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Dr Guido Comparato

  • Overview

    Overview

    Biography

    Dr Guido Comparato is a Senior Lecturer in law at Birkbeck, University of London and currently serves as Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes. He joined Birkbeck as a lecturer in 2017. He holds a Bachelor degree in legal studies with distinction (cum laude) and a M.Sc. in law with distinction (cum laude) in law, both from the University of Ferrara, Italy. He has also studied law at the University of Heidelberg and has been a visiting research student at other universities in Germany.
    He received his PhD from the University of Amsterdam, where he was a doctoral researcher within the Centre for the Study of European Contract Law. He has been a visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law of Hamburg. He later joined the European University Institute in Florence as a post-doctoral research associate where he collaborated on a ERC-funded research project on European regulatory private law. He was subsequently a lecturer in commercial law at Brunel University London where he also served as deputy director of postgraduate research. He currently also teaches commercial law at NYU London.
    Dr Comparato researches in the fields of comparative, transnational and European private and economic law, considered from an interdisciplinary perspective concerned with the political dimension of law. He has various publications in those areas, including two monographs with Bloomsbury/Hart Publishing. In addition to that, he has advised a number of national and international organisations on issues of consumer, commercial, and international financial law. 


    Highlights

    • Book: G. Comparato, The Financialisation of the Citizen. Social and Financial Inclusion through European Private Law (Bloomsbury/Hart Publishing, 2018)

    • Book: G. Comparato, Nationalism and Private Law in Europe (Bloomsbury/Hart Publishing, 2014)

    Office hours

    Thursdays 4.30-5.30pm, during term time. 

    Otherwise, please book an appointment by email.

    Administrative responsibilities

    • Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes
    • Chair of LLM/MA Exam Board
    • PGT Induction Coordinator

    Professional memberships

    • Society of European Contract Law

    • Ius Commune Research School

    • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

  • Research

    Research

    Research interests

    • Comparative Law
    • Consumer Law
    • European Private Law
    • EU law
    • International Economic Law
    • Private law theory
    • Law and financial capitalism
    • Law and nationalism
    • Legal cultures
    • Legal history
    • Private autonomy and regulation
    • Constitutional dimension of private law
    • Social function of private law

    Research overview

    Dr Comparato’s main research interests lie in the theory and politics of private and economic law in international and transnational context. His research has focused in particular on the impact of nationalism, post-industrialism, and financialisation on the evolution of private and economic law in Europe. He writes on issues of EU private law and consumer law. His research method is comparative, critical, and interdisciplinary.

  • Supervision and teaching

    Supervision and teaching

    Supervision

    Dr Comparato welcomes enquiries from prospective PhD students interested in undertaking studies in any of the areas listed under “research interests”.

    He particularly encourages projects adopting critical, comparative and interdisciplinary (political theory, geopolitics, economics, sociology) approaches to the law.

    Teaching

    Dr Comparato teaches various core and optional modules relating to private and economic law, both at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

    He also previously taught consumer law, EU law, international trade law, commercial law and comparative law at other institutions.

    Teaching modules

    • Law of Obligations I (Contract) (LADD034S4)
    • Banking and Monetary Law (LALW016H6)
    • International Trade Law (LALW017S7)