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Biography

Birke Häcker took up the post of Linklaters Professor of Comparative Law in September 2016. She read law at the Universities of Tübingen, Oxford and Bonn, obtaining degrees with distinction in both English and German law, and subsequently completed an Oxford DPhil in comparative private law (Consequences of Impaired Consent Transfers: A Structural Comparison of English and German Law, published 2009, republished 2013). She was an Examination Fellow of All Souls College (2001–2008), a Stipendiary Lecturer at Lady Margaret Hall (2007–2008), a Research Associate and Lecturer in Law at Ludwig-Maximilian-University Munich (2009–2015, being awarded the Therese von Bayern Prize 2015), a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance in Munich (2011–2016), and a Fifty-Pound Fellow of All Souls College (2011–2016).

Professor Häcker is a Fellow of Brasenose College, Deputy Director of Oxford University's Institute of European and Comparative Law (IECL), Council Member of the British Association of Comparative Law (BACL), Fellow of the European Law Institute (ELI) and an Academic Member of the Chancery Bar Association.  

Her main research interests lie in comparative private law, with a strong historical focus. This includes especially contract, tort, restitution for unjust enrichment, property, trusts, and succession, but also extends to adjoining areas of commercial and company law, aspects of tax law, as well as the principles governing the conflict of laws. At Oxford, Professor Häcker teaches Comparative Law and European Private Law.

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  • B Häcker, 'Honour Runs in the Blood' (2017) 133 Law Quarterly Review 36 [Case Note] (forthcoming)
    Note on Re Baronetcy of Pringle of Stichill [2016] UKPC 16.
  • B Häcker and C Mitchell (eds), Current Issues in Succession Law (Hart Publishing 2016)
  • B Häcker, 'Minority and Unjust Enrichment Defences' in A Dyson, J Goudkamp and F Wilmot-Smith (eds), Defences in Unjust Enrichment (Hart Publishing 2016)
  • B Häcker, 'What’s in a Will? – Examining the Modern Approach towards the Interpretation and Rectification of Testamentary Instruments' in B Häcker and C Mitchell (eds), Current Issues in Succession Law (Hart Publishing 2016)
  • B Häcker, 'Divergence and Convergence in the Common Law – Lessons from the Ius Commune' (2015) 131 Law Quarterly Review 424
  • B Häcker, 'Das englische Common Law – Eine Einführung' (2014) Juristische Schulung 872
  • B Häcker, 'Mistaken Gifts after Pitt v Holt’ ' (2014) 67 Current Legal Problems 333
  • B Häcker, 'Thy Will Be Done' (2014) Law Quarterly Review 360 [Case Note]
    Note on Marley v Rawlings [2014] UKSC 2.
  • B Häcker, 'Direct and Indirect Enrichment at the Claimant’s Expense in Three-Party Cases' in C Mitchell and W Swadling (eds), The Restatement Third: Restitution and Unjust Enrichment – Critical and Comparative Essays (Hart Publishing 2013)
  • S Elliott, B Häcker and C Mitchell, 'Introduction' in S Elliott, B Häcker and C Mitchell (eds), Restitution of Overpaid Tax (Hart Publishing 2013)
  • B Häcker, 'Public Law Restitutionary Claims: The German Perspective' in S Elliott, B Häcker and C Mitchell (eds), Restitution of Overpaid Tax (Hart Publishing 2013)
  • S Elliott, B Häcker and C Mitchell (eds), Restitution of Overpaid Tax (Hart Publishing 2013)
    Reviewed by Graham Virgo in [2015] Cambridge Law Journal 173–175.
  • B Häcker, 'Trees and Neighbours' in A Burrows, D Johnston and R Zimmermann (eds), Judge and Jurist – Essays in Memory of Lord Rodger of Earlsferry (Oxford University Press 2013)
  • B Häcker, 'A Case Note on All Souls College v. Cod[d]rington (1720)' (2012) 76 Rabels Zeitschrift für ausländisches und internationales Privatrecht 1051
  • B Häcker, 'Die geplante EU-Verordnung zur grenzüberschreitenden vorläufigen Kontopfändung – Eine kritische Analyse' (2012) Wertpapier-Mitteilungen 2180
  • B Häcker, 'The Effect of Rescission on Bona Fide Purchase' (2012) 128 Law Quarterly Review 493 [Case Note]
    Note on Independent Trustee Services Ltd v GP Noble Trustees Ltd [2012] EWCA Civ 195.
  • B Häcker, 'Das Trennungs- und Abstraktionsprinzip im englischen Recht – dargestellt anhand der Übereignung' (2011) Zeitschrift für Europäisches Privatrecht 335
  • B Häcker, 'Testamentsformen in England – unter besonderer Berücksichtigung ihrer historischen Entwicklung ' in M Schmoeckel and G Otte (eds), Europäische Testamentsformen (Nomos 2011)
  • B Häcker, 'Causality and Abstraction in the Common Law' in E Bant and M Harding (eds), Exploring Private Law (Cambridge University Press 2010)
  • B Häcker, Consequences of Impaired Consent Transfers: A Structural Comparison of English and German Law (Mohr Siebeck 2009)
    Republished 2013 (Hart Publishing). Reviewed by: David Fox in (2011) 127 Law Quarterly Review 477–479, Susan Barkehall Thomas in (2011) 5 Journal of Equity 72–75, John MacLeod in [2012] European Review of Private Law 881–882, Gerhard Dannemann in [2014] Zeitschrift für Europäisches Privatrecht 455–457, Julien Dubarry in [2016] Revue trimestrielle de droit civil 716–719.
  • B Häcker, 'Proprietary Restitution after Impaired Consent Transfers: A Generalised Power Model' (2009) 68 Cambridge Law Journal 324
  • B Häcker, 'Mistakes in the Execution of Documents: Recent Cases on Rectification and Related Doctrines' (2008) 19 King's Law Journal 293
  • B Häcker, 'Still at the Crossroads' (2007) 123 Law Quarterly Review 177 [Case Note]
    Note on Deutsche Morgan Grenfell Group plc v HMRC [2006] UKHL 49.
  • B Häcker, 'Rescission and Third Party Rights' (2006) Restitution Law Review 21
  • B Häcker, 'Rescission of Contract and Revesting of Title: A Reply to Mr Swadling' (2006) Restitution Law Review 106

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Comparative law, English and German private law (esp. contract, tort, unjust enrichment, property & trusts, succession), legal history

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Comparative Private Law, European Private Law: Contract

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