The Insurance Law Institute was established in 2012 as part of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) to support high quality teaching and research in all areas of Insurance Law. In 2012-13, students were accepted onto the LLM in Insurance Law, which was the first of its kind in the UK. To celebrate, this first cohort of students were made Founder Life Members of the Insurance Law Institute. In 2013-14 the Institute launched the LLM in International Shipping Law programme. The new LLM in International Shipping Law, Piraeus, Greece will start in 2015. This programme will be taught by CCLS academic staff at the Hellenic Management Centre in Piraeus, Greece.
Insurance has a key role in developed and developing economies, in international trade and in personal finance. It supports business and individuals by enabling risk shifting and by providing a significant source of investment. Trade and finance on any scale are impossible without insurance, and increasingly insurance steps in as governments become concerned about the ability of state welfare provision to cope. The Insurance Law Institute at Queen Mary is ideally placed in London, one of the leading global centres of insurance and insurance law. Read Insurance Law and the City, Jonathan Moss, DWF Fishburns: The importance of insurance to the UK economy, with reference to job creation, effects on the economy and the London market as a centre for insurance excellence.
The Institute engages with, and draws support from, the industry. Professor Rawlings is on the committee of the British Insurance Law Association, and among those who contribute to teaching are Julian Burling, barrister and former Counsel of Lloyd’s of London, Jonathan Moss, partner at DWF Fishburns, Kevin Lazarus, solicitor at Lloyd’s of London, and Peter Rogan, partner at Ince & Co. Mr Lazarus undertakes his teaching on the Insurance Regulation module at Lloyd’s where students see the market in action and meet participants.
Dr Joanna Wilson is the Mansfield Visting Scholar for 2017-18. Dr Wilson received her doctorate from University College London and is currently Lecturer in Commercial Law at Sussex University. Among various projects, she will work with Professor Rawlings on insurability, including issues such as the role of the state in covering risks that private insurers will not insure.
In 2016, Philipp Ressnig joined the Insurance Law Institute at CCLS as a visiting scholar for six months. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Basel (Switzerland) where his research focuses on the comparative analysis of the regulatory framework applicable to reinsurance companies in Switzerland and the UK. Under Professor Philip Rawlings, Philipp Ressnig furthered his research in this area academically and also made key stakeholder connections needed to advance his work.
Being a visiting scholar at the Insurance Law Institute was a phenomenal experience. Not only did I benefit from the knowledge and experience of the academics at the ILI, I was also introduced to many professionals working in the field of (re)insurance in London. They provided me with insight into the industry that I could not have obtained otherwise. The many academic resources (both electronical and physical) that I was able to explore, enriched my research substantially and helped me to reshape and further my PhD.
Philipp Ressnig, Visiting Scholar ILI.
Dr Yong Q Han is the second Mansfield Visiting Scholar in Insurance Law. From 1 Sept to 1 Oct 2014, he will be working at the Institute of Insurance Law at CCLS. Dr Han's home institution is the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore, where he works as a Post-Doctoral Fellow as of 1 August 2014. He received his doctorate degree in law at the University of Aberdeen in November 2013. His post-doctoral research is intended to develop parts of his PhD thesis into an article and a monograph focusing on the prospect, in English insurance law, of a doctrine of policyholder's reasonable expectations. During his visit to the Insurance Law Institute he will be working under the advice of Professor Philip Rawlings and other researchers. The Mansfield Visiting Scholar scheme, which takes is title from the eighteenth-century judge, was established in 2013 to facilitate research into insurance law by making available the facilities of the University and access to staff in the Insurance Law Institute.
In 2013, Simon Viashima Akaayar was a visiting scholar at CCLS and the first visiting scholar at the Insurance Law Institute. Simon is from the University of Lagos, Nigeria (Department of Commercial and Industrial Law, Faculty of Law) and is currently studying for a PhD degree entitled "Towards a legal framework for effective regulation of micro-insurance in Nigeria: Challenges and prospects." and supervised by Professors CK Agomo and PK Fogam of University of Lagos.
My experience as a visiting scholar at the Insurance Law Institute, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London was simply awesome. In fact, the facilities and manpower (both academic and administrative) greatly assisted me in accessing more constructive resource materials that reshaped my insights and enrich my PhD thesis. I will ever remain grateful.
Simon Viashima Akaayar, Visiting Scholar ILI.