Research cluster

Private and Business Law

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The Private and Business Law Cluster takes a broad view of what private law and business law mean. 

Our members work in areas including family law, medical law, trade law, EU law, competition law, property law, banking and insurance law, maritime and shipping law, financial crime and regulation, company and insolvency law, consumer protection, investment law, internet, broadcasting and digital regulation, contract law, and tort law.

As a group of scholars, we work with a commitment to improving the theory, practice, and development of private and business law locally, nationally, and internationally. In our work, we strive to develop efficient trade mechanisms, as well as effective competition, corporate governance, and financial market regulation, among others. Other aspects of our work seek to balance various business interests with protecting the environment and preserving human rights such as dignity, privacy, freedom of expression and association, judicial protection, access to services of general interests, consumer protection, and safe food.

In our research, teaching, and engagement with stakeholders, our philosophy is that private law and business law can only be understood and improved by rigorous analysis, learning from other countries and disciplines, and providing practical legal solutions.

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Members

Lecturer, Essex Law School
Lecturer, Essex Law School
Research interests: Communications and Media Law; Intellectual Property Law and Asset Management; Cyber-obscenity; Media Ethics and Media Regulation
Lecturer, Essex Law School
Research interests: International Sales; International Trade Finance; Carriage of Goods by Sea; Marine Insurance
Lecturer, Essex Law School
Lecturer, Essex Law School
Research interests: Consumer law; Financial consumer law
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Professor (R), Essex Law School
Research interests: Financial transactions and older people; Socio-legal analyses of property law; Legal concept of home; Squatters and adverse possession; Trusts of the family home; Law and the emotions; Creditor possession actions; Property theory
Senior Lecturer, Essex Law School
Research interests: Criminal Law; Data protection; Criminal procedure/human rights; French Law/Comparative Law; Cybercrime and cybersecurity
Professor, Essex Law School
Research interests: Copyright Law and Policy; Law and the Arts; Legal Challenges of AI, Big Data and Blockchain Technology; Personality Rights, Data Protection, and Information Privacy; Internet Law, and Digital Regulation; Trade Mark and Unfair Competition Law
Senior Lecturer, Essex Law School
Research interests: Citizens' Participation in law-making; European Citizens' Initiative; The role of the CJEU in EU participatory democracy; EU Banking Union; EU Single Supervisory Mechanism; Accountability of institutional actors involved in financial assistance mechanisms; The role of the European Central Bank in the SSM
Senior Lecturer, Essex Law School
Research interests: Company Law; Corporate Governance; Comparative Company Law; European Union Law with a special emphasis on the Internal Market; Privacy and Data Protection
Senior Lecturer, Essex Law School
Research interests: Public International Trade Law; Governmentality; International Investment Law; EU Internal Market Law; Critical Theory; International Economic Law; Business and Human Rights; Trade and Environment; Investment and Environment; Investment and Human Rights; Trade and Human Rights; Critical Approaches to International Law; EU Trade and Investment Policy
Professor, Essex Law School - Human Rights Centre
Lecturer, Essex Law School
Senior Lecturer, Essex Law School
Research interests: Employment Law; Fundamental Rights; European Union Law
Lecturer, Essex Law School
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Lecturer, Essex Law School
Senior Lecturer, Essex Law School
Research interests: Global Environmental Governance; Human Rights and the Environment; International Environmental Law; Corporate Responsibility; International Trade / Investment and the Environment; Climate Change Law; Banking / Finance / Insurance and the Environment; Constitutional Environmental Rights
Professor, Essex Law School
Research interests: UK, EU and global consumer and contract law; commercial law; services of general interest; unfair terms and practices law; quality and safety of goods and services; financial services; digital content law
Professor, Essex Law School
Research interests: Media regulation; Internet Law; Surveillance
Senior Lecturer, Essex Law School
Research interests: Business and human rights; International Investment Law; Settlement of international commercial disputes; Corporate law; Investment and human rights
Professor, Essex Law School
Research interests: research interests
Lecturer, Essex Law School
Senior Lecturer, Essex Law School
Research interests: Healthcare law; Mental capacity and mental health law; Civil litigation; Mediation and alternative dispute resolution
Senior Lecturer, Essex Law School
Research interests: Human Rights in Consumer Law and Practice; LGBT+ Rights; Social Welfare Law; Pedagogy of Clinical Legal Education; Unfair Contract Terms
Dean - Professor (R), Essex Law School
Research interests: Corporate Governance; Corporate Social Responsibility; Consumer Protection; Development; Corporate Regulation
Lecturer, Essex Law School
Research interests: Resolution of commercial disputes; Access to Justice; Alternative Dispute Resolution; International Commercial Arbitration
Lecturer, Essex Law School
Research interests: Immigration and nationality law; Energy law; Legal pluralism
Senior Lecturer, Essex Law School
Research interests: International Financial Law; Financial Regulation; Commercial Law; Islamic Financial Law; Banking Law
Lecturer, Essex Law School
Lecturer, Essex Law School
Lecturer, Essex Law School
Postgraduate Research Student, Essex Law School
Lecturer, Essex Law School
Research interests: Carriage of Goods by Sea, International Contract of Sales, IMO Regulations, Maritime Cyber Security, Shipping Technology Law

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Are you interested in business law and how the legal system impacts consumer and commercial markets in the UK, EU and around the world? As a lawyer, having sound knowledge of the complexities of the ever changing regulations in this area if law is essential. At Essex, we have a number of related courses taught by leading academics, who will give you the skills and knowledge needed to prepare you for an exciting career in business law.

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