Ciara Kennefick


Christ Church

Oxford OX1 1DP

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Ciara Kennefick is Associate Professor of Law at the University of Oxford and Official Student (Tutorial Fellow) in Law at Christ Church. She is also a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Paris (Panthéon-Assas) and a Research Fellow at the Institute of European and Comparative Law in Oxford.

Ciara’s research examines private law in both England and France from comparative and historical perspectives. She is currently completing a monograph on The Just Price in Contracts in England and France: Receptions, Contrasts and Convergence which will be published by Hart. She is also working on separate projects which focus on the law of servitudes in both systems.

Ciara completed her graduate degrees in law (BCL, MPhil and DPhil) at the University of Oxford. As an undergraduate, she studied law and French literature at University College Cork, the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Montpellier.

Ciara has been at Oxford for most of her academic career. During her doctoral studies, she was a Lecturer at Pembroke College. Following the defence of her thesis, she was elected to a Career Development Fellowship at The Queen’s College. She then held a Lectureship at King’s College London before returning to Oxford in 2019 to take up her current position.


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  • C Kennefick, 'Looking Afresh at the French roots of Continuous Easements in English Law' in W Eves, J Hudson, I Ivarsen and S White (eds), Common Law, Civil Law, and Colonial Law: Essays in Comparative Legal History from the 12th to the 20th Centuries (Cambridge University Press 2021) (forthcoming)
  • C Kennefick, 'Nuisance and Coming to the Nuisance: The Porous Boundary between Torts and Property in England and France' in J-S Borghetti and S Whittaker (eds), French Civil Liability in Comparative Perspective (Hart 2019)
  • C Kennefick, 'Troubles de voisinage et antériorité du trouble : la frontière poreuse entre la responsabilité délictuelle et les servitudes en Angleterre et en France' (2019) Revue des Contrats 210
  • C Kennefick, 'La violence dans le Code Napoléon réformé: la survie surprenante des tiers' in John Cartwright, Bénédicte Fauvarque-Cosson and Simon Whittaker (eds), La réécriture du Code civil: le droit français des contrats après les réformes de 2016 (Société de Législation Comparée 2018)
  • C Kennefick, 'The Contribution of Contemporary Mathematics to Contractual Fairness in Equity, 1751-1867' (2018) Journal of Legal History 307
  • C Kennefick, 'Violence in the Reformed Napoleonic Code: the Surprising Survival of Third Parties ' in John Cartwright and Simon Whittaker (eds), The Code Napoléon Rewritten: French Contract Law after the 2016 Reforms (Hart 2017)
  • C Kennefick, 'La faute de l'appauvri: comparaisons anglo-françaises sur l'enrichissement injustifié' (2015) Revue des Contrats 961
  • C Kennefick, 'La surprenante histoire de la lésion en droit français et en droit anglais' (2013) Revue des Contrats 1531

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Research Interests

English Private Law; French Private Law; Comparative Law; Legal History

Options taught

Contract, Land Law, Tort, Comparative Private Law, A Roman Introduction to Private Law

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