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Dr Zoe Gounari, LLB, LLM, LLM, PhD, PgDipLP FHEA

Honorary Fellow in Durham Law School

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Zoe has a law degree from Anglia Ruskin University, an LLM in International Business Law from Manchester University, an LLM in Energy Law and Policy from Dundee University and a PhD from Durham University.

She completed the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in York and worked for a number of years as legal counsel in the private sector, before she joined Durham Law School as a lecturer between 2007 and 2010 and as a Teaching Fellow between 2017 and 2020.

Zoe's PhD was funded by a full scholarship from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Zoe’s current research is in the area of joint ventures and strategic alliances and focuses, in particular, on fiduciary duties and their place in contracts negotiated at arm’s length between sophisticated commercial parties. Her PhD thesis established a rationally justifiable principle upon which fiduciary duties can be implied into such relationships by making use of game theory as expressed in David Gauthier’s Morals by Agreement (Clarendon Press 1986).

Research Interests

  • Commercial and Corporate Law
  • Commercial Fraud
  • Contract Law

Teaching Areas

  • Commercial Fraud
  • Commercial Law


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