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Dr Severine Saintier

Senior Lecturer


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I joined Exeter Law School in January 2014 from Sheffield University where I was director of the Institute for Corporate and Commercial law Studies (until September 2013). I was educated in France (Université du Havre) and in the UK (University of Southampton (Erasmus/Socrates), Staffordshire University (LLM) and Sheffield University (PhD)). I have previously held posts in Liverpool, Staffordshire and Keele Universities.

My primary research interest is in the field of commercial agency contracts where I have written two monographs and numerous journal articles. My work in this field was cited by Lord Hoffmann in Lonsdale v Howard Hallam [2007] UKHL, [2008] 1 WLR 2055. I am also interested in contract more generally as well as European law. My research is comparative by nature.

I have been a visiting professor in the law faculty at the Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3 since March 2013.


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Research interests

I am currently involved in a comparative empirical research project testing the uniformity of the profession of commercial agents in Germany and the UK. I am also part of a White-Rose funded multi-disciplinary project with Sheffield, York and Leeds on building up resilience in the food chain.

Research supervision

I welcome applications in the fields of commercial and contract law as well as comparative law generally.

Research students

  • Joint with Professeur Blandine Mallet-Bricout Lyon 3 France: Caroline Lardaud-Clerc, Jean Moulin on the protection of expectations.
  • Joint with Professeur Carole Aubert de Vincelles, Cergy Pontoise France: Marie-Emmanuelle Desaunette on the harmonisation of service contracts


Modules taught