James Goudkamp is Professor of the Law of Obligations at Oxford University. Much of his research is focused on tort law although his interests extend to other parts of the law of obligations and also to civil procedure. He is the author of over 100 publications. One of Professor Goudkamp's main works is Tort Law Defences. Together with Professor Donal Nolan, Professor Goudkamp is the author of the 20th edition of Winfield & Jolowicz on Tort and, with Professor Peter Cane, the 9th edition of Atiyah's Accidents, Compensation and the Law. He has recently completed a major project on contributory negligence with Professor Donal Nolan, which resulted in two volumes, Contributory Negligence: Principles and Practice and Contributory Negligence in the Twenty-First Century.
Professor Goudkamp studied science and law at the University of Wollongong, and was awarded the University Medal in law (2003). He then read for postgraduate degrees at Magdalen College, Oxford (BCL, 2007, MPhil, 2008 and DPhil in 2010). James was previously an Associate Lecturer in Law, Faculty of Law, University of Wollongong (2004-2005), an Associate to the Hon Justice Michael Kirby AC CMG of the High Court of Australia (2005-2006), a Lecturer in Law, St Hilda's College, Oxford (2008-2009), the Shaw Foundation Junior Research Fellow in Law, Jesus College, Oxford (2009-2011) and a Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford (2011-2013). He holds or has held visiting or cognate positions at Harvard Law School, the National University of Singapore, the University of Western Australia and the University of Wollongong. He is an advisor to the American Law Institute's Restatement (Third) on the Law of Torts to the Person.