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Anne Davies is the Dean of the Oxford Law Faculty and Professor of Law and Public Policy. She studied at Oxford, completing the BA (winning the Gibbs and Martin Wronker Prizes) and the D.Phil. She was a Prize Fellow at All Souls College from 1995 to 2001, and the Garrick Fellow and Tutor in Law at Brasenose College from 2001 to 2015, and remains a professorial fellow of Brasenose College. Professor Davies is the author of five books and numerous articles in the fields of public law and labour law.

In public law, she has a particular interest in government contracts. Her D.Phil. thesis examined the phenomenon of contractualisation in the UK National Health Service from a public law perspective. She developed this research into a book entitled Accountability: A Public Law Analysis of Government by Contract which was published by Oxford University Press in 2001. Her book The Public Law of Government Contracts, a wider examination of public procurement and public/private partnership contracts from a public law perspective, was published by OUP in 2008. She continues to write about government contracts and public service delivery more generally.

In labour law, Professor Davies is the author of three texts: Perspectives on Labour Law, published by Cambridge University Press in the Law in Context series in 2004, with a second edition in 2009, EU Labour Law, published by Elgar in 2012, and Employment Law, published by Pearson in 2015. Her interests in the labour law field are wide-ranging, encompassing international, European and domestic law. Her current research focuses on job security and issues surrounding casual work and working time.

Professor Davies gives lectures in Labour Law for undergraduates and co-teaches the BCL/M.Jur. course in International and European Employment Law. She is unable to take on any doctoral supervision during her tenure as Dean. 


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  • A C L Davies, Employment Law (Pearson (Longman Law Series) 2015)
    A comprehensive textbook on individual and collective employment law.
    ISBN: 978-1-4082-6360-0
  • A C L Davies, 'Labour Law as Public Law' in A Bogg, C Costello, ACL Davies and J Prassl (eds), The Autonomy of Labour Law (Hart 2015)
  • A Bogg, C Costello, A C L Davies and J Prassl (eds), The Autonomy of Labour Law (Hart 2015)
  • A C L Davies, 'Half a Person: a Legal Perspective on Organising and Representing ‘Non-Standard’ Workers' in A Bogg and T Novitz (eds), Voices at Work: Continuity and Change in the Common Law (OUP 2014)
  • A C L Davies, 'Migrant Workers in Agriculture: A Legal Perspective' in C Costello and M Freedland (eds), Migrants at Work: Immigration and Vulnerability in Labour Law (OUP 2014)
  • A C L Davies, 'Beyond New Public Management: Problems of Accountability in the Modern Administrative State' in N Bamforth and P Leyland (eds), Accountability in the Contemporary Constitution (OUP 2013)
  • A C L Davies, 'Employment Law' in E Simpson and M Stewart (eds), Sham Transactions (OUP 2013)
  • A C L Davies, 'Regulating Atypical Work: Beyond Equality' in N Countouris and M Freedland (eds), Resocialising Europe in a Time of Crisis (Cambridge University Press 2013)
  • A C L Davies, 'The 'Constitutionalisation' of Labour Law: Possibilities and Problems' in KS Ziegler and PM Huber (eds), Current Problems in the Protection of Human Rights: Perspectives from Germany and the UK (Hart 2013)
    ISBN: 978-1-84946-124-5
  • A C L Davies, 'This Time, it’s for Real: the Health And Social Care Act 2012' (2013) 76 Modern Law Review 564
    This article examines the Health and Social Care Act 2012 and associated reforms to the National Health Service in England. It focuses on the Act’s policy of making the NHS market more ‘real’, by both encouraging and compelling NHS bodies to act as ‘market players’. The article considers whether the reforms are compatible with the constitutional requirements of accountability for the provision of a public service such as the NHS. I argue that the reforms threaten accountability for three reasons: they make the Secretary of State for Health’s relationship with the NHS more complex, they create opaque networks of non-statutory bodies which may influence NHS decision-making, and (especially in relation to competition) they ‘juridify’ policy choices as matters of law. Taken together, these arguments suggest that there is force in the claim that the reforms will contribute to ‘creeping’ – and thus unaccountable - privatisation of the NHS.
    ISBN: 0026-7961
  • A C L Davies, EU Labour Law (Elgar (European Law Series) 2012)
    EU Labour Law is a concise, readable and thought-provoking introduction to the labour and employment law of the European Union. The book explores the subject’s major policy themes, examines the various procedures by which EU labour law is made, and analyses key topics such as worker migration, equality, working time and procedures for workers’ participation in employers’ decision-making. It sets the legal materials in their policy context and identifies the important issues which have shaped the development of EU labour law and are likely to determine its future, including the economic crisis and the debate about fundamental rights in the EU.
    ISBN: 9781848449985
  • A C L Davies, 'Identifying ‘Exploitative Compromises’: The Role Of Labour Law In Resolving Disputes Between Workers' (2012) Current Legal Problems 269
    In recent years, labour law has been going through a period of deep introspection. Some commentators have gone so far as to pronounce the subject dead. One reason for the crisis is the realisation that labour law has the potential to exacerbate divisions between different groups in the workforce: between the employed and the unemployed, between those with stable jobs and those with ‘atypical’ jobs, between local workers and migrant workers, and so on. The ‘interests of labour’ are not, in reality, a unified set of interests to be pitted against those of capital. Whilst other writers are beginning to explore this set of issues at the policy level, the aim of this essay is to consider how the law addresses conflicts between workers on particular occasions and in particular workplaces, and to begin the task of mapping out this relatively neglected dimension of the subject on a more practical level.
    ISBN: 0070-1998
  • A C L Davies, 'Fixed-Term Employment in the European Schools: Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families v Fletcher; Duncombe v Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families' (2012) 2 European Labour Law Journal 182 [Case Note]
  • A C L Davies, 'Recent Developments in Labour Law in the United Kingdom' (2012) Europaische Zeitschrift für Arbeitsrecht
  • A C L Davies, 'The Court of Justice as a Labour Court' in C Barnard and M Gehring with I Solanke (eds), Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies (Hart 2012)
    ISBN: 1528-8870
  • Sophie Boyron and A C L Davies, 'Accountability and Public Contracts' in Rozen Noguellou and Ulrich Stelkens (eds), Treatise on the Comparative Law of Public Contracts (Bruylant 2011)
  • A C L Davies, 'Workers’ Human Rights in English Law' in Colin Fenwick and Tonia Novitz (eds), Legal Protection of Workers' Human Rights (Hart 2011)
  • A C L Davies, 'The Implementation of the Directive on Temporary Agency Work in the UK: A Missed Opportunity' (2010) 1 European Labour Law Journal 303
    An analysis of the UK's implementation of the Temporary Agency Work Directive.
    ISBN: 2013-9525
  • A C L Davies, 'Trade Union Recognition and Collective Bargaining in English Law' (2010) Europäische Zeitschrift für Arbeitsrecht 37
    Text of a lecture delivered at the Siebtes Göttinger Forum zum Arbeitsrecht, Georg-August- Universität Göttingen
  • A C L Davies, 'Judicial Self-Restraint in Labour Law' (2009) 38 Industrial Law Journal 278
    An exploration of the concept of 'deference' in the public law literature as applied to labour law cases.
    ISBN: 0305-9332
  • A C L Davies, 'Implementation of the Agency Work Directive in the UK' (2009) Revue de Droit du Travail 743
    Discussion of the government's initial proposals for the implementation of the Temporary Agency Work Directive.
  • A C L Davies, Perspectives on Labour Law (2nd edn Cambridge University Press, Law in Context Series 2009)
    An exploration of human rights and economics perspectives on labour law.
    ISBN: 978-0-521-72234-6
  • A C L Davies, 'Sensible Thinking About Sham Transactions: Protectacoat Firthglow Ltd v Szilagyi' (2009) 38 Industrial Law Journal 318
    Analysis of the development of the definition of 'sham' in the Protectacoat case, comparing it to the lease/licence case-law.
  • A C L Davies, The Public Law of Government Contracts (Oxford University Press 2008)
    This book analyses the law relating to government contracts from a public law perspective.
    ISBN: 978-0-19-928739-0
  • A C L Davies, 'Developments in English Labour/Employment Law 2004-2007' (2008) 2 Europaische Zeitschrift fur Arbeitsrecht 267
    ISBN: 18653030



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