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Ian Fletcher   IAN FLETCHER
LL.D. (1993), Ph.D (1979), MA (1969), M.C.L. (1967), LL.M (1966)
QC (hc), Bencher (Lincoln's Inn)
Emeritus Professor of International Commercial Law
Principal Research Associate

contact details:
phone: +44 (0)20 7679 1417 | internal: x21417
email: i.f.fletcher@ucl.ac.uk

Ian Fletcher joined the Faculty in January 2001. He is currently Emeritus Professor of International Commercial Law and Senior Research Associate.

From 1991 he was Professor of Commercial Law and Head of the Insolvency Law Unit, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary and Westfield College, London University. He had been the Director of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at QMW since 1994 with responsibility for the academic and administrative direction of that department. He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Texas at Austin and at Tulane University. He taught at the University of Aberystwyth from 1967-1991, was Head of Department from 1985-88, and became Professor of Law in 1986.

He was elected as a Bencher of Lincoln's Inn in 2003, and was appointed Queen's Counsel (honaris causa) in 2013. He currently practises as a Barrister at South Square, Gray's Inn. He has been a member of the American Law Institute since 1997, and in 2002 he was elected an International Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. He is a member of INSOL International and has been the Chair of its Academics’ Group since 1994. He is also a member of the Insolvency Lawyers' Association, INSOL Europe (formerly the European Insolvency Practitioners' Association) and the International Insolvency Institute. He was awarded the INSOL Interactional Scroll of Honour in May 2013. He was an Overseas Member of the United States National Bankruptcy Conference from 1995 to 2001. He served as a member of the Task Force formed by the World Bank to develop principles and guidelines for effective insolvency systems. From 2005 to 2012 he served as Co-Reporter of the joint project formed by the American Law Institute and the International Insolvency Institute to investigate the feasibility of international dissemination of Principles of Co-operation in Transnational Insolvency Cases.

His current teaching encompasses Corporate Insolvency and International Insolvency Law.

Ian Fletcher's principal research activity lies in the field of Insolvency Law, including its domestic, international (cross-border) and comparative aspects. His interests extend across both personal and corporate insolvency law.

His most recently completed research and writing projects include the fourth edition of his treatise on The Law of Insolvency, published by Sweet & Maxwell in 2009 and also available online by subscription. A Supplement to that edition was published in 2011. The second edition of his book Insolvency in Private International Law was published by Oxford University Press in 2005, with a Supplement in 2007. The book deals, inter alia, with the latest developments such as the European Union Insolvency Regulation, the UNCITRAL Model Law, and other international agreements to regulate the problems of cross-border insolvency.

The year 2002 saw the publication of a jointly-written commentary on the EC Regulation on Insolvency Proceedings, published by Oxford University Press. A second edition of this work appeared in 2009. He is also one of the editors, and a contributing author, for Lightman & Moss: The Law of Administrators and Receivers of Companies (Fourth edition 2007, and Fifth edition 2011, Sweet & Maxwell, with supplements published in 2012 and 2013), and has since 1987 been the author of the sections of Palmer’s Company Law (Sweet & Maxwell; loose-leaf since 1992) relating to company insolvency in England and Wales.

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Current Teaching
Company Law

Corporate Insolvency I: Liquidation and its Consquences
International Insolvency Law

PhD supervision
Ian Fletcher is currently supervising the following student working in the area of Insolvency Law:

The following students, supervised by Ian Fletcher, recently received their PhDs:

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