I am Deputy Head of the LLM Course in International Commercial Law at Westminster Law School and a Senior Lecturer in Law. I was a Fulbright and French Foreign Ministry Scholar at Harvard Law School where I gained a Master of Laws majoring in Corporate Law. Before this I graduated in law with Honours from the University of Paris II (Panthéon-Assas) where I also obtained a postgraduate degree (DEA de droit privé) with Honours. I have also studied at the European University Institute in Florence. I am admitted to the New York and Paris bars.
I practised law with Sullivan & Cromwell (New York), Gide Loyrette Noel (Paris), and Allen & Overy (London). I moved on to academia to lecture at the University of Texas School of Law at Austin (Texas), before joining BPP College of Law to set up the LLM in International Business Law with Professor Barry Rider.
My fields of research are the Law of International Trade, Comparative Contract Law, Corporate Social Responsibility and International Corporate Governance. I have recently contributed a chapter on The Impact of the New French Contract Law on Commercial Law to the edited book on The Future of the Commercial Contract in Scholarship and Law Reform.
I was a co-convenor with Maren Heidemann, IALS, and Joseph Lee, University of Exeter, on The Future of the Commercial Contract in Scholarship and Law Reform at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies on Friday 12 October 2018. It gathered experts and practitioners in the commercial field and considered the interface between public and private law and the new frontiers of commercial law. It had a special section on hardship rules in commercial contract law and hardship clauses in commercial contracts in which I participated. The paper that I presented will be published in the Amicus Curiae in Jan/February 2019. It is entitled The Paradoxes of the Theory of Imprevision in the new French Law of Contract - A judicial deterrent?
I also wrote a monograph on Hardship in Transnational Commercial Contracts with Professor Jason Chuah.
I regularly contribute to conferences, including the IALS conference on The Future of the Commercial Contract in Scholarship and Law Reform, the Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime and symposia organised by the Embassy of France in the United Kingdom and the French judiciary. I am a Co-convenor of the Comparative Law section of the Society of Legal Scholars.
I have a publication with Radovesta Vassileva, UCL, entitled The 'Duty to Cooperate' in English and French Contract Law: One Channel, Two Distinct Views, due to be published in early 2019 in the Journal of Comparative Law. This article examines the role and scope of the 'duty to cooperate' as well as its relationship with good faith in English and French law in the light of Yam Seng.
I presented a paper on AI and Corporate Governance in a conference on AI in the Financial Markets: Innovation, Law and New Ecosytems, on 9 November 2018 at The Lansdowne Club.
On Wednesday 30 January, 4pm to 7pm, I participated in an Expert Panel Discussion and Book Launch based on the work produced by the Centre for Corporate and Financial law on The Future of the Commercial Contract Project: Current Issues of Transnational, Corporate and Finance Law. She will present her chapter on “The new French contract law and its impact on commercial contracts - overlaps and conflicts”, in M. Heidemann and J. Lee (eds), The Future of the Commercial Contract in Scholarship and Law Reform – European and Comparative Perspectives (Springer Nature, 2018). The event was at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR.
I currently teach a number of LLB and LLM modules, including;
- Law of International Trade
- Law of International Sales
- Corporate Social Responsibility Issues in Business and Human Rights
- Foundations in International Commercial Law
- Comparative Law
I am researching in the fields of International Trade Law, Law of International Sales, Comparative Contract Law, Business and Human Rights, Corporate Social Responsibility and International Corporate Governance.
I am currently working on a series of articles on Comparative Contract Law as France has implemented a major reform of its law of obligations.
I wrote a comparative paper between French and American Corporate Law with respect to the fiduciary duties of Controlling Shareholders under the direction of Professor Vagts whilst studying at Harvard Law School.