Riz Mokal is Senior Counsel at the World Bank and heads the Bank's Global Initiative on Insolvency and Creditor/Debtor Regimes. The Initiative has responsibility for ensuring the relevance and responsive to current circumstances of the Bank's Principles for Effective Insolvency and Creditor Rights Systems. The Principles, together with the Legislative Guide on Insolvency Law compiled by the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, constitute the unified international best practice standard in this domain. They form the basis on which the Bank is mandated to undertake assessments and advise on the reform of enterprise credit formation and distress resolution regimes around the world. As part of the Initiative, Mokal has assessed and advised on the reform of jurisdictions in Middle East, Africa, Central and South Asia, and Eastern Europe.
Mokal is Professor of Law and Legal Theory at the UCL Faculty of Laws (currently on leave) and an Academic Member of 3-4 South Square, a leading barristers' chambers. He graduated with an LLB from UCL in 1996, a Bachelor of Civil Law from the University of Oxford in 1998, and a PhD from UCL in 2002. From October 1996 to July 2009, he taught Property, Insolvency, and Jurisprudence at the UCL Faculty of Laws. His areas of expertise are political and legal philosophy, economic analysis of law, insolvency law, and property. From 2003 to 2007, he was also a Research Associate at the Centre for Business Research at the University of Cambridge.
He is the author of the monograph Corporate Insolvency Law - Theory and Application (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005), and of several papers and book chapters on the laws governing insolvency, corporate restructuring, and property, and on legal theory.