Helen Scott
Lecturer in Law

Helen Scott studied classics and law at the University of Cape Town and subsequently completed BCL, MPhil and DPhil degrees at Oxford. Her research interests fall within the comparative law of obligations and civilian legal history (particularly Roman law). Although the subject of her DPhil (and subsequent monograph) was unjust enrichment, her major research project at the moment concerns the history of the foreseeability concept which dominates both Aquilian liability in South African law and the tort of negligence in the common law, and she is also working on a textbook on the South African law of delict. Before taking up her current position as Tutorial Fellow at Lady Margaret Hall and Professor of Private Law in the Oxford Law Faculty, she was a Professor of Private Law at UCT, where she taught comparative legal history, delict, unjustified enrichment, and Roman law. Between 2005 and 2009 she was a Fellow and Tutor in Law at St Catherine’s College, and before that a Fixed Term Fellow in Law at Trinity College; she was also a visiting professor at the Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II) for six years until 2014. She teaches Roman law, tort, contract, and unjust enrichment at Oxford.