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Discussions on Insolvency in the Mississippi Delta

Professor Adrian Walters and Jennifer Gant attend the Global Conference of the Younger Comparativists’ Committee on behalf of the Centre for Business and Insolvency Law.

The Centre for Business and Insolvency Law (CBIL) recently sent a delegation to the fifth annual Global Conference of the Younger Comparativists' Committee, a wing of the American Society of Comparative Law which offers a forum to emerging researchers and younger academics. Held at Tulane University, the conference featured twenty-four individual panels on various comparative law topics running simultaneously during five sessions on the St Patrick's Day weekend, as well as two plenary sessions on Comparative Property Law and Teaching and Writing in Comparative Law with the presence and participation of esteemed comparative law scholars such as Vivian Curran, James Gordley and Vernon Valentine Palmer.

CBIL members in attendance included Professor Adrian Walters, fractional Professor at Nottingham Law School and Ralph L. Brill Professor of Law at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law and Jennifer Gant, lecturer in law, who were both invited to take part in a panel discussion focusing on Cross-Border Insolvency: Human Rights, Efficiencies and Conflicts in Consumer and Corporate Bankruptcy. Professor Walters chaired this session, which featured four papers by younger academics, including Jennifer's presentation, titled Constitutions and Crises: Balancing Insolvency and Social Policy through the Lens of Comparative Legal History. Arising from her doctoral work, completed in early 2016, Jennifer's paper used a comparative legal history methodology underpinned by the theory of legal path dependency to examine the divergent development of corporate rescue and insolvency law in the UK and USA and their differential treatment of social policy issues arising during an employer's insolvency.

The centre prides itself on its growing international reputation for the promotion of research and teaching in insolvency. As such, the centre is pleased to have been able to participate in this inaugural session, which married comparative law and insolvency issues, and which also served as an excellent forum to explore theoretical comparative ideas on corporate and insolvency law before an academic audience of diverse backgrounds and interests. The centre further hopes that its members will have the opportunity to present further papers at future conferences, including the next global event to be held in Istanbul, Turkey in Spring 2017.

Discussions on Insolvency in the Mississippi Delta

Published on 5 April 2016
  • Category: Research; Nottingham Law School

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