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UK Fellow, Law, elected in 2019

Professor Louise Gullifer FBA

National and transnational commercial and financial law; law relating to secured transactions, debt corporate finance, corporate insolvency, set-off and personal property
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About this Fellow

Professor Louise Gullifer QC (Hon) FBA is Rouse Ball Professor of English Law at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. She is an associate member of 3VB, where she practiced for a number of years, and a Bencher of Gray’s Inn.  

She teaches and writes extensively in all areas of commercial and financial law, especially secured transactions and financial collateral, intermediated securities, set-off and personal property. She is the editor of Goode and Gullifer on Legal Problems of Credit and Security and has co-authored a number of books on commercial law and debt financingHer most recent co-edited volume is Intermediation and Beyond (2019), which considers the advantages and disadvantages of the holding of securities through the intermediated system, and the way forward.  She is currently co-director of a project on digital assets, and is writing and editing a series of books on secured transactions law and reform around the world, of which the volume on Africa will be published in 2019.  She has acted as an expert witness in cases concerning set-off, intermediated securities and insolvency law.

She was the founding director of the Commercial Law Centre at Harris Manchester College and executive director of the Secured Transaction Law Reform Project, as well as the Oxford academic lead of the Cape Town Convention Academic Project. She was the UK delegate to both UNCITRAL (working group VI) during its work on secured transactions, and is one of the UK delegates to the UNIDROIT conferences on the Cape Town Convention.She is co-chair of the Academic Committee of the International Insolvency Institute and a member of the International Academy of Commercial and Consumer Law.



Current post

  • Rouse Ball Professor of English Law at the University of Cambridge
  • Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge
  • Temporary Chair, Business and Law Research Centre, International Commercial Law, Radboud University, Nijmegen
  • Visiting Professor, University of Leiden

Past Appointments

  • Professor of Commercial Law, University of Oxford, 2011 - 2019
  • Fellow, Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford, 2000 - 2019
  • Chair of Excellence, Universidad Carlos III, Madrid, 2017 - 2017
  • Visiting Professor, City University, Hong Kong, 2017 - 2017
  • Kwa Geok Choo Distinguished Visiting Professor, National University of Singapore, 2016 - 2016
  • Visiting Professor, Columbia Law School, 2014 - 2014
  • Visiting Professor, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, 2012 - 2014
  • Tutorial Fellow, Brasenose College, Oxford, 1994 - 1997
  • Tenant, 3 Gray’s Inn Place, 1985 - 1990


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