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    Martin welcomes research proposals within his areas of research interest.

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    Room: SW712

    Telephone: +44 (0) 121 204 4377


    Martin is a Senior Lecturer at Aston Law School. His research focuses on behavioural regulation, (financial) consumer law and statutory interpretation. He previously taught at the University of Oxford, the University of Zurich (Switzerland) and the University of Halle (Germany).

    Martin regularly submits evidence to proposals and consultations from policymakers in his areas of research, including submissions to the UK Government (Department for Business & Trade), Indian Government (Department of Consumer Affairs), Australian Government (Treasury), the UK House of Commons Public Bill Committee and the UK House of Commons European Scrutiny Committee. Martin’s research was quoted and relied upon in the UK House of Commons European Scrutiny Committee’s Final Report on “Retained EU Law: Where next?”.

    Martin's first monograph, The regulation and supervision of advertising in financial market law (in German), received prestigious awards in both Switzerland and Germany. Martin’s second monograph, Judicial law-making in English and German courts, was commended by Philip Sales (Justice of the Supreme Court, United Kingdom) as a “product of considerable scholarship across the two jurisdictions […] 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.”

    Martin has 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).

    Research Interests

    Behavioural regulation, (financial) consumer law 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
    • Banking and Financial Services Law

    Postgraduate Modules

    • Law of Banking and Financial Services

    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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