Curtis J. Milhaupt

Parker Professor of Comparative Corporate Law; Fuyo Professor of Japanese Law

Curtis J. Milhaupt

Parker Professor of Comparative Corporate Law; Fuyo Professor of Japanese Law

Curtis J. Milhaupt is the Parker Professor of Comparative Corporate Law and Fuyo Professor of Japanese Law at Columbia Law School. He also serves as the Law School's director of the Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law and director of the Center for Japanese Legal Studies. He is also a member of Columbia University’s Weatherhead East Asian Institute.  

Milhaupt’s research and teaching interests include the legal systems of east Asia (particularly Japan), comparative corporate governance, law and economic development, and state capitalism. In addition to numerous scholarly articles, he has co-authored or edited seven books, including U.S. Corporate Law, Yuhikaku, 2009 (in Japanese); Law and Capitalism: What Corporate Crises Reveal about Legal Systems and Economic Development around the World, University of Chicago Press, 2008; and Transforming Corporate Governance in East Asia, Routledge Press, 2008. His research has been profiled in The Economist, the Financial Times, and The Wall Street Journal, and has been widely translated.  

Milhaupt lectures regularly at universities and think tanks around the world. Representative appointments include Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University, Paul Hastings Visiting Professor in Corporate and Financial Law at Hong Kong University, and Erasmus Mundus Fellow in Law and Economics at the University of Bologna. He was named Teacher of the Year in 2012 and 2010 at the Duisenberg School of Finance, University of Amsterdam, where he teaches annually. Milhaupt has been a member of several international project teams focused on policy issues in Asia, including one charged with designing an “institutional blueprint” for a unified Korean peninsula.

Prior to entering academia, Milhaupt practiced corporate law in New York and Tokyo with a major law firm. 

He holds a J.D. from Columbia Law School and a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame. He also conducted graduate studies in law and international relations at the University of Tokyo.

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