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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.




Student members 

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


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27 February 201915:30

Seminar Series - “Measuring global gender inequality indicators using large-scale online advertising data”

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a key instrument in setting the agenda around global development until 2030. The promotion of gender equality features prominently in the SDGs, both as a standalone goal as well as in relation to other goals (e.g access to education). Full details
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28 February 201912:30

SSIS Careers: Working in Public Relations / Communications

Join Alicia De Haldevang (International Relations with Arabic and German, 2010), Public Relations and Digital Communications Manager at Atkins Global, who will deliver a session on what it's like to work in PR and communications. In this interactive workshop, Alicia will cover: An introduction with a career outline PR scenario group task Consolidation on how the skills you learn from your social sciences degree are relevant to your future employers Q&A on what steps you can take to get in to a PR careers The session will cover both UK and Middle Eastern opportunities, the skills required from your social sciences degrees to succeed in PR employment, what steps you can take to do so, as well as a Q&A where you will get the chance to ask our guest speaker the questions on your mind!. Full details
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6 March 201913:30

Data Analysis with R for Social Scientists

Building upon the basic introduction offered to R in workshop 4, this workshop will cover exploratory data analysis, quantitative data analysis, and visualising data using R, as well as introducing the various libraries that a user needs to be familiar with in order to carry out such tasks. Full details
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8 March 201917:30

Women in Leadership: Balance for Better

To celebrate International Women’s Day we are delighted to announce our Women in Leadership discussion panel and networking will take place on Friday 8th March. With support from the Annual Fund and from the Women and Law SACA project, this exciting event will be a highlight of the social sciences employability events calendar. Open to all students and local alumni, this event will showcase the inspiring career journeys of our speakers. This discussion panel event will allow plenty of time for a Q&A. Following the event there will be the opportunity to network with all of our guests, where you will be able to speak more freely with them about their careers. Light refreshments will be provided. Our speakers are all SSIS graduates and leaders in their fields: Janet Garcia – Law and Society, President at PSI International Denise Haddow – Law, Non-Executive Director, AJH Ltd Sue Heady – Philosophy, Director at Heady Communications. Full details
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13 March 201915:30

Seminar Series - “Can genetics tell us anything about voting patterns, including Brexit?”

Abstract TBC. Full details
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20 March 201913:30

Longitudinal Data Analysis for Social Scientists

In this workshop you will learn about the principles of longitudinal data analysis; when it should be used and the advantages and disadvantages of longitudinal methods. Full details
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1 May 201913:00

Agent-based modelling (ABM) theory and examples for Social Scientists

Agent-based modelling (ABM) is an analytical method that has become very popular within the social sciences. It allows researchers to represent and investigate the emergence of structures at the macro or societal level as the result of the learning and adaptation of individual components and the way in which they interact with one another. Full details
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5 June 201913:00

Introduction to SQL for Data Science

Employers looking to recruit new data analysts/scientists are increasingly looking for applicants with a working knowledge of R, Python, and SQL. As such, this workshop is intended follow in the same vein as its R and Python equivalents from previous weeks in providing individuals with the skills necessary to pursue such a career.. Full details
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24 June 2019

Institute of Coding Summer School 2019 at the University of Exeter

For students with little or no experience of programming or coding, the Institute of Coding Summer School at Exeter is an opportunity to enhance your digital skills through a course designed to introduce you to the fundamentals of computer programming and social data analysis. Full details
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4 - 5 July 2019

Conference: "The Transparent Trap: Disclosing Information to Consumers"

The Centre for the Study of European Contract Law at the University of Amsterdam, SRH Hochschule Berlin and University of Exeter are organising together an international, interdisciplinary conference "The Transparent Trap: Disclosing Information to Consumers" on 4-5 July in Amsterdam. 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 one of the Co-Directors, Dr Joseph Lee or Dr Séverine Sainter.


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


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