John Eekelaar

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John Eekelaar
Born (1942-07-02) 2 July 1942 (age 75)
Residence United Kingdom
Fields Family law
Institutions Oxford Centre for Family Law and Policy (OXFLAP), University of Oxford
Known for Family Law, Constitutional Law, Socio-Legal Studies, Jurisprudence

John Eekelaar FBA (born 2 July 1942) was a law lecturer specialising in family law.[1] In 2005 he retired from teaching after a forty-year career at Oxford University.[2] He was the academic director of Pembroke College from 2005 to 2009 and is currently the co-director of the Oxford Centre for Family Law and Policy (OXFLAP).[2][3]


Eekelaar was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and earned his LL.B. from King's College London in 1963, and gained his BCL and MA from University College, Oxford in 1965 and 1967 respectively.[1][3]

Eekelaar held a Rhodes Scholarship from 1963 to 1965, and was awarded the Vinerian Scholarship in 1965.[2] He was called to the Bar in 1968 at the Inner Temple. Eekelaar has been a Tutorial Fellow at Pembroke College since 1965; he held a CUF Lecturership from 1966 to 1991, and has been Reader in Law since 1991.[1] He was elected to a Fellowship of the British Academy in July 2001.[1][2]

Eekelaar has been editor of the International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family and the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies.[1]



  • Katz, Sanford N.; Eekelaar, John; Maclean, Mavis (2000). Cross currents: family law and policy in the United States and England. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198299448. 
  • Eekelaar, John; Maclean, Mavis; Beinart, Sarah (2000). Family lawyers: the divorce work of solicitors. Oxford: Hart. ISBN 9781841131856. 
  • Eekelaar, John; Maclean, Mavis (2004). Personal Relationships, Marriage and Morals. Oxford: Oxford Centre for Family Law and Policy (OXFLAP) working paper, Department of Social Policy and Social Work. ISBN 9780954170356. 


Book chapters[edit]

  • Maclean, Mavis (2000), "Access to justice for families in post war Britain.", in Katz, Sanford N.; Eekelaar, John; Maclean, Mavis, Cross currents: family law and policy in the United States and England, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 363–387, ISBN 9780198299448 

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "2005 Distinguished visiting fellow" (PDF). New Zealand Law Foundation. 2005. Retrieved 22 November 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Pembroke College Record 2009 – 2010". Pembroke College. 2010. Retrieved 22 November 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "John Eekelaar (Profile)". Faculty of Law, Oxford University. Archived from the original on 11 June 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2011. 

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