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CCLS Seminars: New Voices in Commercial Law

New Voices in Commercial Law (NVCL) is a seminar series that takes place several times during the academic year in London. Now in its eighth year, the series aims to provide a forum for debate and an opportunity for attendees to hear early career academics with outstanding potential discuss their research in an intellectually stimulating environment.

The seminars are convened and usually chaired by Dr Andromachi Georgosouli. Draft papers are circulated electronically two weeks in advance to registered participants. 

CCLS attendance certificates available on request. For more information email the CCLS Events Team on


For general enquiries or to contribute a paper or act as a discussant in the future, contact the research convenor Dr Andromachi Georgosouli

Programme 2019-20

Friday 4 October

  • Dr Maren Heidemann (Associate Fellow, IALS) ‘The transactional view in transnational commercial law – time for a revival?’. Register via Eventbrite.

Friday 1 November

  • Dr Katrien Morbee (Lecturer, CCLS, QMUL) ‘The Governance of asset managers and their funds’

Friday 6 March

  • Dr Bruce Wardhaugh (Senior Lecturer in Competition Law, School of Law University of Manchester) ‘RoboSellers or RoboCartelists? Control of pricing algorithms through competition law’

Programme 2017-18

Friday 3 November 2017

  • Dr A. Kokkinis (Warwick University Law School) – 'Increasing the Accountability of Financial Institutions’ Directors and Senior Managers: An Unfinished Reform'

March/April 2018 (Date TBC)

  • Niovi Vavoula (QMUL, Law School) 'The Value of Privacy in an Era of Omnipotence of Personal Data'
  • Maria Ioannidou (QMUL, CCLS) 'Democratising" digital markets: an enforcement perspective.'

Programme 2016-17

Thursday 3 November 2016: Current Developments in EU Commercial Law

  • Dr Thomas Jaeger (University of Vienna) – ‘Systemic Implications of the Enhanced Patent Cooperation’
  • Dr Agnieszka Janczuk-Gorywoda (Tilburg University Law School, Tilburg Law & Economics Center (TILEC)) – ‘Towards Private Governance of Public Interest in Financial Markets’

Thursday 2 February 2017: TBA

Speakers and titles to be announced in due course.

Thursday 2 March 2017: TBA

Speakers and titles to be announced in due course.

Programme 2015-16

Thursday 5 November 2015: Energy Markets: Lessons From the UK Experience

Thursday 4 February 2016: Financial Regulation

Thursday 3 March 2016: Current Issues in Insurance Law and Regulation

  • Katie Richards (Lecturer; PhD candidate, Cardiff Law School): 'Deterring insurance fraud: less law, more norms?'
  • (PhD Candidate, Insurance Law Institute, CCLS, QMUL; Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales): 'A doctrine of insurable interest for the 21st century'

Programme 2014-15

Thursday 18 September 2014 - PARIS EVENT: Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law

Thursday 6 November 2014

  • Andrea Miglionico (PhD student, CCLS/QMUL): 'Recasting credit rating agencies' responsibility: reform suggestions'
  • Anat Keller (PhD student, UCL): 'The depart from a dichotomous view of macroeconomic policies and other policy areas – the case of macro-prudential supervision'
  • Chair: Dr Andromachi Georgosouli (CCLS/QMUL)

Thursday 5 February 2015: Maritime Piracy and Its Legal Implications

  • Dr Tina Loverdou (CCLS/QMUL), 'Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea and Beyond: Time for an International Maritime Piracy Treaty'
  • Jonathan Moss (Partner, DWF), 'Piracy, Theft and Fraud, Managing the Risks Faced by International Traders and Their Insurers'
  • Chair: Professor Philip Rawlings (Insurance Law Institute, CCLS/QMUL)

Thursday 5 March 2015

  • Dr Miriam Goldby (CCLS/QMUL): 'Maritime Legal Developments and the Role of Arbitration'
  • Dr Meixian Song (Research Fellow, University of Exeter): 'Cargo losses due to insufficient package – Carriage of goods and marine insurance perspectives'

Programme 2013-14

Thursday 7 November 2013

Thursday 6 February 2014

Thursday 6 March 2014

Tuesday 20 May 2014 - Paris Event

  • Speaker: Joshua Karton (Queen's University, Canada), 'How Should International Arbitrators Interpret Commercial Contracts?'
  • Commentator: Sophie Nappert (Avocat, Bar of Quebec, Canada; Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales)
  • Chair: Dr Andromachi Georgosouli (CCLS, Queen Mary)


The 2013-2014 Series was sponsored by Routledge Law.


Programme 2012-2013

The general theme of the 2012-13 New Voices is “Commercial Law: Past, Present and Future”. 

Thursday 15 November 2012

  • Dr Miriam Goldby (CCLS, QMUL), ‘Transfer of rights normally embodied in paper instruments in the age of electronic commerce’
  • Joanna Rudd (School of Law, UCL), ‘The International Lender of Last Resort- An Historical Perspective’.
  • Chair: Professor Philip Rawlings (CCLS, QMUL)
  • Commentator: Dr Andromachi Georgosouli (CCLS, QMUL)

Thursday 7 February 2013

  • Dr Christopher Bisping (School of Law, University of Warwick), ‘Predictability, Reliability and the Commercial Awareness of English Law in Comparative Perspective’
  • Dr Martin Petrin (School of Law, University of Leicester), ‘Assumption of Responsibility in Corporate Groups: Chandler v Cape plc - Company, Tort, and Commercial Law Aspects’
  • Chair: Professor Philips Rawlings (CCLS, QMUL)
  • Commentator: Dr Andromachi Georgosouli (CCLS, QMUL)

Thursday 7 March 2013

  • Dr Alex Mills (School of Law, UCL), ‘The English ambivalence to law and dispute resolution beyond the state’
  • Dr Solene Rowan (Law Department, LSE), ‘For the Recognition of Remedial terms Agreed Inter Partes’
  • Chair: Professor Philip Rawlings (CCLS, QMUL)
  • Commentator: Dr Andromachi Georgosouli (CCLS, QMUL)
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