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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.

Emilios Avgouleas, Chair in International Banking Law and Finance

David Cabrelli, Chair of Labour Law

Anna Christie, Lecturer in Banking, Corporate and Financial Law

Jonathan Hardman, Lecturer in International Commercial Law

Parker Hood, Lecturer

Olatunji Jayeola, Teaching Fellow in Commercial Law

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

Maria Tatsiou, Teaching Fellow in Commercial Law

Remus Valsan, Senior Lecturer in Corporate Law

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

Journal articles

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

Receding confidence in trust and confidence?
Cabrelli, David. In: Edinburgh Law Review, Vol. 23, No. 3, 10.09.2019, p. 411-417. View article

Common Law perspective
Cabrelli, David. In: Journal of European Tort Law, Vol. 10, No. 2, 16.08.2019, p. 108-129. View article

The law and economics of Grindr: A Response to Carson
Hardman, Jonathan. In: The Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, 2019, Volume 47 pp445-453. View article

The role of standards of review in Labour Law.
Cabrelli, David. In: Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, 20.03.2019. View article

The holiday pay saga continues : Flowers and others v East of England Ambulance Trust.
Cabrelli, David. In: Edinburgh Law Review, Vol. 23, No. 1, 01.2019, p. 100-103. View article

The promise of blockchain technology for global securities and derivatives markets: The new financial ecosystem and the “holy grail” of systemic risk containment.
Avgouleas, Aimilios; Kiayias, Aggelos. In: European Business Organization Law Review, Vol. 20/2019, 28.02.2019, p. 1-30. View article

Agency law in the Scottish courts: Time for a broader approach?
Macgregor, Laura. In: Edinburgh Law Review, Vol. 23, No. 1, 30.01.2019, p. 94-100. View article

Sea Passenger Rights and the implementation of the Athens Convention in the EU.
Lamont-Black, Simone. In: Australian and New Zealand Maritime Law Journal, Vol. 32, No. 2, 25.01.2019, p. 36-58. View article

The fair-dealing fiduciary rule: A comment on Barr v Cassels.
Valsan, Remus. In: Edinburgh Law Review, Vol. 23, No. 1, 2019, p. 89-94. View article

Book chapters

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 

Towards transparency and predictability in freight forwarding: The case for a Model Law.
Lamont-Black, Simone. Research Handbook on Maritime Law and Regulation. ed.
Jason Chuah. Edward Elgar Publishing, 2019. p. 67-114.
View chapter

Introduction: The Case for “Political Economic” Analysis.
Avgouleas, Aimilios; Donald, David C. The Political Economy of Financial Regulation. ed.
Emilios Avgouleas; David Donald. Cambridge, New York : Cambridge University Press, 2019. p. 1-16. View chapter

The incomplete global financial order: Spillovers from instability in trade and currency market regimes.
Avgouleas, Aimilios. The Political Economy of Financial Regulation. ed.
Emilios Avgouleas; David Donald. New York : Cambridge University Press, 2019. p. 281-309. View chapter


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

Dilapidations and Service Charge
Garrity, D. & Richardson, L., 1 ed. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2019. 156 p. View Book

The Political Economy of Financial Regulation.
Avgouleas, Aimilios; Donald, David (Editor). Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2019. 528 p. (International Corporate Law and Financial Market Regulation). View book

Goods in transit
Bugden, P. & Lamont-Black, S., (4 ed. London: Sweet & Maxwell, 2019). 1118 p. View book

A Practical Guide to Granting Corporate Security in Scotland
Hardman, Jonathan. W Green, 2018. View book

Current issues in freight forwarding: Law and logistics
Lamont-Black, S. (ed.) & Thomas, D. R. (ed.), (Oxon: Lawtext Publishing Ltd, 2017) 564 p. View book

Gloag and Henderson: The Law of Scotland
Edited by: General Editors Hector MacQueen (of the Edinburgh Centre of Private Law), The Rt Hon. Lord Eassie,  \and inter alia Assistant Editors Prof David Cabrelli and Dr Simone Lamont-Black (both ECCL members) (14th ed, W Green, 2017) View book

Journal articles

Receding Confidence in Trust and Confidence
Cabrelli, David, (2019) 23 Edinburgh Law Review 411

The Holiday Pay Saga Continues: Flowers and others v East of England Ambulance Trust
Cabrelli, David, (2019) 23 Edinburgh Law Review 100.

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

Commercial Law in Scotland.
Macgregor, Laura; Richardson, Lorna; Garrity, Denis; Davidson, Fraser; MacPherson, Alisdair.
5 ed. Edinburgh : W. Green, 2018. 466 p. 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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