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Bank of England at night Professor Lastra acts as Specialist Adviser in a report on the operational independence of the Bank of England
29 November 2023

The report, 'Making an independent Bank of England work better', was commissioned by House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee.

Queen Mary students at graduation Queen Mary jumps 36 places for law in latest rankings from Times Higher Education
22 November 2023

The School of Law at Queen Mary University of London is ranked 10th in the UK and 50th in world in the THE World University Rankings 2024 by subject. This latest ranking confirms the School’s excellence in legal research and teaching.

Landscape image of the UK Houses of Parliament at night. King announces new Arbitration Bill
21 November 2023

Professor Loukas Mistelis speaks to the Commercial Dispute Resolution magazine about the new Arbitration Bill which will be set before parliament in the coming session.

Dafni Eirini Melitsi holding her Maritime Master’s Competition award Queen Mary LLM Student wins the Maritime Master’s Competition
14 November 2023

Dafni Eirini Melitsi, an LLM International Shipping Law Student at Queen Mary University of London, won the competition for her research on GHG Emissions; an Opportunity for an Environmental Activist to Arrest a Vessel?"

A mobile phone sat on a table with an article from CNN about Covid-19 cases in Hong Kong Media Plurality Assessment as a Public Interest Concern in UK Merger Control
8 November 2023

A new paper from Professor Ioannis Kokkoris investigates how the media plurality test is used to ensure a diverse range of opinions, views, and information from a variety of sources in news and media.

Solar panels on the roof of a building with skyscrapers in the background. QMIPRI Annual Conference 2023: Intellectual Property and Sustainable Living
2 November 2023

The conference took place over two days with each day being centered around a specific theme.

A border wall in Israel-Palestine Every war must aim for peace
31 October 2023

Professor Malik Dahlan has cowritten an article looking at the recent events in Israel and Gaza through the lens of international law.

Dr Tibisay Morgandi on the panel for the Cambridge seminar on international investment law in the renewable energy sector Dr Tibisay Morgandi speaks at Cambridge seminar on international investment law in the renewable energy sector
23 October 2023

On 10 October 2023, Dr Tibisay Morgandi, participated in a seminar on International Investment Law and Arbitration in the Renewable Energy Sector held at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law (University of Cambridge).

Dr Tibisay Morgandi at the Clyde&Co panel Dr Tibisay Morgandi discusses investing in the energy transition in the wake of the energy crisis at Clyde&Co
19 October 2023

On 3 October 2023, Dr Tibisay Morgandi, Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in International Energy and Natural Resources Law and chair of Queen Mary’s Climate Emergency Working Group, took part in a discussion on investing in the energy transition in the wake of the energy crisis at Clyde&Co.

Professor Olga Simson and Professor Roman Maydanyk New Horizons at QMUL: Interviews with Ukrainian research fellows at CCLS
12 October 2023

Professor Olga Simson and Professor Roman Maydanyk speak to Professor Julia Hörnle about their research and how the war with Russia has affected them and their work.

Dr Franziska Arnold-Dwyer co-presenting with Professor Gesner Oliveira on their joint research Queen Mary Academics participate in Research Symposium at FGV
5 October 2023

A Queen Mary University of London Delegation led by Vice Principal Professor Frances Bowen attended the VII Research Symposium at Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV) from 12-14 September 2023 in Rio de Janeiro.

Professor Noam Shemtov giving a presentation Queen Mary law academic named as a leading voice in tech
19 September 2023

Professor Noam Shemtov has been chosen by the European Patent Office (EPO) to feature on their prestigious list of “50 Leading Tech Voices”; a list of 50 celebrated international experts in the field of sustainable innovation throughout the years.

Times Higher Education awards 2023 logo Queen Mary School of Law academic shortlisted for THE Awards
8 September 2023

The School of Law at Queen Mary University of London is delighted to announce that Professor Julia Hörnle has been shortlisted for the Times Higher Education (THE) Awards 2023.

Cody Wong receiving his award for the essay prize from Professor Duncan Matthews White & Black award second annual Queen Mary LLM essay prize in European and US Law of Patents to Cody Wong
30 August 2023

Oxford based law firm White & Black has awarded the second annual prize for best essay in LLM European and US Law of Patents 2022-23 for students studying at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS), Queen Mary University of London to Cody Wong.

A digital watercolour of Big Ben along the River Thames in London AI exposes designers and architects to copyright complications say experts
29 August 2023

Professor Noam Shemtov speaks to Dezeen about how artificial intelligence will impact designers and architects.

CCLS is excited to offer a new Executive Education course in Shipping Law
28 August 2023

The Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary University of London has partnered with Hellenic Management Centre for a brand new online Executive Education course in Shipping Law.

Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest, Romania Queen Mary academic part of amici curiae urging DC Circ. to enforce $330M Romania award
3 August 2023

Professor Loukas Mistelis was among a group of eminent international law scholars urging the D.C. Circuit not to overturn a ruling enforcing a $330 million arbitral award against Romania, despite EU’s highest court arguing otherwise. He also participated in a second amici curiae brief relating to arbitration against Spain rendered in Energy Charter Treaty arbitrations.

Two people sat at a laptop having a meeting Filename: meeting qLegal shares experience teaching students an entrepreneurial mindset
6 July 2023

Their findings were published in Thinking Like Entrepreneurs: qLegal’s Experience of Teaching Law Students to have an Entrepreneurial Mindset for the International Journal of Clinical Legal Education.

PhD students presenting at the School of Law PhD conference 2023 Queen Mary School of Law hosts conference on Law, Society, and Inequality for PhD Scholars
4 July 2023

On 22-24 June 2023, the School of Law at Queen Mary University of London held a conference that brought together PhD scholars worldwide for lively and engaging discussions on various topics related to law and inequality.

qLegal team at the London Legal Walk qLegal Wraps Up the 2022-23 Academic Year with a Graduation, a Legal Walk and Summer Party Celebrations
27 June 2023

qLegal has had a busy and rewarding past two months; catching up with the people who make qLegal a success and celebrating the graduation of the 2022-23 qLegal students.

Sunset over a forest on fire Dr Franziska Arnold-Dwyer presents on innovative climate risk insurance solution to Brazilian insurance industry
22 June 2023

On 20 June 2023, Dr Franziska Arnold-Dwyer presented a paper on 'Climate Resilient Development Bonds' in a webinar organised by Queen Mary University of London partner institution FGV.

ChatGPT welcome screen on a laptop Rapid advances in AI set to upend intellectual property
19 June 2023

Dr Noam Shemtov comments on AI and intellectual property for the Financial Times.

Distorted binary code on a purple background Insurance, Shipping and Aviation Law Institute Roundtable on 'Addressing Systemic Risk in Cyber Risk Insurance'
16 June 2023

On 24 May 2023, the Insurance, Shipping and Aviation Law Institute at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies hosted a roundtable on Addressing Systemic Risk in Cyber Risk Insurance.

Lightbulb emitting a yellow light with a brain inside Turing Network Workshop on AI in Tax, Audit and Fintech
15 June 2023

The Institute of Tax Law is co-organising a Turing Network Workshop on AI in Tax, Audit and Fintech. The event will be held on 22 and 23 June at the University of Surrey and online.

Flooded street in Brazil with a church Experts meet in a webinar to discuss insurance applied to climate catastrophes
15 June 2023

On 20 June, the FGV Insurance and Reinsurance Institute will discuss important issues to be researched through a collaboration with Queen Mary University of London.

Julia Hornle Professor Julia Hörnle wins two awards at Queen Mary’s inaugural Research and Innovation Awards
6 June 2023

The awards recognise the excellent people and teams that make creative, dynamic, and world-class research and innovation possible at Queen Mary.

Some schematics and a wrench Striking a balance: Researchers urge Ukraine Government to weigh long-term implications of secret patents post-war
17 May 2023

Newly published research paper ‘The War in Ukraine Raises Questions About Patents for Secret Inventions’ calls for the Ukraine Government to consider the long-term implications of keeping patented inventions secret once the conflict ends.

Professor Rosa Lastra introducing the seminar on Digitalisation/FinTech and Climate Change Meetings with IMF Legal Counsel on digitalisation/Fintech and climate change
16 May 2023

On 9 May 2023, the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) of Queen Mary University of London and staff of the IMF legal Department hosted a seminar on Digitalisation/FinTech and Climate Change.

Image of a globe with Africa in daylight and Asia in night on a black background UN foray into tax policy will benefit emerging economies
12 May 2023

Dr Vasiliki Koukoulioti has co-authored an opinion piece for devex on the United Nation's recent resolution on tax cooperation.

Water running in out of a hydro-electric power plant Dr Morgandi invited to speak about her latest article at the University of Cambridge
10 May 2023

On 12 May 2023, Dr Tibisay Morgandi will present her latest article, entitled ‘Exiting the Energy Charter Treaty under the Law of Treaties’ at the Lauterpacht Center for International Law (University of Cambridge).

Vials of the covid-19 vaccine Queen Mary academic awarded prestigious funding on the role of IP in COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing and supply
3 May 2023

Intellectual property law expert in Queen Mary University of London’s School of Law has been awarded highly competitive grant from the British Academy to support ground-breaking work on the role of intellectual property (IP) in COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing and supply.

Maxi Scherer presenting at a podium Professor Maxi Scherer appointed to the AFSA International Court
27 April 2023

The International Court of the Arbitration Foundation of South Africa (“AFSA”)  plays an important administrative role under the 2021 AFSA International Rules, including in the confirmation, appointment, challenge and replacement of arbitrators.

A panel discussing the META verse at More Than Just a Game 2023 Queen Mary tech law experts map out constitution for the Metaverse
21 April 2023

Queen Mary’s Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) hosted international experts to explore legal challenges and opportunities in the video game and interactive entertainment industry.

Queen Mary Vis Moot team in Vienna Success for the Queen Mary team at the 30th Vis Moot Competition
19 April 2023

The team representing Queen Mary University of London at Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot competition (“Vis Moot”) reached the Eighth Finals (round of 16) out of 378 participating Universities across the world.

Bank of England at night Professor Lastra appointed Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords' Economics Affairs Committee
18 April 2023

On 28 March, The Economics Affairs Committee of the House of Lords agreed to appoint Professor Rosa Lastra as specialist adviser to assist the committee in its inquiry into the Bank of England: how is independence working?

A digital image of a padlock surrounded by fragmented glass on a purple background Queen Mary academics to research insurance solutions to cyber risk
6 April 2023

Professor Miriam Goldby and Dr Franziska Arnold-Dwyer were awarded funding under the 2022-23 British Academy / Leverhulme Small Research Grants scheme for a research project on Public-Private Partnerships in Insurance.

Professor Maxi Scherer with her GAR 2023 award Queen Mary wins at the 2023 Global Arbitration Review Awards
5 April 2023

Professor Maxi Scherer won the award for best prepared and most responsive arbitrator at the Global Arbitration Review Awards, which were held on 30 March 2023.

Satellite image of Europe at night The Work of the EBA: Single Market and Banking Union
5 April 2023

On 27 March 2023, Dr Despina Chatzimanoli, Senior Legal Expert and Team Leader of Regulatory Policy Advice Team 2 in the Legal and Compliance Unit of the European Banking Authority (EBA), presented the work of the EBA.

Pylons in a field of yellow flowers Norah Gallagher to speak on The Energy Transition
3 April 2023

On 18 April 2023, Norah Gallagher will take part in a webinar on Why the Energy Transition requires a strengthened regulatory framework? for Franco British Chamber.

Wind turbines on a hill qLegal is proud to support sustainable start-ups
3 April 2023

qLegal is delighted to be able to work with some of the start-ups prioritising social responsibility and environmental protection. Eco-friendly, energy-efficient and recyclable products and services are being increasingly developed by sustainability start-ups. “Tech for good” start-ups are focusing on inventing tools, devices, software, and apps to reduce plastic waste, promote vegan diets, analyse and report carbon footprint.

More Than Just a Game above a glowing blue reactor More Than Just a Game VII
23 March 2023

The 2023 edition of our flagship event in the MTJG international conference series is coming back to London with a clear mission – to explore, to challenge, and to inspire our understanding and perception of the next meta-era of the video game and interactive entertainment sector.

Pylons in Ukraine at sunset Options for a Peace Settlement for Ukraine: Option Paper XVIII – Energy
3 March 2023

Energy has played a significant role in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, and is likely to play a role in any future peace settlement. Dr Tibisay Morgandi, lecturer in International Energy and Natural Resources Law explains in her newly published paper

Image [from L to R]: Mr. Akindeji Adenipo Aremu (Permanent Mission of Nigeria to UN); Professor Graham Dutfield (Univ of Leeds/QMIPRI Fellow); Prof Chidi Oguamanam (Univ of Ottawa/representing Nigeria and the African Group); Professor Suthersanen (CCLS/ representing QMIPRI); Mr. Christoph Spennemann (Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property) Professor Suthersanen discusses genetic resources and traditional Knowledge for WIPO
2 March 2023

Professor Uma Suthersanen  was invited by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) to join the Ad Hoc Experts’ Committee for the 46th inter-governmental committee meeting on traditional knowledge (and associated genetic resources) and traditional cultural expressions.

Julian Lew KC, Lawrence Teh, Monique Sasson and Mary Mitsi on the panel Queen Mary event looks at document production
24 February 2023

An event at the School of International Arbitration of Queen Mary University of London looked at document production from both civil law and common law perspectives and featured insights from Alan Redfern, the inadvertent developer of the Redfern Schedule.

Satellite image of Europe at night Dr Daniele D’Alvia’s article sheds new light on Special Purpose Acquisition Companies debate
22 February 2023

Cambridge University Press has published an article by Dr D’Alvia, Lecturer in Banking and Finance Law at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary University of London.

CCLS Paris students at the drinks reception after an event on Arbitration Spreading the love for arbitration
22 February 2023

Joint Research Seminar of the University of Vienna, Queen Mary University of London and University Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne by Alejandro Arias de Luna (LLM Paris, class 2022) and Orlando Guterres (LLM London, class 2023)

William Hodder and Clémentine Van Lede accepting their Jeantet Student Excellence prizes CCLS Paris Opening Lecture and award ceremony with Jeantet
17 February 2023

On 24 January, the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) at Queen Mary University of London (Paris) and the Sorbonne Law School invited senior in-house lawyers from three major Paris-based international companies to speak to our Paris LLM students.

Professor Ignacio Tirado and Professor Professor Colin Grant signing the agreement between CCLS and UNIDROIT. Queen Mary's CCLS renews partnership with UNIDROIT
15 February 2023

On 9 February 2023, Queen Mary University of London and the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT) signed a Concordat Renewal Agreement to re-launch the Queen Mary-UNIDROIT Institute for Transnational Commercial Law (Queen Mary-UNIDROIT ITCL).

A field of wheat The British Academy funds research at Queen Mary on patent governance for agricultural genome editing technologies
1 February 2023

The British Academy has awarded funding for a two-year research project examining the patent governance of agricultural genome editing in the UK, the EU and Ukraine. The research will be undertaken by Professor Duncan Matthews and Dr Hanna Ostapenko (Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv), who will investigate the implications of patent governance for global food security and sustainability.

Landscape image of the UK Houses of Parliament at night. Professor Goldby gives evidence to the House of Lords on Electronic Trade Documents Bill
31 January 2023

On Thursday 26 January 2023, Professor Miriam Goldby gave evidence on the Electronic Trade Documents Bill to the House of Lords Special Public Bill Committee.

A padlock circled by stars of the EU flag hovering above a map of Europe Professor Jonathan Griffiths co-authors paper on Copyright in the Digital Single Market
26 January 2023

This paper addresses a few selected aspects of the implementation of the new mandatory exceptions provided under Articles 3 to 7 of the Directive on Copyright and Related Rights in the Digital Single Market (Directive (EU) 2019/790).

A windfarm in fields of green grass and rapeseed against a cloudy blue sky Effects of Russia-Ukraine conflict to drive energy disputes, study finds
23 January 2023

The volatile price of raw materials and energy supply are predicted to be primary causes of disputes in the energy sector globally over the next five years.

Lady Justice from behind holding a set of scales School of Law PhD Conference call for papers - Law, Society, and Inequality: An Approach Across Disciplines
23 January 2023

This in-person conference will take place on 22-23 June 2023 and will bring together PhD researchers to discuss Law, Society, and Inequality across disciplines.

Training participants with Professor Ioannis Kokkoris on the last day of the course QMGPI works with the Malaysian Government to provide Cyber Security training for senior officials
17 January 2023

Queen Mary University of London provided training for senior officials from the Malaysian Government on Cyber Security regulations and practice to enable them to work more efficiently.

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