Salar Ghahramani

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

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International Scholarship

Invited Visiting Scholar, Singapore Management University School of Law, Singapore - March 2018

  • Conducted a seminar on fiduciary duties under corporate law. Researched Temasek Holdings’ corporate governance and SRI initiatives through shareholder activism.

Member, Fulbright Specialist Roster, U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs - October 2017

  • Admitted as an expert in Constitutional Law and Theory, Commercial Law; Corporate Law; Financial Law; and International Business & Trade Law.

Invited Visiting Scholar, University of Lucerne Faculty of Law, Lucerne, Switzerland - May 2017

  • Conducted research on Swiss corporate governance and fiduciary law in employee-employer relations.

Invited Visiting Scholar, University of Oslo Faculty of Law, Oslo, Norway - June 2016

  • Conducted research at the Norwegian Center for Human Rights, exploring the Norwegian legal system and the treatment of business and human rights under domestic laws. Findings resulted in a project titled “Sovereign Wealth and the Extraterritorial Manipulation of Corporate Conduct: A Multifaceted Paradigm in Transnational Law,” published in the Oxford Handbook of Sovereign Wealth Funds by Oxford University Press.

Visiting Scholar, European University Institute (EUI), Academy of European Law, Fiesole, Italy - July 2011

  • Completed a program on the limits of European constitutional law and the intersection of fundamental rights and private law, received a Certificate in the Law of the European Union, and researched the impact of EU law on socially responsible investing in general and the Norwegian sovereign wealth fund in particular. The research conducted resulted in three conference presentations and an article in the Journal of International Law.

Lead Faculty & Program Director, Pennsylvania State University Embedded Study Abroad, The Netherlands & Belgium - May 2009

  • Created and taught a course entitled “Globalization: The Intersection of Law, Politics, & the Financial Markets”; Led 12 undergraduate and graduate students to financial, legal, and political centers in Amsterdam, Brussels, Maastricht, and The Hague. Program’s visits included the International Court of Justice, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the Amsterdam Stock Exchange, and the European Commission

Invited Lecturer in International Law, Maastricht Center for Transatlantic Studies, Maastricht, the Netherlands – October 2007

  • Co-taught a course entitled “Human Rights Law: An Experiential Perspective.” Organized attendance of proceedings at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia at The Hague.

Teaching Interests and Courses Taught

Assistant Professor Salar Ghahramani addresses the incoming class of first year students at Penn State Abington.

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

Selected awards, grants, patents, other honors

Fulbright Specialist Roster, U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Admission as an expert on Constitutional Law and Theory, Corporate Law, Financial Services Law, and International Business & Trade Law.

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.

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."

Rubin Endowment Award, to research the laws of the European Union member states regarding public pension fund involvement in international human rights and socially responsible investing.

Brandeis Innovation Fund, to research instructional modules on business law and human rights.

Summer Faculty Fellowship, to research the impact of fiduciary law on non-profit boards of directors.

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

The College Nominee and University Finalist for the George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching, Penn State's University-wide teaching award.

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.

President's Award.

Phi Beta Kappa.

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