Dual LLM sees First Successful LLM Dissertation Viva

Dave Hillen, a postgraduate student on the first cohort on the Dual LLM programme, successfully defended his dissertation project at a viva held in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, on Friday 28 August 2015.

Dave Hillen, a postgraduate student on the first cohort on the Dual LLM programme, successfully defended his dissertation project at a viva held in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, on Friday 28 August 2015. Members of the dissertation panel included Professor David Burdette of the Nottingham Law School as well as Professor Michael Veder and Ms Anne Mennens of the Nijmegen University Faculty of Law. The panel unanimously recommended Dave's dissertation pass cum laude (equivalent to a distinction level).

Dave Hillen's project, which was jointly supervised by Ms Anne Mennens (RUN) and Professor Paul Omar (NLS), was a comparative assessment, underpinned by a strong theoretical methodology, of the post-commencement financing frameworks in the United Kingdom and United States under their respective insolvency laws. This was done with a view to ascertaining whether a recommendation could be made for the Netherlands to similarly develop a process by which funding obtained for the purposes of restructuring insolvent companies could be guaranteed a sufficient priority. This would enable such funding arrangements to become attractive for participating creditors, even though it might result in reordering their entitlements in insolvency. The outcome would be to ensure restructuring took place in optimal conditions to rescue the company and incidental employment and economic benefit.

Dave Hillen was one of the first cohort of students on the Dual LLM programme, launched in Nijmegen on 3 September 2014. This programme sees students graduate with an award from both institutions, an LLM in European and Insolvency Law from RUN and an LLM in Corporate and Insolvency Law from NTU and is the fruit of a collaboration initiated between both Law Schools in September 2012. It is an academically rigorous programme designed to ensure that students are able to complete the requirements for both degrees in the space of a single year.

To achieve a successful result, students begin their studies in Nijmegen in the Autumn Term studying European and commercial law subjects. They then come to Nottingham in the Spring Term to attend corporate law and insolvency-themed courses, hosted in the Centre for Business and Insolvency Law at Nottingham Law School, which has a very strong reputation for advancing insolvency scholarship in the British Isles. 

In the Summer Term, students then complete a long dissertation supervised by staff at both institutions and which must contain a strong comparative law element. This dissertation is then defended at a viva. Alongside their substantive courses students are also required to complete two full-year modules, largely supported by on-line materials. These two modules are Research Methodology and Comparative Law and a module on Comparative Workout Strategies. In the latter module students work through the nascent problems of a typical globalised corporate group with strong cross-border elements, and suggest solutions for the restructuring of the business. In this module they are required to apply the substantive materials they have learnt in the two teaching terms on European, commercial, corporate and insolvency law issues.

The successful result at Dave Hillen's viva, soon to be followed by those of others in the same cohort, vindicates the hope held by both Law Schools that the launch of this new programme in 2014 would mark a further step in the close cooperation between the institutions as well as add to the lustre of the insolvency centres at both Universities.

Dual LLM sees First Successful LLM Dissertation Viva

Published on 3 September 2015
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