James Goudkamp

Professor of the Law of Obligations

Faculty officer role(s):

Admissions Co-ordinator


James Goudkamp is Professor of the Law of Obligations and Fellow of Keble College. Much of his research is focused on tort law although his interests extend to other parts of the law of obligations and also to civil procedure. James is the author of over 100 publications. One of James's main works is Tort Law Defences. Together with Professor Peter Cane, James is an author of the 9th edition of Atiyah's Accidents, Compensation and the Law and, together with Professor Donal Nolan, an author of the 20th edition of Winfield & Jolowicz on Tort Law. James has recently completed a major project on contributory negligence with Professor Nolan, which resulted in the publication of two volumes, Contributory Negligence: Principles and Practice and Contributory Negligence in the Twenty-First Century.

James studied science and law at the University of Wollongong, and was awarded the University Medal in law (2003). He then read for postgraduate degrees at Magdalen College, Oxford (BCL, 2007, MPhil, 2008 and DPhil in 2010). James was previously an Associate Lecturer in Law, Faculty of Law, University of Wollongong (2004-2005), an Associate to the Hon Justice Michael Kirby AC CMG of the High Court of Australia (2005-2006), a Lecturer in Law, St Hilda's College, Oxford (2008-2009), the Shaw Foundation Junior Research Fellow in Law, Jesus College, Oxford (2009-2011) and a Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford (2011-2013). He holds or has held visiting or cognate positions at Harvard Law School, the National University of Singapore, the University of Western Australia and the University of Wollongong. He is a member of the American Law Institute and an advisor to the Restatement (Third) on the Law of Torts: Intentional Torts to Persons.

James maintains chambers in London (7 King's Bench Walk) and is an Academic Bencher of the Inner Temple.