Geneviève Helleringer is a fellow of the Institute of European and Comparative Law (IECL) at the Law Facutly and a fellow of St Catherine’s College. She is an associate law professor at Essec Business School.
Her research focuses on contract, corporate and financial law and alternative dispute resolution, and draws on insights from economics, sociology and psychology. She has written, edited, or contributed to numerous books and articles. She is an executive editor of the Journal of Financial Regulation (Oxford University Press) and editorial board member of the Studies in European Economic Law and Regulation book series (Springer). Geneviève has been a regular visiting fellow at the Max Planck Institute in Hamburg.
Geneviève holds a JD from Columbia University (1999), an MSc in legal sociology from Paris II Panthéon Assas University (2009), as well as an MSc and a doctorate in private law from the Sorbonne University (2010) (receiving three national prizes for her doctoral thesis, including the French Academy Grand Prize). She is admitted to the New York and the Paris Bars. She studied philosophy, mathematics, and literature, as an undergraduate, and economics and social sciences later at Essec Business School and Sciences-Po Paris, as well as experimental psychology at a graduate level at Oxford University. Before completing her doctoral work, she worked for Shiseido in Japan and practised corporate law at Willkie Farr & Gallagher and at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in New York and Paris (2000-2006).
G Helleringer, 'Medical Malpractice and Compensation in France' (2011) 86 Chicago-Kent Law Review 1125
G Helleringer, Les Clauses du Contrat: Essai de Typologie (LJDJ Lextenso editions 2012) [...]
Abstract: This work focuses on the various clauses agreed upon in any business agreement, e.g. sale, lease, or investment agreements. It offers the first systematic, unified analysis of types of contractual clauses (bargain, power and dispute clauses). This original functional classification is applicable to every contract (standard or negotiated, short or long term) in any jurisdiction. It has the potential of increasing legal certainty (guidelines for drafters regarding conditions of enforceability and arguments for judges to construct the clauses) and of mapping an original, bottom-up, approach to harmonising contract law in Europe.
This book won two prizes: the 2011 Revue des Contrats Prize in 2011, and the 2011 Grand Prize from the French Academy for a book demonstrating academic excellence.
The 418 page monograph is based on an intensive study of over 120 standardised clauses. It required five years to complete and is the first monograph in any language to offer a general theory of contract clauses (common rules may be designed for certain groups of clauses). The functional criteria of classification are justified on theoretical, practical, and policy grounds. Each of the three parts addresses one type and could have the basis for a substantial article. Together they form an original effort to harmonise contract law.
Research: Private Law (obligations, commercial contracts, banking law) Corporate and Financial Market Law Comparative Contract Law and European Legal Culture Law and Behavioural studies