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.

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.

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.

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.