Thursday 1 December 2005

Regius Chair in Civil Law – University of Oxford

1 December 2005

The Queen has been pleased to approve that Professor A J B Sirks be appointed Regius Professor of Civil Law in the University of Oxford in succession to the late Professor Peter Birks.

The appointment will take effect from 1 February 2006.

Biographical Details

Professor A J B Sirks was born in September 1947 in The Hague. After obtaining his law degree at Leiden University, he studied theology and philosophy at Amsterdam University, where he gained a Ph.D in law. After working at the Universities of Utrecht (1978-1989), Amsterdam (1989-1997) and Leiden (1997-1998), Professor Sirks was appointed, in 1998, a professor in Ancient Legal History, in the History of European Private Law and in German Civil Law, at the Law Faculty of the J.W. Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main.

He has also held a Visiting Fellowship at Columbia University (1985) and a Visiting Professorship at Kansas University (1997). His publications cover a wide area of Roman law including archaic Roman law, classical private law questions, the administrative and public law of the Principate and Later Roman Empire and the reception of Roman Law in Europe and the former Dutch East Indies. He is the author of several text-editions, co-author of the edition of the Pommersfelden Papyri and co-editor of a collection of essays on Roman history and law.

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