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Dr Jonathan Mukwiri, LLB, LLM, PhD, FHEA, Barrister

Associate Professor in Durham Law School

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Jonathan is an Associate Professor in Corporate Law at Durham Law School. He joined Durham in October 2010. He teaches mainly on the postgraduate taught programme and supervises numerous postgraduate dissertations in broad areas of corporate law and commercial law. He also teaches undergraduates on the Company Law module.

Jonathan's research interests lie primarily in corporate law, especially European corporate law. To date, his work in corporate law has focused on takeover regulation and corporate governance, including the role of shareholders and the protection of minority shareholders. He is the author of the Takeovers and European Legal Framework: A British Perspective (Routledge-Cavendish, 2009), a monograph that provides a detailed understanding of the implementation of the Takeover Directive 2004/25/EC into the UK. He is currently researching on the interaction between free movement of capital and regulation of takeovers in light of the Brexit implications for the UK.

Research Supervision

Jonathan would be delighted to hear from potential PhD students interested in researching any area of corporate law, especially in relation to takeovers, interaction between takeovers and free movement of capital, corporate governance, directors' duties, minority shareholder protection, and corporate social responsibility. His most recent PhD students researched issues in takeovers, mergers, corporate governance, and sale of goods issues related to the Vienna Convention.

Please read the information here and contact Jonathan for advice on your draft proposal.

Teaching Areas

Company Law

Takeover Regulation in the EU

Research Projects

Durham Law School

  • Grants

Research Interests

  • Regulation of Takeovers
  • Corporate Governance
  • EU Internal Market, particularly Free Movement of Capital
  • Commercial Law, particularly Sale of Goods


Authored book

  • Mukwiri, Jonathan. (2009). Takeovers and the European Legal Framework: A British Perspective. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge-Cavendish.
  • Mukwiri, Jonathan. (2006). Commercial Contracts Law. Arima Publishing.

Chapter in book

  • Mukwiri, Jonathan (2019). Cross-Border Mergers Directive and Its Impact in the UK. In Cross-Border Mergers. Papadopoulos, Thomas. Springer. 477-503.
  • Mukwiri, Jonathan (2017). Takeovers. In Gore-Browne on EU Company Law. Fleet,Stuart & Gerner-Beuerle, Carsten. Jordan Publishing.

Journal Article

  • Mukwiri, Jonathan (2019). Brexit and implications for the free movement of capital. Legal Issues of Economic Integration 46(1): 7-28.
  • Mukwiri, Jonathan (2019). The end of history for the board neutrality rule in the EU. European Business Organization Law Review
  • Mukwiri, Jonathan (2018). Protectionism and the EU market for corporate control: Is it possible to get the best of both worlds? European Company and Financial Law Review 15(2): 308-338.
  • Mukwiri, Jonathan (2017). Directors’ and Officers’ Insurance in the UK. European Business Law Review 28(4): 547-573.
  • Mukwiri, Jonathan (2016). How independent are independent committees and advisers in Mergers and Acquisitions transactions? Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law 31(2): 99-102.
  • Mukwiri, Jonathan (2015). British law on corporate bribery. Journal of Financial Crime 22(1): 16-27.
  • Mukwiri, Jonathan & Siems, Mathias (2014). The Financial Crisis: A Reason to Improve Shareholder Protection in the EU? Journal of Law and Society 41(1): 51-72.
  • Mukwiri, Jonathan (2013). Free Movement of Capital and Takeovers: a case-study of the tension between primary and secondary EU legislation. European Law Review 38(6): 829-847.
  • Mukwiri, Jonathan (2013). Myth of Shareholder Primacy in English Law. European Business Law Review 24(2): 217-241.
  • Mukwiri, Jonathan (2013). Takeovers and incidental protection of minority shareholders. European Company and Financial Law Review 10(3): 432-460.
  • Mukwiri, Jonathan. (2008). Directors’ duties in takeover bids and English company law. International Company and Commercial Law Review 19(9): 281-289.
  • Mukwiri, Jonathan. (2008). The myth of tactical litigation in UK takeovers. Journal of Corporate Law Studies 8(2): 373-388.
  • Mukwiri, Jonathan. (2005). Credit cards and section 75: Misconceived interpretation? Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance 13 (3): 268-271.
  • Mukwiri, Jonathan. (2005). Section 459 on parent and subsidiary companies. Company Lawyer 26(3): 75-78.
  • Mukwiri, Jonathan. (2005). The no reflective loss principle. Company Lawyer 26(10): 304-307.
  • Mukwiri, Jonathan. (2004). Using section 459 as an instrument of oppression? Company Lawyer 25(9): 282-284.

Book review

  • Mukwiri, Jonathan. (2012). 'EU Law and the Harmonization of Takeovers in the Internal Market' by Thomas Gr. Papadopoulos, Alphen aan den Rijn Kluwer Law International, 2010. European Law Review 37(1): 108-110.
  • Mukwiri, Jonathan. (2011). 'European securities law' by Raj Panasar and Philip Boekman, Oxford Oxford University Press, 2010. Journal of Business law (1): 119-120.
  • Mukwiri, Jonathan. (2009). 'The law and economics of takeovers an acquirer’s perspective' by Athanasios Kouloridas, Oxford Hart Publishing, 2007. Journal of Business Law (3): 295-297.

Other (Print)

  • Mukwiri, Jonathan (2017). Negotiating Brexit Free Trade Agreements. [Editorial Comments]. European Company Law 14(1): 5-5.
  • Mukwiri, Jonathan (2015). Reforming EU Takeover Law Remains on Hold. [Editorial Comments]. European Company Law 12(4): 186-187.


  • Mukwiri, Jonathan (2015), Harmonisation under siege in the EU market for corporate control, IALS Lunchtime Seminar Series 2014-2015 Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Seminar. London, England.
  • Mukwiri, Jonathan (2015), Investor protection and protectionist nature of the EU market for corporate control, IALS Lunchtime Seminar Series 2014-2015 Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Seminar. London, England.