Approaches to Corporate Law

Bynkershoek Law Review Working Papers 2013/3

6 Pages Posted: 5 Feb 2013

See all articles by Ernst van Bemmelen van Gent

Ernst van Bemmelen van Gent

IUS Commune Research School; Utrecht University - Faculty of Law; Bynkershoek Research Center on Legal Education; The Hague University - LLB Program Dutch Law (HBO-Rechten)

Date Written: January 1, 2013


Corporate law can be introduced, described and presented in various ways. This Bynkershoek Research Note chooses to take various approaches to prepare the reader for engagement with the topic in introductory courses and as first contact with the more advanced stages of legal education. In this note those approaches are shortly introduced, including the private law character of corporate law, the economic approach to corporations, the business law approach, the tax law approach, the market regulation approach and the view on corporations from the perspective from the society and development. In the remainder of the average reading for courses on corporate law those perspectives return, sometimes explicitly, more often implicitly.

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Keywords: comparative law, corporate law

JEL Classification: K11

Suggested Citation

van Bemmelen van Gent, Ernst, Approaches to Corporate Law (January 1, 2013). Bynkershoek Law Review Working Papers 2013/3, Available at SSRN: or

Ernst Van Bemmelen van Gent (Contact Author)

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