Researchers at UCD


Blanaid Clarke

Associate Professor

School Of Law
Roebuck Castle
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7168719


Blanaid Clarke is an Associate Professor in Law in the Law School. In addition, she was one of the founding members of the Centre for Corporate Governance at University College Dublin. Blanaid is an an External Examiner in the University of Liverpool and the University of Limerick. Blanaid was a Visiting Scholar to the University of Queensland (2006), Parsons Visitor to the University of Sydney (2006) and CLP Fellow in Osgoode Hall Law School,Toronto (2008). She is a Member of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) Takeover Bids Network. In October 2010, Blanaid was appointed to the Central Bank Commission. In December 2010, she was invited to participate in a European Commission Expert Group on the future of EU company law.  

Bachelor of Civil Law Degree University College Dublin (1987). - Master of Business Studies (Banking & Finance) Degree, University College Dublin (1989) - Barrister at Law Degree, Honourable Society of Kings Inns (1990) - Corporate Finance Executive, Ulster Investment Bank (1989-1991) - Lecturer in Law, University College Dublin (1991 to date) - PhD in Law, University of Manchester (2001)


Honours and Awards

Year: 2006.
Title: Visiting Scholar, University of Queensland
Year: 2006.
Title: Parsons Visitor, University of Sydney
Year: 2008.
Title: CLPE Fellow, Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto

Conference Contributions

B Clarke; (2011) The Role of Advisers in Ensuring Compliance with the Takeover Rules. [Invited Lecture], Conference of International Takeover Regulators, Vienna , 07-SEP-11 - 08-SEP-11.
B Clarke; (2011) The Continuing Role Of Independent Directors On Our Corporate Boards. [Keynote Address], Towards Sustainable Companies: Identifying New Avenues,, University of Oslo , 29-AUG-11 - 30-AUG-11.
B Clarke; (2011) Discussant for session entitled - What have Member States Done with the Board Neutrality Rule. [Oral Presentation], Convention on Takeovers, Mergers and Acquisitions, vienna , 09-SEP-11 - 09-SEP-11.
B Clarke; (2011) Governance of Corporate Groups. [Chaired Session], Company Law Seminars, University of Oslo , 09-JUN-11 - 10-JUN-11.
Clarke B; (2010) Prsented a paper on Thirty Years of Corporate Legal scholarship in Ireland. [Invited Lecture], Irish Association of Law Teachers 30th Anniversary Seminar, Trinity College Dublin , 26-FEB-10 - 26-FEB-10.
Clarke B; (2009) I organised the conference and presented a paper titled 0 The Market for Corporate Control and the Takeover Bids Directive. [Chaired Session], The Takeovers Directive Five Years On - A Reflection of Takeover Regulation in Europe, Dublin , 04-DEC-09 - 04-DEC-09.
B Clarke (jointly with M. Paris-Dubozy); (2009) Joint Organiser and Session Chair. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Third Legal Education Symposium, University College Dublin , 13-MAR-09 - 13-MAR-09.
B Clarke; (2009) ¿Corporate Governance¿ an Oxymoron? ¿ The Role of Corporate Governance in the Current Banking Crisis. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract Presented at Conference], Future of Financial Regulation, University of Glasgow , 30-MAR-09 - 31-MAR-09.
B Clarke ; (2009) ¿The Relevance of the Market for Corporate Control to the Banking Crisis¿. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract Presented at Conference], ESRC Corporate Governance, Regulation and Development Seminar Series,, University of Central Lancashire , 05-JUN-09 - 05-JUN-09.
Blanaid Clarke; (2008) Invited Paper 'The Role of Takeovers and Takeover Regulation in Shaping Corporate Governance'. [N/A], 3rd International Comparative Research in Law & Political Economy Workshop, Toronto , 20-MAR-08 - 21-MAR-08.
Blanaid Clarke; (2008) Presentation on Increasing Inclusion of Target Security Holders in Takeovers. [Oral Presentation], US Securities and Exchange Commission Conference of International Takeover Regulators, SEC Headquarters, Washington , 19-MAY-08 - 20-MAY-08.
Blanaid Clarke; (2008) Presented paper titled ESOPs - A New Agency Problem?. [National Refereed Conference Paper], The Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference 20080, London School of Economics , 15-SEP-08 - 18-SEP-08.
Clarke,B; (2007) Takeover Regulation - Through the Regulatory Looking Glass. [International Refereed Conference], Irish European Law Forum, Dublin , 19-JAN-07.
Clarke,B; (2007) Fiduciary Duties - European Style. [International Refereed Conference], Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference 2007, Durham , 10-SEP-07.
Clarke,B; (2006) Corporate Governance Regulation and Board Decision Making During Takeovers. [International Refereed Conference], Workshop on Corporate Governance, Regulation and Development, University of Manchester , 17-NOV-06.
Clarke, B.; (2006) Soft Law, Soft Regulation? The Implications for Regulatory Practice. [International Refereed Conference], 'Board Advice During Takeovers' Conference, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge , 13-SEP-06.
Clarke, B.; (2006) Insider Information ' The Fyffe's Case Study. [International Refereed Conference], The Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, Keele University , 05-SEP-06.
Clarke, B.; (2006) Interdisciplinary Law Degrees. [Invited Lecture], Symposium on Education, Teaching, Learning and Research in the Irish Legal Academy, Trinity College Dublin , 29-SEP-06.
Clarke, B.; (2005) The Regulation of Anti-takeover Measures - Articles 9 and 11 of the Takeover Directive (2004/25). [International Refereed Conference], The Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, Strathclyde, Scotland , 07-SEP-05.
Clarke, B.; (2005) Overview of Developments in European Corporate Governance. [National Refereed Conference Paper], Irish European Law Forum, Dublin , 10-DEC-05.
Clarke, B.; (2005) Corporate Governance and Market Controls. [Invited Lecture], IIR Corporate Governance, London , 15-NOV-05.
Clarke, B.; (2005) Corporate Governance and Market for Corporate Control in Europe. [International Refereed Conference], United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Round Table on Corporate Governance, Geneva , 09-FEB-05.
Clarke, B.; (2005) Corporate Governance as the Panacea to Agency Problems During a Takeover. [International Refereed Conference], Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, Liverpool , 31-MAR-05.
Clarke, B.; (2005) An Evaluation of the Impact of the EU on Irish Corporate Governance. [National Refereed Conference Paper], Annual Irish Association of Law Teachers Conference, Donegal , 20-MAR-05.
Clarke, B.; (2004) The Takeover Directive ' A Breakthrough?. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract Presented at Conference], British Institute of International and Comparative Law, London , 15-OCT-04.
Clarke, B.; (2002) Company Law and Financial Market Regulatory Regime ' Ireland. [International Refereed Conference], International Federation of European Law XX Congress, London , 30-OCT-02.
Clarke, B.; (2000) Regulating the Market for Corporate Control. [International Refereed Conference], European Corporate Governance Networks First European Corporate Governance Conference, Brussels , 15-NOV-00.
Clarke, B.; (2006) Disclosure and Transparency ' A Case-Study. [International Refereed Conference], 4th International Conference on Corporate Governance, Birmingham Business School , 03-JUL-06.
Clarke, B.; (2006) Developments in Irish Corporate Governance Regulation. [Oral Presentation], Transparency International Conference, Trinity College Dublin , 03-MAR-06.
Clarke, B.; (2006) European Takeover Regulation. [International Refereed Conference], Annual Corporate Law Teachers Association Conference, Brisbane , 06-FEB-06.
Clarke, B.; (2006) The Market for Corporate Control in the EU. [International Refereed Conference], 27th McMaster World Congress, Toronto , 25-JAN-06.


Committee : Central Bank Commission
Committee : the European Securities and Markets Authority Takeover Bids Network


Year 1990 Institution: Trinity College Dublin
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Year 1987 Institution: University College Dublin
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Year 1988 Institution: University College Dublin
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Year 1989 Institution: University College Dublin
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Year 2001 Institution: University of Manchester
Qualification: PhD Subject: Law



Blanaid Clarke and Robert Clark; (2008) Contract: Cases and Materials (4th Edition). Dublin: Gill and Macmillan. [Details]
B.Clarke and R.Clark, ; (2000) Contract Cases and Materials (2nd ed). Dublin: Gill & Macmillan. [Details]
B.Clarke and R.Clark; (2004) Contract Cases and Materials (3rd ed). Dublin: Gill & Macmillan. [Details]
B.Clarke; (1999) Takeovers and Mergers Law in Ireland. Dublin: Round Hall Sweet & Maxwell. [Details]
B.Clarke and R.Clark ; (1994) Contract Cases and Materials (1st ed). Dublin: Gill & Macmillan. [Details]

Book Chapters

B. Clarke; (2011) 'Corporate Law Scholarship in Ireland' In: J Schweppe and T Mohr (eds). Thirty Years of Legal Scholarship. Dublin: Roundhall. [Details]
B Clarke; (2011) 'The Eu Takeovers Directive : A Shareholder Or Stakeholder Model?' In: The Embedded Firm: Labour, Corporate Governance And Finance Capitalism. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. [Details]
B Clarke; (2011) 'Where Was The Market For Corporate Control When We Needed It?' In: William Sun (eds). Corporate Governance and the Global Financial Crisis: International Perspectives. cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Details]
A. Kostyuk, F. Takeda, and K. Hosono (eds.); (2010) 'Corporate Governance in Banks of Ireland' In: Anti-Crisis Paradigms of Corporate Governance in Banks: A New Institutional Outlook. Kiev: Virtus Interpress. [Details]
I McNeill and J O¿Brien (Eds) ; (2010) 'Corporate Governance - An Oxymoron? The Role Of Corporate Governance in the Current Banking Crisis' In: The Future Of Financial Regulation. UK: Hart. [Details]
Morse G et al; (2011) 'Takeovers Regulation' In: Palmers Company Law. London: Sweet & Maxwell. [Details]
Clarke, Blanaid; (2009) 'Corporate Governance Regulation and Board Decision Making During Takeovers' In: Thankom, Arun and Turner John (Editors) (eds). Corporate Governance and Development. UK: Elgar. [Details]
Blanaid Clarke; (2009) 'The Role of the Board of the Target Company During a Takeover Bid' In: Ronan Keane and Ailbhe O'Neill (eds). Corporate Governance: An Irish Perspective. Dublin: Thomson Roundhall. [Details]
Blanaid Clarke; (2008) 'Inside Information and the European Market Abuse Directive (2003/6)' In: Paul U Ali, Greg N Gregoriou (eds). Insider Trading: Global Developments and Analysis. Oxon: CRC Press, Routledge. [Details]
Clarke B; (2006) 'The Market for Corporate Control and the Implications of the Takeover Directive (2004/25)' In: Ali, P. and Gregoriou, G (eds). International Corporate Governance after Sarbanes-Oxley. New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons. [Details]
B.Clarke; (2000) 'Accommodating the Special Needs of the Financial Markets ' R v Panel on Takeovers and Mergers; Ex Parte Datafin plc' In: O'Dell (eds). Leading Cases of the Twentieth Century. Dublin: Roundhall Sweet & Maxwell. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

B Clarke; (2011) 'Reinforcing the Market for Corporate Control'. European Business Law Review, 22 (5):517-540. [Details]
Clarke B; (2011) 'Reviewing Takeover Regulation in the Wake of theCadbury Acquisition: Regulation in a Twirl'. Journal of Business Law, 2011 (3):298-308. [Details]
clarke B; (2010) 'Directors¿ Duties in a Changing World: Lessons from the Cadbury Plc Takeover'. European Company Law, 7 (5):204-209. [Details]
Clarke, B; (2009) 'The Takeover Directive: Is a Little Regulation Better Than No Regulation?'. European Law Journal, 15 :174-197. [DOI] [Details]
Blanaid Clarke; (2009) 'Insider Dealing: Getting Under the Skin of Fyffes Plc v DCC Plc & Others'. Journal of Business Law, 2009 (1):68-91. [Details]
Clarke,B; (2007) 'Takeover Regulation: Through the Regulatory Looking Glass'. German Law Journal and CLPE Research Paper, . [Details]
B. Clarke; (2006) 'Articles 9 and 11 of the Takeover Directive (2004/25) and the Market for Corporate Control'. Journal of Business Law, :355-374. [Details]
Clarke, B; (2006) 'European Takeover Regulation and Directive 2004/25/EC'. Company and Securities Law Journal, 24 :93-106. [Details]
B.Clarke, ; (2004) 'Regulating Poison Pill Devices'. Journal of Corporate Law Studies, 4 :51-75. [Details]
B.Clarke; (2000) 'The Enforceability of Agreements to Negotiate and Lock-out Agreements'. Bar Review, 4 :323-327. [Details]
B.Clarke; (2002) ''Advancing Corporate and Social Responsibility ' the Softly, Softly Approach'. Commercial Law Practitioner, 9 :223-225. [Details]
Clarke,B; (1999) 'European Takeover Regulation - the Latest Draft of the 13th Company Law Directive'. European Business Law Review, . [Details]
Blanaid Clarke; (1999) 'Exempting or Limiting Liability in Sale Agreements'. Commercial Law Practitioner, 6 (10):267-271. [Details]
Blanaid Clarke; (1998) 'The Draft 13th Directive and Employees – an Irish Law Perspective'. European Business Law Review, 9 (9):311-317. [Details]
Blanaid Clarke; (1998) 'The Investor Compensation Act, 1998'. Commercial Law Practitioner, 5 (7):164-167. [Details]
Blanaid Clarke; (1997) 'Corporate Responsibility in Light of the Separation of Ownership and Control'. Dublin University Law Journal, :50-76. [Details]

Conference Publications

Clarke B; (2010) Prsented paper on Directors Duties in a Changing World Regulation in the Age of Crisis, Standing Group on Regulatory Governance of the European Consortium for Political Research and the Regulation Network UCD, , 17-JUN-10 - 19-JUN-10 [Details]
Clarke B; (2010) Translating enlarged director duties into law: a European or a national approach? 10th European Corporate Governance Conference Brussels, , 06-DEC-10 - 07-DEC-10 [Details]
Clarke B; (2010) Directors as Stewards Rather than Auctioneers Reengineering the Corporation Queens University Belfast, , 09-SEP-10 - 10-SEP-10 [Details]

Published Reports

B. Clarke et al ; (2011) Report of the Reflection Group on the Future of EU Company Law. European Commission Internal Market and Services, Brussels. [Details]

Working Paper

Clarke B; (2011) Directors¿ Duties During an Offer Period Lessons from the Cadbury PLC Takeover. Working Paper [Details]
Clarke B; (2009) Where was the 'Market for Corporate Control' when we Needed it? - Research Paper No. 23/2009. Working Paper [Details]
Clarke B and Lynn T; (2010) The Irish Corporate Governance System - Research Paper No. 38/2010. Working Paper [Details]
clarke B; (2010) Reinforcing the Market for Corporate Control - Research Paper No. 39/2010. Working Paper [Details]


Research Interests

· Corporate Governance · Takeovers & Mergers Law · Securities Regulation . Financial Services Law · Contract · Company Law