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In an excellent development for insolvency scholarship and general progression of our subject it has been announced that Nottingham Trent University have set up a new insolvency research centre. Here are the details from the press release:
"Nottingham Law School is pleased to announce the establishment of the Centre for Business and Insolvency Law. This new research Centre will replace the Insolvency and Corporate Law Research Group (ICLRG) which was established under the leadership of Professor Adrian Walters in 2008.
The mission of the Centre is to pursue and encourage innovative scholarship and research in the fields of business and insolvency law, on both national and international level.
Aims of the Centre
The aims of the Centre are to:
· contribute to national and international debates through engaging in dynamic and internationally relevant research
· collaborate with both government and non-government organisations, other higher education institutions, individual academics at other higher education institutions and professional member organisations in broadening the scope of academic endeavour and to transfer knowledge beyond the academic sector
· participate in debates on law reform and policy development at both national and international levels
· organise conferences, seminars, workshops and colloquia at various levels, and to promote collaborative engagement in large-scale and long-term research projects
· act as a supportive and collaborative forum for research and to encourage and foster the participation of early career researchers and postgraduate students
The internal membership of the Centre consists of Nottingham Law School staff who are active in the field of business and insolvency law. The Centre's current external membership consists of a number of distinguished professionals, all of whom currently hold appointments as Visiting Professors at Nottingham Law School. The chairman of the Centre's Advisory Board is the Hon Mr Justice Norris (High Court of Justice, Chancery Division). For a full list of the members of the Centre, please visit the Centre's website at:
Formal Launch of the Centre
The Nottingham Law School will soon host an event at which this new Centre is to be formally launched. Details will be forwarded in due course.
For more information about the Centre and its activities, please contact Professor David Burdette (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org), or visit the Centre's website at: www.ntu.ac.uk/businessinsolvencylaw."
It will be interesting to see what future events take place at the Centre. The team in Nottingham have a long track record of hosting top quality events, with the Insolvency Service, American judges, and others, so we shall be in for some really useful and informative events. It is also good to see that Professor Walters will still be involved in some way even though he is now across the pond. Professors Burdette and Parry have amassed an impressive array of external practitioners to help guide and lead the centre (including Mr Justice Norris). I think our scholarship can only be properly valid and useful if it is formulated through this kind of close relationship with those at the coal face of our subject. Congratulations to the Nottingham team - we wish them great success on this new endeavour!
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