Since the world continues to evolve, the law needs to evolve with it. This is especially true in the areas of Finance, Trade and Innovation which perform a vital role towards the evolvement of and interplay between the ‘real’ and ‘virtual’ worlds of society. The primary focus of the project is to promote finance, trade and investment as it is influenced by amongst others, the use of new technologies and other developments. This is achieved by doing multi-disciplinary research in a vast array of fields of law, including labour law, insolvency and cross border insolvency, insurance law, public procurement, virtual property, internet law, prevention of market abuse and manipulation, electronic transactions as well as alternative dispute resolution. In essence this project contributes to the breaking down of legal barriers so as to ensure the beneficial evolution of finance, trade and innovation.