Project Team

 

Principal Investigators, Co-Investigators, and Affiliates

The project is based at the Humboldt-Universität Centre for British Studies (also the Großbritannien-Zentrum or “GBZ” for short), where the Principal Investigators are based. They are joined by a distinguished group of Co-Investigators including scholars and members of the legal professions.  Project members are based predominantly in the UK and Europe, but also hail from North America and the Asia Pacific region.
The project is fortunate to enjoy the affiliation of senior academics, practitioners, and members of the judiciary, as well as emerging scholars.

Dr Jason Grant Allen
Dr Jason Grant Allen

Principal Investigator

Jason is a Senior Research Fellow at the Humboldt University of Berlin Centre for British Studies.

Professor Gerhard Dannemann
Professor Gerhard Dannemann

Principal Investigator

Gerhard is a Professor of English Law, British Economy and Politics at the Humboldt University of Berlin Centre for British Studies.

Dr Will Bateman
Dr Will Bateman

Co-Investigator

Will is a Senior Lecturer at the Australian National University.

Professor Giuditta Cordero-Moss
Professor Giuditta Cordero-Moss

Co-Investigator

Giuditta is a Professor of Law at the University of Oslo Faculty of Law.

Professor Christiane Eisenberg
Professor Christiane Eisenberg

Co-Investigator

Christiane is a Professor of British History at the Humboldt University of Berlin Centre for British Studies.

Professor David Fox
Professor David Fox

Co-Investigator

David is a Professor of Common Law at the University of Edinburgh School of Law.

Junior Professor Matthias Goldmann
Junior Professor Matthias Goldmann

Co-Investigator

Matthias is a Junior Professor of Public International Law and Financial Law at the Goethe University of Frankfurt.

Dr Christian Hofmann
Dr Christian Hofmann

Co-Investigator

Christian is an Assistant Professor at the National University of Singapore.

Alexandra Kemmerer
Alexandra Kemmerer

Co-Investigator

Alexandra is a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law and is the Head of the Institute's Berlin Office.

Christoph König
Christoph König

Co-Investigator

Christoph is a Doctoral Candidate and Research Fellow at the Humboldt University of Berlin Centre for British Studies.

Professor Rosa Maria Lastra
Professor Rosa Maria Lastra

Co-Investigator

Rosa holds the Sir John Lubbock Chair in Banking Law at the Queen Mary University London Centre for Commercial Law Studies.

Professor Eva Lein
Professor Eva Lein

Co-Investigator

Eva is a Professor of Law at the University of Lausanne and is Director of the Centre for Comparative Law at BIICL.

Professor Campbell McLachlan QC
Professor Campbell McLachlan QC

Co-Investigator

Campbell is a Professor at the Victoria University of Wellington Faculty of Law.

Dr Reut Yael Paz
Dr Reut Yael Paz

Co-Investigator

Reut is a Research Fellow at the Justus-Liebig University in Giessen.

Dr Charles Proctor
Dr Charles Proctor

Co-Investigator

Charles is a Partner at Fladgate LLP in London

Stefan Vogenauer
Stefan Vogenauer

Co-Investigator

Stefan is a Professor and Director at the Max-Planck Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt

Ricarda Callies
Ricarda Callies

Research Assistant

Ricarda is an undergraduate law student at the University of Potsdam

Marco Mauer
Marco Mauer

Research Assistant

Marco is an undergraduate law student at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Sir William Blair
Sir William Blair

Project Affiliate

Sir William is a former judge of the High Court of England and Wales, a Professor at QMUL CCLS, and an associate member of 3VB in London.

Professor Michael Burda
Professor Michael Burda

Project Affiliate

Michael is a Professor of Economics at the Humboldt University of Berlin School of Business and Economics

Lord Lawrence Collins
Lord Lawrence Collins

Project Affiliate

Lord Collins is a former UK Supreme Court Justice. He worked with F.A. Mann at (then) Herbert Smith.

Professor Jochen Abraham Frowein
Professor Jochen Abraham Frowein

Project Affiliate

Simon Gleeson
Simon Gleeson

Project Affiliate

Simon is a Partner at Clifford Chance and an author of numerous titles in the law of banking, finance, and money.

Adam Johnson QC
Adam Johnson QC

Project Affiliate

Adam is a Partner in the Disputes Division of Herbert Smith Freehills London.

Professor Martti Koskenniemi
Professor Martti Koskenniemi

Co-Investigator

Martti is a Professor in the University of Helsinki Faculty of Law.

Professor Anne Peters
Professor Anne Peters

Project Affiliate

Dr Eva Micheler
Dr Eva Micheler

Project Affiliate

Eva is an Associate Professor of Law at the LSE and an Ausserordentlicher Professor at the University of Economics in Vienna.

Professor Christian Tomuschat
Professor Christian Tomuschat

Project Affiliate

Professor Spyros Maniatis
Professor Spyros Maniatis

Project Affiliate

Spyros is the Director ofthe British Institute of International and Comparative Law.

Institutional Cooperation

As the administering organisation, the Humboldt-Universität Centre for British Studies benefits from the formal cooperation of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (London) and of the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History (Frankfurt). These institutions will each host a Project Workshop.

The Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (Heidelberg) also maintains a close relationship with the project, particularly through its Berlin Office. We also benefit from the support of the archival holdings of the Leo Baeck Institute for the Study of German-Jewish History and Culture – New York | Berlin.

Extended Biographies

Dr Jason Grant Allen

Senior Research Fellow at the Humboldt-Universität of Berlin Centre for British Studies

Jason studied law at the University of Cambridge (PhD 2017), University of Augsburg (LLM 2010) and University of Tasmania (BA, LLB (Hons) 2007). He is a Senior Research Fellow at the GBZ, and holds affiliations at QMUL Centre for Commercial Law Studies, the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance, and the Univeristy of Tasmania. Jason is a dual qualified lawyer (Australia and NY, current non-practising), and served as the Judicial Assistant to the Rt. Hon. Sir Geoffrey Vos C in the 2016-2017 judicial year.

Jason came to the GBZ as a Humboldt scholar in 2017 to work on the intersection of law, economics, and technology around the concept of money, and is continuing his research through this project. During the project, Jason will work on a monograph on the concept of money that explores the conceptual roots of Mann’s theory, how it evolved over the course of the 20th century, and the novel problems thrown up in the current century.

Email: jason.allen@hu-berlin.de 
Website: GBZ | CCAF | UTAS

Dr Will Bateman

Senior Lecturer, Australian National University Faculty of Law

Will holds a PhD and LLM from the University of Cambridge, with a special focus on the law governing public and private finance. He is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the Australian National University, where he leads projects exploring central banking, sustainable finance, and artificial intelligence. Prior to his academic career, Will worked as a lawyer (litigation and banking) at Herbert Smith Freehills and served as a Judicial Associate at the High Court of Australia. 

Will engages with a broad range of stakeholders on topics related to monetary law, central banking, and constitutional design, recently including the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the Bank of England. During this project, Will intents to explore the role of the state in the development of monetary law and the intersections of Mann’s legacy with core doctrines of liberal democracy and the empirical expression of modern constitutionalism. That research will underpin a book on the topic of money, finance, and constitutionalism, which builds on his most recent book, Public Finance and Parliamentary Constitutionalism (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2020). 

Website: Australian National University

Professor Giuditta Cordero-Moss

Professor, University of Oslo

Giuditta holds a Dr juris from the University of Oslo and a PhD from the University of Moscow. She teaches private international law, contract law, and international commercial law at the University of Oslo. A former corporate lawyer, since 2002 she has maintained a practice as an arbitrator in international disputes under the rules of numerous institutions, as well as in ad hoc arbitration. She is (inter alia) a member of the Curatorium of the Hague Academy of International Law, President of the Administrative Tribunal of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, an alternate member of the International Court of Arbitration of the ICC, and Vice-President of the Board of Directors of the Norwegian Financial Supervision Authority. 

Giuditta regularly writes and lectures on topics central to F.A. Mann’s production – including a series of lectures at the Hague Academy of Interantional Law on Party Autonomy in International Commercial Disputes (2014). Mann developed a solid framework for the role of national law in international commercial practice, and opposed the emergence of idealistic theories seeking a translational legal order. His archive may give insight into this, which would not only be of historical significance but also bear directly on the contemporary debate: after decades of transnational ambitions, the pendulum seems to be swinging back to national law.

Website: University of Oslo

Professor Gerhard Dannemann

Professor of English Law, British Economy and Politics at the Humboldt-Universität Centre for British Studies

Gerhard studied law at Freiburg i.Br. and Bonn, and has taught German and English law at Freiburg University, the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, University College London, and the University of Oxford, where he was also a Fellow of Worcester College. Gerhard joined the Centre for British Studies in 2003. 

Gerhard has published widely, in particular on the English and German legal systems, contract, tort, unjust enrichment, private international law, and also on standards of good academic practice. He is the founder and general editor of the Oxford University Comparative Law Forum and the German Law Archive, founding member of the Acquis Group (European Research Group on Existing EC Private Law), chair of that group’s Redaction Committee and Terminology Group, and Research Fellow of the Institute of European and Comparative Law at the University of Oxford.

On the project, Gerhard will focus mainly on private international law aspects of Mann’s career. 

Website: GBZ

Professor Christiane Eisenberg-Ditt

Professor of British History and Society at the Humboldt-Universität of Berlin Centre for British Studies

Christiane currently serves as Director of the Humboldt-Universität of Berlin Centre for British Studies. Before joining the Humboldt-Universität in 1998, she worked as a research associate at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research, Bielefeld, and then as an assistant professor at the University of Hamburg. She also held a fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. 

Christiane has published widely, in particularly on the social and cultural history of Britian and Germany as well as on methodological problems of historical comparisons and cultural transfer research. Her main research foci are the history of modern sport and the history of modern market society. The latter includes a long-term analysis of British history from the middle ages to the present. She is currently writing a book on “The Sporting Spirit of Capitalism”. The book project intersects with the Mann project in that it takes the formation of the Bank of England in 1694 as its starting point and examines the social and cultural consequences of the introduction of the pound sterling as a modern currency in Britain. Within the framework of the project, Christiane is available in particular to support historical network research within the Mann Papers. 

Website: GBZ

Mr Simon Gleeson

Partner, Clifford Chance

Simon is a Senior Partner at Clifford Chance, a global law firm based in the City of London, and specialises in banking and financial markets. His experience includes advising governments, regulators, and public bodies as well as banks, investment firms, fund managers and other financial institutions on a wide range of legal issues. He is described by all the major legal directories as one of the world’s leading experts in financial services and banking, capital markets, and derivatives. He is one of the leading advisors to the UK financial services industry on Brexit. 

Simon has lectured at Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge, and Edinburgh Universities, and at King’s College London, the LSE, and the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at QMUL, and was a Visiting Fellow of All Souls College Oxford. He is author of Gleeson on the International Regulation of Banking (3rd Ed. 2018), and also The Legal Concept of Money (2018). 

Website: Clifford Chance

Christoph König

Doctoral Candidate and Research Fellow at the Humboldt-Universität; Lecturer in Commercial Law at University of Erfurt

Christoph is a Doctorial Candidate and Research Fellow at the Humboldt-Universität. He undertook his undergraduarte legal studies at the Humboldt-Universität and the University of Zurich. Christoph is the Chairman and founding member of the Refugee Law Clinic Berlin and the Refugee Law Clinics Germany. He has a keen interest in legal theory, comparative law, legal history, and the law of civil liberties. 

Christoph understands himself as the historiographical arm of the project. Christoph’s doctoral thesis will represent a major ouput from the project, being a biographical approach to F.A. Mann grounded in Christoph’s thorough research into the Mann Papers. Christoph also plays an active role supporting the Principal Investigators. 

Website: ckng.de

Professor Eva Lein

Professor, University of Lausanne and Senior Research Fellow, British Institute for International and Comparative Law

Eva’s fields of expertise are private international law, international dispute resolution, and comparative law. A German qualified lawyer, Eva is fluent in English, French, Italian, Spansih and German and has lectured at various institutions including QMUL and Paris II. Since 2016, Eva has specialised on the legal consequences of Brexit and is an expert for the House of Commons and the Law Society on the cross-border implications of Brexit. Eva has acted as an expert for the UK Ministry of Justice, the European Commission, the European Parliament, and Swiss authorities, and is engaged in several international research projects. She is an advisory board member of the Yearbook of Private International Law. 

During the project, Eva will be working mainly on questions of private international law. As Director of the Centre for Comparative Law at BIICL, Eva will also play a role in coordinating that institution’s role in the project.

Website: BIICL

Associate Professor Eva Micheler

Associate Professor (Reader), London School of Economics

Eva is an Associate Professor at the Law Department of the LSE, and is a member of the management committee of the Systemic Risk Centre at LSE. Eva studied law at the University of Vienna and the University of Oxford before joining the LSE in 2001. She holds the venia legendi from the University of Economics in VIenna. Eva was a member of the Expert Group on Technical Aspects of Corporate Governance advising the European Commission and a member of the Investor Protection and Intermediaries Standing Committee of the European Securities Markets authority. She also advised the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skils regarding intermediated securities holding. 

Eva has written widely on corporate finance and comparative law. Intermediated securiteis and holding and transfer systems have been a major focus of her work. Most recently, she has been involved in a project funded by the ESRC on the use of blockchain technology. Her work has been cited by the UK Supreme Court and the Austrian Oberster Gerichtshof. She contributes to Gower and Davies’ Principles of Modern Company Law, Gore Brown on Companies and Palmer’s Company Law. 

Website: LSE

Professor Stefan Vogenauer

Director, Max Planck Institute for European Legal History

Before taking up his Directorship at the MPI for European Legal History, Stefan held the Chair of Comparative Law at the University of Oxford (2003-2015), where he also served as Director of the Oxford Institute of European and Comparative Law and was a Fellow of Brasenose College. Stefan is currently Chair of Max Planck Law, the network of 11 MPIs pursuing legal studies. Stefan has held visiting positions in the Universities of Auckland, Melbourne, Paris II, and Stellenbosch, and also at Bucerius Law School, Luisiana State University, the National Law University Delhi, National Taiwan Univeristy, New York University and University of Texas at Austin. 

Stefan works mainly in the areas of European legal history, comparative law and transnational private law. He has a particular interest in legal transfers in the common law world, the history of EU law, and the comparative history of legal method. He is, among others, the editor of the Commentary on the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts (OUP), a co-editor of the six-volume series Studies in the Contract Laws of Asia, and has co-authored the Ius Commune Casebook: Contract (Hart). 

Website: MPI

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