Katharina Pistor

Walter E. Meyer Research Professor in Law & Social Problems; Michael I. Sovern Professor of Law

Office: 435 W. 116th St.
Room 719
New York NY 10027
Tel: 212-854-0068
Fax: 212-854-7946
Email: kpisto@law.columbia.edu

Assistant Info

Name: Kate Garber
Phone: 212-854-7487
Email: kate.garber@law.columbia.edu

  • Corporations
  • Law & Development
  • Lawyering Across Multiple Legal Orders (co-taught with George Bermann)


  • University of Munich, Dr. jur., 1998
  • Kennedy School of Government, Harvard, M.P.A., 1994
  • State of Hamburg, Second Juridical State Exam, 1992
  • University of London, LL.M., 1989
  • University of Freiburg, First Juridical State Exam, 1988

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Katharina Pistor is the Walter E. Meyer Research Professor in Law & Social Problems and the Michael I. Sovern Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. She is also the director of the Law School’s Center on Global Legal Transformation and has served as a member of Columbia University’s Committee on Global Thought since its inception. She previously taught at the Kennedy School of Government, and worked at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Private Law in Hamburg, Germany and the Harvard Institute for International Development. In the 1990s she worked predominantly on transition economies in Central and Eastern Europe and Russia, where she conducted extensive field research. Since then, her research has expanded to other emerging markets (in East Asia) and the impact of globalization on the transformation of law and legal institutions in the areas of finance, property rights and transnational regulation. She is Principal Investigator of the “Global Finance and Law Initiative,” a collaborative research project aimed at re-conceptualizing the relation between finance and law, funded by INET. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the European Corporate Governance Institute, a Research Associate of the Center for Economic Policy Research and an Editor of “Economics of Transition." In 2012 she received the Max Planck Research Award for her contributions to international financial regulation.

Recent publications include “Governing Financial Interdependence: Lessons from the Vienna Initiative” (Journal of Globalization and Development, 2011); “Global Network Finance” (Journal of Comparative Economics, 2009); and with Curtis Milhaupt, “Law and Capitalism: What Corporate Crises Reveal about Legal Systems and Economic Development Around the World” (Chicago University Press 2008).