The Faculty of Law at Oxford is delighted to announce the appointment of Mindy Chen-Wishart, Professor of the Law of Contract and a Fellow in Law at Merton College, to the Deanship of the Faculty.

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Mindy was born in Taiwan and immigrated with her family to New Zealand as a child. She studied Law and History at Otago University.

She was formerly a Senior Lecturer at Otago University and a Rhodes Visiting Research Fellow at St. Hilda's College in Oxford before taking up her current position. She has taught Contract, Restitution, Torts and Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, and Consumer Law.  Mindy is an Honorary Professor at Otago University and holds a fractional Professorship at the National University of Singapore and the Cheng Yu Tung Visiting Professorship at Hong Kong University. She has also taught at universities in China, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Taiwan, and Thailand. Her books include a leading text on Contract Law (6th edition) and a six-volume project on the Contract Laws of Asia that involves over a hundred participants.

Mindy has played an active role in the Faculty; she was previously Director of Undergraduate Studies and Associate Dean of Taught Graduate Studies. She brings a wealth of global experience from her teaching, and her research expertise in Asia.

She says of her appointment:

It is an honour to serve the Oxford Law Faculty in this way. The current pandemic is unlikely to be history come October. It is rare for our venerable institution to change our modus operandi in such fundamental ways. But, within crisis lies the seeds of opportunities. I like my clever colleagues, and look forward to finding new ways to support them in our collective endeavour of producing world-class research and delivering world-class teaching.

Mindy succeeds Anne Davies as Dean and her tenure will begin on 1 October 2020.  The Faculty thanks Anne for her hard work in the role over the last five years and looks forward to welcoming Mindy.