An academician specialising in Business and Commercial Law at Staffordshire University- United Kingdom
Matthew Sadler is an academic from the UK-based Staffordshire University’s Law School and a specialist in Business and Commercial Law with a focus on the Law of Obligations, namely Contract Law & Problem Solving and Tort Law & Civil Liabilities.
Matthew Sadler is very passionate about diversity in Higher Education as he feels that a wide range of individual personalities, experiences, cultures and beliefs help to reflect the dynamism of legal education. He is willing to welcome any and all international students into his classroom.
Mathew was in India in the 2nd week of January 2016, to meet the students of some law schools based in Delhi NCR, Pune and Kolkata. In an exclusive interview, Matthew has shares his vast experience and future vision with the Lawz Team.
What is your legal/academic background
I entered legal education as a mature student after many years of commercial experience and attained my qualifying Bachelor of Laws degree (LL.B) with Honours from Staffordshire University in 2013. I have subsequently achieved a Master of Laws (LL.M) in Law and Society from Keele University in 2015. As a part of my professional academic development I am undertaking a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Higher and Professional Education which incorporates my teaching qualification. I am currently pursuing my Ph.D doctoral studies in Employment and Labour Law with a research focus on power dynamics between Employers and Employees in respect of Equality and Discrimination. I have professional accreditations with Memberships of the Society of Legal Scholars, Society of Education and Training and Staff and Educational Development Association and will acquire my Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in the spring.
How are Indian commercial and competitive laws different from those in the United Kingdom? Do you suggest any changes in the Indian commercial laws to bring it at par with developed economies.
International Trade and Commerce regulation will always differ from one jurisdiction to another. However, as we find global barriers weakening in order to foster international business growth we see a reflection of this in legal regulation of business. Respect and understanding of others’ practices is paramount to ensuring commercial success. We are very lucky that the Indian and British legal systems in this respect are both founded on common law and judicial precedent principles.
On what aspects would you compare the Indian labour laws with those of UK.
Every county has labour laws that change to reflect society’s motivations. When economic success is at its highest then employees tend to have favourable conditions and rights as they can afford to challenge Employer practices as the job market will be buoyant with opportunities. However in times of economic downturn the power shifts to the Employer and their motivation is business survival and so the rights of employees can often take a public policy backseat in order to maintain capitalist growth. This cyclical paradigm is true for both India and the United Kingdom.
Please tell us about your teaching experience.
I have been teaching in my entire professional career in one capacity or another. As a part of my commercial activities, I was responsible for employee training and development. As I progressed through my formal education I realised that I had a passion and dedication for legal education and so have subsequently pursued teaching as a career.
How do you compare the academic curriculum of law schools in India with that of the United Kingdom’s? Would you suggest any change which is needed to be brought to reform the legal education in India
The academic curriculum in India and the United Kingdom are not dissimilar. We have legal systems based upon comparative principles and so the teaching of subject matter is very much aligned. Both countries teach the foundational principles of law such as constitutional law, law of contract, law of torts etc. but will inevitably have niche areas of law that are reflected in their nation’s activities. One such example is a prevalence of opportunity to study Space Law in India which is not a common subject in the UK.
What are the advantages of studying law at the Staffordshire University
Staffordshire University has a dedicated team of academic professionals who possess excellent teaching skills coupled with real word practitioner experience. We believe in a collaborative approach to learning where students are encouraged to participate in their learning journey. We encourage reflective learning techniques coupled with practical and problem based learning in order that students can apply their legal knowledge to real life scenarios. We have a purpose built Law School that is fully integrated into campus life and we boast an impressive Law Library, Moot Court and Legal Advice Clinic. The Legal Advice Clinic, which students can become involved with from their second year of study, allows students to develop work-ready skills which are valued by employers.
What are the law programs that aspirants can consider studying at Staffordshire University? Give us a brief insight into the new LLM programs in Human Resource Management and Employment as well as Family Law and Society and the distance learning options.
We offer both Undergraduate, Postgraduate Taught and Research learning opportunities in areas like Business Law, Criminology, Family Law & Society, HRM & Employment Law, Legal Practice and Offender Management. Our new Master’s programmes blend legal theory with law in action from a real world perspective. Both our new programmes incorporate business and commercial awareness, socio-legal application, critical analysis of current professional practice alongside intra-disciplinary approaches to legal study.
We also offer Distance Learning options in LLM International Sports Law which is meant not only for Law students and practitioners but also for sports professionals so that they can gain the expertise and knowledge required to better understand the complexities of international sports. Our Distance Learning LLM programme in International Business Law is ideal for people who are looking at gaining a better understanding of global business world.
Tell us about your research in Employer and Employee relationship with specific focus on Equality and Discrimination as part of your PhD Doctoral Studies.
My research aims are to investigate whether the power dynamic between Employer and Employee alter and change depending on the legal obligations placed upon them by legislative provisions relating to Equality and Diversity. Pro-activity versus Reactivity in the areas of direct and indirect discrimination, harassment and victimisation are key factors and form the core of my research activity.
Given an opportunity would you like to get associated with any Indian Law university for imparting education
I would be delighted to collaborate with Indian Universities with respect to teaching and learning exchanges. I believe that exposure to differing practices is important to ensure we are all the best educators that we can be. This also guarantees that we are able to foster global citizenship morals within our students.
How has your experience been during your tour to India, meeting the law students in various law colleges
My experience has been invaluable. I was extremely impressed with the knowledge, understanding and ability demonstrated by the Indian students. Their grasp of legal principles and facts alongside the ability to apply these attributes was exciting to witness. The students’ abilities are clearly a reflection of the professional educators tasked with their learning and I witnessed some of the most dedicated and motivated faculty staff who should feel proud of their students’ achievements.
– LawZ Bureau