Saturday, October 31, 2020

We are an academic network of international commercial law researchers predominantly research scholars, junior academics and graduate students. The CLR network will be of particular interest to those involved in commercial law reforms and their impact on global south regions and emerging markets.

Our underlying ambition is to provide a range of original and interesting analyses of and ideas on matters pertaining to current developments in Commercial Law as they affect economic, social and sustainable development around the world specifically targeting global south regions. The CLR aims at resonating and commenting on contemporary commercial legal research issues as they affect developing economies and emerging markets whether in Africa, South-East Asia, Eastern Europe or Latin America.

Though our network is independent of any institution or organisation, our scope is however inspired, but not entirely, by the DAC list of official development assistance (ODA) countries worldwide as informed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Our ambitions also aligns with the international development agendas of several multilateral and intergovernmental organisations such as the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), The World Bank most especially International Finance Corporation (IFC), International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT), and United Nations Division for Sustainable Development Goals. Others include European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, World Trade Organisation (WTO), International Monetary Fund (IMF), International Trade Centre (ITC), International Development Law Organisation (IDLO), World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), etc.

For the purpose of this network, Commercial Law broadly refers to the existing body of substantive private laws as they affect businesses which is inclusive of, but not exclusive to, Commercial Contracts, Intellectual Property Law, Corporate Law & Governance, Secured Transactions Law, Maritime Law, Insolvency Law, etc. Our network currently consists of seventeen experts groups closely aligned to the aforementioned laws.

Members of The CLR are encouraged to submit short articles typically between 750 – 1500 words, including case and legislative notes between 500 – 750 words. With this, we aim at delivering high quality objective legal analysis, but in a style that is usual to legal blogs: short, informal, and at times opinionated and controversial.

In addition to working to inform you – the reader – about current legal developments in commercial law in these countries, we may also engage with you via several other means such as webinars and podcasts. We invite you to participate in our discussions. The network seeks to provide a digital, free and easily accessible forum for discussion and engagement with the public. If you wish to share your views with us, please do so. Interesting and topical comments, criticism, and debate are welcome and encouraged!

As a network of commercial law scholars, our aims are to:

  • support and organise in-depth conversations and exchanges of ideas on matters of common interest to commercial lawyers;
  • the organisation of thematic conferences and events;
  • encourage scientific research scholarship and analysis in commercial law;
  • enhance a greater awareness and understanding amongst lawyers and the general public of problems encountered in global south economies and emerging markets and how commercial law can be used as a solution to these problems;
  • provide a gentle platform for international discussions on commercial law reforms, and encourage the involvement and representation of young emerging scholars from all backgrounds;
  • opportunity to collaborate on several networking research projects;
  • dissemination of timely information concerning international scholarship opportunities including research funding calls, call for papers and publications, research seminar series, networking events, etc.

If you wish to collaborate with us in any scholarly capacity, please contact [email protected]