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Dr Frederick Wilmot-Smith

MA, BCL, MPhil, DPhil.
Examination Fellow since 2011
I am interested in a number of issues concerning the philosophy of private law, including its intersection with ethics and epistemology. At the moment, my main project in this domain is a book on unjust enrichment. I am also interested in the theoretical commitments of a legal system, and their implications for topics such as legal aid.


  • Examination Fellow, All Souls College (from 2011)
  • Postgraduate, Balliol College, Oxford (from 2009 to 2011)
  • Undergraduate, Christ's College, Cambridge (from 2005 to 2009)

Research interests

  • The law of obligations
  • Legal philosophy


  • '§38 and the Lost Doctrine of Failure of Consideration' in The Restatement Third, Restitution and Unjust Enrichment: Critical and Comparative Essays, (eds. C. Mitchell and W. Swadling) (Oxford: Hart, 2013).
  • 'Reconsidering "Total" Failure' (2013) 72(2) Cambridge Law Journal 414.
  • 'Replacing Risk Taking Reasoning' (2011) 27(4) LQR 610.