My name is David Burdette. I am a Professor
of Insolvency Law. And I am also currently
the Director of the Centre for Business and Insolvency
Law at Nottingham Law School. My research interest
is obviously in the field of insolvency law. More specifically, corporate
liquidation, corporate rescue I like to look at insolvency
law reform and also personal bankruptcy. Insolvency in corporate law
is a very interesting area, not just for commercial
lawyers and accountants. But of course lately, with
the global financial crisis, insolvency law has had a much
higher profile since 2008 than it would normally have. So that in itself makes
it a very interesting area to do research in, to study in. And of course,
Insolvency academics are some of the nicest
people you’ll ever meet. When you look at
what type of students should be studying
corporate insolvency law, people obviously
think firstly lawyers. But to be honest, lawyers,
accountants, sometimes government officials,
especially those that work with policy
issues in government, will all find some
benefit from it. It obviously helps
if you are a lawyer. It gives you the
legal background you might need in order
to successfully complete the course. My personal teaching
approach on the LLM is to contextualise the
modules that we teach. Because there’s such a
wide range of modules. And it’s very
important for students to understand where the
specific module fits in in the bigger picture. So my approach tends to be
quite holistic in general, while at the same time supplying
a sufficient level of detail for students to be able
to successfully complete the course. The thing I really most enjoy
about teaching on the LLM is the fact that we have such
a diverse group of students, not only from
countries in Europe but from all around the world. And they all bring their
own personal experiences to the classroom, so their
cultural backgrounds, their working experience. And that makes for really
exciting teaching on the LLM.