Many of Oxford Law's most important recent innovations have been possible only thanks to the generosity of participants in our development programme. Examples include: extended weekend opening at the Bodleian Law Library, specialist teaching in Oxford for students on our Law with Law Studies in Europe programme, the creation of new Professorships in law and finance, commercial law, taxation law, and our Legal Research Skills Programme.
In the 21st century, private financial support has become essential not only for new initiatives, but for the core mission of a university in pursuing understanding. Our financial supporters help in numerous ways to sustain and to improve our teaching and research. With the help of donors we have, for example, increased much-needed funds for postgraduate scholarships, an area in which the UK has fallen behind.
The Faculty of Law receives generous support from a wide range of funders. Our financial supporters make donations to a Faculty that is committed to academic freedom as essential in a University. The University of Oxford values and safeguards its autonomy, and freedom of inquiry for both students and staff, and does not accept gifts when doing so would compromise these fundamental principles.
The following is a list of Faculty of Law posts which are directly funded by benefactors, and named in recognition of the support for our mission:
- John Armour, Hogan Lovells Professor of Law and Finance,
- Paul Davies, Allen & Overy Professor of Corporate Law,
- Ariel Ezrachi, Slaughter and May Professor of Competition Law,
- Judith Freedman, Pinsent Masons Chair in Tax Law
- Robert Stevens, Herbert Smith Freehills Professor of English Private Law,
- Christopher Hare, Travers Smith Lecturer in Corporate and Commercial Law,
- Kristin van Zwieten, Clifford Chance University Lecturer in Law and Finance,
- Stefan Vogenauer, Linklaters Professor of Comparative Law,
- Konstanze Von Papp, Erich Brost Career Development Fellow in German and European Union Law
The Faculty offers scholarships that are named in recognition of the support of various donors, full details of these can be found on our scholarships page.
The Faculty does not accept funding for academic posts, or for scholarships, that would hinder the student or the academic in question from exercising the same freedom of thought and expression that all our students and academics have. Donors do not have any role in decisions as to whom the Faculty should award scholarships to, or in academic appointment decisions. Appointment to a post in the Faculty that is named in recognition of a donor, or the award of a scholarship that is named in recognition of a donor, does not impose obligations on the part of the academic or the student toward the donor.