On Monday 11 January 2016, the Director of the Institute of European and Comparative Law, Professor John Cartwright, visited Stockholm. In connection with his visit, Mannheimer Swartling arranged a seminar followed by a buffet dinner at their offices. 

The purpose of the evening was to bring together all the stakeholders in the cooperation between Oxford and Stockholm, at the Stockholm Law Faculty and at the contributing organisations, and Nordic lawyers who studied at Oxford also attended the event.

The evening started with a presentation about the cooperation between Oxford and Stockholm and some of the people involved. Laura Carlson, in particular, gave a vivid and engaging account of her experience in holding the Stockholm Research Fellowship in Oxford in 2014-15. The Director of the Institute of European and Comparative Law, Professor John Cartwright, then gave a presentation on ‘General principles or detailed rules? Some civil law/common law comparisons', followed by a panel discussion.

The Faculty is grateful to Mannheimer Swartling for their support and for organising this event.

The Stockholm Centre Oxford Fellowship was established in 2011 through an academic cooperation agreement entered into between the Institute of European and Comparative Law at the University of Oxford and the Stockholm Centre for Commercial Law at Stockholm University. The purpose of the agreement is to facilitate exchanges of academic staff and research fellows between the Law Faculties of the Universities of Oxford and Stockholm and generally support the interaction between members of the Stockholm and Oxford Law Faculties.

Since 2011 four Swedish academics have been appointed as Stockholm Research Fellows in Oxford and three senior Swedish academics have been given the opportunity to spend time on sabbatical arrangements in Oxford. As part of the cooperation, the Stockholm Oxford Law Symposium has been held at Christ Church in Oxford in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Also during this period Professor Ulf Bernitz has continued to hold a position at the Oxford Law Faculty as Co-ordinator for the Oxford/Stockholm Association in European Law. In addition, a number of seminars and guest lectures have taken place in Oxford and Stockholm.

The Stockholm Centre Oxford Fellowship is financially supported by Stockholm University, certain foundations linked to the university, and a group of Swedish law firms and tax advisers. The Fellowship is affliated with Christ Church in Oxford and the Stockholm Research Fellows have since the inception of the cooperation had the benefit of participating in the academic and social community there.