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Lyubomira Gramcheva

Research Fellow, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

Lyubomira Gramcheva obtained her first Master of Laws degree at "Paisiy Hilendarski" University of Plovdiv (Bulgaria). After working for a brief period as an in-house lawyer at the Economic and Investment Bank (Bulgaria), she left for the Central European University (Budapest) where she obtained an LLM in International Business Law. During the following five years she worked as an attorney at the Sofia office of the international law firm "Schoenherr Rechtsanwaelte" GmbH. Lyubomira is still a full member of the Sofia Bar Association. Having made her way to the positions of Local Partner, Head of the Real Estate Practice Group and Head of the Intellectual Property Practice Group at the law firm, in 2008/2009 academic year she also took the position of Lecturer (adjunct) in Law of Obligations and Contracts at the University of Plovdiv (Bulgaria). Motivated by this experience she decided to pursue an academic career and joined the doctoral programme in law at the European University Institute (Italy) where she worked under the supervision of Prof. Giorgio Monti. During the fall semester of 2011 she was also a visiting researcher at Columbia University (New York). Lyubomira was awarded her PhD in December 2015 and shortly after that accepted the position of Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham.

Expertise Summary

Lyubomira's expertise lies in contract law, comparative law and law and economics.

Teaching Summary

Lyubomira Gramcheva teaches Contract Law and Modern Issues in Legal Theory at the undergraduate level. Although appointed as Research Fellow, she has a special interest in teaching and in particular… read more

Research Summary

Lyubomira's research focuses on economic analysis of contractual remedies. She eschews, however, the one-size-fits-all approach of mainstream law and economics. In her thesis she develops the… read more

Recent Publications

  • LYUBOMIRA GRAMCHEVA, 2017. Remedies in Contract Law in Bulgaria. In: PAULA GILIKER, BEATE GSELL, THOMAS RUEFNER, ed., Remedies in Contract Law in Europe Cambridge University Press. (In Press.)
  • LYUBOMIRA GRAMCHEVA, 2015. The Regulatory Function of Contract Law: A Comparative Law and Economics Approach At: European University Institute, Cadmus Research Repository
  • LYUBOMIRA GRAMCHEVA AND PETER MADL, 2009. Real Estate Law in Bulgaria. In: SIMON COOKSON, ed., The International Comparative Legal Guide to Real Estate 2009 4th revised. Global Legal Group Ltd.
  • LYUBOMIRA GRAMCHEVA, 2008. Real Estate Transactions in Bulgaria. In: PETER MADL, ed., Real Estate Transactions in Central and Eastern Europe 3rd revised.

Lyubomira Gramcheva teaches Contract Law and Modern Issues in Legal Theory at the undergraduate level. Although appointed as Research Fellow, she has a special interest in teaching and in particular in teaching strategies for developing learners' critical thinking.

Lyubomira has teaching experience in other higher education systems. Before starting her career in the UK, she used to teach Law of Obligations and Contracts at the University of Plovdiv (Bulgaria). During her PhD studies at the European University Institute (Italy), she completed an intensive teaching and learning course led by Dr. Neil McLean, director of the Language Centre of the London School of Economics and Political Science. Currently, Lyubomira continues her teaching development and is on her way to become Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Current Research

Lyubomira's research focuses on economic analysis of contractual remedies. She eschews, however, the one-size-fits-all approach of mainstream law and economics. In her thesis she develops the innovative interdisciplinary methodology joining New Institutional Economics and comparative law. The methodology has enabled her to compare the right to terminate in two common law and one civil law jurisdictions (the US, England and Bulgaria) and to evaluate its efficiency not in a vacuum but within its institutional context. Collecting and analysing a great number of court cases, the thesis studies the termination remedy in historical perspective and argues that the compared legal systems converge in charging it with regulatory function in order to deter Buyer's opportunism. Currently, Lyubomira is developing her dissertation ("The Regulatory Function of Contract Law: A Comparative Law and Economics Approach") into a book manuscript.

Lyubomira is involved in the Common Core of European Private Law Project (http://www.common-core.org/). In particular, she is currently a contributor to the ongoing sub-project "Remedies in Contract Law in Europe", which will result in a special edited volume. Her paper on contractual remedies in Bulgaria entails collection and investigation of abundant empirical material, yet, goes well beyond case-law analysis. Rather, it contributes to unearthing what is already common to the European legal systems by considering each legal formant (legislation, legal doctrine, case-law, meta-legal formants) in its own right, competing with the other formants to make the actual rule.

Past Research

Lyubomira's research has long been driven by her special interest in comparative law. She has contributed to several comparative legal guides to real estate and anti-piracy as well as participated in several comparative collaborative projects of INTA Non-Traditional Marks Committee.

Future Research

Lyubomira's future research will continue to focus on contractual remedies. Her work will be based on three pillars: institutional economic analysis, comparative law, historical perspective. Lyubomira is interested in investigating whether the trends concerning termination she identified in her dissertation can also be detected with respect to the other remedies for breach of contract. Thus, her research plans entail a series of standalone papers based on case-law analysis that would compare Buyer's right to damages and to specific performance across legal systems. She has a special interest in the damage remedy which is under-researched from comparative perspective and to which economic analysis is particularly congenial. In the longer run, Lyubomira's research on contractual remedies will provide her with the empirical data that will enable her to make bolder generalisations regarding the function of contract law in common law and civil law legal systems.

  • LYUBOMIRA GRAMCHEVA, 2017. Remedies in Contract Law in Bulgaria. In: PAULA GILIKER, BEATE GSELL, THOMAS RUEFNER, ed., Remedies in Contract Law in Europe Cambridge University Press. (In Press.)
  • LYUBOMIRA GRAMCHEVA, 2015. The Regulatory Function of Contract Law: A Comparative Law and Economics Approach At: European University Institute, Cadmus Research Repository
  • LYUBOMIRA GRAMCHEVA AND PETER MADL, 2009. Real Estate Law in Bulgaria. In: SIMON COOKSON, ed., The International Comparative Legal Guide to Real Estate 2009 4th revised. Global Legal Group Ltd.
  • LYUBOMIRA GRAMCHEVA, 2008. Real Estate Transactions in Bulgaria. In: PETER MADL, ed., Real Estate Transactions in Central and Eastern Europe 3rd revised.
  • LYUBOMIRA GRAMCHEVA, PETER MADL, 2008. Real Estate Law in Bulgaria. In: SIMON COOKSON, ed., The International Comparative Legal Guide to Real Estate 3rd.
  • LYUBOMIRA GRAMCHEVA, 2007. Real Estate Transactions in Bulgaria. In: PETER MADL, ed., Real Estate Transactions in Central and Eastern Europe 2nd revised.
  • LYUBOMIRA GRAMCHEVA, 2007. Anti-Piracy in Bulgaria. In: CHRISTIAN SCHUMACHER, ed., Anti-Piracy in Central and Eastern Europe
  • LYUBOMIRA GRAMCHEVA, 2007. Real Estate Law in Bulgaria. In: PLC Cross-Border Corporate Real Estate Handbook 2007/2008 Practical Law Co..
  • LYUBOMIRA GRAMCHEVA, 2006. Real Estate Transactions in Bulgaria. In: PETER MADL, ed., Real Estate Transactions in Central and Eastern Europe 1st.

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