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Reza Beheshti

Assistant Professor in International Commercial Law, Faculty of Social Sciences



Dr Reza Beheshti is an assistant professor in the School of Law, and the co-director of Study Abroad Programme.

Reza holds PhD and LLM degrees from the University of Leicester and an LLB from the Shiraz State University (Iran). Before joining University of Nottingham in October 2016, he was lecturer for one year at University of Leicester, where he taught commercial law, contract law and international sales transactions. He has also worked in Leicester as part-time tutor teaching contract law during his PhD studies.

In September 2017, he was appointed as an arbitrator and is enlisted at the Arbitration Centre of Iran Chamber (ACIC). He also acts as voluntary correspondent for UNCITRAL, in which capacity he provides abstracts on important cases governed by UNCITRAL Texts and decided by UK and Iranian Courts for UNCITRAL legal database. (CLOUT)

Teaching Summary

UG: Civil Law: A Comparative Introduction (Module Convener); Contract Law

LLM: International Sale of Goods (Module Convenor); International Commercial Arbitration (Module Convenor).

Research Summary

Reza teaches and researches in the fields of international sales transactions, commercial conflict of laws, international commercial arbitration and comparative contract law. One strand of his… read more

Recent Publications

I am interested in supervising PhD projects on these areas:

- General Contract Law

- Commercial Law, in particular international sale of goods and carriage of goods

- Dispute resolution mechanisms in commercial disputes (arbitration and mediation)

- Law and Circular Economy

Information about the School of Law PhD programme and how to apply can be found here:

Information about scholarships can be found here:

Information about the University of Nottingham Commercial Law Centre can be found here:

Current Research

Reza teaches and researches in the fields of international sales transactions, commercial conflict of laws, international commercial arbitration and comparative contract law. One strand of his research concerns the suitability of substantive laws in the field of international commercial law. He developed a modern framework in his PhD studies whereby the particular needs and interests of commercial parties were taken into account in assessing the appropriateness of remedial principles in prominent legal regimes, such as English Sales Law and UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG). Most recently, he's working on how commercial law, in particular sale of goods, can promote the implementation of the circular economy, as the alternative to the classic linear economic model, which has led to the climate crisis and massive environmental damage.

A second strand of his research concerns the procedural effectiveness of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods. He is particularly interested in exploring the advantages of commercial arbitration and mediation in satisfying disputing parties' interests, and realising the extent to which substantive law has an impact on obtaining the ideal goals of ADR methods.

Most recently, Reza has developed a keen interest on the interconnection between commercial law and circular economy. He has published analyses of the law of sales in the context of circular economy, with particular reference to remedies for circular economic sales transactions. His work on law and circular economy has developed out his broader expertise in domestic and international sales law, particularly concerning remedies. His most recent article has been cited several times by scholars and industry activists. He is currently a member of lawandcirculareconomy research group, which seeks to work closely with businesses and policymakers on enhancing the use of circular economy in business world.

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