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RIP John Gardner

Univ John GardnerCollege deeply regrets to report the death of John Gardner, former Professor of Jurisprudence at Univ, and Senior Research Fellow at All Souls College.

As Keeper of the Statutes at Univ he made a significant contribution to the extensive revision of the College’s statutes and regulations, which came into effect in 2018. He was also IT Fellow for some years, and the College owes its first website to him.

Professor Gardner was Examination Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford (1986-91), Fellow and Tutor in Law at Brasenose College, Oxford (1991-6) and Reader in Legal Philosophy at King’s College London (1996-2000). From 2001 to 2016 he held Oxford’s Chair of Jurisprudence, following two of the other brightest stars in Oxford’s firmament of legal philosophy, Herbert Hart and Ronald Dworkin.

He also held visiting positions at Columbia University, Yale University, the University of Texas at Austin, Princeton University, the Australian National University, the University of Auckland, and Cornell University.

He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2013.

Our thoughts are with his family and with his friends in Oxford and elsewhere.

A Memorial Service for John will take place in the Codrington Library, All Souls College, at 2.30pm on Saturday 30 November, followed by tea in their Hall. All who knew him are welcome to attend.

John’s colleague and friend Annalise Acorn (1986, Law), now Professor of Law at the University of Alberta, has written an obituary, which can be read below and on the Faculty of Law website.

An obituary by Annalise Acorn

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