City backing for Euro-law chair

INTERNATIONAL academic Professor Basil Markesinis has been appointed as the first chair of European Private Law at Oxford University.

Markesinis is currently Professor of European Private Law at University College London and Professor of Anglo-American Private Law at the University of Leiden.

His appointment at Oxford takes effect from 1 October this year.

Called to the Bar in 1973, Markesinis was an advocate to the Greek Supreme Court from 1975 to 1986, and a lecturer in law and Fellow of Trinity College Cambridge.

His new position has been created as part of the University's Europaeum initiative – a network promoting collaboration between European universities in European studies.

Keith Clark, senior partner at City firm Clifford Chance, which is funding the chair, says: “It's very important for the legal world that students receive the encouragement to develop language skills, cross- cultural awareness, and an ability to handle the different legal systems in Europe.”