Our Founding Members

CI&CL members are drawn from a wide range of academic and research institutions, professional groups, commercial organisations and individuals sharing a common interest in Corporate Insolvency and Commercial Law.

The founding members are from the United Kingdom:


Prof. Jason Chuah [City, University of London]jasonchuah

Professor Jason Chuah is Professor of Commercial and Maritime Law and Head of Academic Law at the City Law School, City University London. He has held scholarships from Barclays Bank and the UK Overseas Development Authority at Cambridge University. He also has a Certificate in International Export with Distinction from the Institute of Export (UK).

Jason has been on the World Intellectual Property Organisation’s list of specialist speakers in e-commerce, and was a speaker for the International Securities Markets Association training courses. He is also an Executive Director of the London Universities Maritime Law and Policy Group and has been nominated three times for the Oxford University Press Award for Best Law Teacher of the Year.

He is a peer review of the Arts and Humanities Research Council and has been involved in various consultations with the Ministry of Justice, the OECD, the ICC, the Association of British Insurers, the UNCITRAL, etc. His works have been cited by the CJEU, EU Institutions, courts and tribunals in the US, UK and Asia.

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Prof. Andrew Keay [University of Leeds]130130-keay-andrew

Professor Andrew Keay has been Professor of Corporate and Commercial Law at the University of Leeds, School of Law since 2002. Before coming to teach in the UK, he has practiced as a lawyer in an Australian law firm, and he has taught at several Australian universities, where he specialised in the field of commercial law. He has also acted as a Deputy Registrar of the Australian Federal Court.

Andrew holds a doctorate from the University of Queensland, and he is a barrister for England and Wales. His research interests are in corporate and insolvency law. In relation to the latter, he specialises in liquidations, corporate rescue and insolvency litigation involving the avoidance of pre-insolvency transactions and recoveries from company officers.

At the University of Leeds, he teaches Company Law and Insolvency Law at undergraduate level, and Insolvency Law and International Corporate Governance at postgraduate level. He is currently supervising several Ph.D. candidates who are researching in these areas of law.

Andrew is also interested in issues concerning harmonization of insolvency practice, and management of cross-border cases. He has been principal investigator for the European Commission in drafting a “Study on a new approach to business failure and insolvency”. This study is part of the EU Commission Insolvency Initiative, which aims at studying the current similarities and differences in the insolvency frameworks of EU Member States, and at harmonizing certain aspects of the law by means of a EU directive.

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Dr. Carlo Corcione [General Counsel and Director at Fratelli D’Amato Shipowners Group]carlo-corcione

Carlo (Ph.D. at City, University London) is an international commercial lawyer with both civil and common law background having spent part of his trainee period at mayor London law firms and P&I Club. Carlo holds a LL.M with distinction in International Commercial Law, a MA Cum Laude in International Relations and a LL.B in Law. He specializes in the areas of Maritime Law, Marine Insurance, Transport Law, Air Law, Energy Law, Shipping Finance and International Relations.

He is an active member of the London Universities Maritime Law and Policy Research Group (LUMLP), the International Commercial & Transport Law Group, and the Cross-Border Corporate Insolvency and Commercial Law Research Group (CI&CL).

He is the author of academic articles and he has been invited as a speaker at several international conferences. Carlo currently holds the position of Teaching and Research fellow at University of Naples Parthenope, and has been Assistant Lecturer in Shipping Finance and Electronic Commerce at University of Westminster London.

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A/Prof. Julia Constantino Chagas Lessa [Erasmus University Rotterdam]

Julia is an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the LLM Commercial and Company Law at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Prior from moving to Rotterdam, Julia lectured Commercial Law at the University of Westminster and University of East Anglia. She has also lectured at the bachelor’s level at City, University of London, where she completed her PhD in Maritime Law.

Julia is involved in numerous academic activities, being the board member of the German American Maritime Institute, one of the executive editors of the International Transport Law Review, an executive member of the London Universities Maritime and Policy Group and finally a member of the Cross-Border Insolvency and Commercial Law Group. She regularly speaks in academic and industry conferences, having published articles in several renowned academics journals.

Before moving to Europe, Julia practiced law for a few years in Brazil, where she had the opportunity of dealing with international clients such as Citibank, Vestfrost, Amway, NIKE, BNL, and HSBC.

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Mr. Eugenio Vaccari [City, University of London]eugenio-vaccari

Eugenio is a Ph.D. researcher at City University London. He obtained his Bachelor Degree of Law (LL.B.) from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy) with a final mark of 110/110 cum laude. After that, Eugenio furthered his postgraduate studies at the University of Bologna (Italy) – where he was awarded a final mark of 70/70 cum laude – and at the London School of Economics and Political Science – where he obtained his LL.M. degree and a distinction mark in its final dissertation entitled “The UK and Italy: A Comparative Study on the Protection of Small Businesses Facing Debtors’ Insolvency”.

Eugenio is a qualified Italian lawyer specialized in Insolvency/Bankruptcy Law (corporate side), and Commercial Law. Before attending the Ph.D. course at City Law School, Eugenio was invited by the Temple University – Beasley School of Law [Philadelphia, U.S.A.] to carry out research on the U.S.A. bankruptcy system. As a visiting researcher, Eugenio had the possibility of shadowing judges and analysing cases both in Wilmington and Philadelphia Bankruptcy Courts.

Eugenio is an active member of several leading institutions in the field, including INSOL International, INSOL Europe and the Insolvency Lawyers’ Association [UK]. Eugenio’s main research interests include EU Law, Business and Insolvency Law, Law & Economics as well as International Commercial Arbitration, with his primary area of interest being the theoretical and conceptual underpinnings of Insolvency/Bankruptcy Law.