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.
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.
Dr Jason Grant Allen
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.
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Professor Giuditta Cordero-Moss
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.
Professor Gerhard Dannemann
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.
Professor Christiane Eisenberg-Ditt
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.
Mr Simon Gleeson
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).
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.
Professor Eva Lein
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.
Associate Professor Eva Micheler
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.
Professor Stefan Vogenauer
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).