Dual LLM sees second successful dissertation viva

Postgraduate student of the new Dual LLM course, Stef Vullings, successfully defends his dissertation project at a viva held in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

Stef Vullings, 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 Tuesday 10 November 2015. 

Members of the dissertation panel included Professor Michael Veder and Ms Anne Mennens of the Nijmegen Law School. Professor Paul Omar and Dr Alexandra Kastrinou of the Nottingham Law School participated in the viva and panel deliberations via Skype. The panel unanimously recommended Stef’s dissertation pass cum laude (equivalent to a distinction level).

Stef’s project, which was jointly supervised by Ms Mennens and Dr Kastrinou, was a comparative assessment, underpinned by a strong theoretical methodology, of the framework for pre-pack procedures in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands under their respective insolvency laws. This was done with a view to understanding how such procedures, which are used when there is a need for speed and secrecy in the turnaround process, function to deliver results for the stakeholders involved. This is especially important given concerns that such procedures tend to favour secured creditors over unsecured ones, who are also kept out of the information loop due to concerns over reputational loss.

Stef 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 within the space of a single year should they wish.

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 by 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 all-year modules, largely supported by on-line materials, a module on Research Methodology and Comparative Law as well as a module on Workout Strategies, which test both the theoretical and practical applications of the substantive materials they will have learnt in the two teaching terms on European, commercial, corporate and insolvency law issues.

The successful result at Stef’s viva, which is the second of those in his cohort, continues to vindicate the aspirations of both Law Schools that this new programme, launched in 2014, will become a flagship in the insolvency world as well a symbol of the close cooperation between the institutions and their insolvency centres of excellence.

Dual LLM sees second successful dissertation viva

Published on 10 November 2015
  • Category: Nottingham Law School

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