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University Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law; Fellow and College Lecturer, St John's College

BComm LLB LLM (Cape Town) BCL MPhil DPhil (Oxon)


Nick’s research is concerned with the application of public law principles to corporate regulation. His work cuts across legal and moral philosophy, constitutional law, human rights, and corporate law. He teaches Constitutional Law and Administrative Law and supervises public law research. He previously taught Human Rights, Jurisprudence, and Roman Law at Oxford, and a range of economics courses at the University of Cape Town.

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CV / Biography

Nick holds a BComm in economics, an LLB, and an LLM from the University of Cape Town, and a BCL, MPhil, and DPhil from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. Before joining Cambridge, Nick was the Warburg Junior Research Fellow in Law at St Anne’s College, Oxford, a Visiting Researcher at the Bonavero Institute for Human Rights, a Procter Fellow at Princeton University, and a law clerk at the Constitutional Court of South Africa. Before joining the academy, he was a senior associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York, where he represented clients in litigation and regulatory investigations concerning corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, competition law, and fraud.




The Mandate of Dignity: Ronald Dworkin, Revolutionary Constitutionalism, and the Claims of Justice (with Drucilla Cornell) (Fordham University Press, 2016)

Drucilla Cornell
ISBN 13:
Published Jan 2016


"Corporate Liability Design for Human Rights Abuses: Individual and Entity Liability for Due Diligence" Oxford Journal of Legal Studies (forthcoming)

Oxford Journal of Legal Studies (forthcoming)
Published: Forthcoming

"Corporations as Moral Agents: Trade-Offs in Criminal Liability and Human Rights for Corporations" (2020) 83(2) Modern Law Review 255-284

(2020) 83(2) Modern Law Review 255-284
Published: Apr 2020

"The South African Common Law and the Constitution: Revisiting Horizontality" (2014) 30 South African Journal on Human Rights 63-88

(2014) 30 South African Journal on Human Rights 63-88
Published: Jan 2014

Book Chapters

"Judicial Independence and Perceptions of Legitimacy" in Denis Galligan (ed(s)), Courts: Friend or Foe? (Hart, 2021)

"Equality" (with Kate O'Regan) in Tom Ginsburg and Rosalind Dixon (ed(s)), Research Handbook on Comparative Constitutional Law (Edward Elgar, 2011)