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Dr Wendy Kennett

Dr Wendy Kennett

Senior Lecturer in Law

School of Law and Politics

+44(0)29 2087 5482
0.12, Law Building, Museum Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3AX
Available for postgraduate supervision


I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law and Politics, with research interests in Comparative Law and European Civil Procedure. These interests combine in my work comparing the institutions responsible for the enforcement of judgments in various European countries, and more generally on debt recovery.

My work on civil procedure and enforcement is internationally recognised. For example, I contributed to the ELI/UNIDROIT Model European Rules of Civil Procedure and am currently participating in a global project on Comparative Procedural Law and Justice managed by the Max-Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law.

Within the UK, I have participated in work to reform the law on civil enforcement and to raise standards in the enforcement industry, including the co-ordination of responses to consultation papers (as Chair of the Bailiff Law Reform Group) and membership of the Compliance, Adjudication and Review of Enforcement (CARE) Panel established by the Civil Enforcement Association (CIVEA).


I graduated with a BA from Cambridge University (New Hall, now Murray Edwards College) in 1984 and completed my doctoral thesis on jurisdiction in civil and commercial matters in Cambridge (Clare College) in 1992.

Academic positions

I have held lectureships at the University of Nottingham, Kings/New Hall Colleges, Keele University and  Cardiff University.  After a career break from 2002-2010 I obtained a post as a Research Fellow at the University of Wales, Newport and was subsequently offered the position of Assistant Professor at UCLan, Cyprus. I returned to Cardiff University in 2014.

Speaking engagements

Selected speaking engagements include:

  • ECPR SG on Regulatory Governance 2018 Conference, University of Lausanne, Switzerland, 4-6 July 2018 – “Regulation for Social Justice in Civil Enforcement”
  • Rules on Service – Challenges of a Uniform Regulation. IUC Dubrovnik. Public and Private Justice 2018:  Harmonization of Civil Procedure in Europe: Prospects for an Integration amidst Disintegration? (28 May – 1 June, 2018) (by invitation).
  • Unless I Am Particularly Acquainted with my Partner..: Enforcement of a Cypriot Freezing Order in England. University of Rijeka, Faculty of Law. ‘Pride and Prejudice in Cross-Border Cases’ (22 May 2018) (by invitation)
  • Deregulation of civil enforcement: Losing sight of the wood. SLSA Conference, University of Bristol, 27-29 March 2018.
  • The Role of Notaries in the United Kingdom and Non-Judicial Enforcement Titles. Łodź. International conference organized at the University of Łodź on Notarial Enforcement Orders (7 April 2017) (by invitation)
  • Removal of Exequatur in England and Wales. Portorož, Slovenia. 24th Conference, Corporate Entities at the Market and European Dimensions (19–21 May 2016) (by invitation)
  • Presentations on Setting aside and Strike out.  Paris. Lexicographic Seminar as part of the NORMA funded project "Interactionnisme juridique et judiciaire dans l’émergence de la norme" (29 June 2015) (by invitation)
  • General Reporter on Enforcement. Colloquium on “The Coming Together of Procedural Laws in Europe” (under the auspices of the European Commission, Belgian Ministry of Justice, International Association of Procedural Law and Interuniversitair centrum voor Gerechtelijk Recht) (26 October 2001) (by invitation)
  • Comparative insights into forced execution in the EU. Paris. Colloquium on “Nouveaux droits dans un nouvel espace européen de justice: Le droit procesuel et le droit de l’execution”  Union International des Huissiers de Justice (5 July 2001) (by invitation)
  • Rapporteur for workshop on enforcement of judgments. Paris. French Ministry of Justice hosted Seminar on mutual recognition of civil decisions. (3-4 July 2000) (by invitation)













  • Kennett, W. 2003. Enforcement: general report. In: Storme, M. ed. Procedural Laws in Europe. Towards Harmonisation. Antwerpen/Apeldoorn: Maklu, pp. 81-111.













I currently teach Contract at undergraduate level and International Commercial Arbitration on the LLM programme.  I have previously designed and taught modules on a wide range of subjects including International Litigation, EU Law, Comparative Law and the Conflict of Laws.  I have extensive experience as a module leader.

My research background is in international dispute resolution and comparative civil procedure.  Many of my publications relate to the interpretation of European legislation on the cross-border enforcement of judgments.  More specifically, a major focus of my research for about the last twenty years has been the machinery for the enforcement of judgments (and other enforceable instruments) in different European countries, and the fruit of this research is in press with Intersentia in the form of a book entitled Civil Enforcement in a Comparative Perspective: A Public Management Challenge.  Individual debt has become an increasing problem in European countries in recent years, a problem expected to be exacerbated by the pandemic.  Good management of debt recovery processes is therefore an important task for public managers.  The book compares enforcement institutions in thirteen different countries and asks how far different state structures and public management traditions contribute to the variety of different institutions that have emerged.  It also investigates whether modern trends in public management - and notably emphasis on public service, the creation of public value and digital governance - are reflected in the regulation of civil enforcement.

My work on European civil procedure and civil enforcement has been recognised in a number of fora.  I have been a European Commission expert on enforcement, a member of two Working Groups in an ELI/UNIDROIT project to develop Model European Rules of Civil Procedure (, and a partipant in several projects funded by DG JUSTICE. I am involved in a global project under the aegis of the Max-Planck Institute Luxembourg to create a Compendium on Comparative Procedural Law. In the UK, I sit on the CARE Panel, which was established by CIVEA to raise standards within the enforcement industry and am a member of the Enforcement Law Review Group (of which I was the founding Chair in 1998).

I have benefited from a number of successful funding applications, from funding bodies including the AHRC, European Commission, Nuffield Foundation and British Academy.