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Commercial Law

The focus of commercial law research at Edinburgh Law School is on commercial law, corporate law and governance, banking and financial law, and employment and labour law. Over the years a distinctive ‘Edinburgh’ methodology has been developed, which gives particular weight to legal history, comparative law, and law and economics methodological approaches.

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As well as using comparative law as an analytical tool for Scots law, many members of the commercial law research area have engaged in more general comparative-law work. This is reflected in innumerable publications, in participation in a large number of international projects and conferences, and in a steady flow of commercial law scholars in the team to Edinburgh, and of Edinburgh scholars to universities throughout the world.

The fact that Scots law is one of the world’s few ‘mixed’ legal systems - i.e., a legal system that combines (English) common law with (Continental) civil law - is particularly helpful for comparative-law engagement.

Arianna Andreangeli, Senior Lecturer in European Law

Emilios Avgouleas, Chair in International Banking Law and Finance

David Cabrelli, Chair of Labour Law

Luci Carey, Teaching Fellow in Commercial Law

Anna Christie, Lecturer in Banking, Corporate and Financial Law

Jonathan Hardman, Lecturer in International Commercial Law

Parker Hood, Lecturer

Simone Lamont-Black, Senior Lecturer in International Trade Law

Longjie Lu, Lecturer in Banking, Corporate and Financial Law

Lorna Richardson, Senior Lecturer in Commercial Law

Veronica Ruiz Abou-Nigm, Senior Lecturer in International Private Law 

Pedro Schilling de Carvalho, Early Career Fellow

Remus Valsan, Senior Lecturer in Corporate Law

Ruiqiao Zhang, Lecturer in Corporate Finance, Corporate and Commercial Law

Journal articles

An objective or subjective approach to rectification of documents in Scotland?
Richardson, L. Edinburgh Law Review. 2021. View article

Articles of association in UK private companies: An empirical leximetric study
Hardman, J. European Business Organization Law Review. 2021. View article

Further legal determinants of external finance in Scotland: An intra-UK market for incorporations?
Hardman, J. Edinburgh Law Review. 2021. View article

Goldilocks (Control) and the Three Bears: Panel on Takeovers and Mergers v. King.
Christie, Anna L.; Liptrap, J. S. In: European Business Organization Law Review, Vol. 21, No. 3, 07.09.2020, p. 591-609. View article

Clarificatory evolutionary reform: The importance of the Scottish Law Commission's discussion paper on heritable securities: Pre-default.
Hardman, Jonny. In: Juridical Review, 01.09.2020, p. 96-103. View article

Reconceptualising Scottish limited partnership law.
Hardman, Jonny. In: Journal of Corporate Law Studies, 20.08.2020. View article

The concept of money in the 4th Industrial Revolution: A legal and economic analysis.
Avgouleas, E. and Blair, W. In: Singapore Journal of Legal Studies (Sing JLS), 31.01.2020. View article

Caveat Emptor: Clarity for statutory gratuitous alienations in Scotland
Hardman, Jonathan. In: International Company and Commercial Law Review, 2020, Volume 31, pp363-371. View article

The Companies Act 2006: It’s time to complete the transition
Hardman, Jonathan. In: The Company Lawyer, 2020, Volume 41, p93-97. View article

The capabilities approach: A panacea for labour law’s ills?
Cabrelli, David. In: University of Toronto Law Journal, Vol. 70, No. 3, 31.03.2020. View article

A developed understanding of the beneficiary’s interest in commercial trusts through a comparative study of Chinese law
Zhang, R., In: Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law, 19 May 2020. View article

Book chapters

'United Kingdom’
O'Connor, R & Lawton, A.
In W. Haslehner, & M. Lamensch (Eds.), Taxation and Value Creation (pp. 629-668). (The European Association of Tax Law Professors International Tax Series (EATLP); Vol. 19). IBFD View Chapter

A COVID-19 Index Fund – The new fearless girl?’.
Christie, Anna L. COVID-19 and Business Law. ed. Horst Eidenmüller; Luca Enriques; Genevieve Helleringer; Kristen van Zwieten. 1. ed. Nomos, 2020. View chapter

The EU framework dealing with non-performing exposures : Legal and economic analysis. 
Avgouleas, Emilios. European Banking Union. ed. / Danny Busch; Guido Ferrarini. 2nd. ed. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2020. p. 35 (Oxford EU Financial Regulation Series). View chapter

Using criminal law to enforce statutory employment rights
Cabrelli, David. Criminality at Work. ed. / Mark Freedland; Alan Bogg; Jennifer Collins; Jonathan Herring. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2020. p. 53-69. View chapter 


Employment Law in Context: Text and Materials,
Cabrelli, David, Fourth edition, to be published by Oxford University Press, 2020.

Edited collections

Interpretation of Commercial Contracts in European Private Law.
Macgregor, Laura; Cabrelli, David; Baaij, Jaap. Cambridge: Intersentia, 2020. (Common Core of European Private Law ). View collection

National Report for Scotland.
Macgregor, Laura; Cabrelli, David. Interpretation of Commercial Contracts in European Private Law. Cambridge: Intersentia, 2020. (Common Core of European Private Law ). View collection

Business Law in Scotland.
Black, Gillian (Editor). 3 ed. Edinburgh : W. Green, 2015. View textbook

Commercial Law in Scotland.
Richardson, Lorna; Macgregor, Laura; Garrity, Denis; Hardman, Jonny; MacPherson, Alisdair.
6 ed. Edinburgh : W. Green, 2020. View textbook

Comparative Company Law: A Case-Based Approach.
Cabrelli, David; Siems, Mathias. 2 ed. Oxford : Hart Publishing, 2018. 584 p. View textbook

Employment Law in Context.
Cabrelli, David. 3 ed. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2018. 865 p. View textbook

Goods in transit.
Bugden, Paul; Lamont-Black, Simone. 4 ed. London : Sweet & Maxwell, 2018. 1118 p. View textbook

Governance of Global Financial Markets: The Law, the Economics, the Politics.
Avgouleas, Emilios. Cambridge University Press, 2012. 500 p. (International Corporate Law and Financial Market Regulation). View textbook

The Law of Agency in Scotland.
Macgregor, Laura. W. Green, 2013. 340 p. View textbook

Principles of Banking Law.
Cranston, Ross ; Avgouleas, Aimilios; van Zweiten, Kristin; Hare, Christopher.
3rd ed. Oxford, UK : Oxford University Press, 2018. 632 p. View textbook

Principles of Lender Liability.
Hood, Parker. Oxford University Press, 2012. 752 p. View textbook

Reconceptualising Global Finance and its Regulation.
Avgouleas, Emilios (Editor); Buckley, Ross P. (Editor); Arner, Douglas W. (Editor).
Cambridge University Press, 2016. 480 p. View textbook

The Trust as Patrimony: An Introduction.
Valsan, Remus. Trusts and Patrimonies. ed.
Remus Valsan. Edinburgh University Press, 2015. p. 3-12 (Edinburgh Studies in Law). View textbook

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