Prof. Christopher Bruner
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.
The complete review is available here. Read more about Professor Bruner’s scholarship here.
In late April, Washington and Lee law professor Mark Drumbl gave a lecture at the University of Cologne entitled “Thinking Twice About Child Soldiers,” which addressed a number of arguments made in a CNN op/ed and also a blog post. In May, he taught a course on public international law held at Herstmonceaux Castle, in southern England near Hastings and traveled to the Czech Republic to give a public lecture on “Atrocity Then, Trials Now: The Value of Delayed Justice.” This talk, delivered at Masaryk University School of Law, examined the justifications for prosecuting 93 year-old Oskar Groening, who is currently on trial in Germany and who had served as the accountant and bookkeeper at Auschwitz in the 1940’s.
Finally, in June Drumbl gave a lecture to lawyers at the Department of Justice on evidentiary challenges in securing convictions under the US Child Soldiers Accountability Act, which gives US courts the ability to prosecute individuals who unlawfully recruit children under the age of fifteen into armed forces or armed groups anywhere in the world.
Prof. Christopher Bruner
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.
Assistant Dean for Legal Information Services and Professor Legal Research Caroline Osborne recently spoke at the University of North Texas Annual Open Access Symposium. The event was held on May 18 and 19, 2015 at the UNT Dallas College of Law and titled “Open Access, the Law, and Public Information.”
The 2015 symposium examined aspects of how the law relates to the open access movement, including copyright law, privacy law, access to government information, and access to and use of legal literature online. Dean Osborne presented a program, “The Open Access Advantage for American Law Reviews” with Carol Watson of the University of Georgia and James Donovan of the University of Kentucky.
Prof. Christopher Bruner
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.
Prof. Susan Franck
Washington and Lee law professor Susan Franck recently spoke at the Center for Transnational Legal Studies in London. The event, International Economic law and the Challenge of Global Inequality was held on April 17-18, 2015 at King’s College.
Professor Franck participated on a panel discussing international investment law with other experts in the field.
The organization used Twitter to share details of the event including Professor Franck’s remarks and photos of participants: https://twitter.com/ctls_london