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Professor Wool is an Associate Member Faculty of Law and a Senior Research Fellow at Harris Manchester College, and is a Fellow of the Commercial Law Centre at Harris Manchester College. He is also the Condon Falknor Professor of Global Business Law at the University of Washington School of Law. Professor Wool teaches transnational commercial law and comparative commercial law. 

Professor Wool heads the comparative commercial law project, the e-registry project, and the economic impact assessment project at the Commercial Law Centre.

He serves as the executive director of the Cape Town Convention Academic Project, a joint undertaking between the University of Oxford Faculty of Law and the University of Washington School of Law. He also serves as secretary general of the Aviation Working Group, an international industry group that works on the development of policies, regulations and rules designed to facilitate advanced international aviation financing and leasing. Professor Wool is head of aerospace law and policy at international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, based in the firm's London office, and is President of the UNIDROIT Foundation, an Dutch organization that contributes to and supports the work of UNIDROIT.

Professor Wool has been and remains involved in all aspects of the development and implementation of the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment (Cape Town Convention), including as chairman of group that prepared the initial draft of the Aircraft Protocol thereto and chairman of the International Registry Advisory Board. He coordinates the Aviation Working Group's consultations with countries around the world on the ratification and implementation of, and compliance with, the Cape Town Convention. On behalf of AWG, he is establishing a global network of contact groups, including major firms in contracting states, to monitor, assess, and address issues that arise working with the treaty in practice.

Professor Wool's is a co-author of Transnational Commercial Law (2nd ed., Oxford University Press, 2012). He is also consultant on the academic version of the publication, and will serve as the specialist editor on its upcoming revised edition, dealing with the relationship between commercial law treaties and national law. He was also published recently on that topic, as well as on the design of commercial law treaties seeking economic benefit and compliance with commercial law treaties.

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Transnational commercial law (TCL) and its implementation into, and relationship with, national law and compliance with TCL and economic assessment of it, together with the historical development of commercial law and TCL

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