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Shruti Rana

Associate Professor of Law

Phone: (410) 706-7372
Fax: (410) 706-2184
srana @ law.umaryland.edu

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BA, University of California, Berkeley
M.Sc., London School of Economics
JD, Columbia Law School

Biography | Selected Publications

From Fall 2014 through 2015, Professor Rana will be visiting at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, where she will be a Visiting Associate Professor of Law.  She will be teaching courses on International Business Transactions, a Transactional Drafting Seminar, and Contracts.   

Professor Rana’s research and teaching interests focus on Comparative Business & Commercial Law, Private International Law, Business Organizations, Contracts, Bankruptcy, Banking Law, Trade Law, Administrative Law, and Immigration Law.

In 2008 and 2009, Professor Rana taught commercial law courses including a course in the Comparative Law of Credit and Guarantee as a Visiting Professor at the Central University of Finance and Economics in Beijing, China. She has also researched microcredit systems in China under grants from the Fetzer Foundation and the U.S-China Legal Cooperation Fund. Professor Rana also has been extensively involved in policy and advocacy efforts in the areas of gender equity, business and technology policy, welfare reform, and immigration law. In the spring of 2010, Professor Rana helped launch Maryland Law’s International and Comparative Law Clinic, which is believed to be the first of its kind among U.S. law schools. This initiative aims to help students develop the cross-cultural competencies they will need to practice law in today’s global arena. Students in the clinic have worked on a variety of projects around the world including in China, Mexico, and Namibia. Professor Rana co-supervised the Clinic’s China project, where she helped develop innovative transactional and research-related commercial and business law projects.

Prior to joining the University of Maryland, Professor Rana was a Social Affairs Officer at the United Nations, where she worked for the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women during the Committee’s 38th and 39th sessions. Before that, she was in private practice, focusing primarily on commercial, corporate, and administrative law. She has worked for Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington, D.C., and Bingham McCutchen LLP in San Francisco, CA. She also clerked for the Hon. James R. Browning at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Professor Rana graduated from the University of California, Berkeley (with University and Departmental Honors), where she was a Regents’ Scholar (“the most prestigious scholarship awarded by the University of California, Berkeley, to entering undergraduates”). She then earned an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics (graduating with Distinction, First Class Honours, and a Mark of Distinction on her graduate thesis on Gender-Based Asylum Reform). She received her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was named a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and was selected as one of 39 AAUW Selected Professions Fellows from around the country. She also served as Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia Journal of Gender & Law, and  was a judicial extern to the Hon. Jack B. Weinstein, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

She is currently a Board Member of the American Society of Comparative Law and CAPALF (the Conference of Asian Pacific American Law Faculty).

Some of Professor Rana’s publications include:

Some of Professor Rana’s recent presentations and commentary include:

  • Presentation on Comparative Corporate Governance in the U.S. and Japan, Enterprise Law Conference, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, Japan (Sponsored in part by the Government of Japan), January 11, 2014
  • Presentation on New Developments in Chinese Banking Law at a Festschrift Conference in Honor of Professor John O. Haley, University of Washington, School of Law, October 19, 2012. View Poster »
  • Lecture, Microcredit: Money, Morality, and Myth, Comparative Corporate Governance Distinguished Lecture Series, Fordham Corporate Law Center, Fordham Law School, New York City, April 26, 2012. View Poster »
  • Presentation, The Development of the New Chinese Banking System: Domestic Modernization or Global Financial Manipulation?, American Society of Comparative Law, New Perspectives on Comparative Law Conference (paper selected from a call for papers), George Washington Law School, Washington, DC, April 20, 2012.
  • Presentation, The New State Capitalism: Will China’s Evolving Financial System Serve as an Example for Reforms in the Western World?, University of North Carolina Law School, Symposium on “Anticipating Dissension: When Legal Frameworks, U.S. Commerce and Foreign Markets Intersect,” Chapel Hill, NC, January 24-25, 2012. Presentation profiled by the North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation.
  • Presentation, Introduction to Microcredit, Tibetan Social Business Conference, Dartsedo, Sichuan, China, July 17, 2010 (conference funded by the Ford Foundation).

Book Chapters

Taxation and Incentives in the Business Enterprise, in Enterprise Law: Contracts, Markets, and Laws in the US and Japan (Zenichi Shishido ed., 2014) (with David Gamage). [Full Text]

Fulfilling Technology's Promise: Enforcing the Rights of Women Caught in the Global High-Tech Underclass, in Women, Science & Technology: A Reader in Feminist Science Studies 322 (Mary Wyer et al. eds., 2d ed. 2008). [Full Text]


The Emergence of New Corporate Social Responsibility Regimes in China and India, 14 UC Davis Business Law Journal 175 (2014) (with Afra Afsharipour). [Abstract]

Philanthropic Innovation and Creative Capitalism: A Historical and Comparative Perspective on Social Entrepreneurship and Corporate Social Responsibility, 64 Alabama Law Review 1121 (2013). [Full Text]

Teaching Amidst Transformation, 8 Journal of Business and Technology Law 101 (2013). [Full Text]

Touched by Greatness, 73 Montana Law Review 21 (2012). [Full Text]

Book Review, Citizenship Under Fire: The Forging of the New Americans, 47 Tulsa Law Review 31 (2012) (reviewing Anna O. Law, The Immigration Battle in American Courts (2010) and Ediberto Roman, Citizenship and Its Exclusions: A Classical, Constitutional, and Critical Race Critique (2010)). [Full Text]

Chevron Without the Courts? The Supreme Court's Recent Chevron Jurisprudence Through an Immigration Lens, 26 Georgetown Immigration Law Journal 313 (2012). [Full Text]

The Emergence of the New Chinese Banking System: Implications for Global Politics and the Future of Financial Reform, 27 Maryland Journal of International Law 215 (2012). [Full Text]

"Streamlining" the Rule of Law: How the Department of Justice is Undermining Judicial Review of Agency Action, 2009 University of Illinois Law Review 829, reprinted in 30 Immigration & Nationality Law Review 715 (William S. Hein & Co. Publishers 2009). [Full Text]

From Making Money Without Doing Evil to Doing Good Without Handouts: The Google.org Experiment in Philanthropy, 3 Journal of Business & Technology Law 87 (2008). [Full Text]

Fulfilling Technology's Promise: Enforcing the Rights of Women Caught in the Global High-Tech Underclass, 15 Berkeley Women's L.J. 272 (2000). [Full Text]

Restricting the Rights of Poor Mothers, 33 Columbia Journal of Law & Social Problems 393 (2000). [Abstract]

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