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Professor James Goudkamp

Fellow and Tutor in Law

Professor of the Law of Obligations


James Goudkamp is Professor of the Law of Obligations in the Oxford Law Faculty. His undergraduate teaching responsibilities lie mainly in tort law, criminal law and Roman private law. James teaches or has taught a range of subjects at the postgraduate level, including Commercial Remedies, Philosophical Foundations of the Common Law and Principles of Civil Procedure.

Research Interests

James's research is principally in the law of obligations, especially tort law, although he is also interested in civil procedure. Full details of my publications can be found on James's Law Faculty webpage.

Recent Publications

  • Dyson, A., Goudkamp J. and Wilmot-Smith, F. (eds), Defences in Tort (Hart Publishing, 2015)
  • Goudkamp, J. and Murphy J.,, 'Tort Statutes and Tort Theories' in Law Quarterly Review, 131 (2015), 133-160
  • Dyson, A., Goudkamp J. and Wilmot-Smith, F. (eds), Defences in Unjust Enrichment (Hart Publishing, 2015)
  • Peel, WE. and Goudkamp, J.,, Winfield & Jolowicz on Tort (Sweet & Maxwell, 2014)
  • Goudkamp. J., Tort Law Defences (Hart Publishing, 2013)
  • 'Rethinking Contributory Negligence’' in Challenging Orthodoxy in Tort Law, ed. Chamberlain, E. et al. (Hart Publishing, 2013)
  • 'Denials and Defences in the Law of Unjust Enrichmen' in he Restatement Third, Restitution and Unjust Enrichment: Comparative and Critical Essays, ed. Mitchell, C. and Swadling, W. (Hart Publishing, 2013)
  • Goudkamp, J., 'The Young Report: An Australian Perspective on the Latest Response to Britain's "Compensation Culture"' in Journal of Professional Negligence, 28 (2012), 4-26
  • Goudkamp, J., 'Insanity as a Tort Defence' in Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, 31 (2011), 727-54

Academic Biography

  • Professor of the Law of Obligations, University of Oxford (2017 - present)
  • Fellow, Keble College, Oxford, and Associate Professor in the Oxford Law Faculty (2013 - 2017)
  • Fellow, Balliol College, Oxford, and University Lecturer in the Oxford Law Faculty (2011 - 2013)
  • Junior Research Fellow, Jesus College, Oxford (2009 - 2011)
  • Lecturer, St Hilda's College, Oxford (2008 - 2009)
  • Associate to the Hon Justice Michael Kirby AC CMG​​​​​​​​​​, High Court of Australia (2005 - 2006)
  • Associate Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Wollongong (2004 - 2005)

College Contact Details

Professor James Goudkamp
Keble College
Telephone: 01865 272727
Fax: 01865 272705

Faculty/Dept. Information

Law Faculty
St Cross Building
St Cross Road
Oxford OX1 3UL