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René Reich-Graefe

Professor of Law


LL.M., University of Connecticut School of Law
LL.B. (equivalent), Free University of Berlin School of Law


Business Organizations
Closely-Held Businesses
Corporate Social Responsibility
Int'l Business Transactions
Sales (UCC Art. 2)
ABA Negotiation Competition
Vis Int'l Commercial Arbitration Moot
Int'l Business Transactions & the Closely-Held Bus. (online LL.M.)
Operation, Mgmt. & Control of the Closely-Held Bus. (online LL.M.)


Email: rene.reich-graefe@law.wne.edu
Phone: 413-782-1451
Office: L 201


René Reich-Graefe teaches and researches 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, vulnerability theory, and calculative trust (as a social-norm behavioral constraint). 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 our faculty, René 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. He has been a visiting researcher at the University of Bristol Law School in England and the University of Heidelberg Law Faculty in Germany and continues to be admitted to practice in New York and in Berlin, Germany.


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Journal Articles

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 Digital Commons

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

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 Digital Commons

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

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

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

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