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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.

Andrew McLean, Lecturer of Law and Political Economy

Andrew Sweeney, Lecturer in Commercial Law

Amanullah Ahmadzai, Research Fellow

Arianna Andreangeli, Senior Lecturer in European Law

Emilios Avgouleas, Chair in International Banking Law and Finance

Emilie Ghio, Lecturer in Corporate and Insolvency Law

David Cabrelli, Chair of Labour 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

Remus Valsan, Senior Lecturer in Corporate Law

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

Journal articles

ESG-based remuneration in the wave of sustainability
Lu, Longjie. In: Journal of Corporate Law Studies, 15.09.2023, p. 1-43. View article

Empirical evidence for the continuing need to 'think small first' in UK company law
Hardman, Jonny; Ramirez Santos, Guillem. In: European Business Organization Law Review, Vol. 24, No. 1, 01.03.2023, p. 117-165. View article

The UK's director daisy chain: Empirical evidence of the interconnectivity of directors of UK publicly traded companies
Hardman, Jonathan; Rowell, Nicholas. In: European Business Law Review, Vol. 34, No. 2, 07.04.2023, p. 345-376. View article

Fixing the misalignment of the concession of corporate legal personality
Hardman, J. In: Legal Studies, 10.01.2023, p. 1-18. View article

Addressing the falling labour share in the UK and beyond: Labour law’s call to arms
Cabrelli, D. In: Edinburgh Law Review, Vol. 27, No.1, 18.01.2023, p3-33. View article

Regulating restrictive covenants in English Employment Law : Time for a rethink? 
Cabrelli, David. In: Comparative Labor Law and Policy Journal, Vol. 42, No. 3, 30.11.2022, p. 557-583. View article

Looking beyond separate legal personality : How many titles have Rangers won? 
Hardman, Jonny. In: Juridical Review, Vol. 2022, No. 1, 04.04.2022, p. 1-22. View article

Succession's lessons for the UK's dual class shares debate : Beyond the founder as the benign genius 
Hardman, Jonny. In: Law, Culture and the Humanities, 31.03.2022. View article

Retaining influence in Post-Brexit International Financial Regulation : Lessons from the UK’s FinTech framework
Schilling de Carvalho, Pedro. In: Journal of Financial Regulation, Vol. 8, No. 1, 05.04.2022, p. 104-131. View article

Book chapters

United Kingdom historical viewpoint
Hardman, Jonathan. Research Handbook on Shareholder Inspection Rights: A Comparative Perspective. Ed, Randall S. Thomas; John S. Beasley II; Paolo Giudici; Umakanth Varottil. Edward Elgar, 2023, p. 20-39 (Research Handbooks in Corporate Law and Governance). View chapter

The mismatch of public–private partnerships and the right to health
Hoekstra, Johanna; Yanes, Luis Felipe. Sustainable Public Procurement of Infrastructure and Human Rights: Beyond Building Green. Ed, Olga Martin-Ortega; Laura Treviño-Lozano. Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., 2023, p. 160-192 (Corporations, Globalisation and the Law). View chapter

Financing the Parliamentary representation of labour: Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants v Osborne
Cabrelli, David. Landmark Cases in Labour Law. Ed, Jeremias Adams-Prassl; Alan Bogg; ACL Davies. Oxford, Hart Publishing, 2022, p. 79-97 (Landmark Cases). View chapter

Edited collections 

Are Legal Systems Converging or Diverging? Lessons from Contemporary Crises
Ghio, Emilie (Editor); Perlingeiro, Ricardo (Editor). Springer, 2023. View collection

Re-examining Insolvency Law and Theory: Perspectives for the 21st Century
Ghio, Emilie (Editor); Wood, John M. (Editor); Gant, Jennifer L.L. (Editor). Edward Elgar Publishing, 2023. 308 p. View collection

Working papers

Traditional Justifications of Labour Law
Cabrelli, D. (SSRN Electronic Journal), 2023.

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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