The Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) at Queen Mary University of London specialises in the knowledge and skills in commercial law that can be placed at the service of government, public bodies, overseas institutions, the legal profession, industry and commerce.
The Centre for Commercial Law Studies is based in the heart of legal London at the postgraduate law centre in Lincoln's Inn Fields. CCLS and the Department of Law are the two departments within the School of Law at Russell Group Member, Queen Mary University of London.
The Centre was created in 1980 by Sir Roy Goode. Over the last thirty five years, CCLS has developed an in depth expertise in specific areas of commercial law. Having commenced with banking and finance and intellectual property law, CCLS expanded to cover arbitration, information technology, new technologies, media, international economic law, international institutions, tax, development, and corporate governance. The Centre has recently developed insurance, energy and shipping law specialisms. Its international profile has been further enhanced by the establishment, in January 2013, of an LLM programme offered in Paris, and in 2015 with the offering of an LLM in International Shipping Law at the Hellenic Management Centre, Piraeus, Greece.
Through our specialist schools and institutes, we continue to maintain our lead as one of the top commercial postgraduate law schools in the world. Combining excellence in teaching and research, we strive to be at the forefront of legal scholarship and law reform influencing the development and application of commercial law.
CCLS has 32 full-time academic staff and more than 50 practitioners, judges and visiting academics contributing to the teaching, research and life of the centre. Involving leading practitioners and business in the delivery of our courses continues to ensure that the teaching and training we deliver is relevant and practical whilst retaining the highest academic rigour. CCLS’s advisory council (chaired by The Right Honourable Lord Justice Kitchin) and its Development Board are comprised of judges, solicitors, barristers, general counsel, business leaders and academics.
CCLS has approximately 100 doctoral and 700 LLM and MSc students from some 80 countries and has trained over 10,000 lawyers since its establishment. Our students benefit from learning from leading academics who in turn involve experienced practitioners in their teaching teams. View School of Law postgraduate law programmes.
Good teaching and the development of law depend on high quality research. CCLS is a world leader in research in commercial law from an international and comparative perspective. An example of this is the scholarly yet practical research on Cloud Computing being undertaken by CCLS’s Institute of Computer and Communications Law (made possible by a generous grant from Microsoft). Read more about research at CCLS.
CCLS has a long history of contributing to the training of practitioners and industry professionals, as well as providing seminars and lectures that count towards continuing professional development.
CCLS’s objective is to disseminate research on the practice and development of law. The Centre’s academic staff contribute to the work of domestic and international bodies undertaking law reform, acts as consultants to governments, agencies and practitioners and engages in debate through seminars and conferences, such as recent joint seminars with the Financial Services Authority and the Bank of England. Our School of Arbitration is accredited as a non-governmental organisation by the United Nations.