Sunday, 29 June 2008

Commission Proposal for European Private Company (SPE)

The EU Commission has just published a proposal for a Regulation on a European Private Company (SPE, Societas Privata Europaea) (available here), supplementing the European Company (SE, Societas Europaea). How has the press reacted to it? It is noted that “the commission estimates that having a single EU legal status could save between 2,000 and 10,000 euros on setting-up companies and between 750 and 8,000 euros in day-to-day operating costs”. And it is said that “France, which takes over the EU Presidency in July, lobbied hard to persuade the reluctant Commission of proposing the statute”. Therefore (?) a number of English language newspapers explain the letters SPE not by reference to the Latin words but state that the new law “will create a ‘Société privée européenne’ (SPE)”. In general, of course, one may be wondering whether the abbreviation SPE is really convincing because it can also mean Society of Petroleum Engineers, Society for Photographic Education, Sigma Phi Epsilon and a dozen of other things.

Wednesday, 25 June 2008

Shareholder Rights Directive: Google Hits

I just did a simple google search on the new shareholder rights directive (Directive available here; for my earlier critique see here). The results are:

  • Search for “Directive 2007/36/EC” (ie English language version): Total hits: 181; UK domain: 4; IE domain: 2
  • Search for “Richtlinie 2007/36/EG” (ie German language version): Total hits: 405; DE domain: 57; AT domain: 6
  • Search for “Directive 2007/36/CE” (ie French language version): Total hits: 101; FR domain: 4; BE domain: 1; LU domain: 2

Presumably in none of the 7 countries (UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, France, Belgium, and Luxembourg) will the new Directive really lead to major changes of the law. Still it’s interesting to note that in Germany (and in German) this directive has received considerably more attention than in the other countries.

Saturday, 21 June 2008

The Taxonomy of Interdisciplinary Legal Research: Finding the Way Out of the Desert

I just posted a new paper at ssrn (available here).

Abstract: According to the 19th century jurist Julius von Kirchmann "law is like a wanderer in the desert" because "three words changed by the law-maker may render entire libraries useless". This sentence is based on the assumption that academic lawyers are only interested in what law-makers actually do. Interdisciplinary research is, of course, different. So, if we go beyond traditional legal research, we may be able to find a way out of the desert. This paper suggests a new taxonomy with which this can be achieved. In particular, it distinguishes between basic and advanced approaches. Basic interdisciplinary research uses the same questions as starting points as traditional legal research; however, it also considers other academic disciplines to answer these questions. Advanced interdisciplinary research goes further. It can either deal with research questions that are not about the law as such (type 1), or incorporate scientific methods into legal thinking (type 2), or combine both (type 3).

Thursday, 19 June 2008

New Times Good University Guide 2009

Overall ranking available here.

Sunday, 15 June 2008

Germans in the UK


Below a list of all Germans who work at UK law schools (OK, perhaps I have missed a few names but I guess that I have covered about 80 %). I find this list pretty impressive, clearly showing the “brain drain” to the UK.

Gero Dolezalek (Aberdeen), Florian Becker (Aberdeen), Gerald Schaefer (Aberystwyth), Anton Schütz (Birkbeck), Martin Borowski (Birmingham), Martin Kretschmer (Bournmouth), Nina Boeger (Bristol), Holger Sutschet (Brunel), Markus Gehring (Cambridge), Jens Scherpe (Cambridge), Katrin Mueller-Johnson (Cambridge), Friedrich Lösel (Cambridge), Beke Zwingmann (Cardiff), Judith Rauhofer (Central Lancashire), Michael Bohlander (Durham), Robert Schuetze (Durham), Thomas Wälde (Dundee), Mathias Siems (East Anglia), Burkhard Schäfer (Edinburgh), Sabine Michalowski (Essex), Renate Gertz (Glasgow), Martina Künnecke (Hull), Carsten Gerner-Beuerle (King’s, London), Alexander Türk (King’s, London), Oliver Gerstenberg (Leeds), Dagmar Schiek (Leeds), Christopher Bisping (Leicester), Sirko Harder (Leicester), Annette Nordhausen (Manchester), Ann Richter (Manchester), Simone Schnitzer (Northumbria), Thomas Krebs (Oxford), Stefan Vogenauer (Oxford), Katja Ziegler (Oxford), Wolf-Georg Ringe (Oxford), Kai Moller (Oxford), Stefan Talmon (Oxford), Julia Hörnle (Queen Mary, London), Guido Westkamp (Queen Mary, London), Anne Thies (Reading), Regina Asariotis (Southhampton), Werner Menski (SOAS, London), Alexander Fischer (SOAS, London), Andreas Rühmkorf (Sheffield), Regina Rauxloh (Surrey), Christina Eckes (Surrey), Yuri Borgmann-Prebil (Sussex), Volker Roeben (Swansea), Carsten Stahn (Swansea), Jörg Fedtke (UCL), Tobias Lock (UCL), Florian Wagner-von-Papp (UCL), Ralf Rogowski (Warwick), Maren Heidemann (Westminster) And, as a footnote, a few Austrians: Dieter Pesendorfer (Queen’s, Belfast), Christoph Kletzer (King’s, London), Eva Micheler (LSE) and two German working in the Republic of Ireland Gernot Biehler (Trinity, Dublin), Ferdinand, Prince von Lippe (Trinity, Dublin).

Sunday, 1 June 2008

Books on UK Companies Act 2006

For a book project I just compiled a list of all books which address the new UK Companies Act 2006 in a general sense (i.e. which are not limited to particular topics). This list is already quite long, and perhaps of interest:
  • Blackstone’s guide to the Companies Act 2006, Oxford University Press, 2007.
  • Palmer’s company law : annotated guide to the Companies Act 2006, ed. by Geoffrey Morse et al, Thomson/Sweet & Maxwell, 2007.
  • John Birds (ed.), Annotated Companies Acts, OUP 2007 ff.
  • Alistair Alcock, John Birds and Steve Gale, Companies Act 2006: The New Law, Jordan 2007 (also part of Gore-Browne on Companies)
  • Peter van Duzer, Companies Act 2006: A Guide for Private Companies, Jordan 2007.
  • Gary Scanlan et al., Companies Act 2006: A Guide to the New Law, The Law Society 2007.
  • Brenda Hanningan and Dan Prentice, The Companies Act 2006 – Commentary, Lexis Nexis Butterworth 2007.
  • Saleem Sheikh, A Guide to The Companies Act 2006, Routledge-Cavendish, 2008.
  • Linklaters, The ICSA Companies Act 2006 Handbook, 2007.
  • FL Memo, Company Law Memo 2008.
  • Janet Dine and M Koutsias, Company Law, 6th edn. MacMillan 2007.
  • Derek French, Stephan Mayson, and Christopher Ryan, Mayson, French & Ryan on Company Law 24th edn, OUP 2007/2008.
  • Nicholas Bourne, Bourne on Company Law, 4th edn, Routledge Cavendish, 2008.
  • L S Sealy & Sarah Worthington, Cases and Materials in Company Law, 8th edn, OUP, 2007.
  • Andrew Hicks and S. H. Goo, Cases and Materials on Company Law, OUP 2008.
  • Branda Hanningan, Company Law, 2nd edn, OUP 2008.
  • Boyle and Birds’ Company Law, Jordans 2007.