The aim of the Centre is to provide an environment for high quality research in all aspects of national, international, transnational, and comparative law, relating to commerce and finance, with scope for particular attention to be paid to emerging markets. The Centre supports interdisciplinary research in these fields, and seeks to provide an opportunity for interaction between academics, practitioners, and policy makers from around the world.  The Centre aims to nurture and encourage the researchers of the future in this important area of legal scholarship.

Dr Kristin van Zwieten is the director of the Centre.

The Commercial Law Centre welcomes visiting researchers, and has programmes for visiting academics and junior academics.  Further information about the visiting researcher programmes may be found here.



  • P Pichonnaz and L Gullifer, set-off in arbitration and commercial transactions (Oxford University Press 2014)
  • L Gullifer and J Payne, Corporate Finance Law: Principles and Policy (2nd edn Hart Publishing 2015)
    The second edition of this acclaimed book continues to provide a discussion of key theoretical and policy issues in corporate finance law. Fully updated it reflects developments in the law and the markets in the continuing aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis. One of its distinctive features is that it gives equal coverage to both the equity and debt sides of corporate finance law, and seeks, where possible, to compare the two. This book covers a broad range of topics regarding the debt and equity raising choices of companies of all sizes, from SMEs to the largest publicly traded enterprises, and the mechanisms by which those providing capital are protected. Each chapter analyses the present law critically so as to enable the reader to understand the difficulties, risks and tensions in this area of law, and the attempts made by the legislature and the courts, as well as the parties involved, to deal with them. This book will be of interest to practitioners, academics and students engaged in the practice and study of corporate finance law.
  • Louise Gullifer and J Payne (eds), Intermediation and Beyond (Hart Publishing 2019)
  • L Gullifer and R Goode, Goode and Gullifer on Legal Problems of Credit and Security (6th edn Thompson Reuters 2017)
    The first edition of this book contained a revised and expanded series of lectures delivered by Roy Goode at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies in 1982, and set out to explore a range of conceptual problems which arise from fixed and floating security. Since publication, the work has become a key text for students and practising lawyers alike and is regularly cited by courts and in legal literature. In this sixth edition, the third to be edited by Louise Gullifer, the framework of the previous editions has been retained and the book continues to be an exploration of the fundamental concepts of common law and equity as they affect typical secured transactions. The book has been comprehensively updated to take account of developments in case law and legislation, and includes new discussion of taking security over electronic assets, and the law relating to financial collateral. Professor Sir Roy Goode is Emeritus Professor of Law at Oxford University, Emeritus Fellow of St John’s College, Oxford, and the founder and first Honorary Director of the Oxford University Law Foundation. He is the author of a number of successful titles, including Commercial Law, Principles of Corporate Insolvency Law, and Consumer Credit Law and Practice and has lectured extensively around the world. Louise Gullifer is Professor of Commercial Law at Oxford University, and is Fellow and Tutor in Law at Harris Manchester College Oxford, as well as holding a visiting chair in International Commercial Law at Radboud University, Nijmegen. She is an associate member of 3 Verulam Buildings and a Bencher of Gray’s Inn. She is the co-author of a number of books, including The Law of Personal Property Security (with Hugh Beale, Michael Bridge and Eva Lomnicka), Corporate Finance Law; Principles and Policy (with Jennifer Payne) and The Law of Personal Property (with Michael Bridge, Gerard McMeel and Sarah Worthington).