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251.11 sec. 001 - Topics in Corporate Governance: A Comparative Analysis of Israel and the US (Fall 2022)

Instructor: Roy Shapira  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 1
Grading Designation: Credit Only
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


W 6:25 PM - 8:15 PM
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From August 24, 2022
To October 05, 2022

Course Start: August 24, 2022
Course End: October 05, 2022
Class Number: 32214

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 5
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 30
As of: 02/17 06:39 AM

What vectors affect the behavior of business corporations? In law school, we tend to focus on corporate and securities laws. But in reality, corporate governance is also (indeed, very much so) a function of reputation concerns, media coverage, cultural norms, and the political environment. In this course we will look at these vectors in action in two different systems of corporate governance, namely, the U.S. and Israel. Tiny Israel is widely considered a global hub for innovation, leading the world in venture-capital investments per capita and startups per capita. But the so-called startup nation also suffers from problems in scaling-up, and from high degrees of economic concentration and a bevy of corporate governance debacles. What is it exactly in the American mix of laws, markets and morals that work differently than the Israeli mix? In the process of answering this question, we will dive into today’s most topical questions: can you hold directors personally accountable for not being attentive enough to increased societal demands (the “ESG” debate)? Are super-large corporations with market power ungovernable (the “anti-bigness” debate)? And so on. The course will be of interest not just to those keen on learning about the comparison between US and Israel, but also more generally to all those with interest in how business corporations operate and their role in, and impact on, society.

Reading assignment for first session: watch the documentary film "Downfall: The Case Against Boeing

More information about Professor Shapira is in his Faculty Profile.

Recommended: Law 250 Business Associations
(LLM or JSD students with equivalent coursework or professional experience from their home countries fulfill the recommendation)

Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
Course Category: Business Law
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
International and Comparative Law

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