Bangor Law School is involved in a range of research in Commercial Law supporting the successful taught LLM postgraduate scheme in International Commercial and Business Law. This research focuses both on domestic, European Union and international commercial law. Among the specialist areas of research in which members of the School are involved include International Banking Law, International Insurance Law, International Sales Law, World Trade Law, International Arbitration Law, Intellectual and Industrial Property Law and Consumer Credit Law.
The Law School aims to expand research in this area through an active PhD programme which will supplement the interests of members of staff. Current PhD students are looking at areas of economic crime such as money laundering, the regulation of companies and the impact of the Companies Act 2006, a comparative study of the enforcement of intellectual property law in the UK, EU and China, the protection of geographical indications such as Champagne, Stilton, Parma Ham etc, the duties of company directors and the concept of originality in the law of copyright.
International Intellectual Property Law
International Intellectual Property Law considers the present legal issues in relation to the internationalisation and harmonisation of intellectual property right (IPR), focussing on the TRIPs Agreement. It looks into the issues and controversies which arise from the present international regime regulating IPR and analyses why IPR has emerged as the most internationally regulated forms of property.
International Trade Law
Bangor Law School’s research in this area investigates the effect of comparative studies of English law relating to international sale of goods and the international conventions such as the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) and the international trade terms such as INCOTERMS.
Bangor Law School’s research in this area focuses on the studies of the fundamental principles of the insurance contract law such as the principle of disclosure, insurable interest, subrogation etc. Comparative studies of different countries’ laws relating to insurance contract are also being carried out. For example, comparative studies between the English law and Chinese law, Nigerian law and Vietnam law are currently being performed.
World Trade Law
World Trade Law addresses the international legal framework for international trade provided by World Trade Organisation (WTO). The focus of World Trade Law is to examine the origins, structure and scope of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and, since 1995, of the WTO. The importance of the WTO has dramatically increased in the last two decades, making it one of the most hotly contested issues in international relations and international law. It also addresses some current WTO controversies, such as international trade in services, the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs) and access to essential medicines, the trend towards regional and bilateral trade agreements and how the WTO deals with developing countries.
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