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Centre for Commercial Law Studies

UK Supreme Court Decisions on Private and Commercial Law: The Role of Public Policy and Public Interest

4 December 2015

Time: 8:30am - 7:15pm
Venue: UK Supreme Court, Parliament Square, Little George Street, London SW1P 3BD

This is the third periodic conference organised by the Centre for Commercial Law Studies with the aim of reviewing the most important judgments of the UK Supreme Court decisions on Commercial and Private Law. Coinciding with and influenced by the significant occasion of the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, the conference aims to explore how public policy and public interest has developed in UK Supreme Court decisions in respect of certain areas of private and commercial law.


  • 08:30 – 09:00 Registration and Coffee
  • 09:00 – 09:15 Opening Speeches
  • 09:15 – 10:00 Keynote speech: Lord Neuberger, President of the UK Supreme Court
  • 10:00 – 11:30 Session 1: The Role of the State and the Doctrine of State Immunity in Respect of Commercial Activities
  • 11:30 – 12:00 Coffee
  • 12:00 – 13:30 Session 2: Tax Law, Public Interest and Abuse of Rights
  • 13:30 – 14:30 Lunch
  • 14:30 – 16:00 Session 3: The Public Interest in Financial and Insolvency Law
  • 16:00 – 16:30 Tea Break
  • 16:30 – 18:15 Session 4: Corporate and Contract Law
  • 18:15 – 18:30 Concluding Remarks
  • 18:30 – 19:15 Drinks Reception

How to book

Participation is free, but prior registration is required via Eventbrite. Please register by 30 November 2015.


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