Professorship of Comparative Law

Deadline date for applications: 12 noon UK time on Monday 8 April 2024

The Faculty of Law and Brasenose College intend to appoint to the new Professorship of Comparative Law from 1 October 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The Professorship, which will be a position of senior leadership in the discipline both in Oxford and worldwide, was made possible through a generous donation from the Law Foundation, a linked charitable trust intended to promote and develop the study of the theory and practice of law.

The Professor will provide leadership in teaching and research at the highest level in Comparative Law, making a distinguished contribution to the study of this field, broadly conceived. On behalf of the University of Oxford, they will play an important role in nurturing and developing the intellectual climate of legal studies, by publication and teaching, and by participation in the wider scholarly life of the subject. The Professor will be well placed to provide encouragement, support and mentorship to colleagues and academic visitors, and more generally to sustain a lively scholarly climate in Oxford.

You will be a scholar with an outstanding record of contributing to the intellectual research leadership through your own programme of publications and research funding. You will have an outstanding international reputation for research in your specialist area indicating potential to produce further significant work of a recognised international quality during the tenure of the chair; and expertise that includes civil law systems. You will be expected to lead the development of teaching and research in Comparative Law at all levels as well as supervise doctoral students and mentor colleagues.

You will be a Professorial Fellow of Brasenose College and a member of its Governing Body, which carries with it trustee responsibilities.

If you would like to discuss this post, please contact Charlotte Vinnicombe ( or Professor Wolfgang Ernst ( in the Faculty of Law. All enquiries will be treated in strict confidence and will not form part of the selection decision.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online (vacancy ID: 162685)

All applications must be received by 12 noon UK time on Monday 8 April 2024.

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford.


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Deadline date for applications: 12 noon UK time on Monday 8 April 2024.

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