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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
Negotiation Competition (ABA)
Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot
Int'l Business Transactions & the Closely-Held Business (online LL.M.)
Operation, Mgmt. & Control of the Closely-Held Business (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 corporate fiduciary duties, firm theory and trust as a calculative social-norm behavioral constraint. On sabbatical leave during the 2015 spring semester, he will be a visiting researcher, from March through May 2015, at the University of Bristol School of Law in England, and, during June and July 2015, at the Institute of German and European Company & Business Law of the University of Heidelberg in Germany. 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 US law for international master students. He is admitted to practice in New York and Germany.


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Journal Articles

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