Christopher Bruner is the William Donald Bain Family Professor of Corporate Law at Washington and Lee University, where he also serves as Director of the Frances Lewis Law Center. His teaching and scholarship focus on corporate law and securities regulation, including international and comparative dimensions of these subjects.
Professor Bruner’s articles have appeared in a variety of law and policy journals, and he has twice received the Law School’s Ethan Allen Faculty Fellowship for scholarly excellence. His comparative study of U.S. and U.K. corporate governance, “Power and Purpose in the ‘Anglo-American’ Corporation,” won the 2010 Association of American Law Schools Scholarly Papers Prize. His first book, Corporate Governance in the Common-Law World: The Political Foundations of Shareholder Power (Cambridge University Press, 2013), has been called “a revelation” and “a work of monumental significance and scholarly craft,” and has been translated into Chinese (Cambridge University Press & Law Press China, 2016). His second book, Re-Imagining Offshore Finance: Market-Dominant Small Jurisdictions in a Globalizing Financial World (Oxford University Press, 2016), examines the roles of small jurisdictions in cross-border corporate and financial services. Blog posts and commentary by Professor Bruner have appeared at Conference Board Governance Center Blog, Conglomerate, Jotwell, Opinio Juris, PrawfsBlawg, and Yahoo! Finance (The Exchange).
Professor Bruner has presented his scholarship in Australia, China (Mainland), Denmark, Hong Kong SAR, Mexico, Russia, Singapore, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States, and he has been a visitor to the law faculties of the University of Cambridge, the University of Hong Kong, the University of Leeds, the University of Sydney, the University of Toronto, the National University of Singapore, and the Southwest University of Political Science and Law (Chongqing, China). He has twice traveled to the Russian Federation at the invitation of the U.S.-Russia Foundation for Economic Advancement and the Rule of Law (USRF) to participate in discussions with commercial court judges and economic ministry officials regarding Russian corporate law reform and potentially useful models from U.S. corporate and securities law.
At Washington and Lee, Professor Bruner is the Director of the Frances Lewis Law Center, the Law School’s faculty research and support arm, which funds summer research projects and research assistants for faculty, sponsors and supports conferences and symposia, and hosts visiting scholars. He has served as a member of the Executive Committee for the Association of American Law Schools Section on Business Associations, and currently serves as Co-Editor of the Hart Publishing (Bloomsbury Professional) book series Contemporary Studies in Corporate Law.
Professor Bruner received his A.B. with highest honors from the University of Michigan, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, his M.Phil. from the University of Oxford, where he held an Overseas Research Student Award, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he served as Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard International Law Journal. Following law school he practiced with Ropes & Gray LLP in Boston, where he worked with public and closely held companies on a range of corporate, transactional, and securities matters.