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Centre for Commercial Law Studies

Dr Franziska Arnold-Dwyer, PhD (QMUL), LLM (UCL), LLB (UCL), Solicitor (England & Wales)


Senior Lecturer in Insurance Law, Contract Law and Sustainability, and Director of the Insurance, Shipping and Aviation Law Institute

Room Number: Lincoln's Inn Fields


Franziska has been teaching Insurance Law LLM modules at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies since 2016. Since 2019, she has been the Director of the Insurance Law LLM Programme and, since 2022, she has been the Director of the Insurance, Shipping and Aviation Law Institute. Prior to returning to Academia, Franziska practised law in the Litigation & Dispute Resolution Department at Clifford Chance LLP, one of the world’s leading law firms. Franziska is the author of 'Insurable Interest and the Law', one of the editors of ‘The Law of Reinsurance’, the leading practitioners’ textbook in the field, and has published several papers on insurance law. She is deputy editor of the BILA Journal, regularly speaks at insurance industry events and has had educational engagements at law firms. She has assisted the Law Commission and the Scottish Law Commission with their insurable interest reform project. She is a contributing author to LexisNexis and Westlaw on insurance law.


Research Interests:

Franziska’s main research interests lie in insurance law and regulation, and commercial law. She currently researches on the role of insurance and insurance law in climate change mitigation and adaptation.



  • Author: F Arnold-Dwyer, Insurable Interest and the Law (1st edn., Routledge, 2020)
  • Contributing author: O’Neill and Woloniecki, The Law of Reinsurance in England and Bermuda (5th edn., London: Sweet & Maxwell, 2019; Supplement 2021). Authored chapters 4-6 (370 pages) and responsible for editorial work on other chapters. Also contributed to previous (4th) edition. Acting as executive author for next edition.

Refereed Articles

  • Decarbonisation and the Insurance Industry, Ain Shams Law Review (forthcoming)
  • A Legal Framework for Net Zero Aligned Insurance Products, Connecticut Insurance Law Journal (forthcoming)
  • Insurance Law Reform by Degrees: Late Payment and Insurable Interest, (2017) 80 Modern Law Review 489
  • Taking an Interest in Insurable Interest, (2015) Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly 271
  • The Disclosure of Unfounded Allegations in Business Insurance, (2014) UCL Journal of Law and Jurisprudence 173


  • Insurable Interest, LexisNexis PSL, 2020
  • Reinsurance Law, Westlaw Practical Law, 2020
  • Mass claims in ICSID arbitrations, DLA Piper International Arbitration Newsletter, December 2011
  • The Effect of the Bribery Act 2010 on the Insurance Sector, Clifford Chance Insurance Client Briefing, March 2011
  • The Front Comor, Clifford Chance Insurance Review, Summer 2009
  • Capital Management in Current Market Conditions, Reinsurance Legal Review, Summer 2009
  • The WEF's Report on the Convergence of Insurance and Capital Markets, Clifford Chance Insurance Review, Winter 2009
  • Takaful Insurance in the UK, Clifford Chance Insurance Review, Winter 2008
  • Post-inception Disclosure Duties, Insurance Day, October 2007
  • Mitigation of Expropriation Risk by Governmental Entities, The In-House Lawyer, April 2007
  • The ILS Environment in Bermuda and London, Clifford Chance Insurance Review, Spring 2007
  • Proposals for Regulation of Insurance SPVs, Insurance Day 08/2006
  • IPT on Reinsurance of Surety Bonds, Insurance Day, August 2005
  • Insurance of Artwork, Insurance Law Monthly, 09/2004
  • The Identification of Contracts of Insurance, Clifford Chance Insurance Review, Autumn 2004
  • The Third Parties (Rights Against Insurers) Act 1930, Clifford Chance Insurance Review, Spring 2003.


  • LLM Dissertation supervisions

Public Engagement

  • CCLS Deputy Director of the Queen Mary-UNIDROIT Institute of Transnational Commercial Law
  • Queen Mary Delegate at the 27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Egypt (November 2022)
  • CCLS Deputy Director for Alumni Engagement
  • Deputy Editor of the BILA Journal
  • Member of the UNIDROIT PRICL Drafting Committee
  • Reviewer for the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies
  • Expert witness in the House of Lords Industry and Regulatory Committee inquiry on ‘Commercial insurance and reinsurance regulation’ (1 February 2022)
  • Panel Chair at the 2022 British Insurance Law Association (BILA) Conference “Doing the right thing – can insurance law respond to future social, ethical and environmental challenges” (11 October 2022)
  • Panellist on the judging panel for the Finder’s Insurance Innovation Awards 2022 and 2021
  • Speaker at the 2021 Joint Conference of the British Insurance Law Association (BILA) and the CCLS “Keeping it Legal: Futures Challenges in Insurance and the Role of Law and Regulation” (30 June 2021)
  • Speaker at the 2021 University of Glasgow Conference "Dissent in Insurance Law" (5 July 2021)
  • Speaker at the launch of the launch ceremony of the Institute of Innovation in Insurance and Reinsurance at Fundação Getulio Vargas (13 May 2021)
  • Presenter and panel member at a panel discussion on 'Insurance and Climate Change' organised by Fundação Getulio Vargas (November 2020)
  • Academic Placement with the Law Commission and the Scottish Law Commission (2015)

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