UCL Faculty of Laws


Call for Papers: Intermediaries in Commercial Law

10 June 2021–11 June 2021, 9:00 am–6:00 pm

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The Bentham House Conference 2021

Event Information

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Prof. Paul Davies


UCL Faculty of Laws
Bentham House, Endsleigh Gardens

About the conference

The Bentham House Conference 2021 will be on “Intermediaries in Commercial Law” and held at UCL on 10-11 June 2021. Intermediaries play an important role in many aspects of commercial law. Yet there has been little focussed attention upon intermediaries as a crucial category of actors. The aim of this conference is to consider current issues concerning intermediaries from a number of different angles, adopting a range of methodological approaches. The conference will consider the rights and liabilities of intermediaries, and how intermediaries can affect the legal position of others.

Call for papers

Submissions are welcome on any aspect of the conference theme. For example, papers might address the responsibility of intermediaries for acts done by others; regulatory challenges posed when dealing with intermediaries; the developing role of technology; whether intermediaries can be used as a shield from liability in insolvency; and the development of international norms relating to money-laundering.

Proposals of papers are welcome from scholars at all stages of their careers.

Speakers will be asked to submit fully written draft papers by 20 May 2021 for distribution to conference participants via a password-protected website. It is expected that selected papers will be published in an edited collection following the conference.

Those presenting at the conference will not have to pay a registration fee, and we are also able to offer accommodation and reasonable travel expenses to those without sufficient institutional support. This conference is intended to be the first in a biennial series of conferences on different aspects of commercial law, organised in collaboration with City University of Hong Kong, Notre Dame Law School and the National University of Singapore.


Please send abstracts (no more than 500 words) to Professor Paul S Davies (paul.s.davies@ucl.ac.uk) by Friday 1 May 2020.