Our global benefactors have played a major part in the flourishing of law in Oxford.
The Allen & Overy Professorship of Corporate Law – the longest standing of the donor-funded Professorships in Oxford Law – has been at the centre of the developments in Law and Finance, and Professor Luca Enriques is a leader in teaching Company Law to undergraduates. The Hogan Lovells Professor of Law and Finance, Professor John Armour, has taken the lead in the Law and Finance programme. The Travers Smith Associate Professorship of Corporate Finance, held by Chris Hare, was established more than 20 years ago with endowment funding. In 2012, Robert Stevens was elected to the Herbert Smith Freehills Professorship of English Private Law. In 2012, Linklaters agreed to fund the Linklaters Professorship of Comparative Law, and Pinsent Masons fund Professor Judith Freedman’s Pinsent Masons Chair in Taxation Law. Freshfields also agreed to fund the Freshfields Professorship of Commercial Law, with Professor Horst Eidenmüller taking on the Chair. Clifford Chance agreed in December 2012 to fund the new Clifford Chance Associate Professor in Law and Finance, which Dr Kristin Van Zwieten took up on 1 September 2013. The Slaughter and May Professor of Competition Law, Ariel Ezrachi, runs the University’s programme in that field, and Slaughter and May also provides support for Law at Pembroke College.
In addition to the funding of posts, global firms are contributing to our work through major funding for moots (Shearman and Sterling and Gide Loyrette Nouel). 7 King’s Bench Walk and Maitland Chambers also fund mooting at Oxford. Maitland Chambers have also generously agreed to help support the Faculty’s Pathways to Law Programme. Weil Gotshal provides support for the provision of the Westlaw database services to Faculty and students. Norton Rose Fulbright has generously agreed to assist with Lexis@Library database provision in the Bodleian Law Library. Baker & McKenzie, like Slaughter and May, Freshfields, and Hogan Lovells, provide major financial support for the world-famous Bodleian Law Library. In addition to their support for posts, Clifford Chance offers significant funding towards the running of the Institute of European and Comparative Law, and CMS Cameron McKenna provides major support for a research programme in the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, on the future of European Civil Justice Systems. In recognition of White & Case’s gift, we have named a prominent lecture room the “White & Case Lecture Room”.
Over recent years, scholarships for graduate students provided by chambers and law firms has increased to include many chambers funding named scholarships, including 3 Verulam Buildings, Fountain Court Chambers, South Square, 4 New Square, Pump Court Tax Chambers, Des Voeux Chambers and Temple Chambers. We are also very grateful for the Volterra Fietta Scholarship in Public International Law; the first independently funded DPhil scholarship at the Law Faculty.
The support of individuals is increasingly important too: Allan Myers AO QC, William Wong SC, Daniel Slifkin, John Adams, Paul Dodyk, Frau Anneliese Brost, Sir David Lewis DL, Sir Frank Berman KCMG QC, John Collis, Professor Sir Roy Goode CBE QC, Stephen Leonard, Genevieve Muinzer and Nick Segal, Lady Edwina Grosvenor and Professor Stephen A. Scott have all generously supported a welcome variety of Oxford Law initiatives.
These developments have changed Oxford Law, contributing approximately £2 million per annum to Faculty revenue of about £12 million. This vital support has been essential in the developments that have made Oxford a leading law school in the twenty-first century. It has been the margin that allows us to thrive in a difficult environment, and to innovate. It will be essential in the future.