Professor of Law

Tutorial Fellow in Law

Academic background

William Swadling, MA (Oxon), LLM (Lond), is the Senior Law Fellow at Brasenose College and Professor of Law in the Oxford University Law Faculty. He chairs the faculty's teaching groups in Trusts, Restitution and Personal Property. Before coming to Oxford, he held posts at a number of other English universities, including University College London, and Trinity College, Cambridge. He is the editor of a number of books, including The Quistclose Trust: Critical Essays. He is particularly interested in the intersection between trusts and restitution, and a number of his articles on this topic have been cited in the English courts, most notably by the House of Lords in Westdeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale v Islington LBC [1996] AC 669. He is a contributor to Halsbury's Laws of England (4th ed, reissue), and wrote the section entitled 'Property' in Burrows (ed), English Private Law (3rd ed, 2013). He is a founding editor of the Restitution Law Review and has held visiting professorships at a number of universities, including Seoul National University, the National University of Singapore, Renmin University of China, and the University of Paris II (Panthéon-Assas). He is an academic associate at a leading commercial chambers, One Essex Court (chambers of Lord Grabiner QC), and lectures regularly at the Universities of Hong Kong and Melbourne. He is an academic member of the Chancery Bar Association.


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