Dr Javier Solana
- Lecturer in Commercial Law (Law)
Javier was appointed to the position of Lecturer in Commercial Law in August 2016. He holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Carlos III University of Madrid, and law degrees from Carlos III University of Madrid (LLB, MPhil), Harvard Law School (LLM), and the University of Oxford (DPhil).
In his doctoral dissertation he explored the possible implications of collateral re-use for financial stability. In other academic work, he has explored the regulation of mobile phone technology to make payments, and the limits to the new supervisory powers conferred upon the European Central Bank. His research has been supported by the Global Law in Finance Network, the University of Oxford, the European Central Bank, and Banco Santander, among others.
Javier has been the recipient of many academic awards, including the prestigious “la Caixa” Fellowship (2011) and the GLawFin Fellowship (2013-16). He has also worked as a trainee lawyer at Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira and as a Legal Intern at the World Bank in Washington D.C. Javier is fluent in Spanish, English and French, has an intermediate command of Mandarin Chinese, and a basic knowledge of Farsi and Arabic.
Javier is interested in the intersection between Law, Philosophy and Economics. Specific interests include the regulation of finance and, more specifically, the role of Law in supporting climate finance and promoting sustainable development.
Javier is interested in supervising research students in financial law and regulation, and, in particular, in the areas of derivatives, financial collateral, macroprudential regulation, financial stability and sustainable finance. He also welcomes applications in the broad area of law and economic development.
Javier teaches regularly in Financial Law and Regulation courses across the Law School and the Business School: The Law of Secured Finance (LLM), M&A Transactions (LLM), and Financial Regulation and Ethics (MBA). In addition, he has taught undergraduate students in Private and Commercial Law courses: Obligations 1B, Commercial Law and Company Law.
He also coaches the university’s Vis Moot team, and he is the leader of the Finance and Social Justice Project and the GO Justice Challenge, two extracurricular activities that aim to give students the opportunity to explore how their legal skills might contribute to promote social change.