Alexandra Braun is Professor of Comparative Private Law based at Lady Margaret Hall and a Research Fellow at the Institute of European and Comparative Law. Prior to joining LMH she was a Supernumerary Teaching Fellow and a Junior Research Fellow in Law at St. John's College, Oxford. She received her BA and LLM degree from the University of Genoa (Italy) and holds a PhD in Comparative Private Law from the University of Trento (Italy). Since September 2014 she is also a Deputy Director of the Institute of European and Comparative Law in Oxford and the Academic Director of Undergraduate Exchange Programmes. 

Her teaching interests include Comparative Private Law and Legal History as well as some core areas of private law such as Trust Law, Succession Law and Contract Law. Currently, she teaches  undergraduate courses on A Roman Introduction to Private Law, Trust Law, Land Law and Comparative Private Law as well as the BCL/MJur course Advanced Property and Trusts.

Her main research interests lie in the field of Comparative Law, European Private Law and Legal History, as well as areas of private law such as Contract Law, Succession Law and the Law of Trusts.


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  • A Braun, 'The State of the Art of Comparative Research in the Area of Trusts' in M Graziadei and LD Smith (eds), Comparative Property Law: Global Perspectives (Edward Elgar Publishing 2017) (forthcoming)
  • A Braun and A Röthel, 'Exploring Means of Transferring Wealth on Death: A Comparative Perspective ' in A Braun and A Röthel (eds), Passing Wealth on Death: Will-Substitutes in Comparative Perspective (Hart Publishing 2016)
  • A Braun and A Röthel (eds), Passing Wealth on Death: Will-Substitutes in Comparative Perspective (Hart Publishing 2016)
  • A Braun, 'Pension Death Benefits: Opportunities and Pitfalls ' in B Häcker and C Mitchell (eds), Current Issues in Succession Law (Hart Publishing 2016) (forthcoming)
  • A Braun, 'The Risk of ‘Misusing’ Trusts: Some Lessons from the Italian Experience' (2016) 24 European Review of Private Law (forthcoming)
  • A Braun, 'Will-substitutes in England and Wales ' in A Braun and A Röthel (eds), Passing Wealth on Death: Will-Substitutes in Comparative Perspective (Hart Publishing 2016)
  • A Braun, 'Intestate Succession in Italy' in K.G.C. Reid, M.J. De Waal and R. Zimmermann (eds), Comparative Succession Law: Vol. II. Intestate Succession (OUP, Oxford 2015)
  • A Braun, 'The Framing of a European Law of Trusts' in L. Smith (ed), The Worlds of the Trust (CUP, Cambridge 2013)
    ISBN: 9781107032439
  • A Braun, 'Formal and Informal Testamentary Promises: A Historical and Comparative Perspective' (2012) The Rabel Journal of Comparative and International Private Law 994
    ISBN: 0033-7250
  • A Braun, 'Towards a Greater Autonomy for Testators and Heirs: Some Reflections on Recent Reforms in France, Belgium and Italy' (2012) Zeitschrift für Europäisches Privatrecht 461
    ISBN: 0943-3929
  • A Braun and W Swadling, 'Management Devices: Trust, Treuhand, Fiducie' in S van Erp and B Akkermans (eds), Cases, Materials and Text on Property Law (Ius Commune Casebooks for the Common Law of Europe (general ed. W. van Gerven), Hart Publishing, Oxford 2012)
  • A Braun, 'Testamentary Freedom and its Restrictions in French and Italian Law: Trends and Shifts' in R. Zimmermann (ed), Freedom of Testation/Testierfreiheit (Mohr Siebeck 2012)
    ISBN: 978-3-16-152362-5
  • A Braun, 'The English Codification Debate and the Role of Jurists in the Development of Legal Doctrines' in M. Lobban and J. Moses (eds), The Impact of Ideas on Legal Development (series of Comparative Studies of the Development of Tort Law in Europe) (CUP, Cambridge 2012)
  • A Braun, 'Trusts in the Draft Common Frame of Reference: The ‘Best Solution’ For Europe? ' (2011) 70 Cambridge Law Journal 327
    ISBN: 0008-1973
  • A Braun, 'Italy: the trust interno ' in D. Hayton (ed), The International Trust (3rd edn) (Jordans, Bristol 2011)
  • A Braun, 'Testamentary Formalities in Italy' in Kenneth G C Reid, Marius J de Waal, and Reinhard Zimmermann (eds), Comparative Succession Law Volume I: Testamentary Formalities (OUP 2011)
  • A Braun, '‘An Italian Perspective’ ' (2011) Edinburgh Law Review Symposium: Book X (Trusts) of the DCFR 475
  • A Braun, 'Burying the Living? The Citation of Legal Writings in English Courts' (2010) 58 American Journal of Comparative Law 27
    ISBN: 0002-919X
  • A Braun, 'Judges and Academics: Features of a Partnership' in J Lee (ed), From House of Lords to Supreme Court. Judges, Jurists and the Process of Judging (Hart Publishing, Oxford 2010)
    ISBN: 9781849460811
  • A Braun, 'El trust en Italia: aplicaciones en el ámbito del derecho de la persona y de la familia' in Esther Arroyo i Amayuelas (ed), El trust en el Derecho civil (Bosch, Barcelona 2007)
    ISBN: 978-84-9790
  • A Braun, 'Revocability of Mutual Wills' in Kenneth G C Reid, Marius J de Waal and Reinhard Zimmermann (eds) (eds), Exploring the Law of Succession: Studies National, Historical and Comparative (Edinburgh Studies in Law, vol. 5, Edinburgh University Press 2007)
    ISBN: 9780748632909
  • A Braun, Giudici e Accademia nell\'esperienza inglese. Storia di un dialogo (Mulino 2006)
    ISBN: 8815113487
  • A Braun, 'L'elemento contrattuale nei testamenti concordati: appunti sull'evoluzione storica nel diritto tedesco e inglese' in M. Lupoi (ed), Le situazioni affidanti (Giappichelli, Torino 2006)
    ISBN: 88-348-5705-4
  • A Braun, 'Quando un trust è sham: Brevi riflessioni su recenti sviluppi giurisprudenziali in Inghilterra e sull’isola di Jersey' (2006) Trusts e attività fiduciarie 346
    ISBN: 1590-5586



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Comparative Trusts and Succession Law, European Private Law, European Legal History and Comparative Law

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Contract, Land Law, Trusts, Comparative Private Law, Roman Law (Delict - FHS), Advanced Property and Trusts

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