Research and Teaching Areas
Comparative; Business; Economics and Law
An expert in comparative corporate law and governance, Professor Martin Gelter joined Fordham Law School in 2009. Previously, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Law and Business Law at the WU Vienna University of Economics. He also has been a Terence M. Considine Fellow in Law and Economics and a John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Economics at Harvard Law School, and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Bologna. His scholarship has been published in distinguished journals including Harvard International Law Journal, NYU Journal of Law and Business, and Fordham International Law Journal.
Previous experience includes:
- Visiting Professor, National Taiwan University College of Law
- Visiting Professor, Université Paris-II Panthéon-Assas
- Assistant Professor, WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Department of Civil Law and Business Law
- Terence M. Considine Fellow and John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Economics, John M. Olin Center for Law, Economics, and Business, Harvard Law School
- Visiting Fellow, Institute of Advanced Studies, Department of Law “Antonio Cicù” and Department of Economics, University of Bologna
- European Corporate Governance Institute (nominated as research associate in 2006)
- American Law and Economics Association
- European Association for Law and Economics
Selected Publications (see CV for full list)
- Centros and Defensive Regulatory Competition: Some Thoughts and a Glimpse at the Data, 20 EUR. BUS. ORG. L. REV. 467-492 (2019) [working paper download].
- Opportunity Makes a Thief: Corporate Opportunities as Legal Transplant and Convergence in Corporate Law [with Geneviève Helleringer], 15 BERKELEY BUS. L.J. 92-183 (2018).
- GLOBAL SECURITIES LITIGATION AND ENFORCEMENT (edited with Pierre-Henri Conac, Cambridge University Press 2018).
- EU Company Law Harmonization between Convergence and Varieties of Capitalism, in RESEARCH HANDBOOK ON THE HISTORY OF CORPORATION AND COMPANY LAW 323-352 (Harwell Wells ed. 2018) [working paper download].
- Centros, the Freedom of Establishment for Companies and the Court’s Accidental Vision for Corporate Law, in EU LAW STORIES: CONTEXTUAL AND CRITICAL HISTORIES OF EUROPEAN JURISPRUDENCE 309-337 (Fernanda Nicola & Bill Davies eds. 2017) [working paper download] .
- Lift not the Painted Veil! To Whom are Directors’ Duties Really Owed? (with Geneviève Helleringer), 2015 U. ILL. L. REV. 1069-1118 .
- Whose Trojan Horse? The Dynamics of Resistance against IFRS (with Zehra G. Kavame), 36 U. PA. J. INT’L L. 89-190 (2014).
- Citations to Foreign Courts - Illegitimate and Superfluous, or Unavoidable? Evidence from Europe, 62 AM. J. COMP. L. 35-85 (2014) (with Mathias M. Siems) [working paper download].
- Risk-shifting through Issuer Liability and Corporate Monitoring, 14 EUR. BUS. ORG. L. REV. 497-533 (2013) [working paper download].
- The Pension System and the Rise of Shareholder Primacy, 43 SETON HALL L. REV. 909-970 (2013).
- Why do Shareholder Derivative Suits Remain Rare in Continental Europe?, 37 BROOKLYN J. INT'L L. 843-892 (2012).
- The Dark Side of Shareholder Influence: The Connection between Managerial Autonomy and Stakeholder Orientation in Comparative Corporate Governance, 50 HARV. INT’L L. J. 129-194 (2009).
- The Transatlantic Divergence in Legal Thought: American Law and Economics vs. German Doctrinalism, 31 HASTINGS INT’L & COMP. L. REV. 295-360 (2008) (with K. Grechenig).
- Constraining Dominant Shareholders' Self-Dealing: The Legal Framework in France, Germany and Italy, 4 EUR. COMPANY & FIN. L. REV. 491-528 (2007) (with Pierre-Henri Conac & Luca Enriques).
- The Subordination of Shareholder Loans in Bankruptcy, 26 INT’L REV. L. & ECON. 478-502 (2006) [working paper download].
Columbia University, M.A., 2018
Harvard Law School, SJD, 2009, LLM, 2003 (waived for SJD fellowship)
WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Dr. rer.soc.oec., 2003, Mag.rer.soc.oec., 1998
- University of Vienna, Dr. iur., 2001, Mag. iur., 1998