Salar Ghahramani

Assistant Professor of Business Law and International Law & Policy, Business
Office Phone: 215-881-7496
Office Location: Sutherland, 212

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Educational Background

Juris Doctor, with Certificate in International, Comparative, and Foreign Law
Penn State Law, University Park, PA

BA in International Politics (Phi Beta Kappa)
Schreyer Honors College
Penn State University, University Park, PA


Teaching Interests and Courses Taught

BA 100—Introduction to Business
BA 243—Business Law
BA 494—International Law Project
BA 496—Independent Studies
BA 497—International Business Law
BA 499—Globalization: The Intersection of Law & the Financial Markets
CIVCM 211—Foundations: Civic and Community Engagement
CLJ 113—Introduction to Law
I B 496—International Business Law & Ethics
L A 295—State Legislature Internship
PL SC 001—American Government
PL SC 003—Comparative Government
PL SC 014—International Relations
PL SC 395—Congressional Internship
PL SC 496—Public Policy Writing
PL SC 497A—Constitutional Law
PUBPL 496—Public Policy

Research Interests

Constitutional Law
Corporate Governance Law
Fiduciary Law
International & Comparative Business Law
The Law of Public Pension & Sovereign Wealth Funds

Selected awards, grants, patents, other honors

Best Paper Award for “Fiduciary Duty and the Corporate Governance of the State’s Instrumentalities: A Dilemmatic Assessment.” Pacific Northwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business. Vancouver, BC. 2014.

Lion Heart Award. “For Commitment to Excellence.” Presented by the graduating class to “the faculty, staff, or administration member who most inspired members of the graduating class through our college career.”

Student Government Association Special Recognition Award, “for commitment to the student body.” April 2012.

First-Year Engagement Faculty Certificate of Appreciation, “for meritorious contributions to peer teaching and learning.” 2009.

Honors Medal, for “Scholarly Achievement, Integrity of Purpose, and Intellectual Curiosity.”

Liberal Arts Academic Excellence Award. “For Academic Excellence.”

Schreyer Ambassador Grant, to study British theater and architecture in London, England. Pennsylvania State University.

President's Award, Pennsylvania State University.

Selected Publications

Ghahramani, Salar. (Forthcoming). “Sovereign Wealth and the
Extraterritorial Manipulation of Corporate Conduct: A Multifaceted Paradigm
in Transnational Law.” In Douglas Cumming, Igor Filatotchev, Julianne
Reinecke and Geoffrey Wood (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Sovereign Wealth
Funds. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Ghahramani, Salar. (2016). “Professors as Corporate Fiduciaries:
Implications for Law, Organizational Ethics, and Public Policy.” Law &
Business Review, Vol. 10(2), pp. 237-271.

Ghahramani, Salar. (2015). “Sovereign Wealth Funds and Human Rights
Protection.” In Fabio Bassan (Ed.) Research Handbook on Sovereign Wealth
Funds and International Investment Law (pp. 321-332). Camberley, UK: Elgar's
International Financial Law Series.

Ghahramani, Salar. (2014). “Sovereigns, Socially Responsible Investing, and
the Enforcement of International Law through Portfolio Investment and
Shareholder Activism: The Three Models.” Journal of International Law, Vol.
35(4), pp. 1073-1083.

Ghahramani, Salar. (2014). “Fiduciary Duty and the Ex Officio Conundrum in
Corporate Governance: The Troublesome Murkiness of the Gubernatorial
Trustee’s Obligations.” Hastings Business Law Journal, Vol. 10(1),

Ghahramani, Salar. (2014). “Divestment Laws, Fiduciary Duty, and Pension
Fund Management: An Empirical Examination.” International Journal of Law
and Management, Vol. 56(1), pp. 29-37.

Ghahramani, Salar. (2013). “Sovereign Wealth Funds, Transnational Law, and
the New Paradigms of International Financial Relations.” Yale Journal of
International Affairs, Vol. 8(2), pp. 52-64.

Ghahramani, Salar. (2013). “Sovereign Wealth Funds and Shareholder
Activism: Applying the Ryan-Schneider Antecedents to Determine Policy
Implications.” Corporate Governance, Vol. 13(1), pp. 58-69.

Ghahramani, Salar. (2012). “Public Pensions, International Affairs, and
Divestment Regulations: A Critical Analysis and Call for a Model Law.”
Pensions: An International Journal, Vol. 17(2), pp. 80-87.

Pacini, Carl, Jeffrey S. Paterson and Salar Ghahramani. (2011). “The
Uncertain Liability of Accountants and Other Professionals in Securities
Fraud Cases: The Shifting Sands of Central Bank.” Journal of Forensic and
Investigative Accounting, Vol. 3(3), pp. 46-67.
Ghahramani, Salar. (2011). “Protecting Public Pension Funds from
Divestment-related Lawsuits: Exploring the State Laws of the United
States.” Pensions: An International Journal, Vol. 16(3), pp. 212-219.

Ghahramani, Salar. (2011). “Governments, Financial Markets, and
International Human Rights: The State’s Role as Shareholder.” Yale
Journal of International Affairs, Vol. 6(1), pp. 85-95.


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