Dr Thom Wetzer
Director, Oxford Sustainable Law Programme; Associate Professor of Law and Finance, Faculty of Law
Thom Wetzer is Associate Professor of Law and Finance at the University of Oxford and the Founding Director of the Oxford Sustainable Law Programme. At Oxford, Thom is also a Fellow of Linacre College, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School, a member of the Leadership Team at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, Co-Lead (Law) at Oxford Net Zero, Lead Researcher at the Oxford Martin Initiative for a Net Zero Recovery, and a member of the Oxford-Man Institute of Quantitative Finance.
Thom's research examines how law and finance can generate value and advance the public good, focusing on how we can build more resilient financial systems, improve the governance of corporations, and tackle the climate crisis. His work combines traditional legal scholarship with financial, scientific, and empirical analysis, and has been published or is forthcoming in Nature, Science, The Journal of Corporation Law, and the Journal of Corporate Law Studies. His research has featured in media around the world, including the Financial Times, Bloomberg, Reuters, and The Guardian. Thom actively collaborates with and advises governments, central banks, corporations, NGOs, and international institutions - including the Bank of England, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund. He is also a Director at the Commonwealth Climate and Law Initiative.
Before joining the Faculty, Thom worked towards a DPhil and an MSc in Law and Finance at the University of Oxford, and received both a BA(Hons) in Law and Economics and an LLB in Dutch Law from Utrecht University. He was a Visiting Scholar at Columbia Law School, Yale University, and Berkeley Law School, and worked at the European Commission, Goldman Sachs, and De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek. In 2014, Thom was recognised as a ‘Global Shaper' by the World Economic Forum.
- Dibley, A., Wetzer, T. and Hepburn, C. (2021) National COVID debts: climate change imperils countries' ability to repay. Nature, 592: 184-187.
- Fankhauser, S., Smith, S.M., Allen, M. et al. (2021) The meaning of net zero and how to get it right. Nature Climate Change.
- Stuart-Smith, R.F., Otto, F.E.L., Saad, A., Lisi, G., Minnerop, P., Lauta, K.C., van Zwieten, K. and Wetzer, T. (2021) Filling the evidentiary gap in climate litigation. Nature Climate Change, 11(7).
- Farmer, J.D., Hepburn, C., Ives, M.C., Hale, T., Wetzer, T., Mealy, P. Rafaty, R., Srivastav, S. and Way, R. (2019) Sensitive intervention points in the post-carbon transition. Science, 364(6436): 132-134.
- Wetzer, T. (2018) In Two Minds: The Governance of Ring-Fenced Banks. Journal of Corporate Law Studies, 19(1): 197-249.
- Aymanns, C., Doyne Farmer, J., Kleinnijenhuis, A.M. and Wetzer, T. (2018) Models of Financial Stability and Their Application in Stress Tests. Chapter 6 in, Hommes, C. and LeBaron, B. (eds.) Handbook of Computational Economics. Elsevier. pp. 329-391.
- Doyne Farmer, J., Kleinnijenhuis, A.M., Nahai-Williamson, P. and Wetzer, T. (2020) Foundations of System-Wide Financial Stress Testing with Heterogeneous Institutions. Bank of England Working Paper No. 861.
- Wiersema, G., Kleinnijenhuis, A.M., Wetzer, T. and Doyne Farmer, J. (2020) Scenario-Free Analysis of Financial Stability with Interacting Contagion Channels. INET Oxford Working Paper No. 2019-10.
- Stuart-Smith, R., Saad, A., Otto, F., Lisi, G., Lauta, K., Minnerop, P. and Wetzer, T. (2021) Attribution science and litigation: facilitating effective legal arguments and strategies to manage climate change damages (Spanish translation available). Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, Oxford.