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Expert resume of Professor Louise Gullifer KC (hon) FBA

Rouse Ball Professor of English Law at the University of Cambridge and fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge; former Professor of Commercial Law at the University of Oxford; associate member of 3VB and Bencher of Gray’s Inn

Professor Louise Gullifer KC (hon) FBA is Rouse Ball Professor of English Law at the University of Cambridge in October 2019, and a fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.  She was formerly Professor of Commercial Law at the University of Oxford and held a Fellowship at Harris Manchester College in 2000.     She is an associate member of 3VB, where she practiced for a number of years, and a Bencher of Gray’s Inn.   

She teaches and writes extensively in all areas of commercial and financial law, especially secured transactions and financial collateral, intermediated securities, set-off and personal property.   She is the editor of Goode and Gullifer on Legal Problems of Credit and Security and has co-authored a number of books on commercial law and debt financing, including The Law of Security and Title Financing, The Law of Personal Property, Corporate Finance Law : Principles and Policy and Set-Off in Arbitration and Commercial Transactions.   Her most recent co-edited volume is Intermediation and Beyond (2019), which considers the advantages and disadvantages of the holding of securities through the intermediated system, and the way forward.  She is currently co-director of a project on digital assets, and is writing and editing a series of books on secured transactions law and reform around the world, of which the volume on Africa will be published in 2019.  She has acted as an expert witness in cases concerning set-off, intermediated securities and insolvency law.

Louise holds one of the temporary chairs of the Business and Law Research Centre, International Commercial Law, at Radboud University, Nijmegen.  She has been the Kwa Geok Choo Distinguished Visiting Professor at National University of Singapore and held a Chair of Excellence at Universidad Carlos III, Madrid.  She has also been a visiting professor in Paris, Leiden, City University, Hong Kong, and Columbia Law School.

She was the founding director of the Commercial Law Centre at Harris Manchester College and executive director of the Secured Transaction Law Reform Project, as well as the Oxford academic lead of the Cape Town Convention Academic Project.   She was the UK delegate to both UNCITRAL (working group VI) during its work on secured transactions, and is one of the UK delegates to the UNIDROIT conferences on the Cape Town Convention.   She is co-chair of the Academic Committee of the International Insolvency Institute and a member of the International Academy of Commercial and Consumer Law.