Centre for Enterprise Liability
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Primary fields of research
Sylvie Cavaleri is broadly interested in:
- International contract law, especially construction law
- Comparative contract law
- International commercial dispute resolution, especially arbitration
- Private international law
Past and current research
Sylvie Cavaleri's PhD project, titled "Concurrent Delay in Construction Disputes", addressed the issue of concurrent delay, i.e. the situation where both parties to a construction contract are in delay with the performance of their obligations at the same time or over the same period of time, in a comparative perspective between civil law and common law systems, with a special focus on Denmark and England. Sylvie publicly defended this thesis on November 1, 2013; the thesis was published as a book in March 2015.
From August 2014 to July 2016, Sylvie worked on a postdoctoral research project funded by the Danish Council for Independant Research. This project, titled "The interpretation and application of international standard contracts under different legal systems", addressed the issues arising from the use of international standard construction contracts originating from one legal tradition, most often common law, when such contracts are subject to the law of a country from another legal tradition, for instance civil or Danish law.
Since the end of this project, Sylvie has worked on various subjects and publications within her fields of research. She is currently researching several issues raised by the latest version of the Danish standard construction contracts from 2018, especially the new types of ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) introduced by these standards as well as their equivalents in other countries. More specifically, Sylvie is investigating if and how decisions made after short and summary proceedings can be enforced, and the status of such processes in relation to court proceedings or arbitration. These matters involve, among other tasks, trying to assess the requirements posed by public law and individual procedural rights to private, industry-based ADR.
Teaching and supervision
Sylvie directs and teaches her own elective master course titled "Drafting and Negotiating International Contracts". She is also teaching Danish law of obligations at bachelor level, and is interested in supervising bachelor and master students working on subjects falling within her research areas.