Katharina Pistor is Michael I. Sovern Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and Director of the Center on Global Legal Transformation. 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; she also serves on Columbia University’s Committee on Global Thought. Her research focuses on the development of legal institutions in the context of social and economic transformation. In the 1990s she worked predominantly on transition economies in Central and Eastern Europe, but has since expanded her research to other emerging markets and the global economy. Ongoing research projects include globalization and the transformation of law; comparative global finance; and the distributional effects of alternative regulatory regimes.
Recent publications: “Host’s Dilemma: Rethinking EU Banking Regulation in Light of the Global Crisis” (Festschrift für Hopt, 2010) “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).