Centre for Commercial Law

Forthcoming Events

UCL Centre for Commercial Law organises various events in support of its activities and objectives, including inter-departmental seminars, a series of Guest Speakers Seminars, and conferences.

UCL Centre for Commercial Law is delighted to announce the Guest Speakers Seminars 2013-14.



Tuesday 23rd September

8.30am -


Colloquium on Insolvency Law in Africa, hosted by the Centre for Advanced Corporate and Insolvency Law, Univerity of Pretoria and Centre for Commercial Law, Faculty of Laws, University College London.

Venue: University of Pretoria, South Africa.

For more details please contact Bolanle Adebola at b.adebola@ucl.ac.uk or Professor Andre Boraine at andre.boraine@up.ac.za


Friday 14th February
1 - 2pm
Mediating Shipping and Commodity Disputes - Guest Seminar.

Speaker: Mrs. Jane Andrewartha, Partner, London, Clyde and Co.

Jane will give a practitioner's view of mediation explaining the use of the process both as advocate and representative of the client and as mediator indicating, with war stories and live case studies, how mediation offers solutions that the court cannot.

Tuesday 18th February
LLM Practitioner Seminar:
Trade and the State - A Few Perspectives.

Speaker: HH Nicholas Chambers QC, Brick Court Chambers
LLM Practitioner Seminar 6 – 8 pm This seminar will cover the following topics:
(a) Jurisdiction over States
(b) Execution against State property
(c) Third party involvement of States especially in cases of force majeure

Monday 10th March
LLM Practitioner Seminar:
The International Group and P&I Clubs.

Speakers: David Baker
and David Bolomini, International Group of P&I Clubs
The International Group and P&I Clubs: who they are, what they do and why they exist. Booking Details to follow.
Wednesday 12th March
6 - 7pm
The Use of Behavioual Law and Economics to better understand debates in Corporate Law

Speaker: Professor Claire Hill, University of Minnesota
Law’s view of human nature is surprisingly underdeveloped. Law and economics uses the admittedly unrealistic ‘rational person’ model. Behavioral law and economics has sought to bring more realism to law and economics. But it is has too often focused on “mistakes.” Indeed, some people use the term “heuristics and biases” as a synonym for behavioral law and economics. The worldview in which people are either making mistakes or “getting it right” isn’t much more realistic than the one in which people are always “getting it right.” In this seminar, Claire Hill argues that to be more realistic and useful, legal scholars should pay far more attention to “priors.” Priors for this purpose are not simply prior beliefs – they include many aspects of a person’s mental state, conscious and not conscious. They include the person’s values, temperament, attitudes, and self-identification. The priors that the literature considers are mostly mistaken beliefs or biases; once these are identified in a particular context, ways to ‘correct’ or limit the effect of the mistake or the use some debiasing technique, are typically proposed. But many priors are not mistakes in any accurate or meaningful sense of that world.

Date: TBC

Virtual Currencies and Bitcoin

Speaker: Dr. Charles Cassar, Manager

Booking Details to follow