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International academics from the world’s leading universities arrived at Harvard this week to take part in the 2018 Global Corporate Governance Colloquia (GCGC) conference.

The event, hosted by Harvard Law School and organised by the European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI), took place in the new Wasserstein Building at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts and was attended by over 70 senior academics from a range of disciplines including Finance, Law, and Economics with the aim of sharing corporate governance knowledge on important topics such as Common Ownership, Environmental & Social Governance, Index Inclusion, Emerging Markets, Labour, Boards and more. In addition to the sharing of knowledge on current research, the GCGC conference series inspires new thought and important avenues of future research.

The two-day conference programme also included panel discussions with invited business professionals and academics on topics of current importance. Taking part in a panel discussion on ‘Index rule makers as a potentially powerful force in corporate governance’ were David Blitzer (S&P Dow Jones Indices), Matthew Mallow (BlackRock), and Jonas Jølle (Norges Bank Investment Management). The panel was moderated by Marco Becht (Solvay Brussels School) and Stephen Davis (Harvard Law School).  Speaking on the second panel, moderated by Allen Ferrell (Harvard Law School), on the topic ‘CSR and Impact Investing:  Framing the Questions’ were Robert H. Sitkoff (Harvard Law School), Ron Gilson (Stanford Law School, Columbia Law School) and John M. Loder (Ropes & Gray).

The GCGC conference series, which facilitates this best-in-class discussion forum, is an initiative supported by twelve universities (Harvard, Oxford, Tokyo, Singapore, Frankfurt, Swedish House of Finance, London Business School, Columbia, Yale, Peking, Seoul, Stanford) together with a select group of corporate entities (Zurich AG, the European Investment Bank, Japan Exchange). The inaugural conference for the series took place in Stanford University in 2015 and since then has also convened in Stockholm and Tokyo.

Speaking at the event in Harvard, Professor Allen Ferrell, GCGC Conference Chair and Harvey Greenfield Professor of Securities Law at Harvard Law School said; 

“The GCGC conference is unique in its interdisciplinary and global nature and it keeps getting better each year. The level of engagement amongst delegates is extremely valuable and provides rich discourse for future research”. 

The Global Corporate Governance Colloquia will continue next year at Frankfurt University and highlights from this year’s event will be made available on . The full programme and speaker line-up for the 2018 event is available on the same website:


Hosts by year:

2015 – Stanford University, USA

2016 – Swedish House of Finance, Sweden

2017 – University of Tokyo, Japan

2018 – Harvard University, USA

2019 – Frankfurt University, Germany

2020 – Seoul University, South Korea

2021 – Yale University, USA

2022 – London Business School, UK

2023 – Peking University, China

2024 – Columbia University, USA

2025 – Oxford University, UK

2026 – National University of Singapore




About the Global Corporate Governance Colloquia (GCGC)

The Global Corporate Governance Colloquia (GCGC) is a conference series, which, for an initial period of 12 years, brings together the best research in law and finance relating to corporate governance each year. The conferences will be held at 12 major universities that are leaders in the fields of law and finance in the Americas, Asia and Europe.

These conferences attract invited and contributed research papers of the highest scholarly quality. It includes at least one session devoted to the region or country where the conference takes place. These events are primarily “academic to academic” conferences with a few participants from industry and the public sector. 

The launch conference was held at Stanford University in June 2015, the 2016 conference was held at the Swedish House of Finance in June 2016, and the 2017 conference is being held at University of Tokyo. Each University partner of the series will host the conference once in a 12 year period.


About Harvard Law School

Harvard Law School is one of the preeminent centers of legal education in the world. Led by a diverse and dedicated group of faculty and legal scholars, HLS provides unmatched opportunities to study law and related disciplines in a rigorous and collaborative environment. The school's curriculum is unparalleled in its breadth and depth, with more than 400 courses, and nearly 30 clinics that make up the largest clinical department in the country. Harvard Law School supports a wide array of research programs, and offers students and alumni resources supporting both public and private careers. The school's network of distinguished alumni spans the globe, and its diverse student body is drawn from every U.S. state and more than 70 countries.




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