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Professor Hugh Collins

Quondam Fellow since 2019
My research interests lie in three main fields: employment law, contract and commercial law, and legal theory. In the field of employment law, a current particular interest concerns the application of human rights principles to the workplace and the employment relation. In relation to contract law, the development of European Community contract law has been a particular interest in recent years. In a combination of legal theory and commercial law, another focus of my research is in the idea of networks as a hybrid form of business organisation that is insufficiently recognised and accommodated by the law.'    
Professor Hugh Collins
  • Background

    • Vinerian Professor of English Law and University Academic Fellow, All Souls College (from 2013 to 2019)
    • Professor of English Law, London School of Economics (from 1991 to 2013)
    • Fellow, Brasenose College, Oxford (from 1976 to 1991)
    • Postgraduate at Harvard Law School (from 1975 to 1976)
    • Undergraduate and Postgraduate at Pembroke College, Oxford (from 1971 to 1975)
  • Selected publications

    • (with Keith Ewing and Aileen McColgan), Labour Law (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012).
    • (ed., with introduction), Networks as Connected Contracts, by Gunther Teubner (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2011).
    • Employment Law, 2nd ed. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010).
    • The European Civil Code: The Way Forward (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008).
    • The Law of Contract, 4th ed. (London: Butterworths, 2003).
    • Regulating Contracts (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999).
    • Justice in Dismissal (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991).
  • Other professional memberships and roles

    • Franqui Chair, Leuven Belgium (from 2012 to 2013)
    • General Editor Modern Law Review
    • Articles editor and co-founder of the European Review of Contract Law
    • Founder of the Society for European Contract Law ( (with Profs. Grundmann and Bianca)