Peer Zumbansen

Curriculum Vitae
Faculty Assistant: 
Monardo, Angela

Professor of Law and Canada Research Chair in Transnational Economic Governance and Legal Theory

Summer 2013, Inaugural Global Law Chair, Tilburg University School of Law, The Netherlands

Fall 2013, Senior Research Scholar, University of Michigan School of Law

October 2013, Visiting Professor, SJD Program, University of Deusto, Bilbao

November 2013, Visiting Professor, Master’s Program, University of St. Gallen (Switzerland)

Spring 2014, Visiting Professor of Law, Yale Law School

Director, Critical Research Laboratory in Law & Society (, two programs:

  • Comparative Research in Law & Political Economy [CLPE]
  • Collaborative Urban Research Laboratory [CURL]

Editor in Chief: Transnational Legal Theory (Submissions:

Co-Editor in Chief, German Law Journal (Submissions:

Courses taught 2012-2013:

  • Osgoode Graduate Program, Study Group: Law in a Global Context “Legal Theory in the Global South”, Wednesdays, 6-8 pm. Inquiries & Registration: 
  • Osgoode JD Program, Business Associations (Fall term, course website); Globalization and the Law (Winter term); German Law Journal (Transnational and EU Law)


  • Licence en droit (Paris 1991)
  • State law exam [LL.B./JD equivalent] (Frankfurt 1995)
  • LL.M. (Harvard 1998)
  • Ph.D. law (Frankfurt 1998)
  • Habilitation (Frankfurt 2004)


Previous Appointments:

  • 2006-2009, Associate Professor (with tenure)
  • 2004-2006, Assistant Professor
  • 2004-2009: Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in the Transnational and Comparative Law of Corporate Governance, Osgoode Hall Law School
  • 2007-2009: Associate Dean (Research, Graduate Studies & Institutional Relations)
  • 1998-2004 Post-doctoral Senior Research Fellow, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University, Frankfurt

Previous Appointments:

  • Co-Director, European Union Centre of Excellence, York University [], 2010-2012
  • Acting Director, Graduate Program (LL.M./Ph.D.), Osgoode Hall Law School, 2012
  • Acting Chair, Faculty Recruitment Committee 2011-2012, Osgoode Hall L.S.
  • Convenor, SIAS (Some Institutes of Advanced Study) Summer Institute, Humboldt and Mellon Foundations, Berlin Institute of Advanced Study, 11-22 July 2011, Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Bloomington, Indiana, USA, 9-20 July 2012
  • May-June 2012: Visiting Professor, Centre for Transnational Studies (ZenTra), University of Bremen
  • May 2012: Visiting Fellow, Wissenschaftszentrum, Berlin
  • Visiting Professor in Legal Theory for PhD Students, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Columbia, February 2012

Courses taught abroad:

Recht als Experiment [Law as Experiment] (Hochschule St Gallen, Switzerland)

Legal Theory and Global Governance

Regulatory Governance (UCD Dublin)

Globalization and the Law

Business Associations

Legal Theory

Comparative Corporate Governance

Transnational Governance


Research Projects:

Corporate Law in the Knowledge Society

Corporate Governance and the Embedded Firm

Reflexive Law and Legal Pluralism After the Welfare State

Transnational Law

Contractual Governance

The Global City University

Recent Publications: (



ARTICLES/BOOK CHAPTERS (2008-2013, selected)

  • Law and Legal Pluralism: Hybridity in Transnational Governance, in: Regulatory Hybridization in the Transnational Sphere (Poul Kjaer, Paulius Jurcys, and Ren Yatsunami eds., The Hague: Brill, 2013), 49-70 [Refereed]
  • Transnational Private Regulatory Governance: Ambiguities of Public Authority and Private Power, in: Law and Contemporary Problems (2012), forthcoming, available at: (OHLS CLPE Research Paper 45/2012)
  • Lochner Disembedded: The Anxieties of Law in a Global Context, in: Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies (2012), forthcoming, available at: (OHLS CLPE Research Paper 42/2012). Larry Solum Legal Theory Blog.
  • Rethinking the Nature of the Firm: The Corporation as a Governance Object, 35 Seattle L. Rev. 1269-1298 (2012), available here:
  • Defining the Space of Transnational Law: Legal Theory, Global Governance & Legal Pluralism, in: 21:1 Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems (2012), earlier version appeared in: Beyond Territoriality: Transnational Legal Authority in an Age of Globalization. Brill: The Hague, 2012. (Edited by Gunther Handl, Joachim Zekoll and Peer Zumbansen)
  • Comparative, Global and Transnational Constitutionalism: The Emergence of a Transnational Legal-Pluralist Order, (2012) 1:1 Global Constitutionalism 16-52. Preprint: Osgoode CLPE Research Paper No.  24/2011 [Refereed]
  • Transnational Law, Evolving, in: J. Smits (ed.), Elgar Encyclopedia of Comparative Law (2nd ed., J. Smits ed., 2012), 898-925. Preprint: Osgoode CLPE Research Paper No. 27/2011

[Refereed] Review: Larry Catá Backer, 1 January 2012:

  • Transnational Comparisons: Theory and Practice of Comparative Law as a Critique of Global Governance, in: Jacco Bomhoff & Maurice Adams eds., Theory and Practice in Comparative Law 186-211 (Cambridge University Press, 2012). Preprint: Osgoode CLPE Research Paper No. 1/2012

[Refereed] Review and debate: Larry Catá Backer, 22 April 2012: