Prof. John Lowry

Cheng Yu Tung Visiting Professor


John has published widely in domestic and international law journals on directors’ duties, shareholder remedies and insurance contract law and he has co-authored books on company law, insurance law, and limitation of actions. He is Company Law section editor for the Journal of Business Law and Case Review editor for International Corporate Rescue. He also serves on the editorial boards of The Company Lawyer, Current Legal Problems; and Laws. He has been a contributing editor to Gore-Browne on Companies and OUP’s Annotated Companies Legislation.

Between 2000-2002 he was a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. In 2001 he was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Connecticut, Centre for Insurance Law Research and in 2010 he was Distinguished Global Jurist Visiting Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. In 2008 he was elected an Honorary Fellow of Monash University. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the Asian Institute of International Financial Law.

John has acted as consultant to the Law Commission of England and Wales (shareholder remedies; directors’ duties; and insurance contract law). In 2015 he was appointed a member of the Hong Kong Standing Committee on Company Law Reform. His work has been cited by appellate courts in England and Wales, Canada and Singapore (and his work on insurance fraud was argued before the UKSC in Versloot Dredging BV v HDI-Gerling Industrie Versicherung (The DC Merwestone)).

Current research interests include directors’ fiduciary obligations, shareholder remedies, the duty of good faith in insurance contract law and insurance contract terms. He has completed a new edition of Company Law for Oxford University Press (published 10 August 2022) and has recently completed two papers that examine, respectively, the exercise of shareholders’ voting powers and fundamental terms in insurance contract law. A new edition of Lowry, Rawlings and Merkin Insurance Law: Doctrines and Principles (Oxford, Hart Publishing) was published in September 2022. John has recently completed a paper for the 2023 W.G. Hart Workshop Theorists in Company Law that examines Lady Arden’s contribution to modern company law.

Refereed Journals

Shorter Articles and Commentaries


Edited Books

Chapters in Books and Contributions to Edited Essays

Public Engagement: Conference Papers