Scott Hirst

Associate Professor of Law

BComm LLB, University of Queensland, Australia
LLM, SJD, Harvard Law School

Areas of Interest
Corporate Law, Corporate Social Responsibility, Mergers & Acquisitions, Regulatory Design, Securities

Scott Hirst joined Boston University School of law as an associate professor in 2018. His research seeks to explain phenomena in corporate law, securities regulation, and related areas, and to inform policy making on these subjects. His work combines empirical methods and conceptual analyses from finance, accounting, and economics, with close attention to the institutional environment within which corporations and investors make decisions. He teaches Corporations, Corporate Governance, and Mergers and Acquisitions.

Hirst’s recent scholarship has appeared in the Columbia Law Review, the Boston University Law Review, the Yale Journal on Regulation, the Harvard Business Law Review, the Journal of Corporation Law and the Journal of Economic Perspectives. It has been referred to by the Securities and Exchange Commission in its rule making and discussed in the Wall Street Journal, among other places.

Before joining BU Law, Hirst served as research director of the Program on Institutional Investors at Harvard Law School and practiced for seven years in the mergers and acquisitions group of Shearman & Sterling LLP in New York. Hirst received Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) and Master of Laws (LLM) degrees from Harvard Law School, and Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce degrees from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.

  1. Scott Hirst, Holger Spamann & Gabriel Rauterberg, Corporations in 100 Pages, Independently published (2020).
  2. Scott Hirst & Kobi Kastiel, "Corporate Governance by Index Exclusion," 99 Boston University Law Review 1229 (2019).
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  3. Scott Hirst & Lucian A. Bebchuk, "Index Funds and the Future of Corporate Governance: Theory, Evidence, and Policy," 119 Columbia Law Review 2029 (2019).
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  4. Scott Hirst & Lucian A. Bebchuk, "The Specter of the Giant Three," 99 Boston University Law Review 721 (2019).
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  5. Scott Hirst, "Universal Proxies," 35 Yale Journal on Regulation 437 (2018).
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  6. Scott Hirst, "The Case for Investor Ordering," 8 Harvard Business Law Review 227 (2018).
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  7. Scott Hirst, "Social Responsibility Resolutions," 43 Journal of Corporation Law 217 (2018).
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  8. Scott Hirst, Lucian A. Bebchuk & Alma Cohen, "The Agency Problems of Institutional Investors," 31 Journal of Economic Perspectives 89 (2017).
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  9. Scott Hirst, "Frozen Charters," 34 Yale Journal on Regulation 91 (2017).
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  10. Scott Hirst, Lucian A. Bebchuk & June Rhee, "Towards the Declassification of S&P 500 Boards," 3 Harvard Business Law Review 157 (2013).
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  11. Scott Hirst & Lucian A. Bebchuk, "Private Ordering and the Proxy Access Debate," 65 Business Lawyer 329 (2010).
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