The Persistent and Pernicious Abuse of Insolvency Law: What’s Next after Virgin Atlantic?

Image by skeeze Dr. Eugenio Vaccari, Lecturer in Law, University of Essex England is no stranger to strategic or – at times – abusive use of insolvency provisions. In the early 2000s, a mechanism frequently used by debtors to retain the control of distressed companies at the expense of their creditors was pre-packaged administration. Following … Continue reading The Persistent and Pernicious Abuse of Insolvency Law: What’s Next after Virgin Atlantic?

International Law, the Paradox of Plenty and the Making of Resource-Driven Conflict

Image by skeeze Dr Eliana Cusato, Lecturer in Law, University of Essex, has published a paper titled ‘International law, the paradox of plenty and the making of resource-driven conflict’. This article intervenes in legal debates on the relationship between natural resource extraction and armed conflict. Since the 1990s there has been a proliferation of international/global … Continue reading International Law, the Paradox of Plenty and the Making of Resource-Driven Conflict

Is (More) Fairness Needed in the English Insolvency Framework?

Image by Sasin Tipchai Dr. Eugenio Vaccari, Lecturer in Law, University of Essex recently published an article in the Journal of International Banking Law and Regulation (Volume 35, Issue 4, pp. 135-147). The publication, titled ‘Broken companies or broken system? Charting the English insolvency valuation framework in search for fairness’, adopts a normative approach to … Continue reading Is (More) Fairness Needed in the English Insolvency Framework?

Islamic Finance, Sustainable Development and Developing Countries

Dr Mohammed Alshaleel, Lecturer in Law at the University of Essex, has published a book chapter on 'Islamic Finance, Sustainable Development and Developing Countries: Linkages and Potential'. This chapter considers the role of Islamic finance in promoting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in developing countries. The SDGs require unprecedented mobilisation of funds to support their … Continue reading Islamic Finance, Sustainable Development and Developing Countries

Corporate Social Responsibility as Obligated Internalisation of Social Costs

Dr Onyeka Osuji, Reader in Law at the University of Essex, recently co-authored a paper on 'Corporate Social Responsibility as Obligated Internalisation of Social Costs' together with A Johnston, K Amaeshi, and E Adegbite. The authors propose that corporations should be subject to a legal obligation to identify and internalise their social costs or negative externalities. … Continue reading Corporate Social Responsibility as Obligated Internalisation of Social Costs

Hierarchy of Legislated Corporate Social Responsibility, Supply Chains and Assumptions in Mandatory Modern Slavery Disclosure

Dr Onyeka Osuji, Reader in Law at the University of Essex, recently presented his research on mandatory modern slavery disclosure at two international conferences. Disclosure is an emergent regulatory strategy for corporate social responsibility (CSR) in certain jurisdictions despite its original conception as a voluntary management tool. As exemplified by recent anti-modern slavery legislations in some … Continue reading Hierarchy of Legislated Corporate Social Responsibility, Supply Chains and Assumptions in Mandatory Modern Slavery Disclosure