Brian Harris

Brian Harris

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

Nottingham Law School

Staff Group(s)
Nottingham Law School staff


Brian is a Senior Lecturer.  He has developed and presented a number of award and non-award bearing transactional and contentious commercial programmes for qualified lawyers, has continued tutor responsibilities on certain practitioner programmes, participates in the tutor team for the Critical Legal Thinking module of the LL.B programme and has designed and participates in the delivery of the following modules for which he is module leader:

  • (i) International Carriage of Goods; (ii) International Sale of Goods; (iii) International Trade Risk Insurance and (iv) International Commercial Transactions on the LL.M programme in International Trade Law;
  • (v) International Trade Law module on the LL.B programme;
  • (vi) Insurance Law & Practice module on the NTU LPC programme delivered at Kaplan Law School.

Career overview

Brian was admitted as an English lawyer in 1985 working for Burges Salmon (general commercial litigation), Clyde & Co (predominantly contentious shipping, insurance and international trade) and DLA (transactional and contentious practice in all aspects of international trade including carriage and insurance); becoming partner in 1994 (when the firm was called Alsop Wilkinson) and continuing practice as partner with DLA until joining NTU in 2004.

Research areas

Since joining NTU Brian has supervised research projects in many diverse areas including: public and private enforcement of competition law; technology transfer block exemption; state aid regulation; the EC REACH Regulation; transitional commercial services in corporate acquisitions; recognition and enforcement of civil judgements and arbitral awards; ship arrest conventions; liner and tramp shipping; electronic bills of lading; multi-modal carriage of goods; international sale of goods and standard trade terms; convention on the international sale of goods; regulation of air carrier's liabilities; the Rotterdam rules on the international carriage of goods wholly or partly by sea; documentary credits and the UCP; and the law, practice and regulation of insurance contracts. Brian has particular research interests in various aspects of international trade including the international carriage of goods and persons and related insurance arrangements and is currently supervising 4 PhD research projects.