CfP: The Future of the Commercial Contract in Scholarship and Law Reform

CfP: The Future of the Commercial Contract in Scholarship and Law Reform
31 May 2019, 00:00 to 31 May 2019, 17:30
Call for Papers
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR


The Future of the Commercial Contract in Scholarship and Law Reform

Fourth Annual Conference 

Friday, 11th October 2019 - 10.00-17.00 

Organised by the IALS Centre for Corporate and Finance Law (CCFL)

Director: Professor Mads Andenas
Academic Convenors: Dr Maren Heidemann, Catherine Pédamon and Dr Joseph Lee 

This conference follows up on research undertaken at IALS during the 2016-2018 period. It invites new participants to the project and new topics to be added. 

A special focus will be on law and technology, the role of artificial intelligence, so called smart contracts, blockchain and other forms of digital interaction and digitisation in commercial contracting, enforcement and civil liability. This can include arbitration agreements and ‘electronic’ dispute settlement. 


• Panel 1: chaired by Dr Maren Heidemann - Conceptual issues in commercial litigation - revisiting the consumer/trader dichotomy post Brexit. Issues of effectiveness of regulatory law at the interface of public and private law
• Panel 2: chaired by Catherine Pedamon - The role of technology in contracts for the international sales of goods including shipping, marine insurance and documentary credit
• Panel 3 : chaired by Dr Joseph Lee - The role of technology in smart contract and trade finance and other financial products including problems in cross-border securities transfers
• Panel 4: chaired by Hendrik Puschmann - New developments in international commercial and investment arbitration including the role of technology.

Papers are invited until 31 May 2019. Please email abstracts of up to 500 words to the convenors at the contacts below:

Contact Convenors:
Dr. Maren Heidemann, IALS – maren.heidemann[at]
Ms Catherine Pédamon, University of Westminster – c.pedamon[at]
Dr. Joseph Lee, University of Exeter - J.Lee[at] 

General Enquiries:

Conference registration fees:
• Standard Rate - £75.00
• Concessionary Day Rate for Speakers and Students - £50.00
• Concessionary Half Day Rate for Speakers and Students - £35.00

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