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Research membership

This category of membership is open to all academics but admittance is through a detailed application process which is open every two years. Research members are appointed on the basis of their academic work by a special committee.

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ECGI is a global interdisciplinary academic network. The Research Members are the guardians of ECGI's academic integrity. They have a majority on all boards and committees, and they produce high quality research and events which are disseminated through the ECGI network.

When is the next possible opportunity to apply to become an ECGI Research member?

ECGI will next be accepting applications for research memberships in the summer 2024. This will be announced through the ECGI mailing list and on the ECGI website. Click here to subscribe to the ECGI mailing list. 

Who can apply?

Anyone can apply to become a research member of ECGI, however there is a high bar for admittance. At a minimum, applicants should be producing research on corporate governance related topics and have a solid record of quality papers and publications.

Do I need to be nominated?

No, anyone can apply without being nominated. ECGI seeks nominations from our existing research members to help identify those conducting quality research and to ensure that they apply to become a research member. Individuals who are nominated will be contacted with a request to submit an application. Soliciting multiple nominations is generally discouraged but will not count against applicants.

What are the main reasons for non-admittance?

Some common reasons for non-admittance include:

  • Insufficient focus on corporate governance topics, broadly defined.
  • High calibre early stage scholars without an adequate record.

The assessment criteria differs between law and finance scholars. For example, journal publications and citations are less relevant for law scholars.

The decision of the Appointments Committee is final and they do not provide feedback or reasons for decline.

Research Membership

No charge*

The benefits include:

  • Eligibility to publish in the ECGI working paper series.
  • Use of the ECGI affiliation for professional accreditation.
  • Speaking opportunities at ECGI events.
  • Participation on ECGI boards and committees with fellow members.
  • Promotion of research activities through ECGI channels (newsletters, interviews, social media etc.)
  • An individual professional listing in the ECGI membership directory.
  • Registration for public and members-only email communications.
  • Free attendance at the ECGI Annual Conference and Dinner.
  • Networking opportunities and access to leading academics.
  • Access to the ECGI Community platform and noticeboard.
  • Free access to events when applicable.

*Research Members are encouraged to sign up their universities as Academic Institutional Members to support our ongoing work. 

Other membership options 

Our community of research members

  • Sean Griffith

    T.J. Maloney Chair and Professor of Law
    Fordham University School of Law
    Research Member
  • Yaniv Grinstein

    Professor/ Adjunct Professor
    Reichman University / Cornell University
    Research Member
  • Klaus Gugler

    Professor of Economics and Head of the Research Institute for Regulatory Economics
    University of Vienna
    Research Member
  • Luzi Hail

    Professor of Accounting
    The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
    Research Member
  • Henry Hansmann

    Oscar M Ruebhausen Professor of Law
    Yale Law School
    Fellow, Research Member
  • Jarrad Harford

    Professor of Finance and Department Chair
    University of Washington
    Research Member
  • Oliver Hart

    Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor
    Department of Economics, Harvard University
    Fellow, Research Member
  • Harald Hau

    SFI Chaired Professor of Finance and Economics
    Geneva School of Economics and Management
    Research Member
  • Ulrich Hege

    Professor and Vice President
    Toulouse School of Economics
    Research Member
  • Thomas Hellmann

    Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
    Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
    Research Member
  • Christian Hellwig

    Associate Professor
    Toulouse School of Economics - Universite Toulouse 1, Capitole
    Research Member
  • Martin Hellwig

    Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods
    Fellow, Research Member
  • Benjamin Hermalin

    Schneider Distinguished Professor of Finance
    University of California, Berkeley
    Research Member
  • Jennifer G. Hill

    Bob Baxt AO Chair in Corporate and Commercial Law
    Monash University
    Research Member
  • Scott Hirst

    Associate Professor of Law
    Boston University School of Law
    Research Member
  • Klaus Hopt

    Emeritus Professor
    Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law
    Fellow, Research Member
  • Takeo Hoshi

    Professor of Economics
    The University of Tokyo
    Research Member
  • Cathy Hwang

    Barron F. Black Research Professor of Law
    University of Virginia School of Law
    Research Member
  • Roman Inderst

    Professor of Finance and Economics
    Goethe University Frankfurt
    Research Member
  • Howell Jackson

    James S. Reid, Jr. Professor of Law
    Harvard Law School
    Research Member
  • Hasung Jang

    Professor of Finance, Emeritus
    Korea University Business School
    Research Member
  • Tullio Jappelli

    Professor of Economics
    Center for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF), University of Naples Federico II
    Research Member
  • Tim Jenkinson

    Professor of Finance
    Saïd Business School, Oxford University
    Research Member
  • Michael Jensen

    Jesse Isidor Straus Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus
    Graduate School of Business Administration, Harvard University
    Fellow, Research Member
  • Dirk Jenter

    Professor of Finance
    The London School of Economics and Political Science
    Research Member
  • Wei Jiang

    Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Finance
    Emory University Goizueta Business School
    Research Member
  • Cally Jordan

    Associate Professor
    The Melbourne Law School
    Research Member
  • Kathryn Judge

    Harvey J. Goldschmid Professor of Law
    Columbia Law School
    Research Member
  • Marcel Kahan

    George T. Lowy Professor of Law
    New York University School of Law
    Fellow, Research Member
  • Ehud Kamar

    Professor of Law
    Tel Aviv University, Buchmann Faculty of Law
    Research Member
  • Hideki Kanda

    Emeritus Professor
    University of Tokyo and Gakushuin University Law School
    Fellow, Research Member
  • Eugene Kandel

    Director, Center for Corporate Governance
    Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    Research Member
  • Sang Yop Kang

    Peking University, School of Transnational Law
    Research Member
  • Steven Kaplan

    Neubauer Family Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance
    University of Chicago Graduate School of Business
    Fellow, Research Member
  • Oğuzhan Karakaş

    University Associate Professor in Finance
    Cambridge Judge Business School
    Research Member

ECGI is a vibrant network of governance experts. Listen to what some of them say about being part of the ECGI community.

How can I apply to become a member?

You can apply directly here using our easy application form. If you would like more information about the categories of membership and associated benefits, you can visit our becoming a member page.

Do I need to be nominated to become a member?

No. It is possible to apply for each category without being nominated. However, there is a difference between academic membership and research membership. You can sign up for academic membership today, but applications for research membership are only received every two years. Learn more about the differences in membership categories here.

How can I reinstate my lapsed membership?

We are happy to help you to reactivate your membership. Please send a request by email to

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