Dr Jo Braithwaite

Dr Jo Braithwaite

Associate Professor of Law

Department of Law

Room No
New Academic Building 7.28
Key Expertise

About me

Jo is an associate professor of international commercial finance law, having joined the LSE in September 2008. She has a PhD from the University of London, a LLM degree from the University of Pennsylvania where she was a Thouron scholar and a BA(Hons) from the University of Oxford. She was awarded a Modern Law Review Scholarship during her PhD. Before undertaking her PhD, she qualified as a solicitor and practised in a City law firm. Jo teaches various financial and banking law subjects, as well as legal research and writing, and lecturing on commercial contracts. She has won several LSE awards for teaching.

Her current and ongoing research interests relate to the use of private law in the international markets, with a particular focus on the use of standard form contracts. Recent projects have included a study into default management in CCPs (a type of financial market infrastructure). 

Administrative support:  Rachel West

Research interests

  • Private law dimension to global financial markets
  • OTC derivatives, CCP clearing, EMIR and G20 reforms
  • Empirical research into use of transnational standardised contracts
  • Role of the courts and dispute resolution in the global financial markets

External activities

  • Jo is a qualified solicitor and has been involved in a variety of pro bono activities in the U.K. and U.S.
  • Associate Academic Fellow of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
  • member of the SLSA and SLS
  • member of the UK Selection Committee for the Thouron Award
  • member of the Editorial Committee of the Modern Law Review and joint articles editor