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Professor Rob Merkin

"I like the intellectual challenge of law, solving problems, trying to work out answers from previous situations and dealing with completely new issues. One of the things I do is straddle both academia and practice. When I go to law firms, I actually learn what’s going on in the market and that feeds into what I teach. I’m able to teach what really matters." Read more.

Centre for Commercial and Corporate Law

About us

Members also deliver the LLM in International Commercial Law, a programme which offers unrivalled opportunities to study across a range of modules taught by leading academics.

Our wide range of specialisms includes:

  • banking law
  • corporate governance and social responsibility
  • energy law
  • insolvency law
  • consumer protection
  • contract law
  • insurance and reinsurance law
  • international arbitration
  • finance and credit law
  • international trade
  • maritime law
  • business structures
  • investment law

The Centre fuses the experience of academic lawyers and practising lawyers, and the impact of their work is far-reaching. For example, in addition to being frequently cited in the courts, members of the Centre have advised:

  • Committees of the European Parliament
  • the House of Commons
  • the National Assembly for Wales
  • the Northern Irish Government
  • the Law Commission
  • the Irish Environmental Protection Agency
  • the UNEP
  • the UNDP
  • the Secretariat for the Bonn Convention
  • the Australian Attorney-General’s Department

Our members

The Centre fuses the experience of academic lawyers and practising lawyers, and the impact of their work is far-reaching.

Members

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22 November 201713:00

‘Fine words butter no parsnips’: Can the principle of open justice survive the introduction of an online court?

Sue Prince will deliver a talk on ‘Fine words butter no parsnips’: Can the principle of open justice survive the introduction of an online court? Many jurisdictions are embracing technology as a potential gatekeeper for new court processes. In order to encourage less reliance on legal aid and free up judicial resource, policy makers are keen to embrace ‘online court’ solutions, and ‘digital by default’ approaches to resolving legal problems. In British Columbia, Canada, for example, the online small claims process has replaced the court building with an end-to-end pathway-style online process which provides legal advice, mediation, and access to an online judge. In the UK, plans are afoot for all civil cases under £25,000 to be referred to an ‘Online Solutions Court’. In the recent case of R (on the application of UNISON) v Lord Chancellor (2017), Lord Reed said that the court is more than a service to the user and that access to the courts is not of value only to the particular individuals involved but is fundamental to the rule of law and society. The question is whether once the institution of the court is not a place or a building, how can we measure whether the service provided to litigants is fair? Will technology change the nature of the legal process so that the traditional vision of the court has to be amended or qualified? This paper will consider whether the principle of open justice can be upheld effectively in this new technological environment. Open justice exists to protect the right of the public to be informed about what happens in the court; both through their ability to attend individual cases and the right of the media to be in the courtroom and to inform more broadly. Open justice has been upheld by the senior judiciary in significant historic cases such as Scott v Scott (1913) and R v Sussex Justices, ex p McCarthy (1924). Open justice is guaranteed as part of the a right to fair trial, such as in Article 6, European Convention on Human Rights: ‘…everyone is entitled to a fair and public hearing…’. The question of openness is therefore essential to the design of the online court.. Full details
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22 November 201713:00

The online court and open justice

Professor Sue Prince presents, The online court and open justice. Full details
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22 November 201713:30

How to apply to Law Grad School

Please note we will be discussing LLM studies including international opportunities and how to get funding. Full details
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29 November 201715:00

Guest lecture on the Icelandic constitution

The Human Rights and Democracy Forum of Exeter Law School (http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/law/research/groups/humanrightsanddemocracyforum/) is delighted to welcome special guest lecture by leading Icelandic constitutional lawyer, Ágúst Thór Árnason, on the topic of "Iceland 1944 – 2016: Founding the republic with a new codified constitution". Iceland went through a process of constitutional reform after its banking crisis and our guest was directly involved in the initial stage of the reform as a member of the 2010 – 2011 Constitutional Committee that draft the first report in this process. Ágúst Thór Árnason is one of the leading figures of Icelandic constitutionalism and works at the University of Akureyri (http://english.unak.is/about/staff-search). He is the co-founder of the Polar Law Program at the University of Akureyri with Prof. Gudmundur Alfredsson. Ágúst Thór Árnason will share his experience as one of the drafters and his analysis of the reform as a constitutional law scholar. The lecture will be followed by a discussion.. Full details
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30 November 20179:00

Dr Rachel Fenton is a key speaker at the Inside Government's 'Tackling Sexual Violence and Harassment in Higher Education'

Exeter Law School's Dr Rachel Fenton is a key speaker at the Inside Government's 'Tackling Sexual Violence and Harassment in Higher Education' conference at the Hallam Conference Centre, 09:00-16:00, Thursday 30 November 2017. Her case study is 'Empowering Students to Pledge to Tackle Violence and Harassment'. More info here: http://ow.ly/q6z030g68TA. Full details
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6 December 201713:00

Can evidence-based memory processing techniques enhance the accuracy and credibility of the testimony given by witnesses who have experienced trauma?

Dr Charlotte Bishop presents, Can evidence-based memory processing techniques enhance the accuracy and credibility of the testimony given by witnesses who have experienced trauma?. Full details
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18 October 201910:00

Rob Merkin: Plenary Session, Asia-Pacific Insurance Conference

Asia-Pacific Insurance Conference October 2017, Singapore. Full details
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Studying

Members of the Centre are involved in supervising postgraduate research students in all areas of commercial and corporate law.  Use our expertise search to find academics in your chosen area. 

For more details, including funding options, please see our postgraduate research programmes webpage.

Our members also deliver the LLM in International Commercial Law, a programme which offers unrivalled opportunities to study across a range of modules taught by leading academics in their field.

Non-media

For non-media enquiries relating to the Centre and its work please contact us as follows:

Email
Director: Professor Andrea Lista

Telephone: +44 (0)1392 722832

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Centre for Commercial and Corporate Law
Law School - Amory Building
University of Exeter
Rennes Drive
Exeter
Devon
UK
EX4 4RJ

Media

Media enquiries are also welcome - please contact:

Telephone: +44 (0)1392 722307
Email: pressoffice@exeter.ac.uk