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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
  • financial markets law and regulation
  • competition law
  • mergers & acquisitions
  • intellectual property 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.

Co-directors 

 

Members

Student members 

  • Ms Rebecca Goudman-Peachey
  • Mr Harry Jayakrishnan
  • Mr Yonghui Bao
  • Mr Florian Lheureux
  • Mr Yunus Yildiz
  • Mr Pete Underwood 

Events

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23 October 201818:30

The Judges Are Coming! Careers in the judiciary

An insight into modern-day legal careers, from getting started to judicial roles A seminar from 2 full-time judges and former Exeter graduates Chaired by Judge Mark Sutherland Williams LLB (Exon), Resident Judge, Hatton CrossTribunal Hearing Court With Judge Elizabeth Grant LLB (Exon), Hatton Cross Tribunal Hearing Court. Full details
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7 November 201813:00

Data Analysis with Python for Social Scientists

Building upon the basic introduction offered to Python in workshop 1, this workshop will cover exploratory data analysis, quantitative data analysis, and visualising data in Python. It will also provide an introduction to the major Python packages used in data analysis; including NumPy, Pandas, and Seaborn. Full details
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7 November 201814:00

Cross-Border Litigation in England and Wales: New Data - Brexit Implications – Preliminary Research Findings

Professor Mihail Danov Cross-Border Litigation in England and Wales: New Data - Brexit Implications – Preliminary Research Findings Abstract: The presentation of the relevant preliminary research findings is made within the framework of a pilot study financed by the UoE Centre for Commercial and Corporate Law. The purpose of this pilot study is to measure the expected initial impact of Brexit on parties’ strategies which will in turn have a bearing on the litigants’ access to legal remedies (as well as on settlement dynamics) in cross-border disputes. The newly generated data will enable us to consider the correlation between a possible change in the legal landscape and the parties’ alternative strategies as well as to analyse the relationship between the litigants’ tactics and private parties’ access to justice in cross-border cases before the English and Welsh courts. The pilot study involves also Professor Paul Beaumont and Dr Jayne Holliday from the University of Aberdeen. Subject to the AHRC funding, we are hoping to organise a series of workshops at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies – Queen Mary University of London. Full details
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9 November 201811:00

CELS research seminar: Guest speaker - Dr Christine Riefa, Brunel University

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14 November 201815:30

A Reliable Means for Capturing Egonets: Notes on the design and use of Network Canvas

The second in a series of Q-Step Seminar talks for Autumn 2018.. Full details
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21 November 201814:00

Insurance Law Reform—Process, Principles and Pragmatism

Mr Peter Tyldesley Insurance Law Reform—Process, Principles and Pragmatism. Full details
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23 November 201814:30

Exeter Law School - Lady Hale Guest Lecture 'Life of a Lady Law Lord'

Exeter Law School Guest Lecture with Lady Hale, President of The Supreme Court, The Right Hon the Baroness Hale of Richmond DBE: 'Life of a Lady Law Lord' PLEASE NOTE: This event is open to University of Exeter students ONLY. We apologies for any disappointment this may cause. Biography: Brenda Marjorie Hale, Lady Hale of Richmond took up appointment as President of The Supreme Court in September 2017, succeeding Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury. This following her appointment as Deputy President from June 2013. In October 2009 she became the first woman Justice of The Supreme Court. In January 2004, Lady Hale became the United Kingdom’s first woman Lord of Appeal in Ordinary after a varied career as an academic lawyer, law reformer, and judge. After graduating from Cambridge in 1966, she taught law at Manchester University from 1966 to 1984, also qualifying as a barrister and practising for a while at the Manchester Bar. She specialised in Family and Social Welfare law, was founding editor of the Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, and authored a pioneering case book on ‘The Family, Law and Society’. In 1984 she was the first woman to be appointed to the Law Commission, a statutory body which promotes the reform of the law. Important legislation resulting from the work of her team at the Commission includes the Children Act 1989, the Family Law Act 1996, and the Mental Capacity Act 2005. She also began sitting as an assistant recorder. In 1994 she became a High Court judge, the first to have made her career as an academic and public servant rather than a practising barrister. In 1999 she was the second woman to be promoted to the Court of Appeal, before becoming the first woman Law Lord. She retains her links with the academic world as Visitor of Girton College, Cambridge, and Visiting Professor of Kings College London. She previously served as Chancellor of the University of Bristol. A home maker as well as a judge, she thoroughly enjoyed helping the artists and architects create a new home for The Supreme Court. Full details
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28 November 201814:00

Impact Assessment: The Recipe for a Better Law of Contract?

Dr Isabelle Rueda Impact Assessment: The Recipe for a Better Law of Contract?. Full details
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5 December 201813:00

Sentiment Analysis/Career as a Data Scientist

ASI Data Science utilise artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques in conjunction with large and small data sets in order to provide businesses with a competitive advantage. In this workshop, members of the company will provide an in-depth understanding of sentiment analysis, and how it can identify and categorise opinions from text data in order to understand the attitude of the individual(s) that wrote a piece of text. Full details
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5 December 201814:00

Cybersecurity in Relation to the Expropriation of Natural Resources: Insurance and Environmental Law Perspectives

Dr Kyriaki Noussia Cybersecurity in Relation to the Expropriation of Natural Resources: Insurance and Environmental Law Perspectives. Full details
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9 January 201913:00

Introduction to R for Social Scientists

This workshop is aimed at those who have no experience of R, and will provide a solid introduction to using it for data analysis by covering how to handle data structures such as vectors, matrices, and data frames. Full details
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23 January 201914:00

Competition Law and Technology: Competitive or Political Motivation?

Dr Matthew Cole Competition Law and Technology: Competitive or Political Motivation?. 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 one of the Co-Directors, Dr Joseph Lee or Dr Séverine Sainter.

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

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