Dr Joseph Spooner has been an Assistant Professor at the Law Department of the London School of Economics and Political Science since 2013.
He was awarded his PhD from University College London in 2014 for research on the appropriate contemporary role of bankruptcy law in a financialised debt-based economy. He also obtained policy experience contributing to the World Bank’s Report on the Treatment of the Insolvency of Natural Persons (2013), as well as working on the Law Reform Commission of Ireland’s project on personal debt management and debt enforcement (2010-2012).
Joseph’s research explores legal and policy issues relating to household debt. This involves the study of consumer law and private law, with particular focus on policymaking in the areas of personal insolvency law and consumer credit regulation. Joseph’s forthcoming book examines the role of bankruptcy law as a tool for addressing micro- and macro-economic problems generated by excessive household debt in a financialised society, offering a critical perspective of English law. Joseph also writes on questions of the role of private law in the welfare state, as well as the politics of debt and how conflicts between public opinion and private interest groups influence law reform. Joseph teaches in the areas of commercial contracts, property law and consumer law.