Curtis J. Milhaupt

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

Office: Jerome Greene Hall, Room 815
Tel: 212-854-4926

Assistant Info

Name: Terry Liu
Phone: 212-854-2743
Courses/Current Research
  • Comparative corporate governance
  • Japanese and other Asian legal systems
  • State capitalism
  • Law and economic development


  • Columbia Law School, J.D., 1989
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A., 1984

Media Contact:


  • To download Professor Milhaupt's publications, please visit his personal website.

Detailed Biography:

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

Professor Milhaupt’s research and teaching interests include comparative corporate governance, state capitalism, the legal systems of East Asia, and law and economic development.  In addition to numerous scholarly articles, he has co-authored or edited eight books, including Regulating the Visible Hand? The Institutional Implications of Chinese State Capitalism (Oxford University Press, 2016), U.S. Corporate Law (Yuhikaku, 2009, in Japanese), and Law and Capitalism: What Corporate Crises Reveal about Legal Systems and Economic Development around the World (University of Chicago Press, 2008).  His research has been profiled in The Economist, the Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal, and has been widely translated.

Professor Milhaupt teaches and consults frequently at institutions outside the United States.  Representative appointments include Distinguished Visiting Professor at the East China University of Political Science and Law and Visiting Professor at the Duisenberg School of Finance in Amsterdam, where he was twice named Best Teacher in Finance and Law. He has worked with think tanks on policy issues such as the re-unification of Korea, and testified before a U.S. Congressional commission on the implications of U.S. investment by Chinese state-owned enterprises. 

Prior to entering academia, Professor Milhaupt practiced corporate law in New York and Tokyo. He holds a J.D. from Columbia Law School and a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame. He conducted graduate studies in law and international relations at the University of Tokyo.

You may download many of Prof. Milhaupt's papers here.