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Recent research by Academic Members of the ISALI

  • Professor Miriam Goldby contributed to a consultation paper on proposals for law reform to enable the use of trade documents in electronic form, published by the Law Commission of England & Wales on 30 April 2021. International trade transactions are still heavily reliant on paper documents, partly due to existing legal obstacles to digitalisation. Physical possession of these documents gives the holder the right to claim performance of the obligation recorded in the document e.g. the obligation to pay a sum of money or to deliver goods on board a ship. The Law Commission’s proposal is to introduce law under which, provided they satisfy certain criteria, electronic documents are considered legally capable of being possessed.  Professor Miriam Goldby is on a part-time secondment to the Law Commission between November 2020 and January 2022 to work on the Electronic Trade Documents project, which is part of the Commission’s wider body of work on Digital Assets, currently underway. The consultation is open until 30 July 2021 and the Commission is seeking responses from stakeholders.
  • In November 2020, Professor Miriam Goldby was seconded to the Law Commission to work on their Digital Assets project
  • Dr Andromachi Georgosouli and Dr Jeremmy Okonjo won the 2020 AIDA Europe Young Authors Award for their co-authored paper “The algorithmic future of insurance supervision in the EU: A reality check” (forthcoming in P Marano and K Noussia (eds), The Governance of Insurance Undertakings between Corporate Law and Insurance Regulation; Springer 2021). The paper examines EIOPA’s Supervisory Technology strategy and the requirements for a system of digital reporting at the EU level. The paper identifies building blocks for a more comprehensive blueprint for an EU system of digital reporting as an integral aspect of insurance supervision.
  • On 5 June 2020 Dr Arnold-Dwyer's book Insurable Interest and the Law (Routledge) was published.
  • In November 2017, Dr Goldby was awarded research funding by Lloyd’s Innovation Department for a project entitled Triggering Innovation: How Smart Contracts Bring Policies to Life. The report was co-authored with Prof. Chris Reed and was published in August 2019. The second edition of her book on Electronic Documents in Maritime Trade: Law and Practice was published in October 2019 by Oxford University Press.


  • Andromachi Georgosouli has been engaged in a variety of projects relevant to the regulation of insurance. She recently co-authored, with two economists, an interdisciplinary discussion paper on Measuring the implementation of the FSB Key Attributes for effective resolution regimes in the EU, in the series of International Finance Discussion Papers (IFDP) of the US Federal Reserve System, which examines the systemic significance of insurance institutions. She also contributed to a public consultation by preparing a response to the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA), Discussion Paper on Potential harmonisation of recovery and resolution frameworks for insurers.
  • Antigoni Lykotrafiti is our expert in aviation law. Her recent publications include ‘Air Transport and International Economic Law’ in Saïda El Boudouhi (Ed.), Les transports au prisme du droit international public, Editions A. PEDONE, Paris, 2019, pp. 101-120; ‘A Comprehensive Study of Air Transport Liberalization through the Lens of Strategic Airline Alliances’, 2019, 44 (4/5) Air & Space Law, pp. 347-392; and 'What does Europe do About Fair Competition in International Air Transport? A Critique of Recent Actions', 2020, 57(3) CMLRev, pp. 831-860. Her current research focuses on regulatory convergence in competition laws, as well as on the regulation of drones.

Visiting Scholars

The Mansfield Visiting Scholar scheme, which takes its title from the famous eighteenth-century judge and ‘Founding Father of English Insurance Law’, was established in 2013 to facilitate research into insurance law by making available the facilities of the University and access to the Institute’s Academic Members.

Dr Joanna Wilson

Dr Joanna Wilson was the Mansfield Visiting 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 worked with Professor Rawlings on insurability, including issues such as the role of the state in covering risks that private insurers will not insure.

Philipp Ressnig

In 2016, Philipp Ressnig - a PhD candidate at the University of Basel (Switzerland) - joined the Insurance Law Institute at CCLS as a visiting scholar for six months. His research focussed on the comparative analysis of the regulatory framework applicable to reinsurance companies in Switzerland and the UK.

Dr Yong Q Han

Dr Yong Q Han was the Mansfield Visiting Scholar for 2014-15. His research focussed on the prospect, in English insurance law, of a doctrine of policyholder's reasonable expectations.  Dr Han's home institution is the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore.

Simon Viashima Akaayar

In 2013, Simon Viashima Akaayar was a visiting scholar at CCLS and the first visiting scholar at the Insurance Law Institute. Simon’s research at the CCLS focussed on the regulation of micro-insurance.

PhD researchers

The Insurance Shipping & Aviation Law Institute (ISALI) is home to a number of research students working on projects within the Institute’s fields of interest and supervised by its Academic Members. Two of these projects are funded by the Economic and Social Research Council under their LISS DTP CASE studentship scheme, in partnership with industry. A number of our former PhD researchers have gone on to have successful careers in Academia, among them, the institute’s Deputy Director, Dr Franziska Arnold-Dwyer.

Franziska was a PhD student at the CCLS from 2014-18.  Her research centred on the doctrine of insurable interest and its role in modern English insurance law. Her work was generously supported by a Queen Mary PhD Principal Studentship:

“Being a PhD student at Queen Mary CCLS was an extraordinary experience.  Right from the start, I was part of thriving research community within the Insurance Law Institute and I felt privileged to be supervised by leading academics, Professor Rawlings and Dr Goldby, in my area of research.  I was encouraged to take full advantage of all the opportunities on offer, such as presenting at conferences, publishing papers, networking with academics and practitioners, and starting to teach. Research and writing skills seminars supported me with developing the critical skills necessary to undertake my research.”

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