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Riz Mokal

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Riz Mokal is Senior Counsel at the World Bank and heads the Bank's Global Initiative on Insolvency and Creditor/Debtor Regimes.[1] The Initiative has responsibility for ensuring the relevance and responsive to current circumstances of the Bank's Principles for Effective Insolvency and Creditor Rights Systems. The Principles, together with the Legislative Guide on Insolvency Law compiled by the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, constitute the unified international best practice standard in this domain. They form the basis on which the Bank is mandated to undertake assessments and advise on the reform of enterprise credit formation and distress resolution regimes around the world. As part of the Initiative, Mokal has assessed and advised on the reform of jurisdictions in Middle East, Africa, Central and South Asia, and Eastern Europe.[2]

Mokal is Professor of Law and Legal Theory at the UCL Faculty of Laws (currently on leave)[1] and an Academic Member of 3-4 South Square,[3] a leading barristers' chambers.[4] He graduated with an LLB from UCL in 1996, a Bachelor of Civil Law from the University of Oxford in 1998, and a PhD from UCL in 2002. From October 1996 to July 2009, he taught Property, Insolvency, and Jurisprudence at the UCL Faculty of Laws. His areas of expertise are political and legal philosophy, economic analysis of law, insolvency law, and property.[1] From 2003 to 2007, he was also a Research Associate at the Centre for Business Research at the University of Cambridge.[5]

He is the author of the monograph Corporate Insolvency Law - Theory and Application (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005),[6][7] and of several papers and book chapters on the laws governing insolvency, corporate restructuring, and property, and on legal theory.[8][9]


In April 2020, following the hospitalisation of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson during the COVID-19 pandemic, Mokal received criticism after posting "You have to have a heart of stone not to smile just a little bit" on Twitter.[10] As a result of the controversy Mokal locked his Twitter account.


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  2. "Professor Riz Mokal - Chair of Law and Legal Theory and Senior Law Reform Consultant, UCL and The World Bank - London - United Kingdom". Naymz.com. 2007-11-16. Retrieved 2017-03-09.
  3. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-30. Retrieved 2011-10-02. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. "The UK Legal 500 2016 > London Bar > Insolvency recommended Law firms, Lawyers". Legal500.com. Retrieved 2017-03-09.
  5. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-12-19. Retrieved 2009-12-30. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. Rizwaan Jameel Mokal (2005). Corporate Insolvency Law: Theory and Application. ISBN 9780199264872. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  7. Corporate Insolvency LawTheory and Application. Oxford Scholarship. 2005-04-07. ISBN 9780191718397. Retrieved 2017-03-09. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  8. "Author Page for Riz Mokal :: SSRN". Papers.ssrn.com. Retrieved 2017-03-09.
  9. "SelectedWorks - Riz Mokal". Works.bepress.com. Retrieved 2017-03-09.
  10. "Righteous Justice for the Cranks Who Celebrated Boris' Worsening Condition". 8 April 2020.

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