Birke Häcker is the Linklaters Professor of Comparative Law.
She was previously a Fellow of All Souls College, a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance in Munich, and a Lecturer in Law at Ludwig-Maximilian-University Munich (awarded the Therese von Bayern Prize 2015). As an undergraduate, she obtained a dual legal education, reading Jurisprudence at Oxford as well as German law at the Universities of Tübingen and Bonn. Her Oxford DPhil is on comparative private law (Consequences of Impaired Consent Transfers: A Structural Comparison of English and German Law, published 2009, republished 2013). She is qualified to practise in Germany.
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), a Research Affiliate at the Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance, an Academic Member of the Chancery Bar Association, and (during 2017-2018) a Visiting Professor at the University of Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne.
Her main research interests lie in the field of private law, with a strong comparative and 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.
- Note on Re Baronetcy of Pringle of Stichill  UKPC 16.Reviewed by Michael Ashdown in  Conveyancer and Property Lawyer 158–160; Edward Buckland in (2017) 15 Trust Quarterly Review 42–43; Matthew E Carn in  31 Trust Law International 41–43; Judith Bray in (2017) 29 Denning Law Journal 143–148; Richard Frimston in (2017) 6 European Property Law Journal 272–276; Robert H Sitkoff in  Cambridge Law Journal 674–676; John Mee in (2018) 134 Law Quarterly Review 156–158 .Note on Marley v Rawlings  UKSC 2.Reviewed by Graham Virgo in  Cambridge Law Journal 173–175.Note on Independent Trustee Services Ltd v GP Noble Trustees Ltd  EWCA Civ 195.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  European Review of Private Law 881–882; Gerhard Dannemann in  Zeitschrift für Europäisches Privatrecht 455–457; Julien Dubarry in  Revue trimestrielle de droit civil 716–719.Note on Deutsche Morgan Grenfell Group plc v HMRC  UKHL 49.
Comparative law, English and German private law (esp. contract, tort, unjust enrichment, property & trusts, succession), legal history
Options taughtComparative Private Law, European Private Law: Contract