Call for papers: A 40th anniversary celebration of the Cork Report


Call for papers: A 40th anniversary celebration of the Cork Report: reflections and insights on modern business and insolvency

Introduction, scope and aims

2022 marks the 40th anniversary of the Report of the Insolvency Law Review Committee, one of the most comprehensive reviews of UK insolvency law ever conducted. It led to far-reaching reforms that remain part of the legal infrastructure. The Report and the Committee are known colloquially as the Cork Report/Committee, after Sir Kenneth Cork, the chairman of the committee and an influential figure in business, insolvency and civic circles. This special issue of the journal Contemporary Issues in Law provides an opportunity to evaluate issues in modern business and insolvency, forty years on from the publication of the Cork Report. Taking account of Sir Kenneth Cork’s role as a leading figure in public life and business and insolvency circles of his time, the themes to be represented in this special issue are drawn broadly rather than focused solely on insolvency. They are derived from his autobiography Cork on Cork (published in 1988), and may be condensed into the following breakdown:

  • Personal insolvency
  • Corporate governance
  • Corporate rescue
  • Directors’ liability
  • International insolvency

Please note that this breakdown is not a closed list, and topics that fall outside this breakdown could be accommodated.


Abstracts are invited from academics and professionals working within the fields of business and insolvency, for contributions to this special issue publication. Expressions of interest, or any queries should be emailed to Blanca Mamutse by Friday 15th July 2022. The final selection will be confirmed by 29th July. The deadline for full drafts of the papers (7,500-10,500 words) is 28th October 2022.

Expressions of interest should contain the following key details:

  1. The title of the paper
  2. The name(s) and institutional affiliation of the author(s), including email address(es) and postal address(es)
  3. An abstract of not more than 300 words

Please note that references should use footnotes in OSCOLA citation style. Authors should obtain copyright clearance for any tables or diagrams included in their paper.

Journal information:

Contemporary Issues in Law (ISSN 1357-0374) provides a new and exciting way of exploring the changing dynamics of the law. The journal is designed to cover a broad spectrum of topical issues, which are set within the framework of a common theme. Contemporary Issues in Law is a refereed journal.

Each issue focuses on one theme. The implications of this theme on different areas of current legal concern are then explored. By discussing different issues of contemporary legal interest in relation to a theme in this way, a number of apparently separate issues are drawn together under the same topical umbrella. The result is a coherent framework which offers the reader a clear overview of the broader thematic influences on the law generally whilst also focusing more specifically on current manifestations of this influence at work in specific areas of current concern.


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