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René Reich-Graefe

Professor of Law
Education: LL.M., University of Connecticut School of Law, LL.B. (equivalent), Free University of Berlin School 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.)
Office: L 304

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 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, Fineman's vulnerability paradigm in the context of corporate sustainability, and end-of-life medical decisionmaking and informed-consent law through the lens of economic theory.

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.  He has taught at the University of Maryland, the University of Connecticut and Northeastern University, has held visiting researcher positions at Queen's University in Canada, the University of Heidelberg in Germany, and the University of Bristol in England, and is admitted to practice in New York and Germany.


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Journal Articles

Intermediation in Intermediation: Triple Helix Innovation and Intermediary Legal Organisation, 3:10 Triple Helix 1-45 (2016) (peer-reviewed). Download

Calculative Trust: Oxymoron or Tautology?, 4 Journal of Trust Research 66-82 (2014) (peer-reviewed/special issue). Download

Keep Calm and Carry On, 27 Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics 55-69 (2014). SSRN

Deconstructing Corporate Governance: The Mechanics of Trusting, 38 Delaware Journal of Corporate Law 103-90 (2013). SSRN

Foreword: Fiduciary Duties in the Closely Held Firm 35 Years After Wilkes v. Springside Nursing Home, 33 Western New England Law Review 247-68 (2011) (symposium). SSRN

Deconstructing Corporate Governance: Director Primacy Without Principle?, 16 Fordham Journal of Corporate & Financial Law 465-527 (2011). SSRN

Deconstructing Corporate Governance: Absolute Director Primacy, 5 Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial & Commercial Law 341-404 (2011). SSRN

Changing Paradigms: The Liability of Corporate Groups in Germany, 37 Connecticut Law Review 785-817 (2005) (symposium). SSRN