Professor William Swadling

Honorary Advisor

Professor William Swadling, MA (Oxon), LLM (Lond) is Reader in the Law of Property at the University of Oxford and the Senior Law Fellow at Brasenose College, Oxford. He chairs the faculty's teaching groups in Restitution and Personal Property.

Before coming to Oxford, he held posts at a number of other universities, including University College London and Trinity College, Cambridge.

He is the editor of a number of books, including The Quistclose Trust: Critical Essays. He is particularly interested in the intersection between trusts/property and restitution, and a number of his articles on this topic have been cited in the English courts, including the House of Lords and UK Supreme Court.

He is a founding editor of the Restitution Law Review and has held visiting professorships at the University of Hamburg, Seoul National University, the National University of Singapore, University of Paris II (Panthéon-Assas), and the University of Hong Kong.

He is an academic associate at One Essex Court (chambers of Lord Grabiner QC), a Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne, an elected member of the American Law Institute, and an academic member of the Chancery Bar Association. 

He was for many years the Tutor for Admissions at Brasenose College, co-ordinating the admission of students in all undergraduate subjects.  He was also the law faculty’s Tutor for Graduates, where he was in charge of admissions for the faculty’s prestigious postgraduate degrees of BCL and MJur.  He is a frequent visitor to Hong Kong, where he continues to teach at HKU.

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