Professor Simon Deakin

Fellow in Corporate Governance at Cambridge Judge Business School (CJBS)

Professor of Law, Faculty of Law and Fellow in Corporate Governance, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge

Professor Simon Deakin specialises in labour law, private law, company law, law and economics, and EU law. He is also Director of the Centre for Business Research at the University of Cambridge, for which he leads the research in their Corporate Governance Programme. The programme covers a range of projects in the area of intra- and inter-firm governance and regulation, including the relationships between law, finance and economic development; and between corporate governance and innovation.

Professor Deakin is an investigator on the Research for Health in Conflict project, where he contributes to the workstream on political economy.

Professor Deakin has acted as a consultant for a number of transnational organisations, national governments, corporate clients, and trade unions. He has provided research and advice for the DTI-sponsored Company Law Review in the UK and contributed to the work of the World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalisation established by the International Labour Organisation.

His current research interests include

  • Corporate governance from an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective
  • Economic and sociological theories of law
  • Empirical studies of the effects of legal change
  • Doctrinal legal analysis in the areas of company, employment and private law
  • Relations between shareholders and directors
  • Human resource management and employment contracting
  • Inter-firm relations
  • Corporate insolvency
  • Corporate social responsibility

Professor Deakin received the Allen & Overy Law Prize in the 2010 Working Paper Competition run by the European Corporate Governance Institute and the ECGI Law prize in 2009. He was elected as a Fellow of the British Academy in 2005 and is also a Fellow of Peterhouse, Cambridge.