Professor of Business Law
New Chancellor Day Hall
3644 Peel Street
Canada H3A 1W9
peer.zumbansen [at] mcgill.ca (Email)
After studying law and philosophy in Frankfurt, Paris and Cambridge, Mass., Peer Zumbansen passed the Bar and received his doctorate and Habilitation from Goethe-University in Frankfurt. During his Habilitation, he lectured at the Faculty of Law and worked part time as a lawyer with Taylor Wessing and White & Case before joining Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto in 2004. At Osgoode, he launched the Critical Research Laboratory in Law & Society with two CFI and two SSHRC grants and served as Associate Dean Research, Graduate Studies and International Relations. He founded the CLPE Comparative Research in Law & Political Economy Legal Studies Papers with SSRN and continued editing the German Law Journal (2000-2013). In 2014, he was appointed as the inaugural director of the Transnational Law Institute at The Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College London. At King’s, Professor Zumbansen launched the new LL.M. Program in Transnational Law and, in 2018, directed the Transnational Law Summit.
Professor Peer Zumbansen joined McGill's Faculty of Law as Professor of Business Law in January 2021. His research focuses on private law, specifically contracts and corporate law, on transnational law, legal theory and legal sociology.
- Transnational Legal Theory (Co-Editor in Chief):
- Corona Journal (Co-Editor in Chief)
- King’s College London, Transnational Law Institute (TLI) Think! Papers (Editor in Chief)
- Visiting Professor in Corporate Law and International Dispute Resolution & Arbitration, Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles (Spring 2020)
- FGV Direito Sao Paulo (Nov. 2017)
- Université de Paris IX Dauphine, Paris (Jan. 2016, Feb. 2017, Feb. 2018, Feb. 2019)
- University of St. Gallen, Switzerland (2012-2016)
- Université de Sherbrooke, Québec (2014, 2015)
- Albrecht-Mendelssohn Graduate School of Law), University of Hamburg, Faculty of Law (June-July 2014)
- Michigan Law School (fall semester 2013)
- Yale Law School (Spring semester 2014)
- University of Deusto, Bilbao, Spain (2013)
- Centre for Transnational Studies (ZenTra), University of Bremen, Germany (2012)
- Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia (2012)
- University College Dublin, School of Law (Visiting Professor in Corporate Governance and Transnational Law, 2009-2010)
- International Institute for Legal Sociology, Oñati, Spain (March 2010)
- University of Lucerne, Faculty of Law (October 2009)
- Melbourne Law School, (May-June 2009)
- University of Bremen, Faculty of Law, DFG Project “Transformations of the State” (2006-2012)
- Osgoode Hall Law School, York University (Toronto), (Spring term, 2004)
- University of Idaho, College of Law (Fall 2003).
- Since 1 January 2021: Professor of Business Law, McGill University, Faculty of Law
- 2004-2020: Professor of Law, Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto
- 2004-2009: Canada Research Chair (I) in Comparative and Transnational Corporate Governance (Osgoode Hall Hall Law School)
- 2009-2014: Canada Research Chair in Legal Theory and Transnational Economic Governance (Osgoode Hall Law School)
- 2014-2018: Professor of Transnational Law, Founding Director of the Transnational Law Institute, King’s College London, The Dickson Poon School of Law
- 2000-2013: Co-Founder/Co-Editor in Chief, German Law Journal. Review of Developments in German, European & International Jurisprudence (2000-2013). Peer-reviewed, refereed, English-language monthly legal periodical, 21,000 subscribers globally. Since 2019: Published through Cambridge University Press.
- 1998-2004: Post-doctoral Researcher and Lecturer in Law, Goethe-University, Faculty of Law, Frankfurt, Germany
- 1998-2000: Clerk at the Competition law chamber, Regional Court (Landgericht) Frankfurt; Clerk to Justice Dieter Hömig, Federal Constitutional Court, Karlsruhe, Germany
- 1995-2000: Part-time Lawyer (Taylor Wessing; White & Case, Frankfurt)
- 1989-1994: Nighttime Taxi Driver, Frankfurt
- 1986-1988: Nurse, University Hospital, and Elderly Care, Kontakt, Frankfurt
- 1983-1986: Nighttime Cargo Handler, Frankfurt Airport
- Habilitation [Full Professor qualifying, post-Doctoral Dissertation] (Frankfurt 2004)
- 2nd State Law Exam (2000)
- Ph.D. law (Frankfurt 1998)
- LL.M. (Harvard 1998)
- 1st State Law Exam (Frankfurt 1995)
- Licence en droit [avec mention] (University of Paris-X-Nanterre 1991)
- Global Value Chains, Strategic Litigation & Transnational Advocacy (co-edited with Miriam Saage-Maaß, Palvasha Shahab, and Michael Bader), European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights, Berlin [forthcoming 2021].
- Oxford Handbook of Transnational Law (Oxford University Press 2021).
- The Many Lives of Transnational Law: Critical Engagements with Jessup’s Bold Proposal (Cambridge University Press, April 2020), 520 pp.
- Beyond the Domestic: The London Lectures in Transnational Law and Global Governance (Cambridge University Press, co-edited with Prabha Kotiswaran [forthcoming 2021].
- Reshaping Markets. Economic Governance and Liberal Utopia (co-edited with Alessandro Somma and Bertram Lomfeld), Cambridge University Press 2016, 361 pp.
- Beyond Territoriality. Transnational Legal Authority in an Age of Globalization, Brill, 2012 (co-edited with Günther Handl & Joachim Zekoll), 559 pp.
- Comparative Law as Transnational Law: A Decade of the German Law Journal, Oxford University Press, 2012 (co-edited with Russell Miller), 501 pp.
- Law, Economics and Evolutionary Theory, Edward Elgar 2011 (co-edited with Gralf-Peter Calliess). Paperback 2012, 378 pp.
- The Embedded Firm: Labour Corporate Governance and Finance Capitalism, Cambridge University Press 2011 (co-edited with Cynthia Williams), 485 pp.
- 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.
- 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. [Included in the Forced Labor bibliography at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum]
- The Transnationalization of Corporate Governance: Law, Institutional Arrangements and Corporate Power, 38(1) Arizona Journal of International & Comparative Law 1 (2020), forthcoming. [co-authored with Dionysia Katelouzou]. Preprint: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3601379
- Transnational Corporate Governance: State of the Art and Twenty-First Century Challenges, in: P. Zumbansen (ed.), Oxford Handbook of Transnational Law (Oxford University Press, in press 2020) [co-authored with Dionysia Katelouzou]. Preprint: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3536488
- Transnational Law: Theories & Applications, in: Peer Zumbansen (ed.), Oxford Handbook of Transnational Law (Oxford University Press, in press 2021). Preprint: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3601385
- The New Geography of Corporate Governance, 42 University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law 51-152 (2020) [co-authored with Dionysia Katelouzou]. Preprint: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3575009
- What is Economic Law?, 1:3 Journal of Law & Political Economy (2020). (https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3660836)
- Transnational Law, With and Beyond Jessup, in: Peer Zumbansen (ed.), The Many Lives of Transnational Law: Critical Engagements with Jessup’s Bold Proposal (Cambridge University Press 2020, 1-54). Preprint: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3757067
- Manifestations and Arguments: The Everyday Operation of Transnational Legal Pluralism, in: Paul Schiff Berman (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Global Legal Pluralism (Oxford University Press, 2020), 231-262. https://ssrn.com/abstract=3502576)
- Transnational Law as Socio-Legal Theory and Critique: Prospects for ‘Law and Society’ in a Divided World, 67 Buffalo Law Review 909-960 (2019).
- Transnational Liability Regimes in Contract, Tort and Corporate Law: Comparative Observations on ‘Global Supply Chain Liability’, in: Sophie Schiller (ed.), Le devoir de vigilance (LexisNexis 2019), 157-183 [co-authored with Benedikt Reinke]. Pre-print: TLI Think! Paper 4/2019.
- Can Transnational Law Be Critical?, in: Emilios Christodoulidis & Ruth Dukes (eds.), Research Handbook on Critical Legal Theory (Edward Elgar 2019), 473-494.