Philip Williams


Philip joined the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies in 2016, and is currently researching for a DPhil in Law under the supervision of Prof Bettina Lange. Philip's DPhil looks at the regulation of university fees in South Africa, in light of the 2015 'Fees Must Fall' protests. This research utilises regulatory space analysis to explore which actors influence university fee decisions, as well as how these actors interact. Prior to commencing the DPhil, Philip completd an MPhil in Law at the Centre, on a related topic and also under the supervision of Prof Lange.

Before coming to Oxford, Philip spent three and a half years working in the Johannesburg offices of  Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, a commerical law firm. Philip is an admitted attorney and notary public in South Africa. In addition to the MPhil in Law, Philip holds a BCL from the University of Oxford; together with BA, BA (Honours), and LLB degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand. 

Philip is currently working as a research assistant on a project looking at a catchment-based approach to water resource management in England. For the 2018-2019 academic year, Philip will be a co-convenor of the Socio-Legal Discussion Group.






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