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Elizabeth Pollman

Professor of Law
Co-Director, Institute for Law and Economics

Elizabeth Pollman

Elizabeth Pollman is an expert on corporate law, governance, and rights. She teaches and writes on a wide variety of topics in business law, with a particular focus on corporate governance, purpose, and personhood, as well as startups, entrepreneurship, and law and technology. Continue reading…


BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS: A CONTEMPORARY APPROACH (3d ed., West 2019) (with Alan Palmiter & Frank Partnoy).
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Articles and Book Chapters

The Corporate Governance Machine, 121 COLUM. L. REV. _ (forthcoming 2021), (with Dorothy Lund) (forthcoming)

The History and Revival of the Corporate Purpose Clause, 100 TEX. L. REV_ (forthcoming 2021), (forthcoming 2021)

Private Company Lies, 109 GEO. L. J. 353 (2020).

Startup Governance, 168 U. PA. L. REV. 155 (2019).

Fiduciary Law and the Preservation of Trust in Business Relationships, in FIDUCIARIES AND TRUST: ETHICS, POLITICS, ECONOMICS AND LAW (Paul B. Miller & Matthew Harding eds., Cambridge 2020) (with Brian Broughman & D. Gordon Smith).

Corporate Oversight and Disobedience, 72 VAND. L. REV. 2013 (2019).

Corporate Disobedience, 68 DUKE L.J. 709 (2019).

Tech, Regulatory Arbitrage, and Limits, 20 EUR. BUS. ORG. L. REV. 567 (2019) (Oxford Business Law Symposium: “Centros and European Corporate Law: Twenty Years of Living Dangerously”).

Corporate Governance Beyond Economics, in THE CORPORATE CONTRACT IN CHANGING TIMES: IS THE LAW KEEPING UP? (Steven Davidoff Solomon & Randall Stuart Thomas eds., Chicago 2019).

Quasi Governments and Inchoate Law: Berle’s Vision of Limits on Corporate Power, 42 SEATTLE U. L. REV. 617 (2019) (Berle X Symposium: “Berle and His World”).

Social and Asocial Enterprise, in THE CAMBRIDGE HANDBOOK OF SOCIAL ENTERPRISE LAW (Benjamin Means & Joseph W. Yockey eds., Cambridge University Press 2018).

Regulatory Entrepreneurship, 90 S. CAL. L. REV. 383 (2017) (with Jordan M. Barry).

The Supreme Court’s View of Corporate Rights: Two Centuries of Evolution and Controversy, in CORPORATIONS AND AMERICAN DEMOCRACY (with Margaret M. Blair) (Naomi R. Lamoreaux & William J. Novak, eds.) (Harvard University Press 2017).
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Constitutionalizing Corporate Law, 69 VAND. L. REV. 639 (2016).

Line Drawing in Corporate Rights Determinations, 65 DEPAUL L. REV. 597 (2016) (Clifford Symposium: “The Supreme Court, Business, and Civil Justice”).

Corporate Law and Theory in Hobby Lobby, in THE RISE OF CORPORATE RELIGIOUS LIBERTY (Micah Schwartzman, Chad Flanders & Zoë Robinson eds., Oxford University Press 2016).

The Derivative Nature of Corporate Constitutional Rights, 56 WM. & MARY L. REV. 1673 (2015) (with Margaret M. Blair).

Team Production Theory and Private Company Boards, 38 SEATTLE U. L. REV. 619 (2015) (Berle VI Symposium: “Blair & Stout and Beyond”).

A Corporate Right to Privacy, 99 MINN. L. REV. 27 (2014).

Information Issues on Wall Street 2.0, 161 U. PA. L. REV. 179 (2012).

Reconceiving Corporate Personhood, 2011 UTAH L. REV. 1629.

Citizens Not United: The Lack of Stockholder Voluntariness in Corporate Political Speech, 119 YALE L. J. ONLINE 53 (2009).

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Working Papers

RESEARCH HANDBOOK ON CORPORATE PURPOSE AND PERSONHOOD (Elizabeth Pollman & Robert B. Thompson eds., Edward Elgar Publishing 2021). (forthcoming)

Corporate Personhood and Limited Sovereignty (Vanderbilt Law Review Symposium: "Professor Margaret Blair’s Contributions to Understanding the Role of Corporations in the Economy") (forthcoming 2021)

The Rise of Regulatory Affairs in Innovative Startups, in THE HANDBOOK ON LAW AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN THE UNITED STATES (D. Gordon Smith, Christine Hurt & Brian Broughman eds. Cambridge University Press). (forthcoming 2021)
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Corporate Social Responsibility, ESG, and Compliance, in CAMBRIDGE HANDBOOK OF COMPLIANCE (D. Daniel Sokol & Benjamin van Rooij eds.). (forthcoming 2021)
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  • Corporations
  • Corporate Governance
  • M&A
  • Venture Capital

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