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Professor Peer Zumbansen

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Professor Zumbansen was born in Berlin and educated in Germany, France and the United States. Admitted to the bar in Germany, he studied philosophy and law in Germany and France before receiving an LLM from Harvard Law School, followed by a doctorate and the post-doctoral, Habilitation from Frankfurt’s Goethe University. Professor Zumbansen’s doctoral thesis won the Walter Kolb Memorial Prize for Best Doctorate in Law.

At Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in Toronto, he held a prestigious Canada Research Chair for a decade – first in the Comparative and Transnational Law of Corporate Governance and, since 2009, in Transnational Economic Governance and Legal Theory. He was also the founder of the interdisciplinary Critical Research Laboratory in Law & Society and has consistently contributed to domestic and international debates on legal education.

During his time at Osgoode Hall he served as Associate Dean Research, Graduate Studies and International Relations, Acting Chair of the Recruitment Committee and taught Canadian and comparative corporate and business law, private law theory, European, comparative and transnational law, and legal theory.

He has received two teaching awards in Canada and has held visiting professorships at Osgoode Hall, Idaho, Bremen, Bilbao and Oñati (Spain), Lucerne and St. Gallen (Switzerland), UCD Dublin, Javeriana (Bogotà), Melbourne, Lisbon and Yale Law School.

 In the summer of 2013, he was the inaugural Chair in Global Law at Tilburg Law School in The Netherlands and, in the fall of 2013, a Senior Research Scholar at Michigan Law School. At Osgoode, he was the founding director of the Comparative Research in Law and Political Economy Network (CLPE) and the Collaborative Urban Research Laboratory, two international and interdisciplinary research centres. He was, from 2000-2013, the founding co-editor in chief of the German Law Journal and has been, since 2012, the editor in chief of Transnational Legal Theory. He founded the CLPE Osgoode Hall Research Paper Series at the Social Science Research Network (SSRN).


Professor Zumbansen joined The Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London in July 2014 as the inaugural Professor of Transnational Law and founding director of the Dickson Poon Transnational Law Institute.

Research interests

Professor Zumbansen’s research is focused on private law theory, comparative and transnational law. He has supervised major research theses, LLM and PhD projects in corporate governance, international law and transnational private regulatory governance. One of his longstanding research interests has been in legal education and legal curriculum reform, with a particular emphasis on the enhancement of a more foundational as well as practice-oriented law training.

Selected publications


Peer Zumbansen is the author and editor of a number of books (in both German and English), and of law review articles and book chapters. 

Selected Authored Books

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, xv, 366 pp., Hb 2010. Pb 2012.

Ordnungsmuster im modernen Wohlfahrtsstaat. Lernerfahrungen zwischen Staat, Gesellschaft und Vertrag. [Regulatory Patterns in the Modern Welfare State. Learning Experiences Between State, Society and Contract] Nomos: Baden-Baden 2000. (Awarded the Walter-Kolb-Memorial Prize for best Ph.D. in Law, 1999)

Selected Edited Books

Law in Transition: Human Rights Rights, Development and Transitional Justice, i-xvi, 367 pp (Hart Publishing, 2014, co-edited with Ruth Buchanan, and with an Epilogue by Bryant Garth), in print.

Reshaping Markets. Economic Governance and Liberal Utopia (co-edited with Alessandro Somma and Bertram Lomfeld), accepted for publication with Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2014.

Beyond Territoriality. Transnational Legal Authority in an Age of Globalization, 559 pp., Brill, 2012 (co-edited with Günther Handl & Joachim Zekoll)

Law, Economics and Evolutionary Theory, 378 pp., Edward Elgar 2011 (co-edited with Gralf-Peter Calliess). Paperback 2012.

The Embedded Firm: Labour Corporate Governance and Finance Capitalism, 485 pp., Cambridge University Press 2011 (co-edited with Cynthia Williams).

Zwangsarbeit im Dritten Reich: Erinnerung und Verantwortung. Juristische Und Zeitgeschichtliche Betrachtungen/NS-Forced Labor: Remembrance and Responsibility. Legal and Historical Observations, Nomos: Baden-Baden 2002 (428 pp.)

Selected Articles & Book Chapters (2014-2013)

'Transnational and/in International Law', in: Anne Orford & Florian Hoffmann (eds.), Oxford Handbook of International Legal Theory (Oxford University Press, 2014).

'Why Global Law Is Transnational: Brief Remarks on the Symposium for William Twining’s Montesquieu Lecture', 4:4 Transnational Legal Theory (2013).

'The Constitutional Itch: Transnational Private Regulatory Governance and the Woes of Legitimacy', in: Michael Helfand (ed.); The Challenges of Global and Local Legal Pluralism: Mediating State and Non-State Law (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2014). Available at:

'What lies Before, Behind and Beneath a Case? Five Minutes of Transnational Lawyering and the Consequences for Legal Education', in: Shauna Van Praagh and Helge Dedek (eds.), Stateless Law: Evolving Boundaries of a Discipline (Ashgate, 2014, forthcoming), available at:

'Lochner Disembedded: The Anxieties of Law in a Global Context, in: 20 Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies (2013), 29-69, available at: Highlight by Larry Solum:


'Administrative Law’s Global Dream: Navigating Regulatory Spaces Between ‘National’ and ‘International’, (2013) 11: 2 I-Con International Journal of Constitutional Law, 506-522.

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