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

In his reseach, Thom 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 in Nature, Science, Nature Climate Change [1] [2], The Columbia Business Law ReviewThe Journal of Corporation Law, and the Journal of Corporate Law Studies. Thom is also a co-editor of the ‘Handbook of Financial Stress Testing’ (Cambridge University Press, 2022). His research has featured in media around the world, including the Financial Times, Bloomberg, Reuters, the BBC, CNNThe Washington Post, and The Guardian, and has been cited in leading scientific expert reports, including the IPCC 6th Assessment Report.

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. In 2022 he was appointed to a two-year term as a member of the European Securities and Markets Authority's Consultative Working Group (CWG) on Sustainable Finance. Thom is also a Director at the Commonwealth Climate and Law Initiative. He has taught at various universities around the world, including at Yale and Stanford. 

Before joining the Faculty, Thom worked towards a DPhil (as a Clarendon Scholar) 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