A discussion between Katharina Pistor and Matthias Thiemann, moderated by Mark Mazower
Katharina Pistor's new book, The Code of Capital: How the Law Creates Wealth and Inequality, is a major intervention about the
nature of modern capitalism. Pistor argues for the central role of the law in shaping the distribution of wealth and makes a
compelling case that it is law that creates capital itself. She will be in conversation with Matthias Thiemann, Assistant
Professor of European Public Policy at Sciences Po’s Centre des Études Européennes. The conversation will be moderated
by Mark Mazower, Ira D. Wallach Professor of History at Columbia University and founding Director of the Institute for
Ideas and Imagination.
Katharina Pistor is the Edwin B. Parker Professor of Comparative Law at Columbia Law School and
Director of the Law School’s Center on Global Legal Transformation. Her work spans comparative
law and corporate governance, law and finance, and law and development. She is the co-recipient of
the Max Planck Research Award (2012) and a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Science.
She lives in New York.