Professor Louise Gullifer has been appointed Queen’s Counsel honoris causa in recognition of her ‘major contribution to the law of England and Wales in terms of the breadth of her work both within academia and outside’.
Professor Gullifer joined the Faculty in 1991 after practising at the Commercial Bar in chambers at 3 Gray’s Inn Place (now 3 Verulam Buildings), where she remains an honorary member. She is now Professor of Commercial Law with a tutorial fellowship at Harris Manchester College, where she runs the Commercial Law Centre (another member of which, Professor Michael Bridge, was also made an honorary QC this year). She is Director of the Secured Transaction Law Reform Project and is also the Oxford Law Faculty Academic Lead for the Cape Town Convention Academic Project.
She is a highly distinguished scholar of commercial law and corporate finance, with particular interests in financial collateral and intermediated securities, as well as national and international reform of secured transactions law. She teaches a range of courses including the undergraduate option in Commercial Law and the BCL/M.Jur courses in Corporate Finance and Legal Concepts of Financial Law.
Professor Gullifer has also made a substantial contribution to law reform initiatives. She is part of the UK delegation to UNCITRAL Working Group VI and the UNIDROIT committee of Governmental Experts on the MAC Protocol to the Cape Town Convention.
Professor Dan Sarooshi of the Oxford Law Faculty and The Queen’s College has also been made a QC. This recognises his depth of legal expertise and his excellence in advocacy in international and domestic courts and tribunals. Professor Sarooshi practises as a Barrister from Essex Court Chambers, London.
His cases include the Brexit case in the Supreme Court for lead claimant Gina Millar; representing the UK in Naftogaz v. United Kingdom in the European Court of Human Rights; and the Taurus v. SOMO case in the Supreme Court on commercial law and State/Central Bank immunity.
His four books have been awarded the American Society of International Law Book Prize (twice); the Myres S. McDougal Prize awarded by the American Society for the Policy Sciences; and the Guggenheim Prize by the Guggenheim Foundation in Switzerland. He has authored over 50 academic pieces, including the long co-authored chapter with Judge Dame Rosalyn Higgins FBA, QC, former President of the International Court of Justice and Dr P. Webb, 'Institutional Modes of Conflict Management' in National Security Law (2015, 3rd edn) (125 pp.). He is currently completing authoring and editing the 10th edition of Oppenheim’s International Law (OUP: forthcoming) with Sir Christopher Greenwood of the International Court of Justice.