Prof. Dr. iur. Dr. phil. Stefan Grundmann LLM (Berkeley)
1. About Professor Grundmann
1. About Professor Grundmann
Stefan Grundmann (* 1958) is married, with three children, one boy and two girls (16, 13 and 9) and is Professor of Private and Business Law at Humboldt University, Berlin. For his school leaving exam at Maximilians-Gymnasium Munich, he won the Max-Planck-Medal as top-seated of his school. He studied in Munich, Aix-en-Provence, Lausanne (1977-1982), Lisbon and Berkeley (Cal.), Law, Art History and Philosophy. In his first (academic) exam, he was ranked n. 1 out of 1370 candidates in Bavaria, in his second (bar) exam in the top 1 % of his year. In his year in Lisbon (1982/1983), he wrote his comparative law thesis in the area of private international law (PhD awarded on 7 February 1985, summa cum laude), in Berkeley (1987/88) he studied in the Masters Programme, finishing it with A's in all classes and a master thesis on fiduciary duties in trust and in company law relationships (LL.M.). Between 1983 and 1987, he served as an articled clerk at the Court of Appeals of Bavaria (Munich), spent one year at the research centre of IBM on law & informatics and wrote his second dissertation - on Titian and history of mind in his paintings (PhD awarded on 10 February 1988, magna cum laude).
Stefan Grundmann was university research assistant with Klaus Hopt (later the director of the Max-Planck-Institute in Hamburg) from 1988-1995 when he wrote his habilitation thesis on trust relationships, their 'contractual' basis in contract arrangements and in companies (1.3.). He received the venia legendi for Private Law, Business Law, EU Law, Theory of Law, Comparative and Private International Law, 16 February 1995).
He then has held chairs at the universities of Halle-Wittenberg (1995-2001) and Erlangen-Nürnberg (2001-2004) before he went to Humboldt-University in 2004. Both chairs were chairs of German and International Business Law. In Halle, at the Martin-Luther-University, he created the curriculum Law & Economics in 1997 (LL.M. oec.), still producing ten graduates per year. He got offers for chairs as well from Francfort/O. University, a chair of Private International and Transnational Law, and from Regensburg University, a chair of Private Law and Market Regulation, and in 2009, he was also top seated at the University of Vienna for a chair of Austrian and European Company Law. As of 2013, he will be professor for transnational law at the European University Institute (Florence), retaining, however, also the chair at Humboldt University.
2. Awards and Other Positions
For his dissertation and for his habilitation, Stefan Grundmann was awarded the faculty prize of Munich University. He held scholarships from the Bayerische Hochbegabtenförderung, from the Studienstifung des deutschen Volkes (also for the dissertation in Lisbon), and from the German Academic Exchange Service (several times). From 1985 through 1994, he served as external adviser of the EU Commission in the GRAFIC project (then DG XV) on the transposition of EC Directives in the area of Financial Services and Company Law (assessing the transposition into German Law of virtually all capital market ad company law directives enacted until then), and from 1996 through 2001 in the ELPA project with Prof. Verny (Prague/Berlin) as an advisor on transposition in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and also Croatia.
From 1999 through 2003, Stefan Grundmann served as external adviser of the Chinese Peoples' Congress ('Parliament') for the legislation in Investment Funds and for the Trust Law (for the latter full draft proposed by him). The contacts are still continuing on various levels, with Chinese graduates now in professorial positions and the upcoming publication of the European Company Law also in Chinese.
He has been visiting professor at King's College London, 1999 until today, at the Rome I University, 'La Sapienza' and LUISS (Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali) summer term 2000 and winter term 2003/04. Later, he was visiting professor at Oxford University (hillary term 2008), at Herzlya University (Tel-Aviv) in the spring term 2009, Fernand-Braudel-Fellow at the EUI in spring 2010 and visiting professor at N.Y.U. and Harvard University in the summer term 2011.
He is founding president and current president of the Society of European Contract Law (SECOLA, 1999-), with annual large scale conferences on important developments of European Contract Law (good part of which is named in the list of publications, sub E4 through E23, see also www.secola.de). He also is president of the Luso-German Lawyers Association (2005-, all jurisdictions in Portuguese worldwide). He is co-founder and president (of the steering committee) of the European Law School (Berlin/London/Paris, now also Rome) and director of several institutes in the universities where he holds or held chairs.
He is member of the board of the German Society of Comparative Law, head of the section 'Fundamental Theory', and as such also member of the International Academy of Comparative Law (Académie Internationale de Droit Comparé). Moreover, he is member of the European Law Institute and also member of its council.
3. Research Profile and Editorships
His research interests include contract law, company and banking law, legal theory, always including comparative and European Private Law. His publications include: The Law of Fiduciary Relationships (1997), European Contract Law (1999), European Company Law (2004, 2007, 2011/12); and several commentaries on banking and German contract law - all books and commentaries in German, European Company Law also in English (2007) and Chinese (forthcoming). European Contract Law in its new shape would be published in German and in English. For further details see his list of publications.
He is editor of the following journals: European Review of Contract
Law (editor-in-chief), European Review of Business Law; Bankrecht und
Kapitalmarktrecht; Revue de Droit International; International and Comparative
3. European Law School
5. Editorships and Publications