Maya Mandery awarded her PhD with distinction

13 September 2013
Maya Mandery

Law Lecturer Maya Mandery has successfully defended her doctoral thesis at the University of Cologne. She was awarded summa cum laude for her performance in the oral exam and for the PhD as a whole.
Associate Professor Elsabe Schoeman describes Maya’s thesis, which was written in English, as “knotty, complex and intellectually challenging.”

“I never stopped to think how I could do it, I just did it,” Maya says.

“In hindsight, I learnt how to manage my time very effectively and to prioritise everything. It definitely feels like something is missing now, but it feels good to be finally finished!”

The 50 word thesis title is ‘Party Autonomy in Contractual and Non-Contractual Obligations: A European and Anglo-Common Law comparative perspective on the freedom of choice of law in the Rome I Regulation on the law applicable to contractual obligations and the Rome II Regulation on the law applicable to non-contractual obligations.’

Elsabe Schoeman says Maya’s thesis is ground-breaking and significant.

“In fact, her common law comparative section is all new and original, and her supervisor in Cologne has recommended the publication of her thesis in English, since it holds much significance for common law jurisdictions,” Dr Schoeman says.

Maya did her PhD study through the Institute for Foreign Law and Private International Law at the University of Cologne with the support of a prestigious Dr Carl-Arthur Pastor-Stiftung Scholarship.

While undertaking her PhD Maya worked her way through the myriad of commentaries on the German Civil Code, as well as the relevant European Union regulations. She compared this with a range of Anglo-Common Law jurisdictions.

Dr Schoeman commented that “Maya’s thesis now constitutes the most comprehensive analysis of this area. Her work will become a valuable source of reference for future Anglo-Common Law conflicts of law scholars, and will add value to current academic discourse.”

Maya teaches the law of torts, legal method, common law and legal research methodology. She has research interests in private international law, international torts and contracts, and special expertise in international commercial litigation and business transactions.