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Durham Law School

Staff profile

Prof John Linarelli, BA, MA, LLM, JD, PhD, SFHEA, FRSA

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Professor John Linarelli holds a Chair in Commercial Law at Durham. He has served in professorial posts on both sides of the Atlantic, in both the UK and the USA. He joined Durham Law School in October 2014. 

Professor Linarelli received an MA and PhD in Philosophy from the University of California Riverside, a PhD in Law from King's College University of London, an LLM from Georgetown University, a JD from American University Washington College of Law, and a BA in Economics and Political Science from Duquesne University. 

Professor Linarelli's research is interdisciplinary, in law, moral and political philosophy, and economics. He has published widely in both law and philosophy journals.

Forthcoming in 2017 is his co-authored book, with M Sornarajah (NUS) and Margot Salomon (LSE), to be published with Oxford University Press, The Misery of International Law: Confrontations with Injustice in the Global Economy. He has edited and co-edited two major volumes on global justice and international economic law, one with Chi Carmody (Western Ontario) and Frank Garcia (Boston College, Global Justice and International Economic Law: Opportunities and Prospects, published by Cambridge University Press, and the other the Research Handbook on Global Justice and International Economic Law, published by Edward Elgar.

Professor Linarelli’s work in commercial and financial law is comparative, transnational, and interdisciplinary. He is General Editor of the book series, Hart Studies in Commercial and Financial Law, published by Hart Publishing. In 2017 he co-convened the Society of Legal Studies Seminar, The Future of Commercial Law: Ways Forward for Harmonisation, which will result in a book to be published by Hart in the series.

Professor Linarelli is a longstanding expert on public procurement law. He is a co-author of Regulating Public Procurement: National and International Perspectives (Kluwer 2000) with Sue Arrowsmith (Nottingham) and Don Wallace Jr (Georgetown), one of the first works in the field with an international and comparative focus. He is a General Editor for the Public Procurement Law Review. 

Professor Linarelli has given a number of papers and talks globally, including in the UK, the US, China, and India. He has served as a Visiting Professor at Georgetown University Law Center and at Northeastern University School of Law. He was a Visiting Professor of Law at Jilin University School of Law in Autumn 2015, affiliating with Jilin’s Centre for Jurisprudence Research and with the Judicial Innovation Centre, a collaboration between Jilin University, China University of Political Science and Law, and Wuhan University.

He has served in various capacities for the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and other intergovernmental organizations. Professor Linarelli brings substantial Washington DC law firm practice experience to Durham. He is a member of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia Bars (all inactive or associate status).

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Note on PhD Supervision

I welcome research proposals from potential applicants to Durham Law School’s PhD programme. I am interested in supervising PGR students willing to undertake a substantial interdisciplinary approach in their research. My main areas of interdisciplinary focus are in moral and political philosophy. I also have interests in law and the behavioural sciences and law and economics. Whilst you will undertake a dissertation in Law under my supervision, I hold a firm view that your dissertation will be much more rigorous and compelling if you commit to serious interdisciplinary work. To support you in this commitment, I will hold reading groups, in effect pro-seminars, with my postgraduate students, in which we read key texts together. If you are interested, I encourage you to submit a research proposal. 

Research Interests

  • Commercial Law
  • Financial Regulation
  • International Economic Law
  • Law and Economics
  • Law and the Behavioural Sciences
  • Moral Philosophy
  • Political Philosophy

Selected Grants

  • 2017: The Future of Commercial Law: Ways Forward for Harmonisation (£10000.00 from The Society of Legal Scholars)


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