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Professor Paul L Davies

Roles and subjects

Emeritus Fellow



Emeritus Fellow Professor Paul L Davis is a former Allen & Overy Professor of Corporate Law at Jesus College.

Academic Background

MA, LLM, QC (hon), FBA

I read Jurisprudence at Oxford between 1963 and 1966 and on graduation worked for Professor Wedderburn at the London School of Economics as a Research Assistant for a year on an international research project dealing with the settlement of workplace grievances. I then followed LLM programmes successively at LSE (1967/8) and Yale Law School (1968/9. I took up my first full-time academic appointment as a lecturer at the University of Warwick in 1969, but returned to Oxford in 1973 as Fellow and Tutor in Law at Balliol College and CUF Lecturer in the Faculty of Law. Later my faculty post became that of a titular Reader in the Law of the Enterprise and then a titular Professor of the same name. In 1998 I returned to LSE as Cassel Professor of Commercial Law, where I remained until 2009, when I took up the professorship of corporate law, from which I retired in 2014.

Undergraduate Teaching

Company Law.

Postgraduate Teaching

Comparative and European Company Law, Corporate Finance.

Research Interests

The development of corporate law systems in Europe (including the role of European Community law), regulation of securities markets, the collective representation of employees, law and economics.

Other Information

I was a member of the Steering Group of the Company Law Review 1999-2001 (whose work led to the Companies Act 2006). I carried out a review for the Treasury in 2006/7 on liability for misstatements in the securities markets.

I was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2000, appointed an honorary QC in 2006 and elected an honorary Bencher of Gray’s Inn in 2007.

I was a Deputy Chair of the Central Arbitration Committee, which deals with claims by employees under various pieces of legislation to deal with their employer on a collective basis, between 2000 and 2014.

Between 1983 and 1986 I was estates bursar of Balliol College and between 1992 and 1995 chair of the law faculty board.


Subject notes for courses taught at Jesus College:

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