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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

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

Laura Macgregor, Professor of Commercial Contract Law

Lorna Richardson, 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 Companies Act 2006: It's time to complete the transition.
Hardman, Jonathan. In: The Company Lawyer, 15.10.2019. View article

Alleviating the Thucydides’ Trap through welfare state dependence: How the funding needs of the Western welfare state can influence multilateral relations with China.
Avgouleas, Aimilios; Trigkas, V. In: Global Policy, Vol. 11, No. 1, 15.10.2019. View article

Bankers’ remuneration and political incentives in Chinese state-owned commercial banks: Regulation and practice.
Lu, Longjie. In: Journal of Corporate Law Studies, Vol. 19, No. 2, 03.07.2019, p. 451-503. View article

Half-way house fiduciary duties : Medsted Associates Ltd v Canaccord Genuity Wealth (International) Ltd.
Valsan, Remus. In: Edinburgh Law Review, Vol. 23, No. 3, 30.09.2019, p. 388-395. View article

Liability for the violation of Human Rights and labour standards in Global Supply Chains: A Common Law perspective.
Cabrelli, David. In: Journal of European Tort Law, Vol. 10, No. 2, 16.08.2019, p. 108-129. View article

Partnerships and legal personality: Cautionary tales from Scotland.
Macgregor, Laura. In: Journal of Corporate Law Studies, 10.10.2019. 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

The law and economics of Grindr: A response to Carson.
Hardman, Jonathan. In: Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, Vol. 47, No. 3, 27.09.2019, p. 445-453. 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 role of standards of review in Labour Law.
Cabrelli, David. In: Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, 20.03.2019. 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

Remedies for breach of contract in Scots law.
Macgregor, Laura. Research Handbook on Remedies in Private Law. ed.
Roger Halson; David Campbell. Elgar, 2019. p. 330-348 (Research Handbooks in Private and Commercial Law). 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


Dilapidations and Service Charge.
Garrity, Denis; Richardson, Lorna. 1st ed. Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, 2019. 156 p. View book

Systemic Risk in the Financial Sector: Ten Years After the Great Crash.
Arner, Douglas (Editor); Avgouleas, Aimilios (Editor); Busch, Danny (Editor); Schwarcz, Steven (Editor). McGill-Queen's University Press, 2019. 362 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


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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