Centre for Business and Insolvency Law Represented at Key Conference in Africa

David Burdette, Professor of Insolvency Law and Director of the Centre for Business and Insolvency Law at Nottingham Law School, was in South Africa recently. He was invited to participate in the Third Annual Mercantile Law Conference.

David Burdette, Professor of Insolvency Law and Director of the Centre for Business and Insolvency Law at Nottingham Law School, was in South Africa recently. He was invited to participate in the Third Annual Mercantile Law Conference organised by the Law Faculty at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein on 4-6 November 2015. The Centre for Business and Insolvency Law has close links with the Law Faculty of the University of the Free State, having hosted in March of this year a visit by Mrs Lézelle Jacobs, a member of its staff.

Professor Burdette was heavily involved in the programme, having been asked to chair two panel discussions on the first and last days of the conference, at which he also spoke. While the themes of the conference were broadly in the mercantile (or commercial) law area, the panels centered on the topic of business rescue. This topic is of some interest in South Africa, where the survival of business and associated employment are contemporary issues of great concern. 

International developments and coordination also featured in the debate. As part of the panel discussions, Professor Burdette was able to share some his experience with the audience of his role as a Consultant with the World Bank. In this capacity, he has been called upon to review law reform proposals in countries in the region such as Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, the Seychelles and Zimbabwe, where legal responses to business failure have needed to be crafted so as to permit economic development to continue apace.

The Centre for Business and Insolvency Law, which has gained a reputation worldwide for the promotion of research and teaching in insolvency, sees it as part of its mission to reach out to academics, practitioners and the judicial community in Africa. This demonstrates the breadth and depth of the Centre’s commitment to foster critical thinking in insolvency and business matters within the insolvency community worldwide and, in particular, to encourage insolvency developments in emerging and developing economies.

Centre for Business and Insolvency Law Represented at Key Conference in Africa

Published on 24 November 2015
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