University of Nottingham Commercial Law Centre


Alice MiltonMy experience as a research assistant for the UNCLC has been a great addition to my studies. Coming from a non-law background was not a hindrance and I was able to engage with various areas of the law. These included insolvency law, data protection and the international sale of goods. In addition to the research, I attended several of the Centre’s events on topics such as free speech in copyright law, and produced blogs on these events, with the help of Dr Sanam Saidova.

The research work was with Professor Irit  Mevorach, Dr Reza Beheshti and Dr Oliver Butler, who were all extremely helpful and encouraging. The tasks were very varied, including editing papers and collecting data. I have enjoyed the amount of responsibility I was given and the ability to engage with current updates to the law. The work has helped me discover new interests and learn more about legal research. I have also continued to assist Dr Butler with his research on data protection within public bodies following the end of the experience with the UNCLC. It has been very rewarding to contribute to such interesting projects.

Alice Milton, UNCLC Research Assistant, 2022


I had the fantastic privilege of working with the University of Nottingham Commercial Law Centre as a research assistant in the final year of my undergraduate law degree. This experience was invaluable as it allowed me to acquire research skills beyond those required for my course. I was able to use these skills to assist with research on a range of commercial law topics, including dispute resolution clauses in international treaties, parent company liability and cross-border insolvency. In particular, I worked with Professor Irit Mevorach and Dr Klara Polackova Van der Ploeg. All of the staff I interacted with at the UNCLC were very approachable and keen to help me with any issues I encountered. This made it the perfect environment to develop my interest in legal research and commercial law.

I also had the chance to present a talk on a topic I was researching for my final year dissertation. I am very grateful for all of the opportunities available to me from working in this role. I would wholeheartedly recommend it to any student interested in commercial law.

Jakub Mikulski, UNCLC Research Assistant, 2022


Pauline MullingsThe UNCLC’s contribution to the University of Nottingham’s School of Law is worthy of commendation. Pursuing the Master of Laws in International Commercial Law at the University of Nottingham during the 2020-2021 academic year was a different experience than I initially anticipated. There were fewer opportunities for in person engagement and I feared that my experience at UoN would be less rich than that of other students in previous years. UNCLC however kept us engaged by organizing a host of virtual activities which facilitated our intellectual development, providing cutting edge perspectives on original issues, offered industry insight and broadened our horizons. I was most intrigued by the Nottingham Arbitration Talk where we heard from Professor Roy Goode Q.C and panelists Angeline Welsh, Timothy Foden and Dr Martins Paparinskis each of whom are exceptional in their field.

I offer sincere thanks to Professor Irit Mevorach, Professor Paul Torremans, Kobie Neita and all other members of UNCLC who used their networks and influence to provide students with these opportunities and to my colleagues who contributed behind the scenes to the UNCLC’s splendid work.

Pauline Mullings, LLM 2021


I chose to pursue an LLM in International Commercial Law abroad and more specifically at the University of Nottingham which is renowned for the quality of education and its facilities.

 Little did I know that the whole experience would turn out to be far more rewarding than anticipated.

On an academic perspective, it was a real pleasure to study for each and every class thanks to the quality of the working material provided. Moreover, professors’ enthusiasm, passion for their field of expertise, and their commitment to help students reach their full potential encouraged me to be proactive during classes and to challenge myself. Professors are open and available to offer guidance and to advise students regarding career prospects in accordance with their centre of interests. In fact, I had several individual meetings both with my tutor and other professors.

I was part of a multicultural promotion which turned out to be very enriching for my personal growth. Interacting with fellow students during seminars enabled me to view problems from different perspectives and to familiarize myself with different legal cultures. I definitely became more open-minded as a result. Moreover, these interactions gave me a glimpse as to what I can expect in the future since I aim to work at international level.

As regards student life, Nottingham has a lot to offer, and the postgraduate officers of the University of Nottingham make sure to frequently organise social events so that the postgraduate community can reunite. Thanks to these events, I have met incredible people and developed true friendships worldwide.

Finally, I benefited from the University of Nottingham Commercial Law Centre unique placement opportunity with the World Bank Group. Joining the Insolvency and Debt Resolution Team of the World Bank Group for a 3-month internship has given me hands-on experience and enabled me to use the skills I developed as an LLM student in International Commercial Law at the University of Nottingham. I also had the honour to be able to write a dissertation linked to my work at the World Bank.

 It is safe to say that the School of Law of Nottingham University outweighed my expectations and has helped me engage my legal career immensely.

Margaux Seeuws (French), LLM in International Commercial Law, 2019/20


Lauren FisherIn February 2021, I took up a role as an Intern and Research Assistant at the University of Nottingham Commercial Law Centre.

Throughout my role, I conducted research into issues relating to various areas of commercial law including company law, intellectual property, private international and cross-border insolvency law. I learnt how to use a variety of legal research platforms to conduct efficient and reliable research, and to summarise my findings in a succinct format. This was a fascinating experience, as I discovered a lot about areas of law which I have not had the opportunity to study during my degree.

In addition to conducting legal research, my role also involved assisting with promoting the UNCLC's activities via social media. I assisted with this by creating a LinkedIn page for the UNCLC, which is now active and regularly promotes the centre's latest news and events.

Overall, I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and have learnt a lot about an interesting variety of legal areas. The skills I have gained from the UNCLC role will greatly assist me both with the remainder of my degree and with future employment, and I recommend it highly to any student thinking of taking part.

UNCLC Internship 2021 - Lauren Fisher

Junelle AyetteyI thoroughly enjoyed my time working with the University of Nottingham Commercial Law Centre (UNCLC). I was exposed to three areas of the law: International Law of the Sea, Private International Law of Intellectual Property and Corporate and Insolvency Law.

I worked alongside Professor Estelle Derclaye, Dr. Sanam Saidova and Professor Irit Mevorach. From February to April, I attended various events to write blogs for the UNCLC website. This included both guest lecturers and our own professors. In particular, I wrote blogs on maritime delimitation, a unique internship opportunity offered by the World Bank, insolvency debt resolution in the time of Covid-19 and the effect of the energy transition and petroleum industry during Covid-19. Alongside this, I translated recent judgements regarding intellectual property law from languages such as Dutch, Slovak and Italian to English.

This internship was an invaluable experience as I was able to be creative and analytical in writing blogs on current legal developments. This aided my commercial awareness and taught me how to bring my opinion into discussions. Alongside this, I was able to interact with different members of staff in the department. I would strongly encourage those interested to apply! 

UNCLC Internship 2021 – Junelle Ayettey 

The quality and outstanding reputation of the School of Law at Nottingham were key factors in first considering the University of Nottingham for my LLM study.

The breadth and depth of the course structure enables students to choose modules specifically around their interests and career goals which in itself is invaluable and enabled me to focus on my areas of specific interest with a flexibility not possible at other universities; this also greatly influenced my choice. I wasn't disappointed.

Lectures and seminars are delivered by enthusiastic and engaging leaders in their fields and the support provided by the school, both in developing legal skills and also in targeted support for specific legal areas, is second to none. The ethos of quality runs through every interaction and there is also an impressive guest lecture programme which added to the richness of the experience, as did the opportunity to study alongside like minded professionals.

The campus is beautiful and onsite facilities are impressive of course, but I would add that, in their response to the COVID-19 epidemic, the University pulled out all the stops with a seamless and decisive move to online study which was engaging, flexible, well organised, and well resourced and kept every student focussed, supported, and on track to meet their goals and which, in itself was a rich and positive experience. However the course is delivered in the future, choosing the University of Nottingham to progress your legal career is, in my opinion, an excellent decision.

Fiona Hughes

Returning to the University of Nottingham to pursue the LLM was never a difficult decision due to wonderful experience I previously had with the LLB here. Although I selected the general LLM for its flexibility, the majority of my modules were within the international commercial law speciality to complement my previous academic and professional experiences. Under the LLM programme, not only was I able to enhance my understanding of familiar subjects such as corporate and insolvency law, I also enjoyed learning about new areas of law such as international trade finance and the international law of the sea.

In addition to its excellent standard of teaching, the School of Law offers a wide range of extracurricular workshops and guest seminars which allow students to explore our legal interests even further. Furthermore, I am grateful for the dedication and support provided by the professors, tutors and administrative team of the School of Law throughout my time here.

Being part of the “Covid-19 Cohort”, I understand the confusion and difficulties that many are still facing due to the challenges of the crisis, especially with regard to the disruption to our studies. Nevertheless, I was genuinely impressed with the swift and comprehensive response by the School of Law in developing alternative arrangements for teaching and assessments. Every question raised by students was duly resolved, and our personal tutors were always ready to offer further support. While the pandemic has created a cloud of uncertainty for many of us, I am confident that my experiences in Nottingham will have a positive impact on both of my personal and professional life in the future.

Vu Phuong Chi Pham, Master of Laws LLM, 2019/20

Mikaella ConstantinouAfter many recommendations to study at the University of Nottingham, I can say that I made the right choice. The University offers a variety of modules in my field, that enhanced my knowledge and will be helpful in my future career. The professors assist their students in any kind of situation and they encourage us to succeed. In addition, the city of Nottingham is perfect for students, since it has everything that we need. I strongly recommend the University of Nottingham for any student.

Mikaella Constantinou (Cypriot), LLM International Commercial Law, 2018/19

Simge AslanMy experience as an LLM student in International Commercial Law was both academically and socially rewarding and overall invaluable. Studying abroad, meeting countless, inspiring people and getting to know them, making new memories everyday was just a part of this life changing experience.

Academically, my expectations were exceeded. The School of Law offers a variety of modules, all taught by world-class experts. I had the opportunity to design a curriculum in accordance to my interests and career prospects from a wide range of commercial law modules such as International Sale of Goods, International Aspects of Corporate Law and Insolvency, International Trade Law and more. The modules were challenging yet satisfying at the same time. Resource materials were rich and comprehensive.

The approachable and motivational attitude of the convenors gave me the confidence to participate in seminar discussions and the quality of discussions were further enhanced by the diverse backgrounds of my fellow students. The blend of multi-cultural students allowed me to appreciate different point of views and get acquainted with different cultures and legal notions. The fact that most of my modules included international comparison also contributed to getting to know other legal systems.

As a lawyer from a civil law background, I had concerns about studying in a common law jurisdiction, yet, they were proven to be unjustified as I was able to receive all kinds of assistance and support in order to get accustomed to the system in the UK. I was offered the opportunity to participate in additional seminars, workshops and individual meetings with our tutors. I also had the chance to work as a research assistant for a short while during my study which further enriched my experience.

Overall, past year has contributed to my personal growth extensively, in many ways and helped shape my future career plans.

Simge Aslan (Turkish), LLM International Commercial Law, 2017/18

Haifan YangI spent two years at University of Nottingham School of Law from 2015 to 2017. In the first year, I was an exchange student. It was during this period that I found myself fascinated by the outstanding teachers and classmates and strong study atmosphere in Nottingham. Thus, I decided to do further study and pursued my LLM degree here.

Compared to the first year when I took the set courses, I could choose my own modules in the second year. I was surprised by the various options offered by the university. It is no exaggeration to say that you can find almost every subject in law which is conducted by first-class experts in Nottingham. For example, some of my classmates who were interested in Maritime law could find systematic courses from the list, such as Carriage of goods by sea and Marine Insurance law conducted by Professor Howard Bennett. For me, I was curious about the Intellectual property law at that time even if I knew little about it. The good news was that the University offered various IP courses in Copyright Law, Patent Law and Trademark Law that were conducted by Professor Paul Torremans and Professor Estelle Derclaye. They are both experts in academic research and academic teaching and were both extremely kind and helpful.

Another point that I want to mention about the university is the research facilities. I missed my time in Nottingham when I had full access to databases, such as the LexisNexis, Westlaw and so forth. I am now a PhD candidate at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. I really appreciated the study life in Nottingham. The School of Law is a world-leading school situated in a beautiful city. This kindness deserves you to experience by yourself. I sincerely recommend the School of Law to you. I hope you can treasure this magic experience as I do.

Haifan Yang (China), LLM International Commercial Law, 2016/17

Razvan PopaI chose the University of Nottingham due to its fantastic research facilities. My masters degree helped me secure a training contract with a specialist IP law firm.

The city of Nottingham offers a unique experience. While on the inexpensive side, it offers great social activities and plenty of work experience opportunities.

The lecturers are specialists in their teaching areas and have extensive knowledge in the subjects surrounding commercial law. I have applied the knowledge gained in the lectures in the extra-curricular activities (plenty to choose from). Through the activities organised by the School of Law, you have the chance to meet new people, including famous lawyers and judges.

Razvan Popa (Romanian), LLM International Commercial Law, 2016/17

At Nottingham, I studied all the intellectual property subjects I could find (copyright law, design law, patent law, trademark law), as well as EU competition law, and some company law and private international law. It is important to craft your studies with a goal in mind to make them coherent. Don't hesitate to take one subject outside your area of expertise to broaden your view. Whatever you choose, you will find motivated and skilled professors to help you.

Coming from a civil law background, I'd been used to having to fight my way through everything so, let's put it simply: you won't need to fight for anything in Nottingham. If you need something, anything, there will be a dozen of smiling people to help you out. Of course, it does not mean that you won't need to work. Rememver to ask questions and don't hesitate to send an email to teachers outside of class either as they are generally very responsive.

Tristan Branellec (French), LLM International Commercial Law, 2016/17

I am a French student who had the chance to study at the University of Nottingham for an LLM International Commercial Law. I chose this university for the diversity of modules available. I could therefore make up the LLM I really wanted.

All the different modules were presented to us at the beginning of the year. We received a little explanation from our future professors. This was a good way to choose which modules would suit me. I could focus my LLM on what I wanted and also discovered new subjects in the law field. Thanks to the material given before each seminar, it was easy to follow and to understand the topic of the day. It is sometimes hard work with all the reading but it's worth it to be able to participate during the seminar.

The professors were also very welcoming. They are used to having students from different countries and are therefore very patient. Is it easy to talk to them at the end of the seminar for any enquiries. The LLM in Commercial Law was the LLM the most suited for what I wanted to achieve later. It gave me the opportunity to open my mind to different topic and not only pure business law. I enjoyed the autonomy in preparing the seminars and the concrete cases we could work on.

My experience at the University of Nottingham was a full success. I have felt very welcomed. I learnt how to adapt to another country, I learnt new cultures and met many amazing people.

Jacinthe Malthieu (French), LLM International Commercial Law, 2016/17

Anuradha KumbharI was a student from India and pursued LLM International Commercial Law in 2011/12. The School of Law has the most renowned professors who are pioneers in their field of expertise and have various books and publications to their credit.

The course offers variety of modules to select from. Do not hesitate to select a new module that interests you. I had keen interest in Intellectual Property Law and had therefore taken all the related modules. Initially I had apprehensions about selecting modules I never studied before but from the very first lecture these apprehensions were put to rest by Dr Estelle Derclaye who taught the subjects right from the basics. The faculty is always happy to promptly address any queries.

The teaching and subject knowledge evaluation methodology here refines your skill set of research, interaction and opinion writing on the subject with supportive references. These skill sets prepare you to be a high performer in your professional life, no matter which legal career you choose.

I can proudly say, studying at this University changed my life for good. The University and faculty are such a major part of my success story that I feel obliged to visit them whenever I travel to UK.

Anuradha Kumbhar (Indian), LLM International Commercial Law, 2011/12

I am from the island of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and completed my LLM in International Commercial Law in 2011/2012 at the University of Nottingham on a British Chevening Scholarship.

I found the LLM programme at Nottingham to be a first class experience, punctuated by excellent teaching, supervision and research facilities. I was particularly impressed by the sheer excellence of my lecturers at the time, including Professor Estelle Derclaye and Professor Mary Footer, who demonstrated exceptional command of their subject matter. The lecturers were always well prepared, and provided ample opportunities for critical engagement.

The University afforded me numerous opportunities to engage in extra-curricular activities, including mooting, debating and cricket. My experience as a judge for the external moot court team was nothing short of excellent, as I had the unique opportunity to guide and instruct mooters who were at the time preparing to represent the University in an International Moot Court Competition. Quite apart from the University's excellent reputation, it's brilliant cadre of staff, its tier-one research output and the sheer beauty of the campus, I believe that studies at the University of Nottingham instilled within me a thirst for knowledge, and an overall commitment to diligence and excellence. I understood from the very outset that my lecturers had high expectations, and was happy to have graduated with an overall grade of a Distinction in the LLM programme.

Since that time, I have completed a PhD on a Commonwealth Scholarship, and have served as an academic, lawyer and consultant in the Caribbean. I'd definitely recommend the University of Nottingham to students wishing to obtain a quality, well-rounded degree from a leading research institution in the UK.

Jason Haynes, LLM International Commercial Law, 2011/12


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