pin Leiden, The Netherlands

Mr. Morshed Mannan (1990) is a PhD candidate who has been connected with the Company Law Department and Meijers Research Institute of Leiden University, the Netherlands since 1 September 2016. The topic of his PhD research is: “How Employees can save Businesses: the Worker Cooperative Option”. In his thesis he will explore whether transformation into employee-owned businesses, such as worker cooperatives, can resuscitate small and medium enterprises that face financial distress and leadership succession challenges in a select group of EU states. As such, it is a topic that is at the nexus of cooperative law, company law, insolvency law and financial law.

Before his appointment, Mannan taught and conducted research at the same faculty on international insolvency law, corporate governance, freedom of establishment, corporate social responsibility, workers’ cooperatives and international labour rights for one academic year.

In 2014-2015, Mannan pursued a LLM in Advanced Studies in International Civil and Commercial Law at Leiden University on a Leiden Excellence Scholarship and was awarded a cum laude degree. The title of his LLM thesis was: “The Prospects and Challenges of Adopting the UNCITRAL Model Law on Cross-Border Insolvency in South Asia (Bangladesh, India and Pakistan)”, a version of which is forthcoming from International Insolvency Review.

Prior to moving to Leiden, Mannan practiced as a lawyer and lectured on commercial law, administrative law and jurisprudence in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He completed his LLB (Hons.) at the University of Warwick in 2011 and was called to the Bar of England & Wales in July 2012.

  • Morshed Mannan and I.S. Wuisman ‘Mitigating the Democratic Entropy of Worker Cooperatives: a Holacratic Approach’ in Willem van Boom Clementine Breedveld-de Voogd Alex Geert Castermans Monique de Deugd-Dijkman Jaap Hijma (ed) Een kwart eeuw. Privaatrechtelijke opstellen, aangeboden aan prof. mr. H.J. Snijders. (Wolters Kluwer, 2016);
  • Morshed Mannan ‘Are Bangladesh, India and Pakistan Ready to Adopt the UNCITRAL Model Law on Cross-Border Insolvency?’ (2016) 25(3) International Insolvency Review 195.