Dr. Thomas Krebs

Barrister (England and Wales)

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Dr. Thomas Krebs
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Dr. Thomas Krebs is an Associate Professor in Commercial Law and Tutorial Fellow in Law at Brasenose College, University of Oxford, and teaches Principles of Commercial Law, Transnational Commercial Law, International Trade, Contract and Tort.

Dr. Krebs specialises in general commercial law (sale of goods, agency, personal property, secured financing), private international law (particularly knowledge of different European legal systems), and restitution, and has written widely on these areas.

Dr. Krebs has also held positions as the Norton Rose Lecturer of Commercial Law at University College London as well as a Visiting Fellow in Commercial Law at the London School of Economics.


His areas of expertise are:

  • Contract
  • General commercial law (sale of goods, agency, personal property, secured financing)
  • International Trade
  • Private international law (in particular knowledge of different European legal systems)
  • Restitution
  • Transnational commercial law
  • Tort


  • LLB (English and German Law), (First Class Honours, top of the year), University of Kent
  • BCL, Christ Church, University of Oxford
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Oxford

Membership and Appointments

  • University Lecturer in Commercial Law, University of Oxford
  • Fellow and Tutor in Law, Brasenose College Oxford
  • Hauser Global Law Fellow at New York University
  • Visiting Fellow in Commercial Law at the London School of Economics
  • Former Norton Rose Lecturer in Commercial Law at University College


  • ‘A German Contribution to English Enrichment Law (Meier, Irrtum und Zweckverfehlung (Mistake and Failure of Purpose))’, [1999] 7 Restitution Law Review 271-282
  • ‘Rechtsvergleichende Forschung und Lehre in England’ [2000] 2 Hanse Law School Newsletter 7
  • ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls - The Demise of Privity in English Law’, in Recent Trends in European Contract Law, Hanse Law School Cahier, Groningen, 2001, 141-161
  • Restitution at the Crossroads – A Comparative Study awarded Joint First Prize, Cavendish Book Prize 2001
  • ‘Stable Claims and Stable Defences - Change of Position and Disenrichment in England and Germany’, in Unjustified Enrichment against the back¬ground of European Contract Law, Kluwer, 2001, 295-336
  • Review of Wolff, Zuwendungsrisiko und Restitutionsinteresse, [2002] RLR
  • In Defence of Unjust Factors (in Unjustified Enrichment – Key Issues in Comparative Perspective, CUP 2002, 76-100, eds. Johnston/Zimmermann).
  • Unjustified Enrichment - Key Issues in Comparative Perspective (eds. Johnston and Zimmermann, Cambridge University Press 2002)
  • ‘Unrequested Benefits in German Law’, in Neyers (ed.), Understanding Unjust Enrichment, Hart Publishing, 2004, 247 – 262
  • ‘Eingriffskondiktion und Restitution for Wrongs im englischen Recht’, in Zimmermann (ed.), Europäisches Bereicherungsrecht, Mohr Siebeck, 2005, 141 – 173
  • ‘The Fallacy of “Restitution for Wrongs” in Mapping the Law, Essays in Memory of Peter Birks, eds. Burrows and Rodger, Oxford University Press 2006, 371-401
  • Joint Review of Rusch, K, Gewinnhaftung bei Verletzung von Treuepflichten; Schmidt-Kessel, M: Standards vertraglicher Haftung nach englischem Recht – Limits of Frustration, ZEuP 4/2006
  • ‘Art. 2, Section 2: Authority of agents’, in Vogenauer/Kleinheisterkamp (eds), Commentary on the Principles of European Commercial Contracts (PICC), 2009, 348 – 39
  • ‘Harmonisation and how not to do it: agency in the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts 2004’, [2009] LMCLQ 57 – 72
  • ‘Agency Law for Muggles: Why There is no Magic in Agency’, in Burrows/Peel (eds.), Contract Formation and Parties, Oxford University Press, 2010, 205 – 224
  • Review of Busch, D (ed.), The Unauthorised Agent: Perspectives from European and Comparative Law [2011] LMCLQ 152-154
  • Review of Watts, P, Bowstead & Reynolds on Agency (19th ed.) and Munday, RJC, Agency: Law and Principles [2011] RLR 272-276
  • Krebs, T & Freitag, R, ‘Representation’, in Vogenauer, S and Dannemann, G (eds.), European Contract Law and the 'Common Frame of Reference', Oxford University Press, 2013, 469-501
  • Krebs, T, ‘Unintended Side Effects of the National Health Service’, in Goold, I, Greasley, K, Herring J and Skene, L (eds.), Persons, Parts and Property: How Should We Regulate Human Tissue in the 21st Century?, 39-52
  • Krebs, T, ‘Some Thoughts on Undisclosed Agency’, in Gullifer, L and Vogenauer, S, English and European Perspectives on Contract and Commercial Law, Essays in Honour of Hugh Beale, Hart Publishing, 2014, 161-182
  • Krebs, T, ‘Ratification’, in Busch, D, Macgregor, L and Watts, P, Agency Law in Commercial Practice, Oxford University Press, 2016, 17-34
  • Krebs, T, ‘The CISG in English Courts?’ in Eppur si muove: The age of Uniform Law – Festschrift for Michael Joachim Bonell, to celebrate his 70th birthday, Unidroit (ed.), 2016
  • Krebs, T, Review of Todd, P, Principles of the Carriage of Goods by Sea, [2016] LMCLQ 455-458
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