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. This Chair, one of the longest-established in the Faculty, was previously held by Professors FH Lawson, Otto Kahn-Freund, Barry Nicholas and Bernard Rudden.

Maureen O'Neill, the Faculty of Law's Director of Development said: 'Support from the legal profession has been essential in the developments that have made Oxford a leading law school. With their funding of the Linklaters Chair, they are providing the resource that allows us to thrive in a difficult environment and to innovate. Linklaters have invested in our continued pursuit of excellence.'

Stefan Vogenauer has been Professor of Comparative Law and Fellow of Brasenose College since 2003. He has been Director of the Institute of European and Comparative Law (IECL) since 2004. Prior to his appointment in Oxford he was a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg. He has taught and held  positions in Australia, France, Germany, South Africa and the United States. His research interests are in comparative law, European legal history, private law, international uniform law, and legal method. Professor Vogenauer was awarded a Humboldt Award in 2012 'in recognition of his lifetime achievements in research'.

Simon Davies, Managing Partner of Linklaters said ‘The new post of "Linklaters Professor" evidences our strong relationship with Oxford University. We have consistently recruited high numbers of students to join the firm from Oxford University, which was rated top for Law in the Times 2012 Good University Guide and second in the world for Law in the QS World University Rankings.’


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