Salar Ghahramani

Associate Professor of Business Law and International Law & Policy, Business
Sutherland, 212

International Scholarship

Invited Scholar & Fulbright Specialist, Royal University of Law and Economics (RULE), Phnom Penh, Cambodia  

  • Developed Cambodia’s first international and comparative labor law curriculum at the masters level and completed teaching and research duties for the program pursuant to a Fulbright Grant from the U.S. Department of State; devised and delivered two sections of the course to combined student groups of RULE, University of Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne, Paris II Panthéon-Assas, and Université libre de Bruxelles. 

Invited Scholar, Independent Lawyers’ Association of Myanmar (ILAM), Yangon, Myanmar  

  • Conducted research on rule of law and civil society in Myanmar and presented a lecture titled “Corporate Expression and Constitutionalism” to the members of ILAM, the country’s first independent bar association. 

Invited Visiting Scholar, Singapore Management University School of Law, Singapore 

  • Conducted a seminar on fiduciary duties under corporate law. Researched Temasek Holdings’ corporate governance and SRI initiatives through shareholder activism. 

Member, Fulbright Specialist Roster, U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs  

  • Admitted as an expert in Constitutional Law and Theory, Commercial Law, Corporate Law, Financial Law, and International Business & Trade Law. 

Invited Visiting Scholar, University of Lucerne Faculty of Law, Lucerne, Switzerland  

  • Conducted research on Swiss corporate governance and fiduciary law in employee-employer relations. 

Invited Visiting Scholar, University of Oslo Faculty of Law, Oslo, Norway  

  • Conducted research at the Norwegian Center for Human Rights, exploring the Norwegian legal system and the treatment of business and human rights under domestic laws. Findings resulted in a project titled “Sovereign Wealth and the Extraterritorial Manipulation of Corporate Conduct: A Multifaceted Paradigm in Transnational Law,” published in the Oxford Handbook of Sovereign Wealth Funds by Oxford University Press. 

Visiting Scholar, European University Institute (EUI), Academy of European Law, Fiesole, Italy  

  • Completed a program on the limits of European constitutional law and the intersection of fundamental rights and private law, received a Certificate in the Law of the European Union, and researched the impact of EU law on socially responsible investing in general and the Norwegian sovereign wealth fund in particular. The research conducted resulted in three conference presentations and an article in the Journal of International Law. 

Lead Faculty & Program Director, Pennsylvania State University Embedded Study Abroad, The Netherlands & Belgium  

  • Created and taught a course entitled “Globalization: The Intersection of Law, Politics, & the Financial Markets”; Led 12 undergraduate and graduate students to financial, legal, and political centers in Amsterdam, Brussels, Maastricht, and The Hague. Program’s visits included the International Court of Justice, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the Amsterdam Stock Exchange, and the European Commission 

Invited Lecturer in International Law, Maastricht Center for Transatlantic Studies, Maastricht, the Netherlands  

  • Co-taught a course entitled “Human Rights Law: An Experiential Perspective.” Organized attendance of proceedings at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia at The Hague. 

Teaching Interests and Courses Taught

Salar Ghahramani

Assistant Professor Salar Ghahramani addresses the incoming class of first year students at Penn State Abington.


BA 100—Introduction to Business
BA 243—Business Law
BA 494—International Law Project
BA 496—Independent Studies
BA 497—International Business Law
BA 499—Globalization: The Intersection of Law & the Financial Markets
CIVCM 211—Foundations: Civic and Community Engagement
CLJ 113—Introduction to Law
I B 496—International Business Law & Ethics
L A 295—State Legislature Internship
PL SC 001—American Government
PL SC 003—Comparative Government
PL SC 014—International Relations
PL SC 395—Congressional Internship
PL SC 496—Public Policy Writing
PL SC 497A—Constitutional Law
PUBPL 496—Public Policy

Selected awards, grants, patents, other honors

Fulbright Specialist Grant to Cambodia.

Emerging Leader, Global Leadership Institute, The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia.

The Faculty Senate Scholar Award, presented to a faculty member "in recognition of his or her significant scholarly accomplishments during the past three years.”

The Karen Wiley Sandler Collegiality Award, presented to "a member of the college community who embodies qualities of teamwork, empathy, respect, consideration, helpfulness, creativity, and optimism.”

Fulbright Specialist Roster, U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Admission as an expert on Constitutional Law and Theory, Corporate Law, Financial Services Law, and International Business & Trade Law.

Best Paper Award for "Fiduciary Duty and the Corporate Governance of the State's Instrumentalities: A Dilemmatic Assessment." Pacific Northwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business. Vancouver, BC.

Lion Heart Award, "For Commitment to Excellence." Presented by the graduating class to "the faculty, staff, or administration member who most inspired members of the graduating class through our college career."

Rubin Endowment Award, to research the laws of the European Union member states regarding public pension fund involvement in international human rights and socially responsible investing.

Brandeis Innovation Fund, to research instructional modules on business law and human rights.

Summer Faculty Fellowship, to research the impact of fiduciary law on non-profit boards of directors.

First-Year Engagement Faculty Certificate of Appreciation, "for meritorious contributions to peer teaching and learning."

The College Nominee and University Finalist for the George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching, Penn State's University-wide teaching award.

Honors Medal, for "Scholarly Achievement, Integrity of Purpose, and Intellectual Curiosity."

Liberal Arts Academic Excellence Award, "For Academic Excellence."

Schreyer Ambassador Grant, to study British theater and architecture in London.

President's Award.

Phi Beta Kappa.

Constitutional Law

Corporate Governance Law

Fiduciary Law

International & Comparative Business Law

The Law of Public Pension & Sovereign Wealth Funds

Ghahramani, Salar. (Forthcoming). “Institutional Framework and Governance Structure of Sovereign Wealth Funds.” In H. Kent Baker, Jeffrey H. Harris, and Ghiyath Nakshbendi (Eds.) The Palgrave Handbook on Sovereign Wealth Funds. 

Ghahramani, Salar. (2023). “Corporate Governance and Equal Protection: Legal Challenges to State-mandated Diversity in Corporate Boards.” Business Law Review. 

Ghahramani, Salar. (2020). “Sovereign Investors as Trustees of Environmental Intergenerational Equity.” European Business Law Review, Vol. 31(3), pp. 345-358. 

Ghahramani, Salar. (2018). “Business Ethics, Contractarianism, and (Optional?) Fiduciary Duties in Corporate Law.” Business Law Review, Vol. 39(1), pp. 20-24. 

Ghahramani, Salar. (2017). “Sovereign Wealth and the Extraterritorial Manipulation of Corporate Conduct: A Multifaceted Paradigm in Transnational Law.” In Douglas Cumming, Igor Filatotchev, Julianne Reinecke and Geoffrey Wood (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Sovereign Wealth Funds (pp. 208-227). Oxford: Oxford University Press. 

Ghahramani, Salar. (2016). “Professors as Corporate Fiduciaries: Implications for Law, Organizational Ethics, and Public Policy.” Law & Business Review, Vol. 10(2), pp. 237-271. 

Ghahramani, Salar. (2015). “Sovereign Wealth Funds and Human Rights Protection.” In Fabio Bassan (Ed.) Research Handbook on Sovereign Wealth Funds and International Investment Law (pp. 321-332). Camberley, UK: Elgar’s International Financial Law Series. 

Ghahramani, Salar. (2014). “Sovereigns, Socially Responsible Investing, and the Enforcement of International Law through Portfolio Investment and Shareholder Activism: The Three Models.” Journal of International Law, Vol. 35(4), pp. 1073-1083. 

Ghahramani, Salar. (2014). “Fiduciary Duty and the Ex Officio Conundrum in Corporate Governance: The Troublesome Murkiness of the Gubernatorial Trustee’s Obligations.” Hastings Business Law Journal, Vol. 10(1), pp.1-35. 

Ghahramani, Salar. (2014). “Divestment Laws, Fiduciary Duty, and Pension Fund Management: An Empirical Examination.” International Journal of Law and Management, Vol. 56(1), pp. 29-37. 

Ghahramani, Salar. (2013). “Sovereign Wealth Funds, Transnational Law, and the New Paradigms of International Financial Relations.” Yale Journal of International Affairs, Vol. 8(2), pp. 52-64. 

Ghahramani, Salar. (2013). “Sovereign Wealth Funds and Shareholder Activism: Applying the Ryan-Schneider Antecedents to Determine Policy Implications.” Corporate Governance, Vol. 13(1), pp. 58-69. 

Ghahramani, Salar. (2012). “Public Pensions, International Affairs, and Divestment Regulations: A Critical Analysis and Call for a Model Law.” Pensions: An International Journal, Vol. 17(2), pp. 80-87. 

Pacini, Carl, Jeffrey S. Paterson and Salar Ghahramani. (2011). “The Uncertain Liability of Accountants and Other Professionals in Securities Fraud Cases: The Shifting Sands of Central Bank.” Journal of Forensic and Investigative Accounting, Vol. 3(3), pp. 46-67. 

Ghahramani, Salar. (2011). “Protecting Public Pension Funds from Divestment-related Lawsuits: Exploring the State Laws of the United States.” Pensions: An International Journal, Vol. 16(3), pp. 212-219. 

Ghahramani, Salar. (2011). “Governments, Financial Markets, and International Human Rights: The State’s Role as Shareholder.” Yale Journal of International Affairs, Vol. 6(1), pp. 85-95. 

JD, Law, The Pennsylvania State University

BA, International Politics, The Pennsylvania State University