Roxana Banu

Associate Professor of Law

Other affiliations

Lady Margaret Hall


Roxana Banu is a fellow and associate professor in law at Lady Margaret Hall and the Faculty of Law. Prior to joining Oxford University, she was a lecturer in private international law at Queen Mary University Faculty of Law and an Assistant Professor of Law at Western Law School in Canada. 

Roxana read law at the Freie Universität Berlin, where she was awarded the DAAD Prize for outstanding results of a foreign student. She obtained her LL.M. magna cum laudae from Fordham Law School in New York, where she received the Edward J. and Elizabeth V. Hawk award for outstanding results. Her doctorate degree is from the University of Toronto, where she was awarded the Alan Marks Medal for the best graduate thesis and the Strauss Fellowship in International Law. 

Roxana’s interests lie in private and public international law, legal history, and feminist theory. In legal history, she published on the nineteenth century intellectual history of private international law and on the history of private international law during the time of the League of Nations. She is currently working on a project on the history of private international law in the colonial context and on a social history of interwar cross-border family maintenance conventions.

Her work in legal theory focused on mid 20th-century theories of justice in private international law and on connecting moral contractualism to those theories of justice. She is the co-editor of the first volume on Philosophical Foundations of Private International Law, forthcoming with OUP in the series “Philosophical Foundations of Law.” 

In feminist history and theory Roxana wrote on relational feminist perspectives on private international law, for which she received the 2016 ASIL Private International Law Interest Group Award. She also unearthed the role of female social workers in the history of private international law. She is currently working on an account of the pervasiveness of questions of gender in the theoretical and methodological development of private international law. 


Research Interests

Private and Public International Law

Legal History 

Feminist Theory and History