Professor of Law
Courses Taught: Business Organizations, Closely-Held Businesses, Corporate Social Responsibility, International Business Transactions, Sales, UCC Survey, ABA Negotiation Competition, Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, International Business Transactions & the Closely-Held Business (online LL.M.), Operation, Management & Control of the Closely-Held Business (online LL.M.)
René Reich-Graefe teaches and writes in the fields of U.S. and international business organizations, corporate governance, and commercial transactions, broadly conceived. His latest research examines the intersections of fiduciary duties, firm theory and calculative trust (as a social-norm behavioral constraint), as well as the legal intermediation and management of Triple Helix innovation collaborations among university, industry and government participants. Current works-in-progress focus on Williamson's economic theory of (non-)calculative trust, the behavior of corporate directors in publicly-held firms, the protection of minority participants in closely-held businesses, a critical examination of vulnerability theory in the context of corporate social responsibility, and the legal organization and institutionalization of hybrid research innovation.
René first came to the United States on a Fulbright scholarship, completing his master’s degree at the University of Connecticut School of Law. He served as a law clerk at the Berlin Court of Appeals in Germany and practiced as a corporate and financial lawyer for seven years at the former international law firm of Coudert Brothers LLP. Prior to joining the Western New England faculty, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law where he taught business organizations, international corporate responsibility, and an introductory course in U.S. law for international LL.M. students.
In recent years, René held visiting scholar positions, and engaged in international cross-disciplinary and comparative research, at the Queen's University Faculty of Law in Kingston, Ontario (supported by a fellowship grant from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation), the Institute of German and European Company & Business Law at the University of Heidelberg in Germany, and the University of Bristol School of Law in England. For the summer 2017, René has been re-invited by the University of Heidelberg to conduct empirical and theoretical research on university-sponsored Triple Helix innovation collaborations in Germany (supported by a scholarship grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst-DAAD)). He is admitted to practice in New York and in Germany and, during the fall semester 2017, will hold a visiting appointment at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.