I teach Roman Introduction to Private Law (Mods), Contract (FHS), Tort (FHS) and Conflict of Laws (BCL/MJur).

About me

I studied law (MA, BCL) in Oxford (at St Edmund Hall), before practising as a solicitor and consultant with Clifford Chance. Before joining St Catherine’s in September 2013, I combined legal practice with my role as Professor in Private International Law at Sydney Law School.

I am an Honorary Senior Fellow at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, an Associate Member of the International Academy of Comparative Law, and a member of the Ministry of Justice’s Private International Law Advisory Committee (‘Mance Committee’).


My main area of research is private international law (conflict of laws), with a focus on the European Union instruments in civil and commercial matters and on the subject’s constitutional aspect.

My recent work has focussed, variously, on the implications of Brexit, the historical development of rules governing adjudicatory jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments, private international law aspects of crypto-currencies and the interface between public and private law in cross-border cases.

For a list of my publications, please see here.

Graduate supervision

I supervise MPhil and DPhil students, and I am very happy to speak to prospective graduate students working in the area of private international law with a view to developing a proposal for a thesis.

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