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Prof Ian Fletcher
UCL Faculty of Laws
Bentham House
Tel: 0207 679 1417
  • Principal Research Associate
  • Faculty of Laws
Ian Fletcher is the Emeritus Professor of International Commercial Law and joined the Faculty in January 2001.

From 1991 he was Professor of Commercial Law and Head of the Insolvency Law Unit, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary and Westfield College, London University. He held the post of Director of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at QMW from 1994 until December 2000 with responsibility for the academic and administrative direction of that department. He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Texas at Austin and at Tulane University. He taught at the University of Aberystwyth from 1967-1991, was Head of Department from 1985-88, and became Professor of Law in 1986.

He was elected as a Bencher of Lincoln's Inn in 2003, and is an academic member of South Square Barristers' Chambers, Gray's Inn. He was appointed Queen's Counsel (Honoris Causa) in 2013. He has been a member of the American Law Institute since 1997, and in 2002 he was elected an International Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. He is a member of INSOL International and was the founding Chairman of its Academics’ Group from 1994 to 2015. He is also a member of the Insolvency Lawyers' Association, INSOL Europe (formerly the European Insolvency Practitioners' Association) and the International Insolvency Institute. He was an Overseas Member of the United States National Bankruptcy Conference from 1995 to 2001. He served as a member of the Task Force formed by the World Bank to develop principles and guidelines for effective insolvency systems. From December 2005 until June 2012 he served as Co-Reporter of a joint project formed by the American Law Institute and the International Insolvency Institute to investigate the feasibility of international dissemination of Principles of Co-operation in Transnational Insolvency Cases. The final report of this project was published in 2012 by the ALI and III bearing the title "Transnational Insolvency: Global Principles for Cooperation in International Insolvency Cases".

Research Summary
Ian Fletcher's principal research activity lies in the field of Insolvency Law, including its domestic, international (cross-border) and comparative aspects. His interests extend across both personal and corporate insolvency law.

His principal research and writing outputs include a Supplement (2007) to the second edition (2005) of his book Insolvency in Private International Law, first published by Oxford University Press in March 1999. The book deals, inter alia, with major developments such as the European Union Insolvency Regulation, the UNCITRAL Model Law, and other international agreements to regulate the problems of cross-border insolvency.

In 2017 he produced a fifth edition of his treatise on The Law of Insolvency, published by Sweet & Maxwell. The same year saw the publication of the sixth edition of Lightman and Moss on the Law of Administrators and Receivers of Companies, of which he is a principal editor and contributing author. In 2016 the third edition of a jointly-written commentary, Moss, Fletcher and Isaacs on the EU Regulation on Insolvency Proceedings was published by Oxford University Press. 

Teaching Summary

Professor Fletcher formerly taught LLM courses in Corporate Insolvency and International and Comparative Insolvency Law.

Academic Background
1993 LLD Doctor of Laws – Law by area University of Cambridge
1979 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Business and Commercial Law University of Cambridge
1969 MA Master of Arts University of Cambridge
1967 MAS Masters – Law Tulane University, New Orleans
1966 LLM Master of Laws – Law University of Cambridge
1965 BA Bachelor of Arts University of Cambridge
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