Linklaters Professor of Comparative Law*
Stefan Vogenauer took up the post of Professor of Comparative Law at the University of Oxford and Fellow of Brasenose College in 2003. He has been Director of the Oxford Institute of European and Comparative Law since October 2004.
Before coming to Oxford, Professor Vogenauer was based in Hamburg where he was a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law and a part-time lecturer at the Bucerius Law School. Previously he had been a Research Assistant at the Regensburg Law Faculty, having received his legal education in Kiel, Paris, Oxford (Trinity College, MJur 1995, Clifford Chance and Herbert Hart Prizes) and Regensburg where he qualified as a German barrister ('Rechtsanwalt').
Professor Vogenauer convenes the BCL/MJur course in 'European Private law: Contract'. Further courses and classes taught while in Oxford include 'Problems in Contract and Tort (German and English Law Compared)', 'Introduction to Comparative Law', 'The Common Law for Civil Lawyers', 'Transnational Commercial Law' and 'Roman Law of Contract'. Apart from comparative law his research interests lie mainly in the areas of European legal history, private law, international uniform law, and legal method.
In 2012 a Humboldt Award was conferred upon Professor Vogenauer 'in recognition of his lifetime achievements in research'. For his comparative and historical analysis of the interpretation of statutes in English, French, German and EU law, 'Die Auslegung von Gesetzen in England und auf dem Kontinent' (Verlag Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen 2001, 2 vols), he was awarded the Max Weber Prize of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the Otto Hahn Medal of the Max Planck Society in 2002, as well as the 2008 Prize of the German Legal History Conference.
S Vogenauer, '"... to take up the ground hitherto unoccupied in the periodical literature" - Die ersten juristischen Fachzeitschriften Englands im 19. Jahrhundert' in M Stolleis, T Simon (eds), Juristische Fachzeitschriften in Europa (Verlag Klostermann 2006) [...]
English law journals in the 19th century.
S Vogenauer, '"Im Zweifel gegen den Fiskus": Aufstieg und Niedergang einer Interpretationsmaxime' in R Lieberwirth and H Lück (eds), Akten des 36. Deutschen Rechtshistorikertags zu Halle (NOMOS Verlag 2008) [...]
Historical account of the rise and fall of the maxim 'in dubio contra fiscum', employed in the interpretation of tax legislation.
S Vogenauer, 'A Retreat from Pepper v Hart? A Reply to Lord Steyn' (2005) 25(4) Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 629
S Vogenauer and R Zimmermann, 'Alan Rodger: Gelehrter auf dem Richterstuhl' (2012) 20 Zeitschrift für Europäisches Privatrecht 305-14 [...]
An obituary of Alan Ferguson Rodger, Lord Rodger of Earlsferry, with a focus on his scholarly achievements.
S Vogenauer, 'An Empire of Light? II: Learning and Lawmaking in Germany Today' (2006) 26(4) Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 627
S Vogenauer, 'An Empire of Light? Learning and Lawmaking in the History of German Law' (2005) 64 Cambridge Law Journal 481 [...]
Influence of legal scholarship on the law-making process, both legislative and judicial, in Germany up to the second half of the nineteenth century.
S Vogenauer and J Kleinheisterkamp (eds), Commentary on the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts (PICC) (Oxford University Press 2009) [...]
The Commentary on the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts (ccxxx + 1319 pp) is written by an international team of distinguished academics and practitioners. They offer an article by article commentary on the Principles to provide an accessible guide to the existing case law and legal literature, as well as a comparison with national and international legislation. The UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts set forth rules of general contract law for the use by merchants and business people in cross border transactions. Since their first publication in 1994 the Principles have proved to be a serious alternative to national contract laws in international disputes decided by arbitral tribunals, such as those administered by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). At the same time, they have been accepted as a model for reforming the laws on international contracts by countries such as Russia, China, Estonia, and Lithuania. This book provides commentary on the substantive rules on contracts with a comprehensive analysis of each provision. As a result, this book aims to increase understanding of the rules governing international commercial contracts and aid the practical application of the Principles.
S Vogenauer, 'Common Frame of Reference and UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts: Coexistence, Competition, or Overkill of Soft Law?' (2010) 6 European Review of Contract Law 143-183 [...]
Reprint in J Kleineman (ed), A Common Frame of Reference for European Contract Law, Stockholm: Jure Förlag 2011, 155-199
H Snijders and S Vogenauer (eds), Content and Meaning of National Law in the Context of Transnational Law (Sellier European Publishers 2009)
S Vogenauer, Die Auslegung von Gesetzen in England und auf dem Kontinent: Eine vergleichende Untersuchung der Rechtsprechung und ihrer historischen Grundlagen (Verlag Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen 2001) [...]
Abstract: This is a comparative and historical study of judicial approaches to statutory interpretation in England, France, Germany and the Court of Justice of the European Communities. These approaches are identified for each legal system by way of a detailed analysis of the rules and principles of construction employed in characteristic interpretative situations across various areas of law. The findings are placed in the historical and institutional contexts of the respective legal cultures. The book aims to defy conventional wisdom on the subject by identifying a basic similarity in the interpretative practices of the major European jurisdictions. Although the timing has been slightly different in each legal system, each has gone through three phases: initially a relatively broad attitude relying on notions of equity with a willingness to go beyond the text to meet new problems, followed by an emphasis on the will of the legislator and the wording of the statute, and finally a much less literalist and more purposive approach.The book combines comparative, jurisprudential and historical methodologies. Its coverage ranges from criminal law to constitutional law, tax law and EU law.
S Vogenauer and S Weatherill, 'Die Kompetenz der Europäischen Gemeinschaft zu einer umfassenden Angleichung des Vertragsrechts - eine empirische Untersuchung' (2005) Juristenzeitung 870 [...]
Results of a survey.
S Vogenauer, 'Die rechtliche Einordnung von Inline-Skates im Straßenverkehr - ein Rechtsvergleich' (2002) Neue Zeitschrift für Verkehrsrecht 537 [...]
Comparative analysis of the legal status of roller-bladers in road traffic law
S Vogenauer, 'Die zivilrechtliche Haftung von Inlineskatern im Straßenverkehr' (2002) Versicherungsrecht 1345 [...]
Civil liability of roller-bladers
S Vogenauer, 'Drafting and Interpretation of a European Contract Law Instrument' in G Dannemann and S Vogenauer (eds), The Common European Sales Law in Context: Interactions with English and German Law (Oxford University Press 2013) [...]
pp 82-119. A European contract law regime will not necessarily be drafted and interpreted in ways that correspond to the approaches of a particular national legal system. In this chapter I will assess the peculiarities of drafting (II.) and interpreting (III.) European rules against the background of English and German contract law. I will then explore how these aspects will influence the interaction of the European contract law regime, both as an ‘optional instrument’ and as a ‘toolbox’, with the domestic laws of these two Member States (IV.).
S Vogenauer, 'Eine gemeineuropäische Methodenlehre des Rechts - Plädoyer und Programm' (2005) Zeitschrift für Europäisches Privatrecht 234 [...]
Towards a European Legal Method.
S Vogenauer, 'Elaborare il diritto europeo dei contratti' (2012) Contratto e impresa/Europa 125-56
V Bogdanor and S Vogenauer, 'Enacting a British Constitution: Some Problems'  Public Law 38
V Triebel, M Illmer, G Ringe, S Vogenauer and K Ziegler, Englisches Handels- und Wirtschaftsrecht (Verlag Recht und Wirtschaft 2012) [...]
xxxiv + 580 pp. English Commercial and Business Law Das Werk behandelt - sehr praxisorientiert und zugleich wissenschaftlich fundiert - die im täglichen Rechtsverkehr mit England auftretenden Fragen. Dazu gehören z. B. die Besonderheiten des englischen Vertragsrechts, Warenkauf, Arbeitsrecht, Gesellschaftsrecht, Insolvenzrecht, Wettbewerbsrecht, internationales Zivilprozess- und Privatrecht einschließlich Schiedsverfahrensrecht u.v.m. Das Buch ist nicht nur für Geschäftsverbindungen mit England eine unerlässliche Hilfe. Da englisches (Handels-)Recht in vielen wirtschaftlich bedeutenden Ländern zur Anwendung kommt, genießt es Weltgeltung. Zudem wird im internationalen Handelsverkehr sehr häufig ein englischer Gerichtsstand oder Schiedsort und englisches Recht als "neutrales Recht" vereinbart, wenn sich die Parteien nicht auf das Recht einer der Vertragsparteien einigen können. Sachgebiete: Englisches Handelsrecht, englisches Wirtschaftsrecht, englisches Vertragsrecht, Handelsgeschäfte, Warenkauf, englisches Arbeitsrecht, englisches Gesellschaftsrecht, englisches Insolvenzrecht, englisches Wettbewerbsrecht, englisches internationales Zivilprozess- und Privatrecht. ISBN 978-3-8005-1346-8
S Vogenauer, 'Entries "Auslegung von Rechtsnormen", "Auslegung von Verträgen", "Common law", "Precedent, rule of", "Rechtswissenschaft", "Richterrecht", "Vertrag zugunsten Dritter"' in J Basedow, K Hopt and R Zimmermann (eds), Handwörterbuch des Europäischen Privatrechts (Verlag Mohr Siebeck 2009)
S Vogenauer, 'Entries "Civil Law Systems" and "Inquisitorial System"' in P Cane and J Conaghan (eds), The New Oxford Companion to Law (Oxford University Press 2008)
S Vogenauer, 'Entries "Common Law", "Contract for the Benefit of Third Parties", "Interpretation of Contracts", "Judge-made Law", "Legal Scholarship", "Precedent, Rule of", "Statutory Interpretation, History of"' in J Basedow, K Hopt and R Zimmermann (eds), The Max Planck Encyclopedia of European Private Law (Oxford University Press 2012)
S Vogenauer, 'Gli effeti di contratti verso i terzi: L’Avant-projet du réforme in una prospettiva comparatistica' in M Andenas et al (ed), Liber Amicorum Guido Alpa: Private Law Beyond the National Systems (British Institute of International and Comparative Law 2007) [...]
pp. 1000-1036. A comparative analysis of the provisions on contracts for the benefit of third parties in the French 'Avant-projet de réforme du droit des obligations et de la prescription' (2005)
S Vogenauer, 'Interpretation of Contracts: Concluding Comparative Observations' in A Burrows and E Peel (eds), Contract Terms (Oxford University Press 2007)
S Vogenauer, 'Interpretation of the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contract by National Courts' in H Snijders and S Vogenauer (eds), Content and Meaning of National Law in the Context of Transnational Law (Sellier European Law Publishers 2009) [...]
S Vogenauer, 'Introduction' (pp 1-20), 'General Provisions - Arts 1.6-1.9' (pp 140-201), 'Interpretation - Arts 4.1-4.8' (pp 491-539), 'Content' - Arts 5.1.1-5.1.9 (pp 540-576), 'Third Party Rights - Arts 5.2.1-5.2.6' (pp 577-610), 'Appendix I - Synopsis of Instruments' and 'Appendix II - Bibliography' in S Vogenauer and J Kleinheisterkamp (eds), Commentary on the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts (Oxford University Press 2009)
G Dannemann and S Vogenauer, 'Introduction: the European Contract Law Initiative and the ‘CFR in Context’ Project' in G Dannemann and S Vogenauer (eds), The Common European Sales Law in Context: Interactions with English and German Law (Oxford University Press 2013) [...]
pp 1-20. This book explores the interactions between a European contract law instrument and national legal systems, using English law and German law as examples. The purpose of this Chapter is to set out the background to our enquiry and the methodology we employed. The first Part gives an overview of the ‘European contract law initiative’ which has resulted in various drafts for a European contract law regime, culminating in the two instruments that are the focus of the following chapters: the European Commission’s Proposal for a Regulation on a Common European Sales Law of October 2011 and one of its precursors, the 2009 Draft Common Frame of Reference. The second Part of this Chapter describes the Anglo-German research project which led to the present book. It will explain the overarching questions we set out to answer and the methodology employed by the authors of the various chapters.
H Beale, B Fauvarque-Cosson, S Vogenauer and JW Rutgers, Ius Commune Casebooks on the Common Law of Europe: Cases, Materials and Text on Contract Law (Hart Publishing 2010) [...]
lxxxiv + 1358 pp. This is the second edition of the widely acclaimed and successful casebook on Contract in the Ius Commune Series, developed to be used throughout Europe and aimed at those who teach, learn or practise law with a comparative or European perspective. The book contains leading cases, legislation and other materials from the legal traditions within Europe, with a focus on English, French and German law as the main representatives of those traditions. The book contains the basic texts and contrasting cases as well as extracts from the various international restatements (Vienna Sales Convention, UNIDROIT, Principles of European Contract Law and so on). Materials are chosen and ordered so as to foster comparative study, and complemented with annotations and comparative overviews prepared by a multinational team. The whole Casebook is in English. The principal subjects covered in this book include: General; Formation; Validity; Interpretation and Contents; Supervening Events; Remedies; Third Parties; The Tort/Contract Divide; Causation; Remedies; Fault and Unlawfulness; Liability for Others; Liability not based on fault as well as defences.
S Vogenauer and S Weatherill, 'La compétence de la Communauté européenne pour harmoniser le droit des contrats - une analyse empirique' (2005) Revue des contrats 1215 [...]
Results of a survey.
S Vogenauer, 'Law Journals in Nineteenth-Century England' (2008) 12 Edinburgh Law Review 26
P Pichonnaz and S Vogenauer, 'Le ‚pluralisme pragmatique’ du Tribunal fédéral: une méthode sans méthode?' (1999) Practique Juridique Actuelle (CH) 417 [...]
Critique of the the Swiss Federal Court’s methodological approach.
S Vogenauer, 'Lenel and Daube: a Cross-channel Friendship' in A Burrows, D Johnston and R Zimmermann (eds), Judge and Jurist: Essays in Memory of Lord Rodger of Earslferry (OUP 2013) [...]
pp 277-96. This contribution explores the relationship between two outstanding Roman law scholars, Otto Lenel and David Daube, on the basis of their correspondence in 1933 and 1934. It also discusses the influence of Daube on Alan Rodger.
S Vogenauer, 'Les effets du contrat à l'égard des tiers: regards comparatistes sur l'avant-projet' in J Cartwright, S Vogenauer and S Whittaker (eds), Regards comparatistes sur l'avant-projet de réforme du droit des obligations et de la prescription (Société de législation comparée (Droit privé comparé et européen, vol 9) 2010)
S Vogenauer, 'Paths to the Chair - The French Experience' (2004) Zeitschrift für Europäisches Privatrecht 218 [...]
A sociological account of the recruitment of French law professors.
S Vogenauer, 'Présentation de l'avant-projet' in J Cartwright, S Vogenauer and S Whittaker (eds), Regards comparatistes sur l'avant-projet de réforme du droit des obligations et de la prescription (Société de législation comparée (Droit privé comparé et européen, vol 9) 2010)
R de la Feria and S Vogenauer (eds), Prohibition of Abuse of Law: A New General Principle of EU Law? (Hart Publishing 2011) [...]
xxv + 636 pp. The Court of Justice has been alluding to 'abuse and abusive practices' for more than thirty years, but for a long time the significance of these references has been unclear. Few lawyers examined the case law, and those who did doubted whether it had led to the development of a legal principle. Within the last few years there has been a radical change of attitude, largely due to the development by the Court of an abuse test and its application within the field of taxation. In this book, academics and practitioners from all over Europe discuss the development of the Court's approach to abuse of law across the whole spectrum of European Union law, analysing the case-law from the 1970s to the present day and exploring the consequences of the introduction of the newly designated 'principle of prohibition of abuse of law' for the development of the laws of the EU and those of the Member States.
S Vogenauer, 'Rechtsgeschichte und Rechtsvergleichung um 1900 - Die Geschichte einer anderen "Emanzipation durch Auseinanderdenken"' (2012) 76 Rabels Zeitschrift für ausländisches und internationales Privatrecht 1122-54 [...]
The Emancipation of Comparative Law from Legal History Around 1900: For most of the 19th century, the academic discipline of comparative law was perceived to be just a variant of legal history. The idea of a ˜universal jurisprudence' required a multi-dimensional comparison of the laws of all countries at all times in order to infer general laws of legal development. Later, the notion of comparative law also comprised the study of contemporary foreign laws with a view to domestic law reform or legal unification. It was only around the turn of the century that the latter conception of comparative law prevailed and the close link with legal history was broken. The article traces the relationship between the two disciplines throughout the 19th century and sketches the reasons for the emancipation of comparative law.
J Cartwright, S Vogenauer and S Whittaker (eds), Reforming the French Law of Obligations: Comparative Observations on the Avant-projet de réforme du droit des obligations et de la prescription (the ‘Avant-projet Catala’) (Hart Publishing 2009) [...]
The 2005 Avant-projet de réforme du droit des obligations et de la prescription, also dubbed the Avant-projet Catala, suggests the most far-reaching reform of the French Civil code since it came into force in 1804. It reviews central aspects of contract law, the law of delict and the law of unjustified enrichment. There is currently a very lively debate in France as to the merits or the demerits of both the particular draft provisions and the general idea of recodification as such. This volume (xx + 930 pp) is the first publication to introduce the reform proposals to an English speaking audience. It contains the official English translation of the text, and distinguished private lawyers from both England and France analyse and assess particularly interesting aspects of the substantive draft provisions in a comparative perspective. Topics covered include negotiation and renegotiation of contracts, la cause, the enforcement of contractual obligations, termination of contract and its consequences, the effects of contracts on third parties, the definition of la faute, the quantification of damages, and the law of prescription. The volume also contains an overall assessment of the draft provisions by one of the most senior French judges who chaired the Working Party on the Avant-projet, established by the French Supreme Court, the Cour de cassation.
J Cartwright, S Vogenauer and S Whittaker (eds), Regards comparatistes sur l\'avant-projet de réforme du droit des obligations et de la prescription (Société de législation comparée (Droit privé comparé et européen, vol 9) 2010)
S Vogenauer, 'Regulatory Competition Through Choice of Contract Law and Choice of Forum in Europe: Theory and Evidence' (2013) 21 European Review of Private Law 13-78 [...]
This paper challenges the claim that there is regulatory competition in the areas of contract law and civil litigation. It is frequently assumed that law makers reform their contract laws and dispute resolution mechanisms with the purpose of attracting ‘users’, i.e. parties to cross-border contracts who choose the contract law or the courts of a given legal system. I shall discuss this assumption and its plausibility in the first part of the paper. In the second part I will test the assumption by presenting the available empirical evidence on the choices of contract law and forum that businesses in Europe actually make. For a long time such data has been largely absent from the debate. Moreover, I assemble evidence of law makers competing for the production of the most attractive legal regimes in the areas of contract law and civil litigation. I conclude that meaningful regulatory competition in the areas concerned cannot be predicted with confidence; nor is there evidence of its existence.
S Vogenauer, 'Richtlinienkonforme Auslegung nationalen Rechts in England' (1997) Zeitschrift für Europäisches Privatrecht 158 [...]
Analysis of English case law of the doctrine of indirect effect in EU law.
S Vogenauer, 'Schlüsselwörter in englischen Savigny-Übersetzungen' in J Rückert (ed), Savigny international? (Vittorio Klostermann 2014) [...]
ca 80 pp. The article analyses key words and passages in the English translations of three main works of the influential German jurist Friedrich Carl von Savigny: The History of Roman Law During the Middle Ages (vol I, 1829), Of the Vocation of Our Age for Legislation and Jurisprudence (1831), and System of the Modern Roman Law (vol I, 1867).
U Amelung and S Vogenauer, 'Schutz der Privatheit vor Presseveröffentlichungen' (2002) Zeitschrift für Europäisches Privatrecht 341 [...]
Privacy in English law before and after Douglas v Hello! Ltd  2 All ER 289
V Bogdanor, S Vogenauer and T Khaitan, 'Should Britain Have a Written Constitution?' (2007) 78 The Political Quarterly 499
S Vogenauer, 'Sources of Law and Legal Method in Comparative Law' in M Reimann, R Zimmermann (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Law (Oxford University Press 2006) [...]
Chapter of Handbook.
S Vogenauer, 'Statutory Interpretation' in J Smits (ed), Encyclopedia of Comparative Law (Edward Elgar Publishing 2006) [...]
Contribution to encyclopedia.
S Vogenauer, 'Statutory Interpretation' in JM Smits (ed), Elgar Encyclopedia of Comparative Law, Second Edition (Edward Elgar 2012)
S Vogenauer, 'The Avant-projet de réforme: an Overview' in J Cartwright, S Vogenauer and S Whittaker (eds), Reforming the French Law of Obligations: Comparative Observations on the Avant-projet de réforme du droit des obligations et de la prescription (the ‘Avant-projet Catala’) (Hart Publishing 2009) [...]
G Dannemann and S Vogenauer (eds), The Common European Sales Law in Context: Interactions with English and German Law (Oxford University Press 2013) [...]
lxvii + 789 pp. European Contract Law unification projects have recently advanced from the Draft Common Frame of Reference (2009) to a European Commission proposal for an optional Common European Sales Law (2011) which is to facilitate cross-border marketing. This book investigates for the first time how CESL and DCFR rules would interact with various aspects of domestic law, represented by English and German law. Nineteen chapters, co-authored by British and German scholars, examine such interface issues for eg pre-contractual relationships, notions of contract, formation, interpretation, and remedies, extending to non-discrimination, third parties, transfers or rights, aspects of property law, and collective proceedings. They go beyond a critical analysis of CESL and DCFR rules by demonstrating where and how CESL rules would interact with neighbouring areas of English and German law before English and German courts, how domestic traditions might influence the application, which aspects might motivate sellers and buyers to choose or reject CESL, and which might serve as model for national legislators. The findings are summarized in the final two chapters.
V Bogdanor and S Vogenauer, 'The Constitution of the UK as of 1 January 2007' in C Bryant (ed), Towards a New Constitutional Settlement (Smith Institute Monographs 2007) [...]
Draft for a written Constitution of the United Kingdom.
C Hodges, S Vogenauer and M Tulibacka (eds), The Costs and Funding of Civil Litigation: A Comparative Perspective (Hart Publishing 2010) [...]
xviii + 562 pp. This book contains the first major comparative study of litigation costs and methods of funding litigation in more than 30 jurisdictions. It was linked with the most comprehensive review of the costs ever carried out in England and Wales by Lord Justice Jackson in 2009 and benefited from the assistance of leading practitioners around the globe. The study analyses the principles and rules that relate to paying courts, witnesses and lawyers, and the rules on cost shifting, if any. They also note the major ways in which litigation can be funded, identifying the global trend on contraction of legal aid, the so far limited spread of contingency fees, and the growing new phenomenon of private third party litigation funding. The study also presents the results of nine case studies of typical claim types, so as to give a first overview comparison of which countries' legal systems are cheaper or more expensive. The book further contains national chapters with in depth analysis contributed by scholars in 18 jurisdictions (Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, England & Wales, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan and USA) and a further chapter on Latin American jurisdictions.
S Vogenauer, 'The DCFR and the CESL as Models for Law Reform' in G Dannemann and S Vogenauer (eds), The Common European Sales Law in Context: Interactions with English and German Law (Oxford University Press 2013) [...]
pp 732-52. This Chapter will assess the potential of the DCFR and the proposed CESL to serve as models for law reform. It will first set out the various ways in which sets of legal rules and principles in general and, more specifically, contract law regimes can play such a role (II.). Thereafter it will ascertain the suitability of the DCFR and the CESL to function as models (III.), and finally it will attempt to predict how this function might have a bearing in the particular context of English law and German law (IV.).
S Vogenauer, 'The Drafting of the Common European Sales Law: an Assessment and Suggestions for Improvement' (Briefing Note for the European Parliament Committee on Legal Affairs, DG Internal Policies - Policy Department C: Citizens' Rights and Constitutional Affairs 2012) [...]
The drafting of the Commission’s current proposal for a CESL is analysed and assessed. Recommendations for improving the drafting are made. The most important recommendation is to allow for sufficient time during the legislative process in order to avoid the technical mistakes that can be found in the proposal in its current form.
S Vogenauer, 'The Effects of Contracts on Third Parties: the Avant-projet de réforme in a Comparative Perspective' in J Cartwright, S Vogenauer and S Whittaker (eds), Reforming the French Law of Obligations: Comparative Observations on the Avant-projet de réforme du droit des obligations et de la prescription (the ‘Avant-projet Catala’) (Hart Publishing 2009) [...]
S Vogenauer and S Weatherill, 'The European Community\'s Competence for a Comprehensive Harmonisation of Contract Law - An Empirical Analysis' (2005) 30 European Law Review 821 [...]
Results of a survey.
S Vogenauer and S Weatherill, 'The European Community\'s Competence to Pursue the Harmonisation of Contract Law - an Empirical Contribution to the Debate' in S Vogenauer, S Weatherill (eds), The Harmonisation of European Contract Law: Implications for European Private Laws, Business and Legal Practice (Hart Publishing 2006) [...]
The text has been translated into French (Revue des contrats 2005, 1215) and German (Juristenzeitung 2005, 870).
S Vogenauer and S Weatherill (eds), The Harmonisation of European Contract Law: Implications for European Private Laws, Business and Legal Practice (Hart Publishing 2006) [...]
C Hodges, S Vogenauer and M Tulibacka, 'The Oxford Study on Costs and Funding of Civil Litigation' in Christopher Hodges, Stefan Vogenauer, Magdalena Tulibacka (eds), The Costs and Funding of Civil Litigation: A Comparative Perspective (Hart Publishing 2010) [...]
S Vogenauer, 'The Prohibition of Abuse of Law: An Emerging Principle of EU Law' in Rita de la Feria and Stefan Vogenauer (eds), Prohibition of Abuse of Law: A New General Principle of EU Law? (Hart Publishing 2011) [...]
S Vogenauer and others, 'The Role of Academics in the Legal System' in P Cane, M Tushnet (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Legal Studies (OUP 2003) [...]
Role of academics in civil law systems
S Vogenauer, 'The Spectre of a European Contract Law' in S Vogenauer, S Weatherill (eds), The Harmonisation of European Contract Law: Implications for European Private Laws, Business and Legal Practice (Hart Publishing 2006) [...]
Introduction to conference volume
S Vogenauer, 'The UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts 2010 - Die UNIDROIT Grundregeln der internationalen Handelsverträge 2010' (2013) Zeitschrift für Europäisches Privatrecht 7-42 [...]
An overview of the evolution of the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts over the past 30 years, the genesis of the 2010 version, the new subject-matters covered and the future of the project.
S Vogenauer, 'Unification of General Contract Law in Africa: The Case of the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts' (2011) 13 European Journal of Law Reform (EJLR) 434
S Vogenauer, 'Verzicht auf eine vertragliche Forderung im Europäischen Vertragsrecht und im Recht der internationalen Handelsverträge' in Stefan Grundmann (ed), Festschrift für Klaus J. Hopt zum 70. Geburtstag (de Gruyter 2010) [...]
pp 247-267. Release of a contractual right in European contract law and international commercial law.
S Vogenauer, 'Vorsprung durch Technik: Die „deutschsprachigen Zivilrechtslehrer des 20. Jahrhunderts“ in rechtsvergleichender Perspektive' in Stefan Grundmann and Karl Riesenhuber (eds), Deutschsprachige Zivilrechtslehrer des 20. Jahrhunderts in Berichten ihrer Schüler, vol II (de Gruyter 2010) [...]
pp 473-507. 20th century German legal scholarship in a comparative perspective
S Vogenauer, 'What is the Proper Role of Legislative Intention in Judicial Interpretation?' (1997) 18 Statute Law Review 235 [...]
The answer to one of the questions for the 1995 Oxford BCL/MJur Jurisprudence and Political Theory Essays.
S Vogenauer, 'Zivilprozessuale Folgen subjektiver und objektiver Interpretationslehren: Das Reichsgericht und die Revisibilität der Auslegung von Willenserklärungen' in A Kiehnle, B Mertens and G Schiemann (eds), Festschrift für Jan Schröder zum 70. Geburtstag (Verlag Mohr Siebeck 2013) [...]
pp 221-45. The article traces the case law of the German Imperial Court in the late 19th and the early 20th centuries with regard to one of the procedural issues regarding the interpretation of contracts under German law, i.e. whether this is a question of law (which can be assessed by the court of last resort) or a question of fact (on which the assessment of the lower courts is conclusive). The procedural issue is linked to the meta-theories of contractual interpretation prevailing at a given time: as long as a subjective approach was predominant, interpretation was regarded as determining the 'true' intention of the parties, and thus as a question of fact; when the objective approach gained prominence, interpretation was regarded as attributing the 'correct' meaning to the words, so it was increasingly seen as a question of law.
S Vogenauer, 'Zur Begründung des Mehrparteiengerichtsstands aus Art. 6 Nr. 1 LugÜ in England und Schottland' (2001) Praxis des Internationalen Privat- und Verfahrensrechts (IPrax) 253 [...]
Casenote on Canada Trust v Stolzenberg,  4 All ER
S Vogenauer, 'Zur Geschichte des Präjudizienrechts in England' (2006) Zeitschrift für Neuere Rechtsgeschichte 48 [...]
History of the doctrine of precedent in English law.
S Vogenauer, '§§ 133, 157: Auslegung' in M Schmoeckel, J Rückert, R Zimmermann (eds), Historisch-kritischer Kommentar zum BGB, vol I (Verlag Mohr Siebeck 2003) [...]
Historical and comparative analysis of the two main provisions of the German civil code governing the interpretation of contracts and other 'legal acts'.
S Vogenauer, '§§ 305-310: Gestaltung rechtsgeschäftlicher Schuldverhältnisse durch Allgemeine Geschäftsbedingungen (Teil III): Auslegung und Umgehungsverbot ' in M Schmoeckel, J Rückert, R Zimmermann (eds), Historisch-kritischer Kommentar zum BGB, vol II (Verlag Mohr Siebeck 2007) [...]
Historical account of the interpretation of standard terms, particularly the contra proferentem rule.
S Vogenauer, '§§ 328-335: Versprechen der Leistung an einen Dritten' in M Schmoeckel, J Rückert, R Zimmermann (eds), Historisch-kritischer Kommentar zum BGB, vol II (Verlag Mohr Siebeck 2007) [...]
History of the doctrine of privity and third party rights in European contract law.
The Linklaters Chair in Comparative Law
The Faculty of Law is delighted to announce that the Professorship of Comparative Law, held by Professor Stefan Vogenauer, Director of the Institute of European and Comparative Law, has become the Linklaters Professorship of Comparative Law. The Professorship, which is attached to Brasenose College, has been named for the firm in recognition of Linklaters’ support for Law in Oxford [more…]
Teaching: Comparative Private Law
Research: Comparative Law, European Legal History, Private Law, International Uniform Law, Legal Method