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Centre for Private and Commercial Law (CPCL)

The Centre for Private and Commercial Law encourages academic staff in researching and building impact in all aspects of private and commercial law, regulation and policy.

This encompasses doctrinal, comparative and inter- and multi-disciplinary methods. As part of this process, the centre examines the nature of method in modern commercial and private law. The purpose of the centre is to encourage mutual support and the sharing of best practice. To that end, the group’s meetings are a mixture of open forum discussions and presentations by internal and external speakers.

Staff members:

PhD student members:

Please contact the Co-Directors, Professor Brenda Hannigan or Dr Liang Zhao if you would like any further information.

CPCL members are currently engaged in areas of research including:

  • Arbitration
  • Contract Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Corporate Governance
  • Insurance Law
  • International Commercial Litigation
  • Tort
  • Property Law
  • Private International Law

Much of the work undertaken by members of our group intersects with other research centres, with consideration of, for example, Maritime Law. Please see the Institute of Maritime Law (IML)

Please see each individual member’s staff profile for a list of their publications.

27 October 2022, 12-2 p.m. - Dr Ewan McGaughey (KCL, School of Law): ‘Enterprise Law’.

GlobCon/Centre for Private and Commercial Law.

Lunch from noon. Room 4053 in Building 4 (Level 4, Law Building, Highfield Campus). In person.


14 Nov 2020 – ‘The Bubble and the Bubble Act’- The Guildhall, Winchester

Speakers from across Law, Economics, History and Science will address the legacy of the South Sea Bubble of 1720, and the legislative response.

Helen Paul contributed to this.


25 September 2020 Insurance Causation after the Financial Conduct Authority Test case



  • 27 Feb 2019, Research Workshop on The Humanity of Private Law (CLPS and PCL).

Guest Speakers: N.J. McBride (Cambridge), Sarah Green (Bristol), Sandy Steel (Oxford)

(Venue: 4/4003, 1300 – 1700)

  • 29 Jun 2019, Workshop on ‘Data-Driven Personalisation in Markets, Politics and Law', led by Professor Uta Kohl and Dr Jacob Eisler

Southampton Law School will be hosting a workshop on the topic of ‘Data-Driven Personalisation in Markets, Politics and Law', which will explore the pervasive and growing phenomenon of ‘personalisation’ – from behavioural advertising in commerce and micro-targeting in politics, to personalised pricing and contracting and predictive policing and recruitment. This is a huge area which touches upon many legal disciplines as well as social science concerns and, of course, computer science and mathematics. Within law, it goes well beyond data protection law, raising questions for criminal law, consumer protection, competition and IP law, tort law, administrative law, human rights and anti-discrimination law, law and economics as well as legal and constitutional theory.

(UoS, 1300-1700).

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