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Stuart Weinstein

Head of Law, Professor of Practice Informed Legal Education, Coventry University

Stuart Weinstein was appointed Professor of Practice Informed Legal Education and Head of Coventry Law School in September 2013. Prior to joining Coventry Law School, Professor Weinstein was Associate Dean (Research and Enterprise) and Associate Head (Professional) at the University of Hertfordshire School of Law.

Professor Weinstein is an expert on international business law with an emphasis on legal risk management, governance and compliance. His co-edited book, Legal Risk Management, Governance and Compliance (April 2013 – Globe Business and Law)(435 pages), is a leading practitioner desk reference for barristers, solicitors, in-house corporate counsel and compliance officers, individuals involved in the compliance, audit, legal and risk functions within companies and non-profit organisations, as well as for academics who teach in the field.

This work is an outgrowth of Professor Weinstein’s practise-based applied research, drawing on his prior career experience as a general counsel at the leading Korean multinational, Daewoo, where he advised on international legal affairs, alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”) and headed its US automotive legal operations.

Professor Weinstein’s expertise in the use of ADR to resolve commercial disputes has led to his being called as an expert witness involving the use of Scott v Avery clauses and interpretation of the Arbitration Act 1996. Additionally, he is a qualified civil and commercial mediator.

At the University of Hertfordshire, Professor Weinstein was involved in the development of the new LLB, LLM and LPC curricula, co-curriculum mock trials and advocacy training as well as the new Postgraduate Certificate in Civil and Commercial Mediation that is being offered for the first time this academic year.

In May 2013, Professor Weinstein secured funding from the SWIFT Institute to undertake a study entitled Regulatory Compliance – The Extraterritorial Challenge that will ascertain the current state of play with respect to European and US cross-border regulation of derivatives, and attempt to determine if there is a consensus on how to advise companies when dealing with the possibility of extraterritorial application of law that may result in the imposition of inconsistent regulatory outcomes.

In February 2013, Professor Weinstein was invited to Kamloops, Canada where he was Guest Scholar in residence during Thompson Rivers University’s International Days where he gave a keynote address entitled When Bad Things Happened to Good Corporations: The Crisis in Corporate Governance: Is There a Way Out? (Talk starts at 7:31 on the link).

In addition to researching and publishing on legal risk management, Professor Weinstein is the co-author of two leading legal texts on English law: Smith and Keenan’s Company Law (16th ed., 2013) (760 pages) and Smith and Keenan’s English Law (17th ed., 2013) (1008 pages).

Professor Weinstein also undertakes research in Internet and cybsercurity law with a focus on information technology, information governance and data protection law related to his commercial consultancy work in this area for companies and governmental entities.

Most recently, this research focus has led to the publication of several co-authored chapter contributions to Professors Pauline Reich and Eduardo Gelbstein’s Law, Policy, and Technology: Cyberterorrism, Information Warfare, and Internet Immobilization (2012, IGI Global, 512 pages). The chapters presented current empirical research findings in the area of cyber-attacks on critical infrastructures and other information systems.

Professor Weinstein is recognised as a leader in legal education with his public appointment as Vice-Chair of the Bar Standards Board (“BSB”), Education & Training Committee, which sets standards for the education and training of those wishing to become barristers and those currently entitled to practise at the Bar. The BSB is the independent regulator of the profession of barrister in England and Wales.

In addition to his research-based activities, Professor Weinstein provides consultancy services in the areas of ADR, corporate governance, regulatory policy, information technology law, information governance services and civil and criminal justice training. (Representative clients: American International Group, Inc., The Data Agency, GAB Robins Ltd, GM Europe, The NHS Information Centre, Shanghai JF Law Firm, the Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Justice and the State Bar of California).


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    Head of Law, Professor of Practice Informed Legal Education, Coventry University