Dr Suren Gomtsian

Dr Suren Gomtsian


I joined the School of Law in October 2016. I hold a PhD in law (2016) and an LLM Research Master in Law (2012, cum laude) from Tilburg University, the Netherlands. Prior to this, I worked in legal practice with focus on corporate law matters and M&A transactions. I was also a visiting research fellow at Fordham University School of Law, New York, in 2014.

I received several prizes and grants, including the "Research Talent" Grant of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (2013-2016), "Brenno Galli" Award for the most promising young scholar's paper at the annual conference of the Italian Society of Law and Economics (2016), Prize for the best paper of a young scholar at the annual conference of the Spanish Association of Law and Economics (2015), and Young Scholar's Prize at the International Law and Economics Conference at Bilkent University (2015).

My recent paper on shareholder engagement by large institutional investors was short-listed for the Society of Legal Scholars' 2018 Best Paper Prize.

My research, which focuses on corporate law and private ordering, has been published or is forthcoming in various journals, including the Journal of Corporation Law, the Yale Journal of International Law, the American Business Law Journal, the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law, and the Villanova Law Review, and has also been cited in the Financial Times, by the United States Court of Appeals (4th Circuit), and by the Delaware Court of Chancery.


  • Co-Deputy Director, Centre for Business Law and Practice
  • Programme Manager: MSc Law & Finance
  • Programme Manager: LLM Comparative Corporate and Financial Law (VUB)

Research interests

My research interests are in the fields of corporate law, law and economics, and empirical legal studies. My particular focus is on the stewardship role of institutional investors and on alternative modes of governance, such as privately designed orders or contractual solutions to various legal problems.

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Student education

Company Law

Corporate Law
Corporate Transactions: Practical Skills

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Business Law and Practice

Current postgraduate researchers

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