Peer Zumbansen

Professor of Business Law Peer Zumbansen
Full Professor

New Chancellor Day Hall
3674 Peel Street
Room 306
Montreal, Quebec
Canada H3A 1W9

514-398-1453 [Office]
peer.zumbansen [at] (Email)



Website: McGill Business Law Platform
Publications: SSRN
Twitter: @PZumbansen

Professor Zumbansen convenes the Seminars in Business and Society and edits the McGill Business Meter Blog.


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.


Visiting Professorships

  • 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).

Professional Experience

  • 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)

Selected Publications

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