Institute of Global Law

Institute of Global Law

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.

Sole Author

  • Insolvency in Private International Law: National and International Approaches, Oxford University Press, 2 nd. Edition (2005) (lxvii + 465 pp); Supplement to the Second edition (2007) (xiii +139 pp).
  • The Law of Insolvency, Sweet & Maxwell. First Edition: 1990 (lxxxix + 650 pages); Second Edition: 1996 (ci + 837 pp.; Third Edition: 2002 (cix + 920 pages) (Chaper 14 - Receivers - pp 373-424, contributed by Letitia Crabb); Fourth Edition: 2009 (cxxxii +1103 pp); Supplement to the Fourth Edition (2011) (xx + 124 pp). .

Joint Author

  • The EC Regulation on Insolvency Proceedings: A Commentary and Annotated Guide (jointly with G.Moss, S. Isaacs and others), Oxford University Press. First Edition: 2002 (xxxv + 352 pages); Second Edition: 2009 (xliii + 464 pp). Author of chapters 1, 3 and 4.

Edited Books

  • Cross-Border Insolvency: National and Comparative Studies (Reports Delivered at the XIII International Congress of Comparative Law, Montreal 1990) (XIV + 311pp.). Published in 1992 by the Max-Planck-Institut, Hamburg, with J.C.B. Mohr (Paul Siebeck), Tübingen, in the series Materialiem zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht. Author of the Introduction (pp. IX-XIV); Chapter 12 (Report for England and Wales) (pp.217-242), and also the General Report and Comparative Study, which comprises Part II of the book (pp. 269-303). The General Report was also published in United Kingdom Law in the 1990's (Editor: J.P. Gardner) (1990, United Kingdom Comparative Law Series, volume 10), pp. 27-63.
  • Foundations and Perspectives of International Trade Law (jointly edited with L. Mistelis and M.Cremona). Published in 2001 by Sweet & Maxwell (xxxii + 566 pages). Author of Introduction (pp. xxxi - xxxii) and Chapter 32 (pp 496-511).

Chapters in Books

  • "The European Union Convention on Insolvency Proceedings: an Overview and Comment, with US Interest in Mind", in W.L. Norton Jr, (Ed.), 1990-2000 Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law (West Group, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1999) pp. 843-867.
  • "The Operation of Security Rights in the context of an International Insolvency", Report of the Law of England and Wales delivered at the XV International Congress of Comparative Law, Bristol 1998, in United Kingdom Law for the Millennium (United Kingdom Comparative Law Series, Volume 19, compiled by the United Kingdom National Committee of Comparative Law) (1998), Chapter 18 (pp. 495-531).
  • "Juggling with Norms: the Conflict Between Collective and Individual Rights Under Insolvency Law", in Ross Cranston (Ed.), Making Commercial Law: Essays in Honour of Roy Goode (Oxford University Press, 1997), Chapter 17 (pp.391-417).
  • "International Insolvency: A Case for Study and Treatment", published as Chapter 5 in J.J. Norton, Chia-Jui Cheng and I.F.Fletcher (Eds.) International Banking Operations and Practices: Current Developments (1994), pp. 147-167. (Also published in (1993) 27, The International Lawyer, pp.429-443.
  • "Voidable Transactions in Bankruptcy: British Law Perspectives", in J.S.Ziegel (Ed.), Current Developments in International and Comparative Corporate Insolvency Law (Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1994), Chapter 12 (pp. 297-311).
  • "The Istanbul Convention and the Draft EEC Convention", in E Aderhold and others (editors): Festschrift für Hans Hanisch (Carl Heymanns Verlag, Cologne 1994), pp. 89-107, also published in J.S Ziegel (Ed.) Current Developments in International and Comparative Corporate Insolvency Law (Oxford University Press, 1994), Chapter 32 (pp.709-727).
  • "The Quest for Global Insolvency Law: A Challenge for Our Time", in M. Freeman (Ed), Volume 55, Current Legal Problems (Oxford University Press, 2002), pp.427-445.
  • “International Insolvency in Transformation: United Kingdom Perspectives on Implementation of the European Union Regulation on Insolvency Proceedings”, in P. Gottwald (Ed), Aktuelle Entwicklungen des europaischen und internationalen Zivilverfahrensrechts (Gieseking-Verlag, Bielefeld, 2002), pp.279-326.
  • “The Challenge of Change: First Experiences of Life under the EC Regulation on Insolvency proceedings in the UK”, in Annual Review of Insolvency Law, 2003 (Toronto, Carswell, 2004), pp.431-455.
  • Insolvency (published by Sweet & Maxwell, 5 volumes loose leaf), Senior Editors - P Totty and G Moss. During 1990-1994 he had responsibility for updating and developing Part F (Insolvency of Individuals) (comprising chapers 10 to 20 inclusive). From 1994-2009 he was responsible for Chapter H9: International Recognition (50pp.).
  • Palmer's Company Law, 25th Edition, 1992 (Sweet & Maxwell), Principal Editor Geoffrey Morse. (Loose leaf, 8 volumes plus volume of tables and index, updated five times annually). Responsible for Parts 14 and 15 so far as relating to the law of England and Wales. Part 14 deals with Administration orders, Receivership and Voluntary Arrangements; Part 15 deals with Winding Up of companies.

Other Edited Publications

  • Editor (1992 - ): International Insolvency Review (published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.). Volume 2, Issues 1 & 2, pp. 1-262 (1993), Volume 3, Issues 1 & 2, pp. 1-206 (1994); Volume 4, Issues 1 & 2, pp. 1-198 and Special Conference Issue, pp 1-115 (1995); Volume 5, Issues 1 & 2, pp. 1-185 (1996); Volume 6, Issues 1, 2 & 3, pp. 1-252 (1997); Volume 7, Issues 1, 2 & 3, pp. 1-202 (1998); Volume 8, Issues 1, 2, & 3, pp.1-202 (1999); Volume 9, Issues 1-3, pp.1-244 (2000); volume 10 (pp1-264) (2001); Volume 11 (pp 1-200) (2002); Volume 12, (pp.1-189) (2003); Volume 13 (pp.1-212) (2004); Volume 14 (pp.1-234) (2005); Volume 15 (pp.1-197) (2006); Volume 16 (pp. 1-246) (2007); Volume 17 (pp. 1-238) (2008); Volume 18 (pp. 1-253) (2009); Volume 19 (1-253) (2010); Volume 20 (pp. 1-254) (2011); Volume 21 (pp. 1-223) (2012);

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:

  • Joseph Spooner is engaged on a comparative examination of the personal insolvency law in a selection of EU member States.

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

  • John Tribe who wrote an historical examination of the treatment of debtors adn the use of punishment in English insolvency law.
  • Bolanle Adebola who wrote on the corporate insolvency law of Nigeria, with a view to its modernization and reform.

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