Professor Jo Braithwaite

Professor Jo Braithwaite

Professor of Law

LSE Law School

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Cheng Kin Ku Building 5.11
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About me

Jo is a professor of international commercial finance law, having joined LSE in September 2008. Her current and ongoing research interests relate to the use of private law in the international markets, with a particular focus on the derivatives markets, the use of standard form contracts and the resilience of financial market infrastructure. Recent projects have included a book published by Cambridge University Press on the role of the courts in the global financial markets and several studies into default management and recovery/resolution in the context of CCPs (a type of financial market infrastructure). In 2022, it was announced that Jo’s book ‘The Financial Courts’ was joint winner of the Main Book Prize awarded by the Inner Temple (joint with Professor Neil Duxbury’s book, ‘The Intricacies of Dicta and Dissent’), which is awarded on a triennial basis in recognition of books ‘which make an outstanding contribution to the understanding of law as administered in England and Wales’ (more details about the prize here). 

Jo 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, banking and commercial law subjects and is a PhD supervisor. She has won several LSE awards for teaching and education.

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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


The Financial Courts: Adjudicating Disputes in Derivatives Markets (Cambridge University Press, 2020)

In The Financial Courts, Jo Braithwaite analyses thirty years of cases involving the global derivatives markets, exploring the nature of these legal disputes and assessing their impact on financial markets and on commercial law more broadly. Weaving together this substantial body of cases with theoretical insights drawn from the growing literature on the internationalisation of financial law, Braithwaite offers readers a detailed and highly original contribution to the debate about the role of private law in international financial markets. This important work should be read by lawyers, economists and regulators in the field.

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External activities

  • Jo is a qualified solicitor (non-practising) 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 UK Selection Committee for the Thouron Award
  • member of the Editorial Committee of the Modern Law Review