UCL Faculty of Laws


INSOL International celebrates the work of Emeritus Professor Ian Fletcher

27 April 2015

Ian Flecther

To mark his retirement as Chairman of the Academics’ Group of INSOL International, UCL Laws Emeritus Professor of International Commercial Law, Ian Fletcher, was presented with a Festschrift by colleagues and friends at a special event held in his honour in San Francisco last month.

Bearing the title: Festschrift in Honour of Professor Ian Fletcher QC, the collection features articles on themes reflecting his scholarly work and interests, contributed by some of the academics, judges and practitioners who have been associated with the Academics’ Group during it’s 22-year history.

Professor Fletcher, who has served as the Group’s Chairman since its formation in 1993 and who also received the INSOL Scroll of Honour in 2013 – the first academic to be recognised in this way – has organised 17 international academic conferences covering the field of bankruptcy, insolvency and related matters during his tenure.

Following the presentation, Professor Fletcher voiced his profound thanks and spoke of his appreciation of: “this wonderful, and wholly unexpected, gift.”

He said: “It has been an enormous privilege to collaborate over the years with so many distinguished colleagues whose writings are contained within this volume. I shall cherish its contents, and the friendships that are reflected in its pages, for the rest of my days.”

INSOL International, which is also known by its full title, the International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Professionals, was founded in 1982 and is made up of over 10,000 members, including accountants, lawyers, judges, academics and other specialists, across 92 countries.

Professor Fletcher has been closely involved in INSOL’s activities since 1992, when he was appointed Editor of the International Insolvency Review (IIR), a position he continues to occupy. The IIR is a peer-reviewed journal produced on behalf of INSOL and published online and in print three times a year.

Since its inception in 2007, Professor Fletcher has also been involved in the development and teaching of the INSOL Global Insolvency Practice Course, a programme of advanced instruction for practitioners taught by an international Faculty of academics, professionals and members of the judiciary.

The collection of articles presented to Professor Fletcher as part of the Festschrift will be published as a Special Edition (Volume 3) of the Nottingham Insolvency and Business Law e-Journal.

Image: Emeritus Professor Ian Fletcher (left) is presented with the Festschrift by Professor David Burdette of Nottingham Law School.