Portrait of Katharina Pistor

Professor of Law

Professor of Law at the Columbia Law School since 2001 and director of the Center on Global Legal Transformation. Before joining Columbia Law School, Pistor held teaching and research positions at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Private Law in Hamburg. She is a research associate with the Centre for Economic Policy Research. In 2015, she was elected a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, and in 2021, she was elected a member of the European Academy of Sciences.

She is a leading scholar and writer on corporate governance, money and finance, property rights, and comparative law and legal institutions. Her most recent book, The Code of Capital: How the Law Creates Wealth and Inequality, was named one of the best books of 2019 by the Financial Times and Business Insider. 

Articles by Katharina Pistor

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An uncertain futureWho writes the rules of the capitalist game?

The capitalist game is about employing a social resource – the legal system – for private gain. It is played in the service of private actors, but the decisive actors are not the players...

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