Dr Katarzyna Chalaczkiewicz-Ladna
- Lecturer (School of Law)
Katarzyna was appointed to the position of Lecturer in Commercial Law in August 2018. She previously worked as a Visiting Lecturer and Tutor at the University of Edinburgh and a Research Associate, Visiting Lecturer and Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Glasgow.
Katarzyna’s research concentrates on accountability of the board of directors, sustainable development and company law in comparative dimension more broadly. She also has research experience in financial law and financial markets.
Chałaczkiewicz-Ładna obtained her PhD from the University of Edinburgh in 2016. Her doctoral research was comparative in nature, addressing the extent to which UK, German and Delaware law imposes obligations on directors to take into account the long-term consequences of their decisions. It is the first piece of research to provide illustrations of long-term managerial decision-making.
Katarzyna graduated from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland in 2007 (combined LLB and Master’s Degree) and she studied for a year at the University of Bayreuth, Germany (Socrates-Erasmus Programme). She holds an LLM in Commercial Law from the University of Edinburgh (2008).
Katarzyna is a Visiting Lecturer at the Leuphana University (Lüneburg, Germany).
Research interests summary
- Company Law
- Corporate Governance
- Corporate Social Responsibility
- Comparative Law
- Commercial Law
- Empirical research
Katarzyna’s research projects include:
- A study on ‘Say on Pay’ regulation (with Dr Betty (H.T.) Wu and Prof. Iain MacNeil) - In this article we presented the results of the first longitudinal survey of the entire phase of ‘say on pay’ regulation in the UK to date. We examined the link between each stage of ‘say on pay’ regulation and the level and growth of directors’ remuneration. We concluded by linking our empirical evidence to broader developments in shareholder engagement with listed companies.
- Engaging stakeholders in corporate decision-making through strategic reporting (with Prof. Irene-marie Esser and Prof. Iain MacNeil) – this two-part empirical project analysed the practical implications and relevance of the production of a strategic report for shareholders and especially other stakeholders in the UK (e.g. employees, customers, suppliers, environmental agencies).It evaluated whether the current regulatory framework on non-financial reporting in the UK informs stakeholders adequately so as to facilitate effective engagement in corporate decision-making.
- Workforce engagement and participation in corporate decision-making (with Prof. Irene-marie Esser and Prof. Iain MacNeil) – in this on-going empirical project we evaluate the workforce engagement mechanisms introduced by Provision 5 of the UK Corporate Governance Code 2018. We view this development as a key stage in the evolution of the Code in terms of integrating stakeholder interests into board decision-making. We also focus on the engagement mechanisms as a tool to ensure more sustainable companies.
Katarzyna’s most recent research project is designed to rethink the personal liability of executive directors as a factor in decision-making processes in the UK, Delaware, Germany and Poland.
- Research stay at Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, Hamburg, Germany, 3,000 € (2023)
- Academic Returners and Research Support Fund, University of Glasgow, College of Social Sciences, £9,953 (2021)
- REF Contingency Fund, University of Glasgow, College of Social Sciences, £2,250 (2019)
- Postgraduate Research Community Scheme Award, University of Edinburgh, study grant recognising contribution to the school’s academic community (2013/14)
- Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust Scholarship (2012/13 – 2013/14)
- Clark Foundation for Legal Education Scholarship (2011/12 – 2014/15)
Katarzyna is interested in supervising research students in company law and corporate governance.
- Zhou, Shining
Macroprudential Perspectives on Central Banks' Response to Systemic Risk in the Context of Climate Change
- Business Organisations
- Corporate Social Responsibility
- Commercial Law
- Comparative Corporate Law
- Insurance and Financial Markets
Katarzyna is a member of:
- the Society of Legal Scholars,
- the European Corporate Governance Institute,
- Allerhand Institute (an independent research centre, based in Kraków, Poland);
Sustainable Market Actors Network;
- Daughters of Themis: International Network of Female Business Scholars.
She provided consultancy services to Milieu Ltd in the field of compliance assessment, in relation to financial law Directives.
In 2014, she spent a few months on a scholarship at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg, Germany.
Her masters thesis: ‘Challenging the resolutions of the shareholders’ meeting in the Polish and German Public limited company’ received 2nd prize at the Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Adam Mickiewicz in 2008 and 1st prize for the best dissertation on company law, organised by the Polish Commercial Law Review Journal in 2008.
Katarzyna is part of the Corporate and Financial Law research group.