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Subjects: Law
Department: Law
College appointment: Tutorial Fellow
Academic position: Professor of Law
Officer: Dean of Degrees
Phone: +44 (0)1865 (2)76055


I read law at Oxford and Paris II (MA; DPhil), as well as Harvard Law School (LL.M.) Before re-joining Magdalen as a Law Fellow in 2014, I had been a Fellow at St John’s College, Oxford, and a Stipendiary Lecturer at Jesus College, Oxford. I have also held visiting teaching and/or research positions at institutions including UCL, Yale Law School, the University of Vienna, the Max Planck Institute Hamburg, Renmin Law School Beijing, and Hong Kong University.

I am Deputy Director of the Faculty’s Institute of European and Comparative Law, where I oversee our Course II (Erasmus) programme as Director of Undergraduate Exchange Programmes.


My college teaching covers Constitutional Law (for Law Mods) and European Union Law (FHS) – some of the most dynamic and interesting subjects in Oxford’s undergraduate syllabus, with recent developments in the United Kingdom and beyond. My faculty teaching comprises lectures in EU Law and Labour law (FHS); I am also involved in the teaching of International and European Employment Law and Corporate Law (BCL/MJur). In 2013, I received a University Teaching Excellence Award in the Social Sciences Division.

I am also the College’s Advisor for incoming law graduate students (BCL and DPhil).


My principal research interests are in the fields of English and European constitutional law and employment law, with a particular emphasis on technology and the future of work. My most recent book, Humans as a Service (OUP 2018), explores the promise and perils of work in the gig economy across the world. My research on innovation policy and labour market regulation is frequently drawn on by governments and international organisations, and has been cited by courts, policy documents, and news organisations in multiple jurisdictions. As of 2018, I am a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on the New Social Contract.

Together with Professor Abi Adams of the Oxford Department of Economics, I also write on the law and economics of fragmenting labour markets and access to justice. Our work has been recognised by a number of prizes, including the Modern Law Review’s Wedderburn Prize, an O2RB Excellence in Impact Award, and an ESRC Outstanding Impact in Public Policy Prize. I welcome supervision enquiries in employment and EU law.

Recent publications include The Concept of the Employer (OUP 2015; Paperback 2016), and The Autonomy of Labour Law (co-ed, Hart 2015). I am one of the editors of The Contract of Employment (OUP 2016), and an editor of Chitty on Contracts (32nd ed, Sweet & Maxwell 2015). My work in European law includes co-editing the EU Law in the Member States Series (Hart) with Advocate General Michal Bobek.

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