Centre for Commercial Law

Our Expertise

The Faculty's commercial law research strength embraces both civilian and common law perspectives, as well as the transnational nature of commercial enterprise in the global economy. Research activities can be distilled into the following broad themes, which
may give some flavour of the depth and breadth of our vision:

Theoretical Foundations of Commercial Law

Riz Mokal draws upon legal and moral philosophy to assess the ends that are, and those that ought to be, pursued by laws governing property and corporate insolvency, and upon economics to determine whether those ends are pursued in a way that minimises the waste of social resources. His research has led to the reconceptualisation of some of the most fundamental aspects of these laws.

John Lowry's work in corporate law integrates corporate theory, with particular reference to the law and economics school, into the foundations of traditional company law.

His work with Philip Rawlings on insurance law develops the idea of risk spreading/transfer by engaging with the wider socioeconomic, political and quasi-legal underpinnings of insurance as a means of informing the development of policy and reform.

A consistent theme of Valentine Korah's research concerns the attempt to provide an underpinning economic theory for EU competition law and policy.

Transnational and Comparative Commercial Law

Lucinda Miller focuses on a comparative analysis of the non-performance of contractual obligations. She is one of the few English contributors to debate concerning major reform of the French Law of Obligations.

John Lowry adopts a comparative approach to the fiduciary duties of company directors and shareholder rights. His work spans Anglo-Commonwealth and USA jurisdictions. His analysis of the conceptual underpinnings of the equitable obligations of directors has generated debate among scholars in North America.

Ian Fletcher's research covers both corporate and personal bankruptcy and he is recognised as a leading authority on the transnational and comparative aspects of this jurisprudence. He has made key contributions to the formulation of international instruments governing this aspect of law, and to the translation of such instruments to municipal legal systems.

Philip Rawlings’ work in international finance brings historical and comparative insights to confront issues in contemporary capital markets law.

Arad Reisberg is researching issues surrounding corporate governance and financial markets in a global environment. Drawing on comparative legal, economic and psychological analysis, his research encompasses the interaction between different disciplines such as economics, law, finance and management.

Florian Wagner-von Papp's work has focused on competition law, especially exchange of information between competitors, and contract including self-exclusion agreements.

Robert Sullivan's interest on legal responses to fraudulent and corrupt conduct in commercial contexts and his research on the juridical bases of corporate criminal liability will develop further the Faculty's contribution on corporate governance and responsibility.

Robert Stevens has worked collaboratively with scholars from across the European Union in producing comparative law work on insolvency, security rights and private international law.

As the various aspects of work in this field mature further, the Faculty aspires to revolutionise the way in which established areas of private and public law are thought about, taught and practised within the UK and beyond.

With the appointment of Arad Reisberg and the recent arrival of Robert Sullivan, the Commercial Law Centre is now positioned to broaden its leading-edge research in corporate governance by exploring the realms of Corporate Social Responsibility, with a distinctive emphasis upon conceptualising corporate manslaughter.