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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.


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14 February 201813:00

Renegotiation of Shipping Contracts in times of hardship

Professor Jason Chuah (City University) presents 'Renegotiation of Shipping Contracts in times of hardship'. Full details
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22 February 201813:30

Law Commercial Awareness workshop with Tozers Solicitors LLP

Join Deborah Black and Gráinne Staunton (Partners at Tozers Solicitors LLP) for a workshop focusing on commercial awareness and its importance to Law firms. The session will look at what ‘commercial awareness’ means, why it is important to Law firms, what firms look for in graduates, and how to demonstrate commercial awareness in your applications. Tozers Solicitors LLP is a leading firm of solicitors with offices in Exeter, Teignmouth and Newton Abbot. With 23 partners and over 120 staff Tozers Solicitors LLP offer an extensive legal service to businesses and individuals both locally and nationally.. Full details
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28 February 201815:00

Prof. Marco Loos presents "Why you should (not) bother to read Terms and Conditions. An interdisciplinary approach to improving readership, trust and understanding of Terms and Conditions"

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1 March 201817:30

Careers in lobbying and advocacy with Danny Kushlick (Transform Drug Policy Foundation)

Join Danny Kushlick (Founder and Head of External Affairs at Transform Drug Policy Foundation) for a workshop focusing on a career in lobbying and advocacy. Transform is a charitable think tank that campaigns for the legal regulation of drugs both in the UK and internationally. Transform aims to educate and inspire policymakers to explore and implement the effective legal regulation of drug markets. Danny will speak about his diverse career and experiences, give an in-depth look into the work of organisations such as Transform, and give his tips on being successful in the industry. There will be a Q&A after the talk, and a drinks reception where you will have the chance to speak to Danny further. Danny Kushlick bio: Danny is the founder of Transform Drug Policy Foundation, which he started in 1996, after working in a variety of jobs in the drugs field. It was his clients' experience that led him to the understanding that prohibition is a social policy catastrophe. He worked for Bristol Drugs Project, the Big Issue Foundation, Bath Area Drugs Advisory Service and the National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (NACRO). He is now an internationally recognised commentator on drug and drug policy issues, with a unique combination of personal experience and broad, global view. Please ensure that you arrive promptly for the start of this event and that you have your University ID card (UniCard) with you. Your attendance at this appointment/event will be recorded. If you are recorded as absent your ability to book further events and appointments may be temporarily revoked. If you are unable to attend, please cancel your booking as soon as possible. Please see attendance policy at Full details
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21 March 2018

External speaker: Catharine Macmillan

Title tbc. Full details
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28 March 201813:00

Criminal Law and Criminal Justice

Professor Stephen Shute (University of Sussex) Criminal Law and Criminal Justice. Full details
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27 April 201813:00

Hostile Takeovers and Corporate Law in China

Professor Ciyun Zhu (Tsinghua University School of Law, China) presents, 'Hostile Takeovers and Corporate Law in China'. 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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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.


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

Director: Professor Andrea Lista

Telephone: +44 (0)1392 722832

Centre for Commercial and Corporate Law
Law School - Amory Building
University of Exeter
Rennes Drive


Media enquiries are also welcome - please contact:

Telephone: +44 (0)1392 722307