Professor Jeffrey Wool

Senior Research Fellow, Commercial Law Centre

Jeffrey is the condon-falknor professor of global business law at the University of Washington School of Law, as well as an associate member of the University of Oxford Faculty of Law.   He is a senior research fellow at the Commercial Law Centre.

Jeffrey is the secretary general of the Aviation Working Group (AWG), the industry body for aviation finance legal and regulatory issues. he serves in that capacity on secondment from Freshfields, which acts at AWG’s principal supporting counsel.    He is also the president of the UNIDROIT Foundation, a Dutch charity that supports the work of UNIDROIT.

Jeffrey has been involved in the development of the Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment since its inception. He chaired the group that prepared the original Aircraft Protocol to the Convention. He currently chairs the International Registry Advisory Board created under the Convention and works with governments on their ratification and implementation of and compliance with  the texts, including the declarations to be made.   On behalf of AWG, he is currently establishing a global network of national and regional contact groups to deal with practical issues arising under the Convention.


Jeffrey teaching comparative commercial law and transnational commercial law at University of Washington School of Law.


Jeffrey serves as the executive director of the Cape Town Convention Academic Project, a joint undertaking between Oxford University (for which Professor Louise Gullifer is the academic lead) and the University of Washington (he is also the academic lead for that institution).

He is also involved in three other research projects, which are run under the auspices of the Commercial Law Centre: a project on Comparative Commercial Law; a project on Best Practices in the Field of Electronic Registry Design and Operation and a project on the Economic Assessment of International Commercial Law Reform.

Jeffrey is a co-author of Transnational Commercial Law (2nd ed., Oxford University Press, 2012). He is also a contributing editor to the academic version of the publication, dealing with the relationship between commercial law treaties and national law.  He has also published recently on that topic, as well as on the design of commercial law treaties seeking economic benefit and compliance with commercial law treaties.

Jeffrey’s broader research interests include the development and history of commercial and transnational commercial law and the relationship between legal institutions and political risks in transactional decision making and pricing.

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Harris Manchester College
Mansfield Road
United Kingdom