Jordan English

Supernumerary Teaching Fellow in Law at St John's College, Oxford

Other affiliations

Magdalen College


Jordan is a Supernumerary Teaching Fellow in Law at St John's College Oxford. He currently teaches trusts and land at the undergradate level, and Commercial Remedies on the BCL/MJur, and previously has taught contract, tort, and Restitution of Unjust Enrichment. 

Jordan researches and publishes on all areas of private law. In particular, he is the co-author of The Law of Tracing (Federation Press, 2021)

In addition, Jordan is a DPhil Candidate at Magdalen College, Oxford. His doctoral research, which is being supervised by Professor Birke Häcker, is concerned with the nature of, and justification for, the discharge of contractual obligations in cases other than performance (i.e. following breach, frustration, and common mistake). The central argument is that all these instances of discharge can be explained by a single principle: failure of condition. For an outline of this claim in the context of discharge following breach, see J English, ‘The Nature of Promissory Conditions’ (2021) 137 Law Quarterly Review 630. 

Jordan is also a co-convenor of the Obligations Discussion Group. He was formerly the General Editor of the Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal

Jordan holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons I, Medal) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) from the University of Queensland, and a Bachelor of Civil Law (Dist) from the University of Oxford. Before coming to Oxford he worked as a solicitor in dispute resolution at an international law firm and as an Associate to Justice James Edelman at the High Court of Australia. 

Research Interests

The law of obligations (broadly defined)