Prof Joe SampsonBack to People

Subjects: Law
Department: Law
College appointment: Tutorial Fellow in Law
Academic position: Associate Professor in Law
Officer: Welfare Dean


I studied law (BA 2011, PhD 2016) and medieval history (MPhil 2012) at Trinity College, Cambridge. Before joining Magdalen in October 2018 I was the David Li Fellow in Law at Selwyn College, Cambridge (2015-2018).


Within College I offer tutorials in A Roman Introduction to Private Law (Mods), Land Law (FHS) and Jurisprudence (FHS). For the Faculty I lecture on A Roman Introduction to Private Law, Delict and English Legal History. I am also involved in teaching other Roman law and legal history papers on both undergraduate and postgraduate courses.


My research interests are in legal history and Roman law. My doctoral research, which was awarded the Yorke Prize in 2017, explored the influence of theology on civil liability for wrongdoing in medieval and early modern Europe.

Selected Publications

Sampson, The Historical Foundations of Grotius’ Analysis of Delict  (Brill, 2017)