Dr Oriana Casasola


In October 2021, I assumed the role of a lecturer in Commercial Corporate and Banking Law at the University of Leeds, where I currently teach mostly European Union Law and International Corporate Insolvency Law.  

My academic journey started with a degree in law from the University of Udine. It followed with an LLM in International Economic and Business Law from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and includes a Ph.D. from the University of Leeds.  

My professional experience extends to working at the University of Huddersfield in the U.K. and collaborating with the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg in Germany. During my time in Germany, I actively contributed to a significant project focused on the development of the European Model Protocol for cross-border insolvencies, showcasing my commitment to pioneering research and international engagement. 

Currently, I hold the position of Programme Manager for the LLM programs in International Trade Law and International Corporate Law. This role allows me to play a pivotal part in shaping the academic offer at the School of Law and fostering the growth of knowledge and skills among aspiring international legal scholars. 

My expertise in teaching European Union Law and International Corporate Insolvency Law reflects a focused and dynamic approach to delivering cutting-edge content to my students. I am passionate about providing relevant and up-to-date information to ensure their preparedness for the complexities of the legal landscape. 

I am dedicated to academic excellence and the ongoing development of innovative research. I look forward to continuing my journey of contributing to the advancement of legal education and making a meaningful impact in the field. 

Research interests

My primary research interests revolve around insolvency law, employing a comparative approach and focusing on cross-border settings. To date, my research has been dedicated to proposing the harmonization of transaction avoidance within the European Union. Additionally, I have been actively involved in the development of a European Model Protocol designed to enhance the efficiency of cooperation among insolvency practitioners in cross-border insolvency proceedings in the European Union.  

My exploration into the topics of forum shopping and asset tracing within the context of cross-border insolvency has further enriched my research portfolio. Presently, I am delving into the intricate domain of farmers' insolvency in both Italy and the United Kingdom, funded by the prestigious Michael Beverley Innovation Fellowship.. 

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  • FHEA
  • PhD
  • LLM

Professional memberships

  • YANIL - Young Academic Network of Insolvency Law
  • International Insolvency Institute
  • NextGen Program
  • Insol Europe

Student education

The insights gained from my research endeavours significantly influence my teaching role as the module leader for international corporate insolvency law. This module is designed to delve into the intricate challenges inherent in the practice of cross-border insolvency. Through this engagement, I aim to impart a comprehensive understanding of the subject matter to my students, combining theoretical insights with practical applications. 

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Business Law and Practice
  • Centre for Innovation and Research in Legal Education

Current postgraduate researchers

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