Dr Nicole A. Pierce

Staff details

Dr Nicole A. Pierce


Lecturer in Law




N.Pierce (@gold.ac.uk)

Nicole's research interests cover areas of Commonwealth studies, Commercial Law reform, SIDS, and financial stability.

Dr Nicole A. Pierce is a Lecturer in Law at the Department of Law, at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is specialized in company and commercial law. She has built a reputation in the Caribbean region as an expert in various areas of law, including company, insolvency, issues related to regional integration and has worked for the World Bank, IADB, CARICOM and the OECS.

Prior to joining Goldsmiths, Nicole was a Senior Lecturer at De Montfort University and a Teaching Fellow at Queen Mary University of London.

Nicole holds a PhD from QMUL, an LLM from the University of Kent, a MBA from Barry University, a JD from Rutgers University and a double BA from the University of South Carolina. She is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Prior to moving to the UK, Nicole was an attorney-at-law in Jamaica and an in-house counsel for many years. She then took up a role as legal officer with the Consumer Affairs Commission of Jamaica.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD in International Commercial Law 2018
  • LLM in International Commercial Law (Hons) 2013
  • MBA in Marketing and Finance 1993
  • Juris Doctorate 1989
  • Double BA in Government and International Studies and History 1986

Research interests

Nicole's research interests focuses on topics important to Small Island Developing States and Commonwealth issues. In particular, Nicole is interested in varius areas of commercial law, including company and insolvency, GDPR, regional integration, digital currencies, regulated credit reporting regimes, collateral registries, secured transactions legislation, and SDGs and colored economies.

Nicole currently leads projects on various areas of commercial law reform in the CARICOM and OECS region. Areas of law covered include the drafting of model company, partnership and insolvency bills, She has also been called on to provide an expert opinion on draft model deposit insurance bill for the ECCB of the OECS and has also authored concept notes at the request of a number of CARICOM member states on key domestic policy issues. Nicole is also an Associate Researcher with the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL )and Director (Projects) with the Institute of Small and Micro States (ISMS).

Nicole has recently published a chapter in an edited Springer book series on the introduction of a credit reporting regime into Jamaica. She will also shortly publish her monograph on the practice of commercial law reform in the CARICOM region. Nicole is also a co-editor on a handbook on regionalism in the Caribbean as part of a Springer/UNU-CRIS book series (2024)

Publications and research outputs

Book Section

Pierce, Nicole. 2024. Law Reform and Regulated Credit Reporting Systems in Commonwealth Small Island Developing States: A Study of Jamaica. In: Caroline Morris, ed. Making and Changing Law in Small Jurisdictions. Cham, Switzerland: Springer, pp. 135-173. ISBN 9783031469428

Professional projects

Nicole has worked on interesting projects some of which include:
May 2021 CARICOM Consultancy to Provide Assistance to Member States to Harmonize Company Laws and Instruments for the Mutual Recognition of Companies contract. Role: Principal investigator. BIICL awarded the tender July 2021-24. €290,000

June 2021 Commonwealth Secretariat Consultancy. Recruitment
of foreign judicial officers and judicial diversity in Commonwealth Small
States. Awarded to ISMS 15 June 2021. £9000.00

January 2022 Organization of Eastern Caribbean States consultancy to Develop a Methodological Framework to Monitor and Measure Regional Integration and Development Progress of the OECS Region. Co-Principal Investigator with Professor Fredrik Soderbaum (Professor, University of Gothenberg) and international
consultant, Professor Phillippe De Lombaerde (Director, UNU_CRIS).
Awarded to Victoria University of Wellington, NZ and ISMS. €65,050. 2022-23