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Institute of Commercial and Corporate Law

Activities

The Tipping Points Research Project

Dr Folarin Akinbami and Dr Vincenzo Bavoso takes part in the Leverhulme Trust funded project. The Tipping Points is a multidisciplinary project comprising five working packages. Work package 2 in particular focuses on the study of the global financial crisis in the banking sector and research on this topic is conducted from both legal and historical perspectives. The principal investigators for this part of the project are Professor Roman Tomasic (formerly at Durham Law School) and Professor Ranald Michie from the Durham School of History, and the team also involves Dr Folarin Akinbami, Dr Matthew Hollow and Dr Vincenzo Bavoso. 

Research conducted in the context of WP2 has explored on the one hand historical aspects of the UK financial system by looking at the banking industry in different periods and at the impact of past crises on financial regulation. On the other hand, the legal enquiry into the global financial crisis has examined whether law and legal institutions can prevent crises and how regulation can foster a more resilient financial system. Some of the research related to WP2 was recently highlighted in the event organised by Global Policy, titled “Financial Crime, Corruption and the Global Financial Crisis: What is the role of regulation?”.

Post-crisis Trajectories of European Corporate Governance

Dr Jonathan Mukwiri was invited to give a paper the Workshop organised jointly by the Centre for Business Law and Practice (School of Law, University of Leeds) and the School of Law (Queen Mary, University of London) on 21 September 2012 at the University of Leeds. The Workshop, Post-crisis Trajectories of European Corporate Governance: Dealing with the Present and Shaping the Future, was sponsored by the Journal of Law and Society. The paper presented by Dr Mukwiri was co-authored with his colleague Professor Mathias Siems. The joint paper presented at Leeds University was later developed into an article entitled ‘The Financial Crisis: A Reason to Improve Shareholder Protection in the EU?’, and was published in Journal of Law and Society in 2014. The paper focuses on the global financial crisis and the debate on corporate governance and shareholder protection.

Secured Transactions Law Reform Conference

Dr Orkun Akseli organised a Conference on 20 June 2014 at Durham Law School, entitled 'Secured Transactions law Reform in other Jurisdictions' Conference. The Conference was organised by Dr Akseli under the auspices of the Secured Transactions Law Reform Project, Durham Institute for Commercial and Corporate Law and Bond Dickinson LLP. The Conference focused on reform or proposed reform in key jurisdictions, including Canada, the USA and Australia, as well as Scotland, Ireland and Jersey. The conference was attended by scholars, lawyers and business people. Speakers include Professor Sir Roy Goode (Oxford), Professor Louise Gullifer (Oxford), Professor Tony Duggan (Toronto), Professor Peter Winship (SMU), Professr David Brown (Adelaide), Dr Andrew Steven )Scottish Law Commission), Dr Magda Raczynska (Bristol), Dr Noel McGrath (Dublin), John Rainer (Mourant Ozannes). Dr Akseli is an active member of the Secured Transactions Law Reform Project.

China-Europe Legal Forum

Dr Orkun Akseli was invited by Austrian MP Dr Johannes Jarolim (Speaker of Legal Affairs, SPÖ) to give a paper at the 2nd China-Europe Legal Forum in Vienna. The Conference was held between 26-27 June 2014 at the Austrian Mınıstry of Justice ın cooperation with the European Law Institute. Dr Akseli's paper was on 'Securitisation and the Regulation of Market'. The Conference was well attended by scholars from Europe and China including the China Law Society. Attached is the photo from the 2nd China-Europe Legal Forum participants which include the Speaker of the Austrian Parliament, Austrian Minister of Justice, Austrian MPs and MEPs together with the Chinese and European Scholars.