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Professor Simon Deakin

Professor of Law and Director, Centre for Business Research
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Simon Deakin, Professor of Law and Director, Centre for Business Research, University of Cambridge
ECGI Research Associate (2004) :


Simon Deakin is Professor of Law and Director, Centre for Business Research. Previously Professor Deakin was the Robert Monks Professor of Corporate Governance in the Judge Institute of Management, University of Cambridge.

His undergraduate education consisted of a degree in Law with First Class Honours from the University of Cambridge, following which he took a Ph.D. in Law at Cambridge. His doctoral dissertation was awarded the Yorke Prize for legal writing.

Prior to taking up his current position he taught in the Faculty of Law at Cambridge for eleven years, specializing in employment law, company law and private law. He has also taught in the Universities of Chicago, London, Nantes and Melbourne. In addition to holding the Robert Monks Chair of Corporate Governance, he is a Fellow of Peterhouse and Yorke Professorial Research Fellow in the Faculty of Law at Cambridge.

Research Interests
Company law
Contract law
EU law
Labour law
Law and economics
Tort law

ECGI Working Papers (Click title for more details)
Empirical Analysis of Legal Institutions and Institutional Change: Multiple-Methods Approaches and Their Application to Corporate Governance Research ECGI Law Working Paper 238/2014 February 2014
Agency Theory in Practice: A Qualitative Study of Hedge Fund Activism in Japan ECGI Law Working Paper 237/2014 February 2014
An End to Consensus? The Selective Impact of Corporate Law Reform on Financial Development ECGI Law Working Paper 182/2011 September 2011
System and Evolution in Corporate Governance ECGI Law Working Paper 150/2010 April 2010
Law and Financial Development: What We Are Learning from Time-Series Evidence ECGI Law Working Paper 148/2010 March 2010
How Do Legal Rules Evolve? Evidence From a Cross-Country Comparison of Shareholder, Creditor and Worker Protection ECGI Law Working Paper 129/2009 July 2009 Winner of the 2010 Allen & Overy Law Prize (Best paper in the Law Working Paper series)
Shareholder Protection and Stock Market Development: An Empirical Test of the Legal Origins Hypothesis ECGI Law Working Paper 108/2008 May 2008 Winner of the 2009 ECGI Law Prize (Best paper in the Law series)
Japan's Paradoxical Response to the New 'Global Standard' in Corporate Governance ECGI Law Working Paper 087/2007 August 2007
Labour Regulation, Corporate Governance and Legal Origin: A Case of Institutional Complementarity? ECGI Law Working Paper 072/2006 October 2005

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