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Professor of Comparative Law, University of Oxford
Professorial Fellow in Law, Brasenose College 


Comparative law, English and German private law, European private law and legal history.


MA, DPhil (Oxford)

Academic Background

Birke Häcker holds the Statutory Chair in Comparative Law and is a Professorial Fellow of the College. She is Director of Oxford University's Institute of European and Comparative Law.

As an undergraduate, Birke read law at Brasenose. Having graduated, she was elected to an Examination (‘Prize’) Fellowship at All Souls College, which she used to obtain a German law degree and then to embark on comparative legal research. Before returning to Brasenose in 2016, she qualified as a practising lawyer and worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance in Munich. Her research interests cover a broad range of private law topics, with a strong focus on the comparative and historical perspective.

Further information about her research, including a list of publications, can be found on the Law Faculty website

The Fellowship: Interviewed

Crossing between two worlds

Click here to read an interview with Professor Häcker by Olivia Gordon from Oxford Today

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