Dr Joseph Spooner

Dr Joseph Spooner

Assistant Professor of Law

Department of Law

Room No
New Academic Building 6.29

About me

Joseph Spooner joined the LSE as an Assistant Professor of Insolvency Law in 2013. Prior to his arrival he was based at University College London, where he conducted his doctoral research on personal insolvency law and worked as a Teaching Fellow in Conflict of Laws.

From 2008-2010, Joseph worked at the Law Reform Commission of Ireland as Principal Legal Researcher on the Commission’s Consultation Paper (2009), Interim Report and final Report (both 2010) on Personal Debt Management and Debt Enforcement. These publications influenced the enactment of the Irish Personal Insolvency Act 2012. Joseph studied law at undergraduate level at University College Dublin, spending one year of his degree at Université Paris II (Panthéon-Assass), where he obtained a diploma in French law. He undertook graduate studies at Balliol College, Oxford, graduating from the BCL degree.

Administrative support: Sarah Lee

Research interests

Joseph’s primary field of research is the law relating to consumer/household indebtedness, with a particular focus on personal insolvency law. His doctoral research considers the challenges to traditional personal insolvency principles and doctrines presented in recent decades by the evolving socio-economic and political role of consumer credit and the emergence of the phenomenon of household over-indebtedness. As well as works on personal insolvency law and policy reform, Joseph has also written on consumer credit regulation and the law relating to the enforcement of judgment debts.

External activities

Member of the World Bank Task Force on Insolvency and Creditor/Debtor Regimes and contributor to the Report on the Treatment of the Insolvency of Natural Persons. 

Member of the following Research Networks and Associations:

- LSA International Research Collaborative on Household Debt and Insolvency
- INSOL International
- Socio-Legal Studies Association
- European Consortium for Political Research, Standing Group on Regulatory Governance




Bankruptcy: The Case for Relief in an Economy of Debt (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).

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