Pragmatism in Commercial Law : A Symposium in Honour of Michael Bridge

Hosted by the Department of Law

Thai Theatre, New Academic Building , United Kingdom

10 years after joining LSE, Michael Bridge retired last year from the Cassel Chair for Commercial Law. Michael is long established as one of the leading thinkers and commentators on commercial law in the common law world, and his seminal contributions to the field have been provocative and inspiring. This symposium invites its audience to engage with and debate Michael’s ideas in the fields of contract, sale, international transactions and property and security, kicked off by some thoughts and comments by some of his friends and colleagues.


8:30 Registration and coffee

9:00 Welcome and introduction

9:15 Panel I – Contract
chair: George Leggatt (Lord Justice)

  • Hugh Collins (Oxford)
  • Solène Rowan (LSE)
  • Andy Summers (LSE)

10:45 Coffee break

11:15 Panel II – Sale

Chair: Francis Rose (Southampton)

  • Louise Gullifer (Oxford)
  • Philip Rawlings (QMUL)
  • Robert Stevens (Oxford)

12:45 Lunch

14:00 Panel III – International Commercial
Chair: Jonathan Mance (Deputy President, Supreme Court))

  • Jonathan Harris (KCL)
  • Djakhongir Saidov (KCL)
  • Ingeborg Schwenzer (Basel)

15:30 Tea break

16:00 Panel IV – Property / Security

Chair: Sarah Worthington (Cambridge)

  • Orkun Akseli (Durham)
  • Gerry McCormack (Leeds)
  • Catherine Walsh (McGill)

17:30 Closing remarks
18:00 Drinks reception


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