Donal Nolan is Professor of Private Law in the University of Oxford and Francis Reynolds and Clarendon Fellow and Tutor in Law at Worcester College, Oxford. He was educated at Brasenose College, Oxford (BA and BCL) and was previously a Lecturer in Law at King's College London. He has taught tort, contract, international trade law, restitution and commercial law, and has been a Visiting Professor in the University of Florida, the University of Trento and Sichuan University. He is currently a Senior Fellow of the University of Melbourne, a member of the World Tort Law Society and a member of the International Advisory Panel for the American Law Institute's Restatement of the Law Fourth, Property. He is also one of the articles editors of the Modern Law Review.
Donal's research is focused primarily on the law of tort, and in particular on the law of negligence, the law of private nuisance and the interface between tort law and public law. He is currently undertaking an empirical analysis of the operation of the contributory negligence doctrine with Dr James Goudkamp. He has also written on a range of topics in contract law, including offer and acceptance, estoppel and termination for breach of contract.
Donal is a co-author of Lunney, Nolan and Oliphant, Tort Law: Text and Materials (OUP, 6th edn, 2017), and a contributor to Burrows (ed), Principles of the English Law of Obligations (OUP, 2015); Oliphant (ed), The Law of Tort (LexisNexis Butterworths, 3rd edn, 2015); Sappideen and Vines (eds), Fleming's The Law of Torts (Thomson Reuters (Professional) Australia, 10th edn, 2011); and Bridge (ed), Benjamin's Sale of Goods (Sweet & Maxwell, 10th edn, 2017) . He is also the co-editor of Rights and Private Law (Hart Publishing, 2012) and of OSCOLA, the Oxford University Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities.