Company, Commercial and Financial Law
All aspects of commercial, corporate and financial law accommodating diverse research interests.
The members of the cluster have disparate interests within this general area. These include, but are not limited to, corporate governance, banking regulation, investment and economic law, commercial law, sale of goods, bankruptcy and insolvency, arbitration, regulation of financial and capital markets, from an international and comparative perspective.
Professor Janet Ulph, with support from the university's Research Impact Development Fund has recently joined a team of museum and heritage professionals to research recent museum closures and to publish guidance to maintain public benefit and protect the museums' legacy. The team produced free pdf guidance on "Museums Facing Closure: Legal and Ethical Issues." Janet has written a chapter this year on heritage crime for an edited book on Transnational Organised Crime which will be published in 2018 by Edward Elgar. She is currently finishing an article on trafficking in fossils for a palaeontologists’ journal.
Dr Mark Hsiao is writing a book chapter on the implication of the EMIR on the OTC derivatives. The chapter advances system theory to explain the relationship between the OTC market and Law. That in terms answers why national interests are at stake. What follows is the legitimacy question of the EMIR model. Mark also carries out comparative research on the OTC derivatives and trust law. With the latter, he is interested in the conceptual values or conditions that generate this ‘equitable proprietary interest’.
Dr Horace Yeung has recently completed a book project entitled, Institutions and Economic Growth in Asia, with his co-author (Flora Huang), as a culmination of his completed Sino-British Fellowship Trust-funded project on the role of institutions in the economic growth of China. Following from this project, his research continues to expand further afield in terms of geographical scope by finishing an article entitled “Law-Finance-Growth Nexus in the Context of Africa” in the Law and Development Review, and another contribution in the Central Asian Yearbook of International and Comparative Law about Kazakhstan with his local collaborators.
Dr Alison Slade specialises in intellectual property law. Her current research project explores the prevalence and impact of specific licensing terms used within compulsory patent licenses in order to assess whether the promise of greater access to the protected technology is being achieved. Alison is also linking this project to a study on licensing technology in the area of eHealth (the current interface between healthcare and ICT) where the wider public interest in gaining access to healthcare technology may have a greater role to play in defining what are fair and reasonable licensing terms in this context.
Dr Paolo Vargiu is currently working on a project on the reconsideration of international investment law according to theories of social paradigms. He will pursue part of such research at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London, where he will be a Visiting Fellow in 2016. Dr Vargiu is also in the process of completing his first monograph on the issue of appellate review in investment arbitration, which will be published in 2017 by Cambridge University Press.
Dr Greg Allan is currently working on an article on the use of the law of trusts to facilitate circumvention of the corporate veil.