The Center on Global Legal Transformation was established in 2010 and its activities are devoted to enhancing our understanding of how law shapes and transforms global relations.

Law is a social scaling technology. Backed by the coercive power of states, it expands the scope of social ordering beyond small communities and has the potential to transform it. Law can be used as a means for self-governance, but also to advance powerful interests. How it is used is ultimately a matter of normative choice and political clout. CGLT’s mission is to further our understanding of how law alters economic, political and social relations in the context of globalization and how law and lawmaking is changed in this process.


Books from 2020


Book: Law in the Time of COVID-19, Katharina Pistor

Books from 2019

Book: The Code of Capital: How the Law Creates Wealth and Inequality, Katharina Pistor

Publications from 2018


Article: Expectations as Property: Histories, Contexualizations, Critiques, Freya Irani and Katharina Pistor

Publications from 2017


Article: From Territorial to Monetary Sovereignty, Katharina Pistor


Book Chapter: Moneys' Legal Hierarchy, Katharina Pistor

Books from 2015

Book: Governing Access to Essential Resources, Katharina Pistor and Olivier De Schutter