Biography

Thom Wetzer is Associate Professor of Law and Finance at the University of Oxford and the Founding Director of the Oxford Sustainable Law Programme. At Oxford, Thom is also a Fellow of Linacre College, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School, a member of the Leadership Team at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, Co-Lead (Law) at Oxford Net Zero, Lead Researcher at the Oxford Martin Initiative for a Net Zero Recovery, and a member of the Oxford-Man Institute of Quantitative Finance

Thom’s research examines how law and finance can generate value and advance the public good, focusing on how we can build more resilient financial systems, improve the governance of corporations, and tackle the climate crisis. His work combines traditional legal scholarship with financial, scientific, and empirical analysis, and has been published or is forthcoming in Nature, Science, Nature Climate ChangeThe Journal of Corporation Law, and the Journal of Corporate Law Studies. His research has featured in media around the world, including the Financial Times, Bloomberg, Reuters, and The Guardian. Thom actively collaborates with and advises governments, central banks, corporations, NGOs, and international institutions – including the Bank of England, the European Central Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the United Nations Environment Programme, and law firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek. He is also a Director at the Commonwealth Climate and Law Initiative. 

Before joining the Faculty, Thom worked towards a DPhil and an MSc in Law and Finance at the University of Oxford, and received both a BA(Hons) in Law and Economics and an LLB in Dutch Law from Utrecht University. He was a Visiting Scholar at Columbia Law School, Yale University, and Berkeley Law School, and worked at the European Commission and Goldman Sachs. In 2014, Thom was recognised as a ‘Global Shaper’ by the World Economic Forum. 

Thom tweets about his work @ThomWetzer

Publications

Recent additions

Edited Book (1)

J. Doyne Farmer, Alissa M Kleinnijenhuis, Til Schuermann and T Wetzer (eds), Handbook on Financial Stress Testing (CUP 2022)

Journal Article (7)

Internet Publication (1)

Chapter (1)

Research programmes

Research Interests

  • Law and Finance
  • Financial Regulation
  • Corporate Governance
  • Financial Contagion and Systemic Risk
  • Climate Risk
  • Law, Finance, and Sustainability

Events organised by Thom Wetzer

Past events

30 Jun 2021

Wednesday - 9:00AM

Attribution science and climate litigation: joining science and the law to protect human rights from climate change

Venue

Online via Crowdcast

16 Jun 2021

Wednesday - 1:00PM

A Discussion of the Digital Markets Act Proposal

Business Law Workshops

Speaker

Prof. Dr. Heike Schweitzer, LL.M. (Yale)

Speaker Affiliation

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Venue

Online via Zoom

09 Jun 2021

Wednesday - 3:30PM

Wandering Financial Advisors

Business Law Workshops

Speaker

Colleen Honingsberg

Speaker Affiliation

USC Gould School of Law

Venue

Online via Zoom

19 May 2021

Wednesday - 1:00PM

Do ESG Mutual Funds Deliver on their Promises?

Business Law Workshops

Speaker

Adriana Robertson

Speaker Affiliation

University of Toronto, Faculty of Law

Venue

Online via Zoom

12 May 2021

Wednesday - 1:00PM

Banks and Climate Governance

Business Law Workshops

Speaker

Christina P. Skinner

Speaker Affiliation

The Wharton School

Venue

Online via Zoom

05 May 2021

Wednesday - 1:00PM

The Missing California Effect in Data Privacy Law

Business Law Workshops

Speaker

Jens Frankenreiter

Speaker Affiliation

Columbia Law School

Venue

Online via Zoom

28 Apr 2021

Wednesday - 1:00PM

Towards a Principled Approach for Bailouts of COVID-Distressed Critical/Systemic Firms

Business Law Workshops

Speaker

Horst Eidenmüller & Javier Paz Valbuena

Speaker Affiliation

University of Oxford, Faculty of Law

Venue

Online via Zoom

10 Mar 2021

Wednesday - 1:00PM

The Financial Courts

Business Law Workshops

Speaker

Jo Braithwaite

Speaker Affiliation

London School of Economics, Department of Law

Venue

Online via Zoom

03 Mar 2021

Wednesday - 1:00PM

Cleaning Corporate Governance

Business Law Workshops

Speaker

Eric Talley

Speaker Affiliation

Columbia Law School

Venue

Online via Zoom

24 Feb 2021

Wednesday - 1:00PM

Unbundling Banking, Money, and Payments

Business Law Workshops

Speaker

Dan Awrey

Speaker Affiliation

Cornell Law School

Venue

Online via Zoom

Research projects