Martin Petrin


Academic Degrees:

S.J.D., University of California, Los Angeles
Ph.D., University of St. Gallen
LL.M., Columbia University
J.D., University of St. Gallen

Phone: 519-661-2111 x81115
Office: LB 25

Martin Petrin joined Western as the inaugural Dancap Private Equity Chair in Corporate Governance, jointly appointed to the DAN Department of Management and Organizational Studies and the Faculty of Law.

Martin’s research interests are in corporate, corporate governance, and business law, often from a comparative perspective. Most recently, his research has focused on corporate regulation, corporate theory and the impact of new technologies, and approaches to corporate and managerial liability. Martin has published widely in his areas of expertise, including as the author and editor of several books, and is a regular speaker at international conferences.

Martin has practiced law with a leading international business law firm and has been admitted to the Bar in New York and Switzerland. He is also a Distinguished Fellow and Visiting Professor at the Notre Dame London Law Program and has served as a Visiting Professor at NYU London, the Richard H. McLaren Visiting Professor in Business Law at Western University, and a Visiting Scholar at both the University of Cambridge Faculty of Law and the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and Private Law. In addition to his academic work, Martin acts as a consultant, with recent work in this field including a government-commissioned project on corporate law reform and consultancy work with various organizations and private parties.

Research Highlights

The EU’s Ethics Guidelines For Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence from a Company Law Perspective, 22 EUROPEAN BUSINESS ORGANIZATION LAW REVIEW 593 (2021)

Corporate Duties to the Public (Cambridge University Press, 2019)

Corporate Governance: Law, Regulation and Theory (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)

Corporate Management in the Age of AI, 2019 Columbia Business Law Review 965 (2019)

Group Company Liability, 19 European Business Organization Law Review 771 (2018)

Regulatory Analysis in Corporate Law, 79 Modern Law Review 537 (2016)

From Nature to Function: Reconceptualizing the Theory of the Firm, 118 Penn State Law Review 1 (2013)

Assumption of Responsibility in Corporate Groups: Chandler v Cape plc, 76 Modern Law Review 603 (2013)

Circumscribing the “Prosecutor’s Ticket to Tag the Elite” – A Critique of the Responsible Corporate Officer Doctrine, 84 Temple Law Review 283 (2012)

Assessing Delaware’s Oversight Jurisprudence: A Policy and Theory Perspective, 5 Virginia Law & Business Review 433 (2011)

The Curious Case of Directors’ and Officers’ Liability for Supervision and Management: Exploring the Intersection of Corporate and Tort Law, 59 American University Law Review 1661 (2010)