The Commercial Law Research Centre launched in 2018, brings together researchers across the broad groups of:
- Corporate and Commercial Law
- International Trade Law
- Intellectual Property and Technology Law
- Dispute Resolution
Our work frequently crosses fields, and this particularly so regarding Dispute Resolution which is its own established research area as well forming a key part of the others.
The Centre serves as a dynamic hub for law academics, legal practitioners, those working in related professions, industry representatives, activists and policymakers, to engage with and support each other’s research interests, ideas, and projects, providing opportunities for synergy and rich engagement. The Centre has strong links with the School’s active PhD research community. Many colleagues within the Commercial Law Centre are also affiliated with other Research Centres at the University of Aberdeen and beyond, within the UK and internationally, thereby further broadening horizons for collaboration.
The Centre works as a coherent whole across its four groups, promoting
- High quality research and scholarship including support for obtaining internal and external research funding;
- Impact generation, knowledge transfer, and professional and public engagement;
- Support and challenge for PhD students;
- An inclusive, supportive and stimulating research culture and environment.
To achieve these aims, the Centre
- Meets regularly to discuss research and funding opportunities and applications
- Provides opportunities for research staff and students to present their works-in-progress and to exchange views on these works
- Provides early dissemination and feedback opportunities through its working paper series
- Organises events such as conferences, lectures, and seminars that are open to the public and engaging to the public
- Invites guest speakers whether prominent practitioners or academics to Centre events and also to the School seminar series
- Welcome visiting scholars to exchange ideas on research and teaching and extend further opportunities for collaboration
- Contributes to the University of Aberdeen social media outputs and to the University of Aberdeen Law School blog
- Welcomes Associate membership from the legal and related professions and from industry