Dr David Poyton

LLB, LLM Business Law, PhD


David gained his PhD from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth in 2004. His thesis analysed the legal implications of transacting electronically and across borders.
He began teaching Law in 1996 when he was awarded a University Studentship to pursue his doctoral research. Since then, he has taught a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules, and delivered research training to Doctoral candidates.

In 2004 David began working with overseas tertiary education providers and since then he has had a keen interest in transnational education. To date, he has worked with partners in ten different jurisdictions throughout Europe, Africa and Asia.

David was made Reader in Law in 2015 and was seconded to the Mauritius Branch Campus as Dean, in the same year.

Before returning to academia, David spent five years working in management, sales and marketing across several commercial sectors.

He is a passionate Welsh rugby fan and played a wide range of sports in his youth.

Additional Information

Leadership and Commercial Development
David has initiated, developed and maintained key commercial relationships with external private and publically funded bodies. Activities have included accreditation and validation (including professional bodies); curriculum development and design; and staff and student mobility.

External Validation Work and Consultancy
Extensive experience in the validation, articulation and franchise of academic schemes in Law and related fields at undergraduate and postgraduate level, including QLD provision.
Overseas work has included: Bangladesh; Botswana; Canada; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Ghana; Indonesia; Malaysia; Mauritius; and Nigeria;

Administrative posts

  • Member of University Senate 2012 - present
  • Head of Admissions and Recruitment (June 2009-2012)
  • Director of Admissions, Recruitment and Marketing, Department of Law and Criminology (Sept 2012-2015).
  • Director of International and External Relations, Institute of Management Law and Information Sciences (2014-2015)


Module Coordinator
Course Builder

Teaching Related

  • Previous Administrative posts
  • Acting Director of Learning and Teaching
  • Deputy Director of Learning and Teaching


  • Successfully supervised nine PhD projects (see Research section).

External examining:

  • External Examiner (LLM) DeMontfort University Leicester (2006 - 2011).
  • Examiner for the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education.

Scheme moderator and consultant subject expert:

  • Holborn College London (LLB)
  • Anglo American College, Prague (BA Law)


David's research interests are located within commercial law, the use of technology to enhance legal education, and transnational education.

Current work in preparation:
"Online Consumer Dispute Resolution: Beyond ODR - achieving policy objectives with reputation rather than legislation?"

Participated in a the government consultation "Alternative dispute resolution for consumers"

Doctoral Research Supervision
He is happy to consider research proposals in the areas of:

  • Electronic Commerce;
  • Information Technology Law;
  • Consumer Law;
  • ODR and ADR;
  • Implied Terms.
  • Contract Law;
  • Commercial Law;
  • Legal Education.
  • The use of C&IT in legal education;
  • Transnational Education

Recent PhD Supervision
"Mobile Commerce: A Legal Analysis of Transactional Aspects in M-Commerce Transactions in England and Wales"

"Computers, software and contractual liability: a study of the rights and responsibilities of the contracting parties"

"Electronic Contract: A Study of its Application in the light of Islamic Law with Particular Reference to Saudi Arabia Case"

"The Taxation of Electronic Commerce"

"Copyright, Online Gaming and Ownership Rights"

"Anti-piracy strategies implemented by the recording industries in the United Kingdom and Finland"

"Examining the effectiveness and importance of online dispute resolution (ODR) in the encouragement of cross-border e-commerce: towards and practical system?"

"Are consumers economic interests adequately protected when shopping online?"

"Examining the effectiveness and importance of online dispute resolution (ODR) in the encouragement of cross-border e-commerce: towards and practical system?"


Poyton, D 2005, 'Dematerialised Goods and Liability in the Electronic Environment: the truth is, “there is no [spoon] box', International Review of Law, Computers and Technology, vol. 19, no. 1, pp. 83-98. 10.1080/13600860500051630
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