Education and professional activities:
Professor Dr. Erich Schanze studied law at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University of Frankfurt am Main and at the University of Edinburgh. He subsequently studied at Harvard University and received his LL.M in 1969. He received his Doctorate with a thesis about corporate law and wrote a Habilitation on international investment agreements under the direction of Hans-Joachim Mertens in Frankfurt.
From 1972 to 1987, Professor Schanze worked as an attorney in Frankfurt. His numerous guest professorships and research projects took him to a number of American universities (University of California, Berkeley 1994; University of Chicago 1980 and 1990; Columbia University 1994; Harvard University 1978 and 1994; Stanford University 1978; University of Virginia 2000). He also served as guest lecturer from 1991 to 1994 at the St. Petersburg State University. From 1995 to 1998, he was a member of the Harvard Advisory Group for the Establishment of Russian Private Limited Companies law. After serving as a professor at the Ruprecht-Karls University in Heidelberg and at the Carl von Ossietzky University in Oldenburg, he served (since 1995) as a professor for civil law, comparative law and international commercial law at the University of Marburg and as Director of the Institute for Comparative Law. Since 2000, Professor Schanze is a member of the senate of the University of Marburg. Furthermore, since 2004, he has held a teaching position for Law and Economics at the University of St. Gallen (HSG). Since 2006, he is also a regular visiting professor at the University of Bergen. The University of St. Gallen awarded him an honorary Doctorate in 2006.
List of publications:
Information Liability – The Allocation of Economic Losses Caused by Misinformation – A Comparative Study, Thesis, Harvard Law Library 1969.
Einmanngesellschaft und Durchgriffshaftung als Konzeptionalisierungsprobleme gesellschaftsrechtlicher Zurechnung, Volume 76, Arbeiten zur Rechtsvergleichung (Diss.), in: v.Caemmerer/Jescheck (eds.), Frankfurt am Main 1975.
Rohstofferschließungsvorhaben in Entwicklungsländern, Part 1: Interessenrahmen, Verhandlungsprozeß, rechtliche Konzeptionen (co-authored by C. Kirchner), Frankfurt am Main/Deventer 1977.
Wirtschaftsrecht (co-authored by H.-J. Mertens und C. Kirchner), 2nd Edition., Reinbek 1978.
Ökonomische Analyse des Rechts (co-authored by H.-D. Assmann and C. Kirchner), Kronberg 1978.
Mining Ventures in Developing Countries, Part I: Interests, Bargaining Process, and Legal Concepts (co-authored by C. Kirchner), Frankfurt am Main/Deventer 1979.
Rohstofferschließungsvorhaben in Entwicklungsländern, Part 2: Probleme der Vertragsgestaltung (co-authored by M. Fritzsche), Frankfurt am Main/Deventer 1981.
Mining Ventures in Developing Countries, Part 2: Analysis of Project Agreements (co-authored by M. Fritzsche), Frankfurt am Main/Deventer 1981.
A Joint Venture Agreement for Seabed Mining (co-authored by G Jaenicke und W. Hauser), Frankfurt am Main/Deventer 1981.
Bibliography on Transnational Law of Natural Resources (co-authored by M. Bartels), Frankfurt am Main/Deventer 1981.
Investitionsverträge im internationalen Wirtschaftsrecht, Frankfurt am Main 1986.
Leistungstiefe im öffentlichen Sektor – Erfahrungen, Konzepte, Methoden (co-authored by F. Naschold), Berlin 1996.
German Business Law. Salient Issues of Corporation Law, Complex Contracting, and Regulation in a European and Transnational Perspective, Materials, University of Virginia, School of Law, Fall 2000.
Complex Business Contracts, Course Materials, Bond University School of Law, 2001.
European Business Law, Course Materials, Bond University School of Law, 2001.
Economic Integration Within the European Union and the Role of Germany, An Institutional Approach, Materials, Hessen International Summer University, 2001.