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Professor Paula Giliker

Professor Paula Giliker

Professor Paula Giliker
B.A., M.A., B.C.L.(Oxon.), Ph.D.(Cantab.)

Professor in Comparative Law

Area of research

Professor of Comparative Law

Office L109
Wills Memorial Building,
Queens Road, Clifton BS8 1RJ
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+44 (0) 117 3315213


Comparative Law; Contract Law; Tort Law

European private law


Professor Paula Giliker joined the School as Reader in Comparative Law in 2006 and was promoted to a Chair in Comparative Law in 2008. She is a graduate of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge (BA 1989, BCL 1990, PhD, 1994) and a qualified Barrister and Solicitor. She has taught at Queen Mary, University of London and was Senior Law Fellow at St Hilda's College, Oxford and CUF Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, Oxford. She is also a Visiting Lecturer at the Universities of Hong Kong and Valencia.

Paula teaches and researches in the law of contract and tort, in particular the comparative law of obligations and has published widely in all these fields, including the popular textbook, Tort (6th ed., 2017). She is currently researching in the fields of vicarious liability in tort and European contract and tort law, with a particular focus on the impact of European law on the English law of tort. She is additionally editing a volume for the Trento Common Core Project on Contractual Remedies.  Her recent publications include The Europeanisation of English Tort Law (Hart, 2014), 'The influence of EU and European human rights law on English private law' (2015) 64 ICLQ 237-265, and 'Non-delegable duties and institutional liability for the negligence of hospital staff: Fair, just and reasonable?' (2017) 33 P.N. 109-127.  She is also the editor of the Edward Elgar Research Handbook on EU Tort Law (2017).

Paula is Honorary Secretary of the Society of Legal Scholars (SLS), former President of the British Association of Comparative Law,  Member of the Editorial Board of the International and Comparative Law Quarterly and the Common Law World Review, and a member of the executive committee of the British Association for Canadian Studies Legal Group.  She is also the former Convenor of the SLS Comparative Law Subject Section.

Paula welcomes PhD applications in the field of tort law, comparative private law and European private law.


Comparative Law


Advanced Torts

European Contract Law

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