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Centre for Business and Insolvency Law

Centre
  • Unit(s) of assessment: Law
  • School: Nottingham Law School

Overview

Welcome to the Centre for Business and Insolvency Law. The Centre drives Nottingham Law School's excellence and innovation in the fields of both business and insolvency law. It was established in 2008 and its fields of research have been considerably widened in order to encourage the participation of as many staff members as possible.

Mission

The mission of the Centre is to pursue and encourage innovative scholarship and research in the fields of business and insolvency law, on both a national and international level.

Aims of the centre

The aims of the centre are to:

  • contribute to national and international debates through engaging in dynamic and internationally relevant research
  • collaborate with both government and non-government organisations, other higher education institutions, individual academics at other higher education institutions and professional member organisations in broadening the scope of academic endeavour, and to transfer knowledge beyond the academic sector
  • participate in debates on law reform and policy development at both national and international levels
  • organise conferences, seminars, workshops and colloquia at various levels, and to promote collaborative engagement in large-scale and long-term research projects
  • act as a supportive and collaborative forum for research, and encourage and foster the participation of early career researchers and postgraduate students.

Membership

The internal membership of the Centre consists of Nottingham Law School staff who are active in the field of business and insolvency law. The Centre's current external membership consists of a number of distinguished professionals, all of whom hold appointments as visiting or honorary professors at Nottingham Law School. For a full list of the members of the centre, see the People section below.

  • News and events in 2018

    • Researchers in the Centre presented work at an afternoon session on 14 February.
      • Gary Wilson – “The breaking of so great a thing should make a greater crack”: the enduring significance of the Salomon litigation’
      • Paula Moffatt – ‘The standardisation of conflicts of laws rules for intermediated securities within the EU: Holy Grail or red herring?’
      • Jennifer Gant – ‘Forecasting the Future of Social Policy and the Rescue Culture in Post-Brexit Britain’
      • Mohd Hwaidi – ‘Electronic bills of lading to Electronic Format: Social Structure of Norms, Distributed Ledger Technology and Legal Difficulties’
    • This event was well attended by staff and students.  The seminars showcased a variety of work done in the Centre, offering a reminder that this is not a centre just for insolvency law but for a good variety of topics within business law generally.

    • Prof Dr Dominik Skauradszun of Fulda University taught several classes on the LLM programme during a visit under the Erasmus scheme in the week commencing 5th March.
    • As part of the activities of the Law and Development group established by Mohd Hwaidi, Graham Ferris and Ejemen Ojobo ran a workshop on law and development.
    • Jen Gant participated in The 2017 Chicago-Kent Live Symposium with a presentation of her research on a path dependency approach to determine the evolution of the social policy aspect of corporate rescue in UK after Brexit.
    • Mohd Hwaidi has been appointed as a member of the editorial board of GSL Journal of Banking and Finance.

  • News and events in 2017

    • The Partnership, LLP and LLC Law Academic Forum
    • The Forum was established by Elspeth Berry with funding from the Society of Legal Scholars. It aims to promote debate on partnership law and the law relating to other business methods, which provide alternatives to the limited company including LLPs and, in the US in particular, LLCs.

      The Forum intends to create a network for the exchange of ideas and networking amongst academics. It also hopes to develop collaboration between those researching and teaching in these areas of law.

      It was launched in September 2017 to comment on recent case law and legislative developments, publish short articles, post book reviews, and notify people of upcoming events (including the inaugural Forum conference on 5 April 2018). You can register on the Forum to receive regular updates about posts on the website. Please email elspeth.berry@ntu.ac.uk if you would like to contribute.

      Visit http://www.partnershiplawforum.org/ to find out more about the Partnership, LLP and LLC Law Academic Forum.

    • Elspeth Berry gave both written and oral evidence to the Parliamentary Select Committee on Regulatory Reform, on her concerns about the draft legislation introducing private fund limited partnerships (PFLPs) arising from her previously published research in this area.
    • Gary Wilson was a visiting lecturer at Queensland University of Technology during a recent sabbatical in Australia.  During this visit he presented a paper entitled The Search for a Principled Approach to Lifting the Corporate Veil: a Neo-Polanyian Perspective to a Quixotic Quest around common law and corporate entity, which was well-received.
    • Jennifer Gant has been awarded the ATAX Visiting Fellowship by the School of Taxation and Law, University of New South Wales in Sydney Australia for research collaboration with colleagues at that university.
    • Paula Moffatt attended INSOL International’s 2017 Academic Colloquium in Sydney and presented a paper entitled, “The Regulation of Insolvency Practitioners: a UK/Australian Perspective”, together with Professor Rosalind Mason of Queensland University of Technology, “QUT”. This paper built upon a large project carried out by NTU and QUT, together with Radboud University, Nijmegen on the regulation of insolvency practitioners in selected countries from four global regions.

  • News and events in 2016

    NLS Hosts Prominent Australian Insolvency Academic
    On 18 July 2016 the Centre for Business and Insolvency Law recently played host to Associate Professor Colin Anderson on the occasion of his return visit to the Nottingham Law School. Read more.

    International Insolvency at the Heart of the City
    Members of the Centre for Business and Insolvency Law descended on London for the 18th annual colloquium of the INSOL International Academics’ Group, which took place from 13-15 July 2016 in London. Read more.

    Nottingham Contribution to London Insolvency Masterclass
    Members of the Centre for Business and Insolvency Law were recently in London to attend a Workshop on Teaching and Researching in Insolvency at the London School of Economics, held on 13 July 2016. Read more.

    Stimulation Green Shoots of Recovery at Brussels Conference
    Professor Paul Omar was recently invited to participate in a conference hosted by the European Commission, held in Brussels on 12 July 2016. Read more.

    CBIL Plays Host to South African Academic
    Professor Kathleen van der Linde, Head of the Department of Mercantile Law at the University of Johannesburg, visited the Centre (4 - 8 July) to discuss research and future collaborations. Read more.

    Viva Success for Member of Centre for Business and Insolvency Law
    Research student, Jenny Gant, was awarded her viva upon the completion of her doctorate on 28 June 2016. The research was completed under the supervision from our experts within the Centre for Business and Insolvency Law. Read more.

    Looking Back on Insolvency: Nottingham Expert at Leiden Event
    Professor David Burdette, Director of the Centre for Business and Insolvency Law, recently took part in a panel in a conference on Insolvency Law at Leiden Law School on 23 June 2016. Read more.

    Nottingham Delegate Meets Modern Day Student ICONS
    NLS PhD student, Iyare Otabor-Olubor, attended the International Conference of Nigerian Students at De Monfort University on 10-12 June 2016 as a delegate of the Law School. Read the news article.

    Lessons on Private Law Harmonisation at Warsaw Conference
    Lyare Otabor-Olubor, a doctoral candidate at Nottingham Law School, was recently invited to present at an International Conference on Comparative Law in Warsaw on 15-16 June 2016. Read the news page.

    Corporate Specialist Examines Entrepreneurship Then and Now at Berlin Conference
    Gary Wilson, Reader in Law at Nottingham Law School, presented at Berlin conference (27-28 May 2016), examining creative enterprise in the global economy past and present. Read more.

    Insolvency Specialist in Dialogue with International Lenders
    On Thursday 12 May, Professor David Burdette attended the London conference on international lending and shared his expertise in the field of insolvency law. Read more.

    Publication Success for Dual LLM Graduates
    Graduates Amir Rudbordeh and Stef Vullings, from the first cohort of the NTU / RUN Dual LLM, have recently published papers on insolvency law. Read the news article.

    Prestigious International Insolvency Prize for Dual LLM Student
    Amir Rudbordeh, graduate from the NTU and Nijmegen Dual LLM programme, has recently been awarded the Silver Medal in the competition for the International Insolvency Institute’s 2016 Prize in International Insolvency Studies. Read more.

    Nottingham Insolvency Academic Joins European Experts’ Body
    Insolvency Law Professor Paul Omar has been invited to join the Conference of European Restructuring and Insolvency Law (CERIL). Read the news story.

    CBIL Academic Nominated for Visiting Appointment in South Africa
    David Burdette was appointed as an Extraordinary Professor of Mercantile Law within the Faculty of Law at the University of the Free State in South Africa, March 2016. Read the news article.

    European Appointment for Nottingham Intellectual Property Expert
    Dr Janice Denoncourt has been invited to join the organising committee of the European IP Teachers' Network (EIPTN). Read more.

    A Pilgrimage to the Fount of Insolvency Law
    Professor Paul Omar recently attended conference on European Insolvency Regulation hosted by the University of Santiago in Spain, Friday 15 April. Read more.

    Insights into IP by Nottingham Researcher at Key London Event
    Doctoral researcher Mohamed Al Kharusi presented at the LawLab Intellectual Property event in London on 14-16 March. Read the news article.

    Discussions on Insolvency in the Mississippi Delta
    Professor Adrian Walters and Jennifer Gant attend the Global Conference of the Younger Comparativists’ Committee event held on Saturday 19 March on behalf of the Centre for Business and Insolvency Law. View the news page.

    NLS Delegation Go South to Oxford Event Conference
    Members from Nottingham Law School's Centre for Business and Insolvency Law attend the Insolvency Lawyers' Association (ILA) Academics' Group in Oxford on Friday 18 March. Read the news article.

    Judicial Insights into Cooperation Between Common Law Courts
    CBIL hosts insolvency talk by Mr Justice Heath of the High Court of New Zealand, Monday 7 March 2016. Read more.

    Arabian Nights: Eastern Excursions into Insolvency
    Professors David Burdette and Paul Omar, of Nottingham Law School's Centre of Business and Insolvency Law, visited Dubai on 21-23 January to teach on the Fellowship: INSOL Global Insolvency Law and Practice Course. Visit our news page for more on this story.

    Tales of Winter from Tallinn: Return of an Academic Visitor from Estonia
    This January the Centre for Business and Insolvency Law welcomed the return of Professor Anto Kasak, lecturer in Insolvency Law at the University of Tartu. Read more on the news page.

    Second Cohort of the Dual LLM Programme Students Arrive in Nottingham
    The second cohort of students from the Dual LLM course were welcomed by the Dean of Nottingham Law School, arriving in Nottingham to begin the second leg of their degree. Read more on the news page.

    Successful Thesis Defence: Fancy Too
    Nottingham Law School doctoral student, Fancy Too, has successfully defended her thesis on Kenyan Corporate Insolvency Law, under the supervision of experts in the area of corporate insolvency David Burdette and Rebecca Parry. Read the news article.

  • News and events in 2015

    Judicial Honours for Nottingham Law School Doctoral Graduate
    Nottingham Law School doctoral graduate Dr Benhajj Masoud has been appointed to the position of a High Court Judge in Tanzania. Read more on our news page.

    Event to Help Protect Medical Innovations
    On Thursday 3 December Nottingham Law School collaborated with D2N2, Potter Clarkson and the Legal Advice Centre to host a free workshop event on Commercialising and Intellectual Property Strategies for Medical Innovation Projects. Read more on our news page.

    Nottingham Insolvency Academic Joins EU Experts Group
    In November 2015, Paul Omar, Professor of International and Comparative Insolvency Law at Nottingham Law School, and member of the Centre for Business and Insolvency Law, was sent an invitation by the European Commission to join the newly formed Experts' Group on Restructuring and Insolvency. Find out more on our news page.

    Nottingham Contribution to International Insolvency Developments
    David Burdette, Director of the Centre for Business and Insolvency Law, attended an insolvency event in Washington on 19-20 November 2015. Find out more on our news page.

    Graduation Success for Nottingham Law School Intellectual Property Scholar
    Janice Denoncourt, a member of the Centre of Business and Insolvency Law and a Senior Lecturer in the Nottingham Law School, graduated with a PhD on 7 November 2015 after successfully defending her doctoral project. To find out more on this story, visit our news page.

    Nottingham Contribution at Book Launch Event
    Paula Moffatt, Reader in Law at Nottingham Law School and member of the Centre for Business and Insolvency Law, attended a Symposium on “Crisis Management in the Banking Sector” at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands, on 6 November 2015. To find out more on this story, visit our news page.

    Centre for Business and Insolvency Law Represented at Key Conference in Africa
    David Burdette, Director of the Centre for Business and Insolvency Law, 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, South Africa, on 4-6 November 2015. Read more on this story on our news page.

    New Insolvency Publications Announced
    News has come of the publication of two new texts featuring contributions by members of the Centre for Business and Insolvency Law in partnership law and banking law. To find out more visit our news page.

    Centre for Business and Insolvency Law Reaching Out to Young Researchers in South Africa
    At his visit to the University of Pretoria in South Africa on 15 October 2015, David Burdette, Professor and CBIL member at NLS, presented a lecture to LLM Corporate Insolvency students and co-facilitated a research workshop in the field of corporate rescue. Further details can be found on our news page.

    Nottingham Insolvency Specialists at Africa Round Table on Law Reform
    David Burdette, CBIL member and Professor of Insolvency Law at NLS, attended the October 2015 Africa Roundtable event, during which specialists in insolvency discussed the role of insolvency regimes in restoring financial sector stability.

    Nottingham Law School welcomes New Visiting and Honorary Professors at their Inaugural Lectures
    Mahesh Uttamchandani and Michael Veder, who were appointed earlier this year as honorary and visiting professors respectively in the Centre for Business and Insolvency Law, delivered their inaugural lectures on Friday 9 October 2015 on issues of current policy and future trends in international insolvency law. To find out more visit our news page.

    Professional Accolade for Nottingham Law School Insolvency Professor
    Paul Omar was awarded a Certificate of Special Recognition for his service as Secretary of the Academic Forum from 2007 to 2015. Find out more by visiting our news page.

    Nottingham Academic Appointed to Advisory Group on Secured Transactions Reform
    Paula Moffatt has been appointed to the Advisory Group set up by The City of London Law Society's Financial Law Committee, which will consider the feasibility of introducing a secured transaction code to update the law of secured transactions. Read more on our news page.

    CBIL Plays Host to South African Academics
    Two academics from the University of Johannesburg, South Africa visit the Centre for Business and Insolvency Law, October 2015. Visit our news page to read the full story.

    Newest Member of Centre for Business Law and Insolvency Appointed to International Role
    The Centre for Business and Insolvency Law is pleased to announce that Jenny Gant, who was recently appointed Lecturer within the Nottingham Law School in September 2015, has now become the new Chair of the Young Academics’ Network in Insolvency Law (YANIL). Visit our news page to find out more.

    New Milestone in Nottingham-Nijmegen Cooperation with Joint Presentation at Berlin Conference
    At the recent Berlin conference of the INSOL Europe Academic Forum, a Europe-wide association of academics and researchers in insolvency, Dr Alexandra Kastrinou of the Nottingham Law School (and member of the Centre for Business and Insolvency Law) gave a presentation jointly with Stef Vullings, one of the first cohort of students on the Dual LLM programme, jointly run by the Nijmegen and Nottingham Law Schools since the 2014-2015 academic year. To read more on this story visit our news page.

    Nottingham Law School LLM Student Wins Prestigious International Prize
    Waiswa Abudu Sallam, a student on the LLM Corporate and Insolvency Law (distance learning) course, has been announced as the recipient of the 2015 Richard Turton Award. Waiswa is from Uganda, where he works for the country’s Revenue Authority, and began his LLM studies at Nottingham Law School in October 2015. Visit our news page to read the full story.

    The Nottingham Contribution to a New Framework for Judicial Cooperation
    News has come of the publication of the EU Cross-Border Insolvency Court-to-Court Cooperation Principles, released by Eleven International Publishing in September 2015. The project which resulted in the text was the result of a successful joint funding bid by the Leiden Law School, the Netherlands, represented by Professor Bob Wessels (the editor of the text) and Nottingham Law School, the latter represented by Professor Paul Omar (a member of the Centre for Business and Insolvency Law). To find out more visit our news page.

    Second Cohort Starts Dual LLM Programme
    The 9 September 2015 saw the start of the second cohort of the Dual LLM programme at the Grotius Building, home of the Faculty of Law at Radboud University Nijmegen. Staff from the Centre for Business and Insolvency Law, Professor Paul Omar, Dr Alexandra Kastrinou, and Mrs Jenny Gant, travelled to Nijmegen to initiate the teaching on this dual programme.

    This programme, which sees students graduate with an award from both institutions, is the fruit of a collaboration between both Law Schools that began in September 2012. Visit our news page to find out more.

    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. 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). To read more on this story visit our news page.

    Walkabout Down Under: NLS Academic Visits Australia
    Professor David Burdette, Director of the Centre for Business and Insolvency Law (CBIL) at the Nottingham Law School, recently paid a visit to academic institutions and collaborative partners in Australia, including the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) (Brisbane) and the University of New South Wales (Sydney).

    While at QUT on 4 August, Professor Burdette gave a talk at an event hosted by the Commercial and Property Law Research Centre (CPLRC) based at the Law School there, where he is also an Associate Member. The talk outlined a new global research project being led by Professor Burdette into the regulation of insolvency office-holders. Visit our news page to read the full story.

    Tales from Tallinn: Academic Visitor from Estonia Comes to Nottingham
    The Centre for Business and Insolvency Law is playing host in late July-early August 2015 (30 July to 7 August) to Anto Kasak, Lecturer in Insolvency Law at the University of Tartu. At Tartu, Anto is also pursuing doctoral studies into the position of security rights holders in insolvency. This has real relevance for creditors, who often hold security over their debtor's assets but in relation to which enforcement may depend on whether the debtor has entered into a state of insolvency. This project also feeds into practice, as Anto is also a partner in his own law firm in Tallinn which he set up in 2005 and which has a firm reputation as specialists in commercial, property and insolvency matters. While on this visit to the Centre, Anto will be researching into the English law position with respect to his doctoral project and will also be meeting with other members of the Centre for discussions on insolvency law research and teaching.

    Centre for Business and Insolvency Law Welcomes New Member of Team
    The Centre for Business Law and Insolvency is pleased to announce that Jenny Gant, currently a Doctoral Researcher on the PhD programme within the centre, has accepted the position of Lecturer within the Nottingham Law School as of 1 September 2015. Visit our news page to read the full story.

    Centre for Business and Insolvency Law Welcomes Zimbabwe Delegation
    Insolvency academics from the Centre for Business and Insolvency Law played host recently to a delegation from Zimbabwe accompanied by World Bank staff working on a project in that country.

    The purpose of the visit was to gather information for a study feeding into the proposed law reform process in Zimbabwe, in which Professor David Burdette, Director of the centre, is involved. Find out more on our news page.

    Nottingham Insolvency Conference Hailed a Success
    The Centre for Business and Insolvency Law recently welcomed a return visit by the INSOL Europe Academic Forum to Nottingham. Following in the footsteps of a successful collaboration in 2012, a second joint conference was held on 25-26 June 2015. On this occasion, the conference was jointly hosted by Radboud University Nijmegen, who have been working successfully in partnership with Nottingham Law School for some time, including on the unique "Dual" LLM in Insolvency.

    The conference attracted nearly 90 delegates from the world of academia, practice, the judiciary and policy makers. The conclusion of such a successful occasion, blending theory and practice, is a tribute to the hard work of members of the Centre for Business and Insolvency Law, which has had for some time a growing reputation as a centre for excellence in the teaching and research of insolvency law. To read more on this story visit our news page.

    Law Reform Initiative in Armenia Continues with Nottingham Expert Involvement
    Professor Paul Omar, a member of the Centre for Business and Insolvency Law, returned to Armenia to attend a Roundtable on 8 June 2015 hosted at the Council of Europe's premises in Yerevan. The Roundtable was held as part of the Council of Europe and European Commission joint project titled Strengthening the Independence, Professionalism and Accountability of the Justice System in Armenia, in which the reform of key legislative texts, such as insolvency law, is integral. The meeting, chaired by the Deputy Minister of Justice, involved insolvency practitioners, judges, policy makers as well as representatives of the banking industry.

    At the roundtable, which was convened to consider amendments to the law drafted recently by local experts appointed by the Council of Europe, Professor Omar was called upon to advise on the compliance of the proposals with European norms. He was also called upon to advise on how the measures suggested would assist in the development of a strong insolvency law framework. Professor Omar also explored how they could contribute to the strengthening of economic performance, particularly in improving access by debtors to rescue measures and aiding recovery by creditors in the event of business failure.

    Joint International Insolvency Conference 2015, 25 - 26 June
    The INSOL Europe Academic Forum is co-hosting this conference with the Nottingham and Nijmegen Law Schools. This marks the second time we are in Nottingham following in the wake of a successful event here in 2012. Both Nottingham and Nijmegen Law Schools are justifiably earning a reputation as centres of excellence in insolvency, with many academics on their staff engaged in the discipline, and the forum welcomes this opportunity to once again collaborate with the Law Schools. At this conference, the central theme of papers and the panels will be on the theme of Re-imagining Rescue. Check out the Conference Brochure to find out more about this event and to book your place.

    CBIL Member Involved in EU-Funded Project Launch at London Event
    Dr Alexandra Kastrinou, a member of the Centre for Business and Insolvency Law, recently attended the Security Rights and the European Insolvency Regulation Conference held in London on 19 May 2015. The event was organised by Professor Gerard McCormack of the University of Leeds. Speakers at the event were drawn from across a number of European jurisdictions, including France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom and also involved representatives of the European Commission. To read more on this story visit our news page.

    Publication of the Fletch - Schrift by the Nottingham Law School
    A major delegation from the Centre for Business and Insolvency Law attended the INSOL International Academics' Group in San Francisco, held at the Fairmont Hotel on 21-22 March 2015. In attendance were Professors David Burdette, Paul Omar and Adrian Walters as well as doctoral candidates Jenny Gant and Wendy Akpareva. The event attracted some 60 delegates from across the world specialising in international and comparative insolvency. On the evening preceding the conference, the Centre's team were proud to present Professor Ian Fletcher of University College London and outgoing Chair of the INSOL International Academics' Group with a bound copy of a special edition of the Nottingham Insolvency and Business Law e-Journal. Find out more on our news page.

    More Australian Academic Visitors to Nottingham
    In May 2015, the centre played host to Dr Jenny Buchan, Associate Professor at the School of Taxation and Business Law at the University of New South Wales, Australia. Jenny is a specialist in franchising law and has written extensively in the field, particularly in the insolvency context. Before joining the University, Jenny worked as a commercial lawyer in private practice in New Zealand and Australia as well as a compliance consultant. Jenny is currently also Deputy Chair of the UNSW Human Research Ethics Committee and a Member of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's Franchising Consultative Committee. Find out more on our news page.

    Invitation to Present at Oxford Conference
    Professor David Burdette, Director of the Centre for Business and Insolvency Law, recently delivered a paper at the European Corporate Insolvency Conference held at St Hugh's College, Oxford on 8 May 2015. The event, titled Restructuring the European Business Enterprise: The Restructuring Recommendation and The Revised European Insolvency Regulation was organised by Professor Horst Eidenmüller (Freshfields Professor of Commercial Law) and Kristin van Zwieten (Clifford Chance Associate Professor of Law and Finance), both at Oxford University. Speakers at the event were drawn from across a number of European jurisdictions, including France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. Find out more on our news page.

    NLS Academic Presentation at SLS Conference
    Dr Alexandra Kastrinou, a member of the Centre for Business and Insolvency Law, recently delivered a paper at the Society of Legal Scholars One-Day Labour Law Conference held at the Kingston Law School on 1 May 2015. The event, titled Labour Law in Transition, attracted some 20 delegates from across the United Kingdom drawn from the ranks of researchers specialising in domestic and international employment law. To read more on this story visit our news page.

    CBIL Plays Host to Australian Academic
    The centre recently played host to Chris Symes, Associate Professor and Deputy Dean at the Adelaide Law School, Australia, who visited on 6 May 2015. Chris is a specialist in Australian corporate and insolvency law, being the co-author of the seminal texts Australian Insolvency Law and Corporations Law In Principle. Chris came to academia from practice, having trained as an accountant and commercial lawyer, and has kept his links to the professional world, serving as a member of an accounting professional body's disciplinary tribunal as well as maintaining links to ARITA (the Australian Restructuring Insolvency and Turnaround Association) and the Insolvency and Reconstruction Committee of the Australian Law Council. Find out more on our news page.

    CBIL Academic Appointed to Prestigious Publication
    We are pleased to announce that Paula Moffatt, a Reader in the Nottingham Law School, was recently appointed Assistant to the Editorial Board of the well-known publication Lightman and Moss' The Law of Administrators and Receivers of Companies. This influential text, now in its fifth edition, is an important reference point for insolvency practitioners and has been cited before the courts in insolvency matters. It is considered the authority on the law relating to administrators and receivers in the context of procedures under the Insolvency Act 1986 and is addressed to practitioners dealing with corporate insolvency matters. Visit the news page for the full story.

    NLS Delegation Go South to London Event Conference
    A major delegation from the centre recently attended the Insolvency Lawyers' Association (ILA) Academics' Group in London, held at the premises of the Royal College of Surgeons, Chancery Lane on 24 April 2015. In attendance were Professors David Burdette and Rebecca Parry as well as Paula Moffatt and Alexandra Kastrinou. The event, which takes place the day before the ILA's main conference, attracted some 85 delegates from across the United Kingdom, which featured researchers specialising in international and comparative insolvency as well as practitioners and representatives of the banking industry.

    Successful Thesis Defence: Wendy Akpareva
    We are pleased to announce that Wendy Akpareva successfully defended her thesis in a viva on 1 April 2015 before Sandra Frisby (Nottingham) and Paul Omar (Nottingham Law School). Wendy's thesis was titled Business Funding in Corporate Rescue: The UK Perspective. Visit the news page for the full story.

    CBIL Plays Host to South African Academic
    The centre recently played host to Lézelle Jacobs, a lecturer at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa. Lézelle, who is also an Attorney of the High Court in the Free State, is currently finalising her thesis prior to submission this year. Her work is on the topic of whether fiduciary duties, usually seen as applicable to company directors, could be extended to business rescue practitioners successfully, as South African legislation has recently provided.

    In this context, Lézelle visited the Centre from 27 March to 1 April 2015 to find out more about the approach in the United Kingdom in relation to the duties and liabilities of insolvency practitioners. During her visit she met with members of the centre, including Professors Rebecca Parry and Paul Omar as well as Alexandra Kastrinou and Paula Moffatt. Lézelle also attended a seminar on the LLM Corporate and Insolvency Law programme on the topic of International and Comparative Corporate Rescue, where she presented a viewpoint from South Africa on the implementation of their new business rescue regime contained in the Companies Act 2008.

    NLS Delegation Go West to San Francisco Conference
    A major delegation from the centre recently attended the INSOL International Academics' Group in San Francisco, held at the Fairmont Hotel on 21 and 22 March 2015. In attendance were Professors David Burdette, Paul Omar and Adrian Walters as well as doctoral candidates Jenny Gant and Wendy Akpareva. The event attracted some 60 delegates from across the world, including featured researchers specialising in international and comparative insolvency as well as practitioners and representatives of the banking industry. Visit our news page for the full story.

    CBIL Contribution to Global Week Initiative
    Members from the centre recently participated in the University's Global Week, held from 2 to 6 March 2015. The initiative was designed as a celebration of the rich cultural diversity within the University and its commitment to internationalisation. Billed as a colourful festival of food, music, dance, cinema and drama, Global Week invited audiences to learn about new cultures and sample new experiences. Visit our news page to read the full story.

    NLS Appoints New Visiting and Honorary Professors
    The centre has recently welcomed the news of two recent appointments of honorary and visiting professors. The appointments announced in February are of Mahesh Uttamchandani and Michael Veder. They add to the complement of four currently appointed, who represent the senior ranks of academia and practice, and whose contribution is particularly valuable to the Centre's research projects and specialist teaching on the insolvency subjects at Master's level. For more on this news story visit our news page.

    NLS Plays Host to Australian Insolvency Profession Advisor
    We recently played host to Michael Murray, who is the Legal Director of ARITA (Australian Restructuring Insolvency and Turnaround Association) in Sydney. Visit our news page to read more on this news story.

  • News and events in 2014

    Nottingham Law School PhD Student Wins Prestigious International Prize
    Jenny Gant, a Doctoral Researcher on the PhD programme within the Centre for Business and Insolvency Law, has been awarded the Ian Strang Founders Award, a prestigious international insolvency prize. The announcement was made on 1 December 2014. For more on this, visit our news page.

    The Nottingham Contribution to a New International Insolvency Framework
    Professor David Burdette, a member of the Centre for Business and Insolvency Law, has been recently appointed a representative of INSOL International to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). To find out more visit our news page.

    Nottingham Law School Academic appointed Expert for Law Reform Initiative in Armenia
    Professor Paul Omar, a member of the Centre for Business and Insolvency Law, recently flew to Armenia to attend a meeting on 17 December 2014 hosted at the Council of Europe's premises in Yerevan. Find out more by visiting our news page.

    Nottingham and the French Insolvency Connection
    Professor Paul Omar from the centre attend a conference hosted by the Chambre de commerce international (CCI) Paris Ile-de-France. To find out more see our news page.

    Nottingham Insolvency Academics in a Prominent Role in EBRD Conference
    The centre recently saw three of its members attend a conference hosted by the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development in London at the Bank's headquarters at One Exchange Square. Visit our news page to find out more on this news story.

    NLS Plays Host to Prominent Australian Insolvency Academic
    The Centre for Business and Insolvency Law recently played host to Professor Rosalind Mason, who is the Professor of Insolvency and Restructuring Law within the Faculty of Law at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane. Find out more by visiting our news page.

    NTU Academic Launches Africa Insolvency Law Project
    While in Kampala, Professor Burdette also launched the Africa Project, a venture by the Nottingham Law School and sponsored by INSOL International. Find out more about this news story.

    Nottingham Law School Sends a Major Delegation to the INSOL Europe Academic Forum Conference in Istanbul
    Istanbul, ancient seat of the Eastern Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, perched on the edge of Europe, was the stunning location for the INSOL Europe Academic Forum conference on 8-9 October this year. At the conference, the Centre for Business and Insolvency Law had a significant contingent in attendance and participating in proceedings. Members attending this year included Professors David Burdette, Rebecca Parry and Paul Omar and PhD candidates Wendy Akpareva and Jennifer Gant. For more on this news item, visit our news page.

    International Consumer Law Conference
    The Department of Mercantile Law at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, hosted an International Consumer Law Conference from 25 to 27 September 2014. Download the full event details.

    African Insolvency Academics Colloquium
    The centre happily supported an initiative by Dr Bolanle Adebola (UCL) to create a forum for African insolvency academics. The inaugural event for this initiative, a colloquium discussing insolvency law reform in Africa, was co-hosted by the centre for Advanced Corporate and Insolvency Law at the University of Pretoria and the centre for Commercial Law at UCL, in Pretoria, South Africa, on Wednesday 24 September 2014. Download the event brochure.

    CBIL Members Participate in Insolvency Law Reform Discussions
    Insolvency academics at the Nottingham Law School played host to a Japanese delegation led by Professor Toshikazu Fujimoto of the Graduate School of Law at Osaka University. To find out more, visit our news page.

    CBIL Members in Delegation to Society of Legal Scholars Conference
    Two members of the Centre for Business and Insolvency Law, Paula Moffatt and Jenny Gant, recently attended the Society of Legal Scholars conference in Nottingham as part of a large delegation from the Nottingham Law School to present papers on topical themes within their respective areas of research. For more on this, visit our news page.

    Dual Insolvency LLM
    From the 1 September 2014 Nottingham Law School will offer a dual LLM in Insolvency Law in collaboration with Radboud University, Nijmegen in the Netherlands. To find out more about this opportunity please download the Dual Insolvency LLM leaflet.

  • Nottingham Business and Insolvency Law eJournal (NIBLeJ)

    2017 NIBLeJ 5

    (2017) 5 NIBLeJ 0 Frontispiece (Volume 5)

    (2017) 5 NIBLeJ 01 Welcome to the Fifth Volume Volume of  NIBLeJ, Paula Moffatt

    (2017) 5 NIBLeJ 02 Municipal Bankruptcy Law: A Solution Which Should Not Become a Problem, Eugenio VACCARI

    (2017) 5 NIBLeJ 03 Pushing the Boundaries between Competition and Insolvency Law: Pre-packing in the UK,  Matthijs VAN SCHADEWIJK

    (2017) 5 NIBLeJ 04 The European Initiative on the Harmonisation of Directors’ Duties in the Vicinity of Insolvency, Robbert GOOSENS

    (2017) 5 NIBLeJ  05 Financing Corporate Rescue – The Dutch Approach. A Cross-Border Comparison, Tjalling BOSKER

    (2017) 5 NIBLeJ 06 Book Review, Rethinking Corporate Governance in Financial Institutions, Rebecca PARRY

    (2017) 5 NIBLeJ 07 Cross-border Insolvencies after Brexit: Challenges and Recommendations, John WOOD

    2016 NIBLeJ 4 (Part II)

    (2016) 4 NIBLeJ 7 Welcome to the Fourth Volume of NIBLeJ. Jennifer L L Gant.

    (2016) 4 NIBLeJ 8  Sense of Modesty: Germany’s Progress towards Corporate Rescue. Annika Wolf.

    (2016) 4 NIBLeJ 9 Ranking of Creditors in Insolvency: An Empirical Debate On Optimal Harmonization Practices. Eugenio Vaccari.

    (2016) 4 NIBLeJ 10 Bank Resolution Funding – What Alternatives to Bailout? Aleksandra Pajic.

    (2016) 4 NIBLeJ 11 Convergence of Social Policy, Employment and Labour: The European Equation. Jennifer L L Gant.

    2016 NIBLeJ 4 (Part I)

    (2016) 4 NIBLeJ 0 Frontispiece (Volume 4).

    (2016) 4 NIBLeJ 1 Welcome to the Fourth Volume of NIBLeJ. Paula Moffatt.

    (2016) 4 NIBLeJ 2 A Theory on Abusive Forum Shopping in Insolvency Law. Amir Adl Rudbordeh.

    (2016) 4 NIBLeJ 3 The Jurisdictional Paradox in the Insolvency Regulation. Zoltán Fabók.

    (2016) 4 NIBLeJ 4 Corporate Insolvency and Employment Protection: A Theoretical Perspective. Hamiisi Junior Nsubuga.

    (2016) 4 NIBLeJ 5 Drivers of Insolvency Reforms in Kenya. Fancy Chepkemoi Too.

    (2016) 4 NIBLeJ 6 The Dutch Pre-Pack: An Alternative on the Rise? Stef Vullings.

    Visit Nottingham Business and Insolvency Law eJournal to see information for authors, editorial information and to read previous editions.

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    APP bulletin

    Commencing in 2015, Elspeth Berry will be publishing a regular update on partnership and LLP law, taken from her Legal Updates original published in the newsletter of the Association of Partnership Practitioners (APP), ‘A Propos Partnerships’.

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Adela Kratenova
Adela is a PhD researcher in Law at Nottingham Trent University supervised by Graham Ferris and Brian Harris.
Adela is a part of the AHRC Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership community. Her research focuses on the enforcement of international commercial transactions by UK businesses in a fragmenting transnational environment. The project aims to develop a socio-legal strategy for ensuring an effective enforcement of transactional deals in global trading networks in the context of the UK’s uncertain future relationship with the EU legal order.
Adela recently presented a paper at the Edinburgh Postgraduate Law Conference 2018 and a poster at the M3C Research Festival in Birmingham. She has had a paper accepted for a Postgraduate conference organised by The Institute of Commercial and Corporate Law (ICCL) at Durham University in 2018.

Ejemen Ojobo
Ejemen is studying for a PhD entitled: “An analysis of legal, market and cultural impediments to financing SMEs in Lagos”, utilising Ostrom's Institutional analysis Development Framework.  Her supervisors are Graham Ferris and Gary Wilson.  Ejemen is also a Member of the Nigerian Bar Association and a Member of the Society of Legal Scholars

Emad-edden Hosen
Emad is studying for a PhD with the title "Corporate Rescue in Libya: An Evaluation of Libya's Bankruptcy Regime and a Proposal for Reform in Line with the International Benchmarks". The research aims at reforming the existing bankruptcy law and secured transactions law in Libya in order to implement a rescue-oriented system.  Emad’s research and teaching interests relate to Bankruptcy Law, Corporate Rescue, Secured Transactions law and he was previously a lecturer at the University of Tripoli, Libya

Phoebe Gatoto
Phoebe is undertaking a PhD in Law and is the holder of a Vice Chancellor’s Researcher Development Scholarship. She is carrying out an evaluation of the “long arm” approach to jurisdiction in UK and US cross-border insolvency proceedings.  Her research is supervised by Rebecca Parry, Jennifer Gant and Alexandra Kastrinou.

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