Corporate and Financial Law
This has been an area of traditional strength for the Centre. Our corporate law research covers most areas of company law with particular interest in corporate governance (objectives of public companies; directors’ duties; director accountability; shareholder rights, remedies and litigation; shareholder engagement; corporate social and environmental responsibility; governance and the corporate sector of the legal profession); and, corporate insolvency (comparative approaches to corporate rescue; liquidation; administration; transactional avoidance; forum shopping and jurisdictional competition in the context of international insolvency proceedings).
The financial law strand of this research area focuses on banking and financial law, and, in particular, on: bank insolvencies; money laundering; bribery and financial crime theory; analysis of secured credit regimes; and, the role of the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) and other supra-governmental and international finance organisations in promoting notions of globalised finance law. We also have expertise in the regulation of conduct in financial services, as well as consumer protection in the provision of credit and personal insolvency.
Contract, Consumer and Commercial Law
In contract and consumer law, we concentrate on: consumer credit and over-indebtedness; analysis of the law of guarantees from efficiency and re-distributional perspectives; practical and theoretical approaches to remedies for breach of contract, and norms of consumer protection in the realm of financial contracting with consideration of national and European approaches.
Our expertise also includes issues of: monetary remedies for tortious wrongdoing; behavioural decision theory and private law theory; misuse of private information and data protection; tort, and, press regulation and freedom. Another area of research activity is intellectual property law, especially in the context of the pharmaceutical industry and the life sciences; emerging technologies; and, trademarks and geographical indications.
Our competition research covers most areas of competition (antitrust) law. Our particular interests and expertise cover: abuse of dominance/monopolisation (market power); anticompetitive agreements, including online vertical restraints; public and private enforcement of competition law, including criminalisation (the imprisonment of executives for cartel activity); parental liability for competition law infringements, etc. We have a growing interest and expertise in the challenges of technology markets for competition law, including blockchain technology, smart contracts, networks, and online platforms.
Our regulation research expertise includes regulatory theory, regulatory practice, and regulatory economics. Our researchers investigate when, how and why we should regulate industries, with sector-specific expertise in the information, communications, technology (ICT), and energy markets. This area of expertise includes specifically: environmental law and regulation of UK shale gas and hydraulic fracturing (fracking); polluter-pays principle and corporate environmental liability; regulation of the food supply chain; press regulation; regulation of online markets including e-commerce and platforms; regulation of emerging technologies, specifically the regulation of information communications technologies and Artificial Intelligence; as well as the regulation and accountability of professionals and regulators, and, in particular, those in the legal profession.
Our tax expertise covers most aspects of taxation from income taxes to VAT, at international, European, and national levels. Current projects include: international corporate tax reform; anti-tax avoidance rules; political economy of taxation; progressive taxation and VAT; anti-tax fraud policy; tax incentives for R&D; double taxation treaties; and, the tax implications of employment law. Our research is informed by concerns over tax fairness, the challenges posed by the digitalisation and robotisation of the economy, and tax revenue sustainability, primarily in the context of developing countries.
International Trade Law
Our international trade law research covers international economic law, particularly international trade law under the World Trade Organization (WTO) with a particular interest in international agricultural trade regulation. This strand of research also investigates: alternatives to investor-State arbitration; business and human rights; sustainable development in investment treaties and investment contracts.