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Email: m.brenncke@aston.ac.uk
Room: SW712

Telephone: +44 (0) 121 204 4377


Martin is a Senior Lecturer at Aston Law School. His research focuses on behavioural regulation, financial regulation (particularly investor protection law) and statutory interpretation. He previously taught at the University of Oxford, the University of Zurich (Switzerland) and the University of Halle (Germany). He held visiting research positions at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (London), the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (London), the University of Cambridge, the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law (Hamburg) and iCourts at the University of Copenhagen (Denmark).

Martin's 2018 book “Judicial law-making in English and German courts” is “a valuable study of how two jurisdictions approach the task of statutory interpretation in a complex and multivalent constitutional environment. It is the product of considerable scholarship across the two jurisdictions and a fine sensitivity to the various factors and different theoretical dimensions which inform the interpretative exercise. The exposition is clear. The argument is forceful. As with all the best works of comparative law, one reads this book and learns as much about one’s own legal system as about the system with which it is compared.” – from the Foreword by Philip Sales (Justice of the Supreme Court, United Kingdom).

Martin's 2013 book “The regulation and supervision of advertising in financial market law” (in German) received prestigious awards in Switzerland and Germany. 


Research Interests

Behavioural regulation, financial regulation (particularly investor protection) and statutory interpretation


  • Senior Lecturer in Law, Aston Law School (2019 – present)
  • Lecturer in Law, Aston Law School (2017 – 2019) 
  • Erich Brost Career Development Fellow in German and European Union Law, University of Oxford, Faculty of Law & Institute of European and Comparative Law, St. Hilda’s College (2015 - 2017) 
  • Oberassistent (lecturer) in commercial & business law, University of Zurich (Switzerland) (2013 – 2015) 
  • Research & teaching assistant, University of Zurich, Switzerland (2011 – 2013)


  • Fellow of The Higher Education Academy, 2018
  • Ph.D., University of Zurich (Switzerland), 2013 
  • LL.M., University of Cambridge, 2010 
  • First State Examination in Law, University of Rostock (Germany), 2006

PhD Supervision

Jake Hinks, 2017-2021. PhD supervisor (primary). Thesis title: Executive dominance and the British Constitution.

Martin welcomes research proposals within his areas of research interest.

Teaching Activity

Undergraduate Modules

  • European Union Law (BL3503)
  • Banking and Financial Services Law (BL3327)

Postgraduate Modules

  • Banking and Financial Regulation (BLM175)
  • Law of Banking, Securities and Financial Regulation (BEE115)

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • SLS – Member, Society of Legal Scholars 
  • British Association of Comparative Law - representative for Aston Law School


  • Aston Students’ Union Academic Awards 2018: Engaging Teaching Commendation 
  • Deutsches Aktieninstitut, University prize 2014, 1st prize: Yearly international award for best doctoral or post-doctoral capital markets law thesis written in German 
  • Finanzkompass 2013, 1st prize: Yearly international award (open to all disciplines at any career level) by Finanzplatz Hamburg e.V., Germany for innovative research related to the financial sector 
  • Mercator Award 2013: Yearly award granted to one early career researcher at the University of Zurich across law and economics for innovative and interdisciplinary research


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