Conceptualizing the Evolution of Corporate Law
American Journal of Legal History, 2013 (Forthcoming)
7 Pages Posted: 2 Aug 2013
Date Written: August 1, 2013
While many law schools offer a rich selection of courses in corporate law spanning doctrinal, clinical and interdisciplinary approaches, courses on the history of corporate law (and more broadly the law of business organizations) are largely absent. This essay, submitted to an American Journal of Legal History symposium on the teaching of legal history, explains the structure of a course I teach on the legal history of corporate law and finance.
The course surveys key developments in organizational law (from early regulation of lending to modern corporate law) through three dimensions: “history” (a chronological dimension), “law” (a functional dimension that tracks the development and debates over key traits of business organizations), and “evolution” (a social dimension that explores key policy and political forces that shape corporate law).
Keywords: teaching legal history, evolution of law, corporate governance, asset partioning, private ordering, path dependence
JEL Classification: A29, K22, N20, N40, O16
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