Photograph of Dr David Andrew Poyton.Dr David Andrew Poyton

Dean
Reader in Law,
LLB,
LLM,
PhD(Wales).

Contact

Email: dvp@aber.ac.uk
Phone: N/A

Teaching Areas

Teaching:

  • Undergraduate – Business Law; Contract Law; Commercial Law; European Law; Legal System; Internet Commerce and the Law; Sport, Law and Society.
  • Postgraduate – Aspects of Commercial Contracting; The Law Relating to E-Commerce; Transnational Commercial Law.
  • Research training – Planning your Research; Argumentation.

Teaching Related

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

Supervision:

  • 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)

Research

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?”

Selected Publications and Conference/Invited Papers
Poyton, D. “Dematerialised Goods and Liability in the Electronic Environment: the truth is, “there is no spoon box” [2005]19(1) International Review of Law Computers & Technology 83–98

Poyton, D. “Integrating C & IT into the delivery of a law module: a reflective look at two postgraduate modules delivered in the 2000/2001 academic year.” [2001] 3 Journal of Information Law and Technology. Available at http://elj.warwick.ac.uk/jilt/01-3/poyton.html

Macdonald, E. & Poyton, D. “A particular problem for e-commerce: Section 3 of the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977” [2000]3 Web Journal of Current Legal Issues. Available at http://webjcli.ncl.ac.uk/2000/issue3/macdonald3.html

Chapters in Edited books
Macdonald, E. & Poyton, D “E-COMMERCE: RECOGNISING THE CONTEXT” chapter in ‘Issues in International Commercial Law’. Davies, I (ed) 2005, Ashgate.

Conference Papers
“The EU Regulation on ODR: Doing the ‘Right Thing’ for Consumers?” British and Irish Law, Education and Technology Association Conference 2014

“Enabling Flexible Learning: reflections on our first online module” Future Directions Conference (HEA) 2014

“Consumers, the Internet and the Law: Towards all-encompassing codes” BAC Law Expo 12th March 2012, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

“Legal Issues in Electronic Commerce” Guest Lecture, Department of Law, HELP University College, Malaysia. November 2010

“The Regulation of Electronic Commerce in The European Union: Has a favourable legal environment been created and if so, favourable to whom?” Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) International Conference on Industrial Organization, Law & Economics. Athens 2005.

“Legal redress for consumers shopping in the electronic environment: misgivings and wasted opportunities?” British and Irish Law, Education and Technology Association Conference 2005.

“Electronic Commerce: Legal redress for consumers online” Universities of Wales Conference 2005, Gregynog.

“Dematerialised Goods and Liability in the Electronic Environment: the truth is, ‘there is no spoon box’” British and Irish Law, Education and Technology Association Conference 2004

“Integrating C & IT into the delivery of a law module: A reflective look at two postgraduate modules delivered in the 2000/2001 academic year. British and Irish Law, Education and Technology Association Conference 2001

PhD Thesis
Electronic Contracts - An Analysis of the Law Applicable to Electronic Contracts in England and Wales and its Role in Facilitating the Growth of Electronic Commerce (2004 – University of Wales)

Consultation
Participated in a the government consultation “Alternative dispute resolution for consumers”
https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/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?”

Biography

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 Interests

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)