Mr John Eekelaar FBA

Public Law Sociology of Law Private Law (Family, Persons) Jurisprudence and Legal Theory

Elected 2001

Fellow type
UK Emeritus Fellow
Year elected

John Eekelaar taught family law at Pembroke College, Oxford from 1965 to 2005, and was its Academic Director from 2005-2009. He was Lecturer (later Reader) in Law at Oxford University from 1965-2005. He was a founder member of the International Society of Family Law, of which he was President from 1985-8, and founding co-editor of the International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family. He has written and researched widely in family law. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2001 and Distinguished Visiting Fellow by the New Zealand Law Foundation in 2005. His books include Family Security and Family Breakdown (1971) Family Law and Social Policy (1978, 1984), Regulating Divorce (1991) and Family Law and Personal Life (2006, 2007) (Chinese translation 2015) and a series of empirical studies from Child Protection: State Intervention and Family Life (with Robert Dingwall and Topsy Murray) (1983) and (with Mavis Maclean) from Maintenance after Divorce (1986) to Lawyers and Mediators: the Brave New World of Services for Separating Families (2016). He edited, with Rob George, the Routledge Handbook of Family Law and Policy (2014).

Current post

Emeritus Fellow, Pembroke College, Oxford

Past appointments

Pembroke College University of Oxford Academic Director

2005 - 2009

University of Oxford Academic Director, Pembroke College, Oxford

2004 - 2010

University of Oxford Reader in Family Law

1990 - 2005

University of Oxford Reader in Family Law, University of Oxford

1990 - 2005

Pembroke College University of Oxford Tutorial Fellow in Law

1965 - 2005


Family law and social policy 1978, 1984

Maintenance after divorce 1986

The parental obligation: a study of parenthood across households 1997

Family Law and Personal Life 2006

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