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Durham Law School

Staff profile

Ms Zoe Gounari, LLB, LLM, LLM

Teaching Fellow in Durham Law School
Room number: PCL135

Contact Ms Zoe Gounari (email at zoe.gounari@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

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

Zoe is currently completing a PhD, which was funded by a full scholarship from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and has been a Teaching Fellow in Durham Law School since September 2017.

Research

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 thesis seeks to establish 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). It will use unincorporated joint ventures in the oil and gas sector as a case study.

Zoe is supervised by Prof. Deryck Beyleveld and Prof. Christian Witting.

Research Interests

  • Commercial and Corporate Law
  • Commercial Fraud
  • Contract Law

Research Interests

  • Commercial and Corporate Law
  • Commercial Fraud
  • Contract Law