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Martin is a Senior Lecturer at Aston Law School. His research focuses on 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 most recent book “Judicial law-making in English and German courts” (2018) 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 doctoral thesis “The regulation and supervision of advertising in financial market law” (2013, in German) received prestigious awards in Switzerland and Germany. 


Research Interests

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
  • Dr. iur., University of Zurich (Switzerland), 2013 
  • LLM, University of Cambridge, 2010 
  • First State Examination in Law, University of Rostock (Germany), 2006

PhD Supervision

Jake Hinks (primary supervisor)

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 
  • Statute Law Society - Member 
  • 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

Contact Details

Email: m.brenncke@aston.ac.uk
Room: SW714

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Research Output 2007 2020

MiFID II conduct of business rules

Brenncke, M., Mar 2020, European financial services law: article-by-article commentary. Oxford: Hart Publishing, p. 149 – 209

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Umwandlungsrechtliche Grundlagen

Brenncke, M., 2019, Heidelberger Kommentar zum Umwandlungssteuerrecht. 2 ed. Heidelberg, p. 3-145

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Hybrid methodology for the EU principle of consistent interpretation

Brenncke, M., 6 Jun 2018, 39, 2, p. 134-154

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
court of justice

JUDICIAL LAW-MAKING IN ENGLISH AND GERMAN COURTS: Techniques and Limits of Statutory Interpretation

Brenncke, M., 31 Oct 2018, 1 ed. Cambridge. 469 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

judicial power
constitutional law

The legal framework for financial advertising: curbing behavioural exploitation

Brenncke, M., 1 Dec 2018, 19, 4, p. 853–882 30 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
regulatory authority


Deutsches Aktieninstitut, University prize 2014, 1st prize

Martin Brenncke (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

capital market

Finanzkompass 2013, 1st prize

Martin Brenncke (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Financial sector

Mercator Award 2013

Martin Brenncke (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

interdisciplinary research