines the corporate governance powers possessed by shareholders in the U.S. and other common-law countries. Bruner finds, contrary to popular belief, that shareholders in the U.K. and other common-law jurisdictions are both more powerful and more central to the aims of the corporation than are shareholders in the U.S. Bruner’s theory is that relatively robust social welfare protections in countries like the U.K., Australia and Canada have freed up their corporate legal systems to focus more intently on shareholder interests without giving rise to “political backlash” – because other legal structures accommodate the interests of employees.
In his review, Dr. Moore concludes that Bruner’s “outstanding work represents a highly innovative and influential contribution” to the growing body of socio-political literature on corporate law. Moore elaborates:
[T]his book is a work of monumental significance and scholarly craft. It is impeccably researched, beautifully written, and its claims are both forceful and highly persuasive. It is an absolute must for anyone seeking to form a holistic understanding of how corporate law and governance relate to their broader social-institutional context, as well as an excellent primer on the key comparative features of the world’s principal common law systems. In writing this pioneering work, Bruner has undoubtedly earned the right to sit at the very top table of international corporate law scholarship. One can only hope that future research in the field will advance this fascinating line of enquiry yet further.
On Tuesday, June 9, Washington and Lee Law Professor Christopher Bruner spoke at the University of Hong Kong on his current book project examining the role of small jurisdictions in cross-border corporate and financial services, titled Market-Dominant Small Jurisdictions in a Globalizing Financial World (forthcoming, Oxford University Press). The seminar was sponsored by the Asian Institute of International Financial Law, a research center of UHK’s Faculty of Law, where Professor Bruner has pursued his research on Hong Kong’s financial center as a Visiting Fellow.
Washington and Lee Law Professor Christopher Bruner spoke at a conferenced titled “Understanding the Modern Company,” hosted by the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary University of London. The event, co-sponsored with University College London on May 9, 2015, brought together “scholars from around the world to explore the nature and function of companies,” aiming to “develop a normative approach to understanding the modern company.” Professor Bruner presented a working paper titled “The Corporation’s Intrinsic Attributes” as part of a panel exploring comparative and historical perspectives on the modern corporate form.
Washington and Lee Law Professor Christopher Bruner presented his current book project on the role of small jurisdictions in cross-border corporate and financial services at the University of Washington School of Law on Thursday, April 16. Titled “Market-Dominant Small Jurisdictions in a Globalizing Financial World,” the workshop was a part of UW’s Faculty Colloquium Series.
Washington and Lee Law Professor Christopher Bruner presented his current book project on the role of small jurisdictions in cross-border corporate and financial services at the National University of Singapore (NUS) on Thursday, February 12. Titled “Market-Dominant Small Jurisdictions in a Globalizing Financial World,” the seminar was sponsored by the Centre for Banking & Finance Law, an initiative of the NUS Faculty of Law, where Professor Bruner pursued his research on Singapore’s financial center as a Visiting Scholar.
On Thursday, July 10 and Friday, July 11, 2014, Washington and Lee law professor Christopher Bruner spoke at the annual conference of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE), “an international, inter-disciplinary organization with members in over 50 countries on five continents” representing disciplines including “economics, sociology, political science, management, psychology, law, history, and philosophy.”
On July 10, Professor Bruner discussed his recent book, Corporate Governance in the Common-Law World: The Political Foundations of Shareholder Power (Cambridge University Press, 2013), in which he develops a new comparative theory of corporate governance in common-law countries. On July 11, he presented his working paper on the role of small jurisdictions in cross-border corporate and financial services, “Market-Dominant Small Jurisdictions in a Globalizing Financial World.”
Read more about Professor Bruner’s scholarship here.
On Thursday, July 3, 2014, Washington and Lee law professor Christopher Bruner participated in a panel discussion at the Aspen Institute’s Ideas Festival. Held at the Aspen Institute’s campus in Aspen, Colorado and co-sponsored by The Atlantic, the Aspen Ideas Festival gathers “leaders from around the globe and across many disciplines to engage in deep and inquisitive discussion of the ideas and issues that both shape our lives and challenge our times.” The panel discussion, titled “Seeking Business Leaders for the 21st Century,” was organized by the Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program.