Dr Kristin van Zwieten

Fellow and Tutor in Law; Clifford Chance Associate Professor of Law and Finance

Kristin van Zwieten is a law tutor at Harris Manchester College, and is Clifford Chance Associate Professor of Law and Finance in the Oxford Law Faculty. She holds law degrees from the University of NSW and Oxford (BCL, M Phil in Law, D Phil in Law).

Prior to taking up her position at Oxford, Kristin was a Fellow in Law at Trinity Hall, Cambridge.  She has also been a visitor to Columbia Law School and the University of Melbourne, and is an occasional lecturer at the University of Hamburg.    Kristin previously qualified as a solicitor in an Australian corporate law firm.  She is a member of the technical committee of the Insolvency Lawyers’ Association in the UK.


Kristin teaches tort law and trusts law at undergraduate level, and teaches Corporate Insolvency at graduate level, as well as the Law and Economics of Corporate Transactions as part of the MSc in Law and Finance.


Kristin’s research interests include corporate insolvency law, and law and financial development in emerging markets.  She is a Fellow of the Commercial Law Centre at Harris Manchester College.  She has been involved in insolvency law reform projects at the World Bank and is a member of the Insolvency Law Taskforce.  She also currently acts as a consultant to the Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy (New Delhi) in its ongoing work for the Indian government in debt enforcement and insolvency law reform.

Current research projects include: Co-investigator, ‘Law, Development and Finance in Rising Powers’, ESRC Rising Powers and Interdependent Futures grant, 2013-2015; Reporter, ‘Rescue of Business in Insolvency Law’ European Law Institute, 2013-2016; The Shadow Payment System with Dan Awrey.

Selected Publications

R Bork and van Zwieten (eds), Commentary on the European Insolvency Regulation (OUP 2016) (forthcoming)

H Eidenmüller and van Zwieten, ‘Restructuring the European Business Enterprise: The EU Commission Recommendation on business failure and insolvency‘ (2016) Forthcoming, European Business Organization Law Revie

van Zwieten, ‘Corporate Rescue in India: The Influence of the Courts‘ (2015) Journal of Corporate Law Studies

John Armour, Antonia P Menezes, Mahesh Uttamchandani and van Zwieten, ‘How do Creditor Rights Matter for Debt Finance? A Review of Empirical Evidence‘ in Frederique Dahan (ed), Research Handbook on Secured Financing of Commercial Transactions (Edward Elgar 2015

van Zwieten, ‘Restructuring law: recommendations from the European Commission‘ (2014) Law in Transition


Contact Details
Postal Address
Harris Manchester College
Mansfield Road
United Kingdom