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Durham Law School

Staff profile

Dr Zoe Gounari, LLB, LLM, LLM, PhD

Teaching Fellow in Durham Law School
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 40205
Room number: PCL181

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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's PhD, from Durham University, was funded by a full scholarship from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. She has been a Teaching Fellow in Durham Law School since September 2017.


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 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).

Research Interests

  • Commercial and Corporate Law
  • Commercial Fraud
  • Contract Law

Teaching Areas

  • Commercial Fraud
  • Commercial Law


Doctoral Thesis