Virginia Harper Ho

Associate Dean, International and Comparative Law
Earl B. Shurtz Research Professor
Director, Polsinelli Transactional Law Center
Primary office:
412 Green Hall


Virginia Harper Ho is the Associate Dean for International & Comparative Law, Professor of Law, a past Docking Faculty Scholar, and the Co-Director of the Polsinelli Transactional Law Center. She was named as an Earl B. Shurtz Research Professor in 2019. Her research focuses on the intersections of corporate governance, sustainability and finance from a comparative perspective. She has written recently on financial disclosure, shareholder activism, comparative corporate governance and China's green finance reforms. Her work has been published by leading law journals and by the University of California-Berkeley's Institute for East Asian Studies.

Harper Ho is a former Chair of the Younger Comparativists’ Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law and is a Fellow of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations’ Public Intellectuals Program. She is also a Research Fellow of the International Institute of Green Finance (IIGF) at the Central University of Finance and Economics (CUFE) in Beijing, China. 

Harper Ho previously taught as a visiting assistant professor at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Prior to entering academia, she practiced corporate and securities law and advised U.S. and foreign multinationals on cross-border transactions. She also served as a law clerk for Chief Judge Robert Pratt of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa and as a research fellow at the University of Iowa Center for Asian and Pacific Studies. She received her J.D. with honors from Harvard Law School. 

Courses Taught:

  • Business Organizations
  • Chinese Law
  • Corporate Finance
  • Deals
  • Due Diligence in Business Transactions
  • International Commerce and Investment
  • Seminar in Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability and the Law


J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School, 2001; M.A., Indiana University-Bloomington, 1997; B.A., Russian Language & Literature, Chinese Language & Literature, summa cum laude, Indiana University-Bloomington, 1995.


Comparative corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, private regulation, securities law and sustainable finance

Teaching Interests

  • Business law
  • Corporate finance
  • Chinese law
  • International business transactions
  • Comparative law
  • Deals
  • Due diligence
  • Corporate social responsibility


New York 2009, Indiana 2004 (inactive), Iowa 2001 (inactive)

Career History

Visiting Research Fellow, Central University of Finance & Economics, 2018; Visiting Scholar, Zhejiang University School of Law, June 2011; Visiting Lecturer, Zhongshan (Sun Yat Sen) University, 2008, 2011; Visiting Assistant Professor, Indiana University Maurer School of Law, 2008-2010; Associate, Baker & Daniels, LLP, Indianapolis, 2004-2008; Associate, Davis, Brown, Koehn, Shors & Roberts PC, Des Moines, 2001-2002, 2003-2004; CAPS Research Fellow, University of Iowa, Center for Asian Pacific Studies, 2003-2004; Clerk, Judge Robert W. Pratt, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa, 2002-2003.


Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese, Russian

Teaching Interests

  • Business law, corporate finance, Chinese law, international business transactions, comparative law, deals, due diligence, corporate social responsibility


Comparative corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, private regulation, securities law and sustainable finance

Research Interests

  • Comparative law
  • Corporate governance
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Multinational enterprises
  • Risk management
  • Securities regulation
  • Shareholder activism

Research Interests

  • Sustainable finance, corporate governance, shareholder activism, comparative law, multinational enterprises, risk management, corporate social responsibility, securities regulation


American Bar Association, Section of International Law, Section of Business Law; New York State Bar Association

Selected Publications

Harper Ho, V. E. (2018). Nonfinancial Disclosure & The Costs of Private Ordering. American Business Law Journal, 55, 1.

Harper Ho, V. E. (2018). Sustainable Finance & China’s Green Credit Reforms: A Test Case for Bank Monitoring of Environmental Risk. Cornell International Law Journal, 51, 609.

Harper Ho, V. E. (2017). 'Comply or Explain’ and the Future of Nonfinancial Reporting. Lewis & Clark Law Review, 21, 317.

Harper Ho, V. (2017). Capital Market Disclosure Regimes: Advancing Accountability for Chinese TNCs . In A. de Jonge & R. Tomasic (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Transnational Corporations. Edward Elgar.

Harper Ho, V. E. (2016). Risk-Related Activism: The Business Case for Monitoring Nonfinancial Risk. Journal of Corporation Law, 41, 647.

Harper Ho, V. (2015). Team Production & the Multinational Enterprise. Seattle Law Review, 38, 499.

Harper Ho, V. E. (2014). The Pursuit of Happiness with Chinese Characteristics. UMKC Law Review, 82(973).

Harper Ho, V. E., & Huang, Q. (2014). The Recursivity of Reform: China's Amended Labor Contract Law. Fordham International Law Review, 37, 973.

Harper Ho, V. E. (2013). Beyond Regulation: A Comparative Look at State-Centric Corporate Social Responsibility & the Law in China. Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, 46, 375.

Harper Ho, V. E. (2013). Of Enterprise Principles and Corporate Groups: Does Corporate Law Reach Human Rights? Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, 56.

Harper Ho, V. E. (2012). Corporate Governance as Risk Regulation in China: A Comparative View of Risk Oversight, Risk Management, and Accountability. European Journal of Risk Regulation, 4, 463.

Harper Ho, V. E. (2012). Governance Beyond Regulation: Corporate Social Responsibility and the Role of the State in Comparative Perspective. 公共行政评论 [Chinese Journal of Public Administration], 2, 100.

Harper Ho, V. E. (2012). Theories of Corporate Groups: Corporate Identity Reconceived. Seton Hall Law Review, 42, 879-951.

Harper Ho, V. E. (2010). "Enlightened Shareholder Value": Corporate Governance Beyond the Shareholder-Stakeholder Divide. Journal of Corporate Law, 36, 59.

Harper Ho, V. E. (2009). From Contracts to Compliance? An Early Look at Implementation Under China's New Labor Legislation. Columbia Journal of Asian Law, 23, 35.

Selected Presentations

Harper Ho, V. E. (10/09/2018). U.S.-China Tariffs & Trade. 2018 China Town Hall Meeting, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. Kansas City

Harper Ho, V. E. (09/14/2018). Accelerating Sustainable Finance: A Network Production Model of Transnational Regulatory Innovation. 2018 World Interdisciplinary Network for Institutional Research (WINIR) Conference on Institutions and the Future of Global Capitalism, Chinese University of Hong Kong. Hong Kong

Ho, V. E. (07/10/2018). Sustainable Finance & China’s Green Credit Reforms: A Test Case for Bank Monitoring of Environmental Risk. China Academy of Social Sciences. Beijing, China

Ho, V. E. (06/21/2018). Sustainable Finance & China’s Green Credit Reforms: A Test Case for Bank Monitoring of Environmental Risk. National Taiwan University. Taipei, Taiwan

Harper Ho, V. E. (05/24/2018). Moderator, "The Opportunities & Challenges of Chinese Foreign Investment: A Public Forum" . Sponsored by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations' Public Intellectuals Program, funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York. . Kansas City World Trade Center

Harper Ho, V. E. (09/11/2017). Nonfinancial Risk & The Costs of Private Ordering. 2017 Law, Finance & Sustainability Conference, University of Sheffield (UK), Sheffield Institute of Corporate and Commercial Law (SICCL).

Harper Ho, V. E. (06/09/2017). Disclosure Effectiveness, Nonfinancial Risk, & The Costs of Private Ordering. 2017 National Business Law Scholars Conference, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law.

Harper Ho, V. E. (03/02/2017 - 03/03/2017). Shareholder Activism & Voluntary Reporting. 2017 J.B. Maurice C. Shapiro Environmental Law Symposium. George Washington University School of Law

Harper Ho, V. E. (11/16/2016 - 11/16/2016). China's Green Credit Reforms: Creditor Monitoring & ESG Transparency. International & Comparative Law Research Forum. Harvard Law School

Harper Ho, V. E. (10/07/2016 - 10/07/2016). "Comply or Explain" and the Future of Nonfinancial Reporting. 2016 Business Law Forum: Innovating CSR - From the Local to the Global. Lewis & Clark University School of Law

Ho, V. E. (08/09/2015). Integrating Law, Sustainability and Environment in the Business Curriculum. Academy of Legal Studies in Business (ALSB) Annual Meeting. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Harper Ho, V. . (02/05/2015 - 02/06/2015). Corporate Responsibility in China: Law & the Business Case for Strategic CSR. Symposium: Corporate Social Responsibility in Emerging Markets. University of South Carolina School of Law

Harper Ho, V. E. (10/16/2014). Presenter, Legal Reform and Social Change in China. China Town Hall Meeting, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. Washburn University

Harper Ho, V. E. (09/23/2014). Shareholder Activism and Firm-Specific Risk: Arbitraging Engagement. United Nations' Principles for Responsible Investment Academic Network Conference: Bridging the Gap. Montreal, Canada

Harper Ho, V. . (06/23/2014 - 06/24/2014). Team Production & the Multinational Enterprise. Berle VI Symposium: Blair & Stout and Beyond. University of Seattle School of Law

Harper Ho, V. E. (06/07/2014 - 06/09/2014). From the Balance Sheet to Beta: A Hands-On Approach to Teaching Accounting & Finance Concepts. AALS 2014 Midyear Meeting Workshop: Blurring Boundaries in Financial & Corporate Law. Washington, D.C.

Harper Ho, V. E. (07/01/2013). Government Voluntary Clubs: A Comparative Look at Regulatory Innovation. Colloquium, Fudan University, School of International Relations and Public Affairs.

Harper Ho, V. E. (01/05/2013). Corporate Governance as Risk Regulation in China: A Comparative View of Risk Oversight, Risk Management, and Accountability. American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Annual Meeting, Section on Business Associations panel on Business Associations and Governance in Emerging Economies.

Harper Ho, V. E. (05/09/2012). Regulating Beyond Regulation: State Sponsorship of Corporate Social Responsibility in China. Chinese Law Works-in-Progress Workshop, Columbia University School of Law.