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Prof. Dr. Anne van Aaken awarded a Humboldt Professorship

St. Gallen, May 8, 2018 - Prof. Dr. Anne van Aaken, Professor for Law and Economics at the University of St.Gallen (HSG), and Max Schmidheiny Foundation Professor 2006-2012, has been awarded a prestigious Humboldt Professorship. Please find a media release on the award ceremony in Berlin and a video of the awardee under this link.



Max Schmidheiny Foundation Professorship at the University of St.Gallen

An innovative model of private endowment in the field of Law and Economics

Since the 2006/07 winter semester, the Max Schmidheiny Foundation has endowed the University of St.Gallen with the Max Schmidheiny Foundation Professorship for Entrepreneurship and Risk. Within the context of entrepreneurship and risk, and from the perspective of law and economics, the Professorship is focussed on research, education and the transfer of knowledge with professional practice, and is thus aimed at fostering insights into a dimension of the entrepreneurial concept that is increasingly important for the sustainability of a liberal order.

With its contribution, the foundation would like to support the University of St. Gallen in establishing an international presence in the area of “Law and Economics” that also represents the long-term association between the Max Schmidheiny Foundation, the benefactor’s family, and the University of St.Gallen.

The Max Schmidheiny Foundation developed an innovative model for private endowment: the Max Schmidheiny Foundation Professorship was set up as a mutually complementary, mixed programme of a tenure-track professorship and top-class visiting professors during an initial five-year period. Since 2012, the Max Schmidheiny Foundation has continued to fund the visiting professorship as a flagship initiative in the field of Law and Economics at the University of St.Gallen. 

Max Schmidheiny Foundation Tenure-Track Professorship for Law and Economics, Public, International and European Law (2006–2012)
From 2006 to 2012, Prof. Dr. Anne van Aaken held the Max Schmidheiny Foundation Tenure-Track Professorship for Law and Economics, Public, International and European Law. In 2012, following her successful habilitation, she was appointed full professor at the University of St.Gallen.

Max Schmidheiny Visiting Professorship for Entrepreneurship and Risk
Since 2007, an internationally renowned scholar in the field of Law and Economics has been invited to take up the Max Schmidheiny Foundation Visiting Professorship for Entrepreneurship and Risk at the University of St.Gallen for a term combining research and teaching with an emphasis on the intersection of entrepreneurship and risk.


Max Schmidheiny Foundation Guest Professors for Entrepreneurship and Risk since 2007

Spring 2024 | Bundeskanzler Walter Thurnherr | Governing in times of crisis
Autumn 2023 | Prof. Annabelle Gawer | Digital Business Strategy

Chaired Professor in Digital Economy & Director, Surrey Centre of Digital Economy (CoDE), University of Surrey Business School

Spring 2023 | Prof. James Bacchus | International Trade Law & Policy

Distinguished University Professor of Global Affairs and Director of the Center for Global Economic and Environmental Opportunity, University of Central Florida

Fall 2022 | Prof. Nathan Furr | Strategy and Entrepreneurship

Associate Professor of Strategy, INSEAD

Spring 2022 | Prof. Vanina Farber | Sustainable Business Transformation

elea Professor of Social Innovation and Dean of the IMD EMBA program, IMD

Spring 2018 | Prof. Yun-Chien Chang | Comparative Law and Economics of Property

Research Professor, Institutum Iurisprudentiae Academia Sinica

Fall 2017 | Prof. Henrik Lando | Law and Economics of Tort and Insurance

Professor of Law and Economics, Copenhagen Business School

Spring 2017 | Prof. Jennifer Arlen | Law and Economics of Corporate Misconduct: Tort, Regulatory, and Criminal Liability of Corporations and Their Employees

Norma Z. Paige Professor of Law & Founder and Director, Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement, New York University School of Law

Fall 2016 | Prof. Stefan Voigt | Economic Analysis of Constitutions

Professor of Law & Economics, Hamburg University

Spring 2016 | Prof. Avishalom Tor | Behavioral Law and Economics

Professor of Law and Director, Research Program on Law and Market Behavior, University of Haifa

Fall 2015 | Prof. Márcio Souza Guimarães | Law and Economics of Cross-Border Insolvency

Fundação Getulio Vargas Rio Direito

Spring 2015 | Prof. Zohar Goshen | Corporate Law and Economics

Alfred W. Bressler Professor of Law, Columbia University

Fall 2014 | Prof. Hans Bernd Schäfer | Ökonomische Analyse des Zivilrechts

Professor of Law and Economics, Bucerius Law School

Spring 2014 | Prof. Katharina Pistor | Law and Finance

Walter E. Meyer Research Professor in Law & Social Problems und Michael I. Sovern Professor of Law, Columbia University 

Spring 2013 | Prof. Theodore Eisenberg | Empirical Legal Studies

Henry Allen Mark Professor of Law and Adjunct Professor of Statistical Sciences, Cornell University Law School 

Fall 2012 | Prof. Eli Salzberger | Law and Economics of Intellectual Property and Innovation

Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Haifa

Fall 2011 | Prof. Francesco Parisi | Law and Economics of Regulation and Law-Making

Oppenheimer Wolff and Donnelly Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School

Spring 2011 | Prof. A. Mitchell Polinsky | Economic Analysis of Law: Market Failures and Their Corrections Through Contracts, Regulations, Litigation, and Enforcement

Josephine Scott Crocker Professor of Law and Economic, Stanford Law School

Fall 2010 | Prof. Christian Kirchner | Corporate Governance and Comparative Corporate Law: A New Institutional Economics Approach

Professor for German, European and International Civil and Commercial Law and Institutional Economics, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Spring 2010 | Prof. Thomas Ulen | Behavioral Law and Economics

Swanlund Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana Champagne

Fall 2009 | Prof. Andrew T. Guzman | International Law and Economics

Professor of Law, Berkeley Law School, University of California 

Spring 2009 | Prof. Geoffrey P. Miller | Law and Economics of International Banking Regulation

Professor of Law, New York University School of Law & Director, Center for the Study of Central Banks, New York University

Spring 2008 | Prof. Marco Becht | Capital Markets and Corporate Restructuring: Law and Economics of Private Equity and Hedge Funds

Professor of Finance and the Goldschmidt Professor of Corporate Governance, Solvay Brussels School for Economics and Management, Université libre de Bruxelles

Fall 2008 | Prof. Erich Schanze | Structuring International Business Transactions - Law and Economics

Professor of Private Law, Comparative Law and International Business Law, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany

Fall 2007 | Prof. John J. Donohue III | Empirical Legal Studies

Leighton Homer Surbeck Professor of Law, Yale Law School

Spring 2007 | Prof. Alan Schwartz | Contract Theory and Commercial Law

Sterling Professor of Law, Yale Law School & Yale School of Management


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