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Professor Paul Brand

MA, DPhil, FBA, FRHistS
Emeritus Fellow since 2014
Paul Brand continued work on English legal history, publishing two articles and presenting papers in Erice (Sicily), Royaumont (France), Ann Arbor and Michigan (USA) and in Leeds, Glasgow and Harlaxton. He acted as graduate interviewer for medieval history for the Faculty of History in Oxford for 2012/13 and taught a legal history course at Ann Arbor in March and April 2013. In the summer of 2012 he became one of the lead investigators of a major three year AHRC-financed Magna Carta project.


  • Emeritus Fellow, All Souls College (from 2014)
  • Senior Research Fellow, All Souls College (from 1999 to 2014)
  • Research Fellow, Institute of Historical Research (from 1993 to 1999)
  • Two-Year Fellow, All Souls College (from 1997 to 1999)
  • Research, London (from 1983 to 1993)
  • Lecturer in Law, University College, Dublin (from 1976 to 1983)
  • Assistant Keeper, Public Record Office, London (from 1970 to 1976)
  • Undergraduate and Postgraduate, Magdalen College, Oxford (from 1967 to 1970)

Research interests

  • English and Irish medieval legal history


  • (with Joshua Getzler), Judges and Judging in the History of the Common Law and Civil Law: From Antiquity to Modern Times (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012).
  • Plea Rolls of the Exchequer of the Jews, vol. VI (London: Jewish Historical Society of England, 2005).
  • Kings, Barons and Justices: The Making and Enforcement of Legislation in Thirteenth-Century England (Cambridge: Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought, 4th series, 56, 2003).
  • The Earliest English Law Reports, vols. I-IV (Selden Society, vols. 111, 112, 122, 123; 1995-6, 2005-7).
  • The Making of the Common Law (London: Rio Grande, 1992).
  • The Origins of the English Legal Profession (Oxford: Blackwell, 1992).

Other professional memberships and roles

  • Hon. Treasurer, Pipe Roll Society (from 1992)
  • Vice-President, Selden Society (from 2002)

Teaching and Supervision

  • Supervision in medieval legal history
  • BCL option on Law and Society in Medieval England