Paul Anthony Brand

Visiting Professor

Paul Brand is a Senior Research Fellow at All Souls College at the University of Oxford, and a legal historian who specializes in Anglo-American Common Law during its first formative period, from the second half of the 12th century to the early 14th century. At the College of Law, he is teaching a course, The Birth of the English Common Law and the Creation of English Legal Institutions: The Origins of the Anglo-American Legal Tradition, during the spring 2011 semester.

Professor Brand’s books include The Origins of the English Legal Profession, The Making of the Common Law, and Kings, Barons and Justices: The Making and Enforcement of Legislation in Thirteenth-Century England. He has also edited four volumes of The Earliest English Law Reports, which include all the surviving pre-1290 law reports, and is working on further volumes which will cover the much larger quantity of unedited law reports of the following two decades. He is also the author of a large number of articles.

Professor Brand previously was a former Assistant Keeper at the Public Record Office in London, a Lecturer in Law at University College, Dublin, and a Research Fellow of the Institute of Historical Research in London. In 1997, he was elected a Fellow of All Souls College at the University of Oxford. He has been a Visiting Professor at Columbia University Law School and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and Merriam Visiting Professor of Law at ASU. Professor Brand was the plenary speaker at the American Society for Legal History’s national conference at the College of Law in 2007.


B.A., University of Oxford

M.A., University of Oxford

D. Phil., University of Oxford