Sandy Steel

Fellow and Tutor in Law

Professor Sandy Steel


Sandy Steel is Professor of Law and Philosophy of Law in the Faculty of Law at Oxford and Lee Shau Kee's Sir Man Kam Lo Fellow in Law at Wadham College. He has held visiting appointments at the University of Hong Kong, the National University of Singapore, the University of Münster, and New York University.

He's interested in philosophical and doctrinal questions about private law. He has written mainly about torts and private law theory, but also maintains an interest in general jurisprudence and has co-authored (with Nick McBride) a critical guide to the subject: Great Debates in Jurisprudence (Palgrave, 2014, 2nd edn 2018).

In 2016, he was awarded the Modern Law Review's Wedderburn Prize for his article 'Justifying Exceptions to Proof of Causation in Tort Law'. His other book, Proof of Causation in Tort Law (CUP, 2015, paperback edn 2017) won the Society of Legal Scholars Birks Runner-up Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship. His work has been cited by the UK Supreme Court, the Supreme Court of Canada, and the High Court of Australia.

He is currently busy working on two monographs for Oxford University Press, one on omissions liability in tort, and one on the normative foundations of remedial law.

Sandy teaches tort, contract, jurisprudence, commercial remedies, and philosophical foundations of the common law.

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