Professor John Cartwright

Tutor in Law


BCL, MA (Oxford); Solicitor

Academic Background

John Cartwright read Classics (Honour Moderations), Law (Finals), and the BCL at Christ Church between 1977 and 1982. He has been Tutor in Law at Christ Church since 1982. In the University he was Lecturer in Law from 1982 to 2004, Reader from 2004 to 2008, and is now Professor of the Law of Contract. From 2007 to 2017 he was also Professor of Anglo-American Private Law at the University of Leiden, and since 2002 he has been professeur invité at the University of Paris II (Panthéon-Assas).

He was Junior Censor at Christ Church from 1995 to 1997, and Senior Censor from 1997 to 1999.

Undergraduate Teaching

Contract, Comparative Private Law, Land Law, Tort and Roman Law

Research Interests

English and comparative private law, especially contract and property. Since 2015 he has been the Director of the Institute of European and Comparative Law in the Law Faculty. 

Publications include:

Books and articles on English and comparative contract and property law.


Contract Law: An Introduction to the English Law of Contract for the Civil Lawyer : 3rd edn, Hart Publishing, 2016

Misrepresentation, Mistake and Non-Disclosure : 4th edn, Sweet & Maxwell (Contract Law Library), 2016

Anson’s Law of Contract : 30th edn (jointly with J. Beatson and A. Burrows), Oxford University Press, 2016

Formation and Variation of Contracts : Sweet & Maxwell (Contract Law Library), 2014

Cheshire & Burn's Modern Law of Real Property : 18th edn (jointly with E.H. Burn), Oxford University Press, 2011


‘L’introduction au droit en Angleterre’ in R Cabrillac (ed), Qu’est-ce qu’une introduction au droit? Dalloz, 2017

‘Defects of the Contract under Articles 27 to 37 of the Principles of Latin American Contract Law’ in R Momberg and S Vogenauer (eds), The Future of Contract Law in Latin America, Hart Publishing, 2017

'Redelijkheid en billijkheid: a view from English law' in CG Breedveld-de Voogd, AG Castermans, MW Knigge, T van der Linden, HA ten Oever (eds), Core Concepts in the Dutch Civil Code: Continuously in Motion, Wolters Kluwer, 2016

'Un regard anglais sur les forces et faiblesses du droit français des contrats' (2015) Revue des contrats 691

'Una introducción al Derecho de contratos inglés' (2015) Crónica Jurídica Hispalense 15

'Equity's Connivance in the Evasion of Formalities' in E. Koops and W.J. Zwalve (eds), Law & Equity: Approaches in Roman Law and Common Law (2014)

(with M Schmidt-Kessel) 'Defects in Consent: Mistake, Fraud, Threats, Unfair Exploitation' in Gerhard Dannemann and Stefan Vogenauer (eds), The Common European Sales Law in Context, Oxford University Press, 2013

'”Authenticity” and “Authentic Instruments”: The Perspective of English Law' in L. Aynès (ed), L'authenticité, La documentation Française, 2013