John Armour

John Armour

Associate Scholar

Faculty of Law
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John Armour is Professor of Law and Finance at Oxford University and a Fellow of the British Academy and the European Corporate Governance Institute. 

He was previously a member of the Faculty of Law and the interdisciplinary Centre for Business Research at the University of Cambridge. John studied law (MA, BCL) at the University of Oxford and then at Yale Law School (LLM). He has held visiting posts at various institutions, including the University of Chicago, Columbia Law School, the University of Frankfurt, the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Private Law in Hamburg, and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

John is a member of the American Law Institute and an academic member of the Chancery Bar Association. He has published widely in the fields of company law, financial regulation, and corporate insolvency, and his books include Principles of Financial Regulation and The Anatomy of Corporate Law.

John serves as an executive editor of the Journal of Corporate Law Studies and the Journal of Law, Finance and Accounting, and he has been involved in policy-related projects commissioned by the UK’s Department of Trade and Industry (now BEIS), Financial Services Authority (now FCA) and Insolvency Service, the Commonwealth Secretariat, and the World Bank. He recently served as a member of the European Commission’s Informal Company Law Expert Group, advising on issues including the digitisation of company law and cross-border corporate transactions. 


John’s current research agenda focuses on the application of artificial intelligence to law and the role of pro-social norms in corporate governance.

See John's Law Faculty profile, which includes a list of his publications.