UCL Faculty of Laws

Dr Anna Donovan

Dr Anna Donovan

Lecturer in Law

Faculty of Laws


Joined UCL
1st Oct 2013

Research summary

Dr Anna Donovan is a lecturer at the Faculty of Laws.  Her research explores company law and behaviour, adopting an interdisciplinary approach to better understand the causes of (un)ethical corporate action.  In addition to corporate law, Anna also known for her work in legal technology, having been an inaugural member of LawtechUK and often advising regulators and industry on the implications and regulation of distributed ledger technology.  Anna's is co-editor of Pettet's Company Law and her recent book, Reconceptualising Corporate Compliance: Responsibility, Freedom and the Law was joint runner up for the Peter Birks prize for outstanding legal scholarship. 

Anna is the co-founder of UCL Art Futures, an interdisciplinary research hub exploring new ways of working, creating and collaborating.  She was previously the Vice Dean (Innovation) at the Faculty of Laws and co-director of the UCL Centre for Ethics and Law.  Committed to innovation in education, research and practice, Anna was the Faculty Lead for LawWithoutWalls a global legal education initiative bringing together leading law and business schools from around the world.

Teaching summary

Company Law (LLB, convenor); Comparative Corporate Governance (LLM); and Faculty Director of LawWithoutWalls.


Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy |
University College London
Other higher degree, Master of Laws | 2011


Anna joined the faculty as a lecturer in 2014. Prior to this, she was a senior corporate solicitor in London where she specialised in corporate structuring and M&A projects.  Anna is a qualified solicitor in England & Wales and also admitted to the New York State bar.  Anna was awarded the UCL Education Award in 2020, the UCL Laws' Excellence Award for Legal Teaching in 2015, 2017 and 2018, and the UCL Provost's Education Award in 2018.