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s.deakin@cbr.cam.ac.uk

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Room: 12 Trumpington

Tel: 01223 765339

Fax: 01223 765338

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Room: C3 Old Court

Tel: 01223 338233

M.A., Ph.D. (Cantab.), Ph.D. (h.c.) (Louvain-la-Neuve)
Professor of Law; Director of Research

Interests

Labour Law, Tort Law, Contract Law, Company Law, EU Law, Law and Economics, Law and Development, Empirical Legal Studies

CV / Biography

Simon Deakin is a Professor of Law at the University of Cambridge. He specializes in labour law, private law, company law and EU law.  His research is concerned, more generally, with the relationship between law and the social sciences, and he contributes regularly to the fields of law and economics, law and development, and empirical legal studies. He is Director of the Centre for Business Research (http://www.cbr.cam.ac.uk/), co-Chair of the University's Strategic Research Initiative in Public Policy (http://www.publicpolicy.cam.ac.uk/), and a Fellow of Peterhouse. Following undergraduate studies in Law at Cambridge he stayed on to complete a Ph.D. in labour law under the joint supervision of Brian Napier (Faculty of Law) and Frank Wilkinson (Department of Applied Economics). He took up his first full-time lecturing post at Queen Mary College, University of London, in 1987, after a year as a Bigelow Fellow at the University of Chicago, and was appointed to a lectureship in the Cambridge Law Faculty in 1990. He was a visiting fellow at the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme Ange Guépin, Nantes, in 1993 and 1995, and the Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law, University of Melbourne, in 1996. In 2001 he became Robert Monks Professor of Corporate Governance in the Judge Business School at Cambridge. He returned to the Cambridge Law Faculty as a Professor of Law in 2006.  He has given the ILO Social Policy Lectures (Budapest 2002), the Tanner Lectures (Oxford, 2008), the Mike Larkin Memorial Lecture (Cape Town, 2009), the V.V. Giri Memorial Lecture (New Delhi, 2013), and the Innis Christie Lecture (Dalhousie, 2015). In 2003 and 2008 he was a Visiting Professor of Law at Columbia University and in 2004 a visiting fellow in the Department of Law, European University Institute, Florence. Since 2004 he has been Omron visiting fellow at Doshisha University, Kyoto.  In 2012-13 he was Francqui Visiting Professor at the University of Antwerp and in September 2013 he gave a course of lectures on corporate governance at Moscow State University.  In 2015 he gave a plenary address to the 21st World Congress of the International Society for Labour and Social Security Law, meeting in Cape Town.  His books include Tort Law (7th. ed. with Basil Markesinis and Angus Johnston, 2012), Labour Law (6th. ed. 2012, with Gillian S. Morris), The Law of the Labour Market: Industrialization, Employment, and Legal Evolution (2005, with Frank Wilkinson), and Hedge Fund Activism in Japan: The Limits of Shareholder Primacy (2012, with John Buchanan and Dominic Chai). He is editor in chief of the Industrial Law Journal and a member of the editorial board of the the Cambridge Journal of Economics. He was elected to a Fellowship of the British Academy in 2005 and in 2012 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Catholic University of Louvain (http://www.uclouvain.be/406938.html).  He is a recipient of the ECGI and Allen & Overy prizes for corporate governance research (see 2010 Working Paper Competition).  He is currently a principal investigator on two ESRC-funded projects (http://www.cbr.cam.ac.uk/news/index.htm) and has recently carried out contract research for the International Labour Organisation and for the UK government's Foresight review of the future of British manufacturing.

Publications

 

Books

"Markesinis and Deakin's Tort Law" (OUP) 7th Edition

Co-Author/s:
Angus Johnston and Basil S. Markesinis
Published:
Oct 2012
Publisher:
OUP
ISBN 13:
978019959198-5

"Labour Law" (Hart Publishing) 6th Edition

Co-Author/s:
Gillian S Morris
Published:
Aug 2012
Publisher:
Hart Publishing
ISBN 13:
9781849463416

"Legal Origin Theory" (Edward Elgar) (Ed)

Co-Author/s:
Katharina Pistor
Published:
Jul 2012
Publisher:
Edward Elgar
ISBN 13:
9780857939098

"Hedge Fund Activism in Japan: The Limits of Shareholder Primacy" (Cambridge University Press)

Co-Author/s:
John Buchanan, Dominic Heesang Chai
Published:
Jun 2012
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
ISBN 13:
9781107016835

"Corporate Governance and Managerial Reform in Japan" (OUP) (Ed)

Co-Author/s:
D. Hugh Whittaker
Published:
Sep 2009
Publisher:
OUP
ISBN 13:
978019956363-0

"Capacitas: Contract Law and the Institutional Preconditions of a Market Economy" (Hart Publishing) (Ed)

Co-Author/s:
Alain Supiot (Ed)
Published:
Jul 2009
Publisher:
Hart Publishing
ISBN:
1841139971
ISBN 13:
9781841139975

"Markesinis & Deakin's Tort Law" (OUP)

Co-Author/s:
Angus Johnston and Basil Markesinis
Published:
Sep 2007
Publisher:
OUP
ISBN 13:
978-0-19-928246-3

"The Law of the Labour Market: Industrialization, Employment, and Legal Evolution" (OUP)

Co-Author/s:
Frank Wilkinson
Published:
Apr 2005
Publisher:
OUP
ISBN 13:
978-0-19-815281-1

"The Future of Labour Law" (Hart Publishing) (Ed)

Co-Author/s:
Catharine Barnard and Gillian S. Morris (Eds)
Published:
Oct 2004
Publisher:
Hart Publishing
ISBN:
184113404X
ISBN 13:
9781841134048

"Systems of Production: Markets, Organisations and Performance" (Routledge)

Co-Author/s:
Brendan Burchell, Jonathan Michie and Jill Rubery
Published:
Nov 2002
Publisher:
Routledge
ISBN:
0415282837
ISBN 13:
978-0415282833

"Equal Opportunity or More Opportunity?: The Good Thing About Discrimination" (Civitas:Institute for the Study of Civil Society) (Ed)

Co-Author/s:
Richard A. Epstein
Published:
Mar 2002
Publisher:
Civitas:Institute for the Study of Civil Society
ISBN:
1903386187
ISBN 13:
978-1903386187

"The Tortious Liability of Statutory Bodies" (Hart Publishing)

Co-Author/s:
Basil Markesinis, Jean-Bernard Auby and Coester Waltjen
Published:
Nov 1999
Publisher:
Hart Publishing
ISBN:
1841131245
ISBN 13:
9781841131245

"Contracts, Co-operation, and Competition: Studies in Economics, Management, and Law" (OUP) (Ed)

Co-Author/s:
Jonathan Michie (Ed)
Published:
Nov 1997
Publisher:
OUP
ISBN 13:
978-0-19-829266-1

Articles

"Are litigation and collective bargaining complements or substitutes for achieving gender equality? A study of the British Equal Pay Act" (2015) 39 Cambridge Journal of Economics 381-403

Co-Author/s:
Sarah Fraser Butlin, Colm McLaughlin, Aleksandra Polanska
Citation:
(2015) 39 Cambridge Journal of Economics 381-403
Published:
Mar 2015

"Institutional solutions to inequality and precariousness in labour markets’" (2014) 52 British Journal of Industrial Relations 779-809

Co-Author/s:
Zoe Adams
Citation:
(2014) 52 British Journal of Industrial Relations 779-809
Published:
Nov 2014

"The legal theory of finance: implications for methodology and empirical research" Journal of Comparative Economics, 41: 338-442 (2013)

Citation:
Journal of Comparative Economics, 41: 338-442 (2013)
Published:
Aug 2014

"How do labour laws affect unemployment and the labour share of national income? The experience of six OECD countries, 1970–2010" International Labour Review, 153: 1-27 (2014)

Co-Author/s:
Jonas Malmberg, Prabirjit Sarkar
Citation:
International Labour Review, 153: 1-27 (2014)
Published:
Aug 2014

"Capability theory, employee voice, and corporate restructuring: evidence from UK case studies" (2012) Comparative Labor Law and Policy Journal, 33: 427-458

Co-Author/s:
Aristea Koukiadaki
Citation:
(2012) Comparative Labor Law and Policy Journal, 33: 427-458
Published:
Jun 2012

"The corporation as commons: rethinking property rights, governance and sustainability in the business enterprise" (2012) Queen’s Law Journal, 37: 339-381

Citation:
(2012) Queen’s Law Journal, 37: 339-381
Published:
Mar 2012

"Marchés du travail, crise financière et réforme: projet d’agenda pour une politique du travail" L’homme et la societé, 2011/4, no. 182, 25-52

Co-Author/s:
Frank Wilkinson
Citation:
L’homme et la societé, 2011/4, no. 182, 25-52
Published:
Dec 2011

"Legal evolution: integrating economic and systemic approaches" (2011) Review of Law and Economics, 7: 659–683

Citation:
(2011) Review of Law and Economics, 7: 659–683
Published:
Dec 2011

"Indian labour law and its impact on unemployment, 1973-2006: a leximetric study" (2011) Indian Journal of Labour Economics, 54: 607-629.

Co-Author/s:
Prabirjit Sarkar
Citation:
(2011) Indian Journal of Labour Economics, 54: 607-629.
Published:
Dec 2011

"What directors do (and fail to do): some comparative notes on board structure and corporate governance" (2011) New York Law School Law Review, 55: 526-541

Citation:
(2011) New York Law School Law Review, 55: 526-541
Published:
Jun 2011

"The reflexive properties of corporate governance codes: the reception of the 'comply-or-explain' approach in Slovenia" (2010) Journal of Law and Society, 37: 501-25

Co-Author/s:
Nina Cankar and Marco Simoneti
Citation:
(2010) Journal of Law and Society, 37: 501-25
Published:
Sep 2010

"Corporate governance, finance and growth: unravelling the relationship" [2010] Acta Juridica: 191-218

Citation:
[2010] Acta Juridica: 191-218
Published:
Jun 2010

"Comparative law and finance: past, present and future research" (2010) Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, 166: 120-140

Co-Author/s:
Mathias Siems
Citation:
(2010) Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, 166: 120-140
Published:
Mar 2010

"Creditor rights and banking system development in India" (2010) Economics Letters, 108: 19-21

Co-Author/s:
Panicos Demetriades and Gregory James
Citation:
(2010) Economics Letters, 108: 19-21
Published:
Jan 2010

"Law and financial development: what we are learning from time series evidence" (2009) Brigham Young University Law Review: 1435-1500

Co-Author/s:
John Armour, Viviana Mollica and Mathias Siems
Citation:
(2009) Brigham Young University Law Review: 1435-1500
Published:
Dec 2009

"Governance processes, labour-management partnership and employee voice in the construction of Heathrow Terminal 5" (2009) Industrial Law Journal, 38: 365-389

Co-Author/s:
Aristea Koukiadaki
Citation:
(2009) Industrial Law Journal, 38: 365-389
Published:
Sep 2009

"Rethinking the economic torts" (2009) Modern Law Review, 72: 519-553

Co-Author/s:
John Randall
Citation:
(2009) Modern Law Review, 72: 519-553
Published:
Jul 2009

"Shareholder protection and stock market development: an empirical test of the legal origins hypothesis" (2009) Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, 6: 343-380

Co-Author/s:
John Armour, Prabirjit Sarkar, Mathias Siems and Ajit Singh
Citation:
(2009) Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, 6: 343-380
Published:
Jun 2009

"How do legal rules evolve? Evidence from a cross-national comparison of shareholder, creditor and worker protection" (2009) American Journal of Comparative Law, 57: 579-630

Co-Author/s:
John Armour, Priya Lele and Mathias Siems
Citation:
(2009) American Journal of Comparative Law, 57: 579-630
Published:
Jun 2009

"Reflexive harmonisation and European company law’" (2009) European Law Journal, 15: 224-45

Citation:
(2009) European Law Journal, 15: 224-45
Published:
Mar 2009

"No 'third way' for economic organization? Networks and quasi-markets in broadcasting" (2009) Industrial and Corporate Change, 18: 51-75

Co-Author/s:
Ana Lourenco and Stephen Pratten
Citation:
(2009) Industrial and Corporate Change, 18: 51-75
Published:
Feb 2009

"Legal origin, juridical form and industrialisation in historical perspective: the case of the employment relationship and the joint stock company" (2009) Socio-Economic Review, 7: 35-65

Citation:
(2009) Socio-Economic Review, 7: 35-65
Published:
Jan 2009

"The influence of stock market listing on human resource management: evidence for France and Britain" (2008) British Journal of Industrial Relations, 46: 631-673

Co-Author/s:
Neil Conway, Suzanne Konzelmann, Heloise Petit, Antoine Reberioux
Citation:
(2008) British Journal of Industrial Relations, 46: 631-673
Published:
Dec 2008

"Assessing the long-run economic impact of labour law systems: a theoretical reappraisal and analysis of new time series data" (2008) Industrial Relations Journal, 39: 453-487

Co-Author/s:
Prabirjit Sarkar
Citation:
(2008) Industrial Relations Journal, 39: 453-487
Published:
Oct 2008

"Japan’s paradoxical response to the new 'global standard' in corporate governance" (2008) Zeitschrift für Japanisches Recht, 13: 59-84

Co-Author/s:
John Buchanan
Citation:
(2008) Zeitschrift für Japanisches Recht, 13: 59-84
Published:
Sep 2008

"Regulatory competition after Laval" (2008) Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies, 10: 581-609

Citation:
(2008) Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies, 10: 581-609
Published:
Jan 2008

"Labour regulation, corporate governance and legal origin: a case of institutional complementarity?" (2007) Law & Society Review, 41: 865-908

Co-Author/s:
Beth Ahlering
Citation:
(2007) Law & Society Review, 41: 865-908
Published:
Dec 2007

"The evolution of labour law: calibrating and comparing regulatory regimes" (2007) International Labour Review, 146: 133-162

Co-Author/s:
Priya Lele and Mathias Siems
Citation:
(2007) International Labour Review, 146: 133-162
Published:
Sep 2007

Book Chapters

"Quantitative labour law" in Amy Ludlow and Alysia Blackham, New Frontiers in Empirical Labour Law Research (Hart) (Ed), pp. 31-50

Publisher:
Hart
Pages:
31-50
Published Date:
Jun 2015
ISBN 13:
9781849466783
Co-Author/s:
Amy Ludlow and Alysia Blackham

"Equality law and the limits of the 'business case' for addressing gender inequalities" in Jacqueline Scott, Shirley Dex and Anke Plagnol, Gendered Lives: Gender Inequalities in Production and Reproduction (Edward Elgar) (Ed), pp. 153-173

Publisher:
Edward Elgar
Pages:
153-173
Published Date:
Jun 2012
ISBN 13:
9781849806268
Co-Author/s:
Jacqueline Scott, Shirley Dex and Anke Plagnol

"The Lisbon Treaty, the Viking and Laval judgments, and the financial crisis: in search of new foundations for Europe’s 'social market economy'" in Niklas Bruun, Klaus Lörcher and Isabelle Schömann, The Lisbon Treaty and Social Europe (Hart Publishing) (Ed), pp. 19-43

Publisher:
Hart Publishing
Pages:
19-43
Published Date:
May 2012
ISBN 13:
9781849462532
Co-Author/s:
Niklas Bruun, Klaus Lörcher and Isabelle Schömann

"Corporate governance and financial crisis in the long run" in Cynthia Williams and Peer Zumbansen, The Embedded Firm: Corporate Governance, Labor, and Finance Capitalism (CUP) (Ed), pp. 15-41

Publisher:
CUP
Pages:
15-41
Published Date:
Aug 2011
ISBN 13:
9781107006010
Co-Author/s:
Cynthia Williams and Peer Zumbansen

"The evidence-based case for labour regulation" in Sangheon Lee and Deirdre McCann, Regulating for Decent Work: New Directions in Labour Market Regulation (Palgrave Macmillan) (Ed), pp. 31-57

Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Pages:
31-57
Published Date:
Jul 2011
ISBN 13:
9780230302174
Co-Author/s:
Sangheon Lee and Deirdre McCann

"System and evolution in corporate governance" in Peer Zumbansen and Gralf-Peter Calliess, Law, Economics and Evolutionary Theory (Edward Elgar) (Ed), pp. 111-130

Publisher:
Edward Elgar
Pages:
111-130
Published Date:
Jun 2011
ISBN 13:
9781848448230
Co-Author/s:
Peer Zumbansen and Gralf-Peter Calliess

"The contribution of labour law to economic and human development" in Guy Davidov and Brian Langille, The Idea of Labour Law (OUP) (Ed), pp. 156-175

Publisher:
OUP
Pages:
156-175
Published Date:
Jun 2011
ISBN 13:
978-0-19-969361-0
Co-Author/s:
Guy Davidov and Brian Langille

"Labor and employment laws" in Peter Cane and Herbert Kritzer, The Oxford Handbook of Empirical Legal Research (OUP) (Ed), pp. 308-30

Publisher:
OUP
Pages:
308-30
Published Date:
Nov 2010
ISBN 13:
978019954247-5
Co-Author/s:
Peter Cane and Herbert Kritzer

"Reflexive approaches to corporate governance: the case of Heathrow Terminal 5" in Jacques Lenoble and Olivier de Schutter, Reflexive Governance: Redefining the Public Interest in a Pluralistic World (Hart Publishing) (Ed)

Publisher:
Hart Publishing
Published Date:
May 2010
ISBN 13:
9781849460682
Co-Author/s:
Jacques Lenoble and Olivier de Schutter

"Minimum wage legislation" in Kenneth Dau-Schmidt, Seth Harris and Orley Lobel, Labor and Employment Law and Economics (Edward Elgar) (Ed)

Publisher:
Edward Elgar
Published Date:
Jun 2009
ISBN 13:
978 1 84720 729 6
Co-Author/s:
Kenneth Dau-Schmidt, Seth Harris and Orley Lobel