Lord Collins of Mapesbury (Lawrence Collins)

Lord Lawrence Collins of Mapesbury


Lawrence has been a Fellow of the College since 1975 when he inaugurated a research programme in European law, funded by the Nuffield Foundation and the Wolfson Foundation.

Lord Collins of Mapesbury (Lawrence Collins)

Lawrence took his law degrees at Cambridge and Columbia University in New York, and qualified as a solicitor in 1968. He was a partner in Herbert Smith & Co from 1971 to 2000, specialising in international litigation. In 2000 he became a High Court judge as Mr Justice Lawrence Collins; in 2007 he was appointed to the Court of Appeal  as Lord Justice Lawrence Collins; in 2009 he was appointed to the House of Lords (Appellate Committee) as Lord Collins of Mapesbury, and served as a Justice of the UK Supreme Court from 2009, when it succeeded to the judicial functions of the House of Lords.

He is the author of books and articles on public and private international law, and since 1987 he has been General Editor of Dicey & Morris (now Dicey, Morris & Collins) on The Conflict of Laws (now in its 15th edition). Since his retirement from the Supreme Court in 2011, he has served as an international  arbitrator; a non-permanent judge of the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal; Professor of Law, University College London; and Visiting Professor at Columbia University and New York University. He was elected a member of the Institut de droit international in 1989 and a Fellow of the British Academy in 1994.

Lawrence holds the following positions:

  • Professor of Law, University College London
  • Non-permanent judge, Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal
  • Fellow, British Academy
  • Member, Institut de droit international
  • Honorary Fellow, Downing College Cambridge

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A picture of the Item and Food donate and take during Wolfson's Freshers Week 2021

Item&Food donate'n'take 2022

18/06/2022 at 09.00

A circular economy at Wolfson. A collaboration of the Wolfson Green Society, Student Association and Interdisciplinary Sustainability & Conservation Hub.

Kill or Cure poster

Art exhibition: 'Kill or Cure'

25/06/2022 at 10.00

Lethal or life-giving? Wolfson's exciting contemporary art exhibition explores the potential of animals, plants, and substances from the natural world to ‘Kill’ and/or ‘Cure’ (open to the public, Saturday and Sundays, 10am - 5pm).

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Festival of Wellbeing: Wolfson's Tree Trail

27/06/2022 at 10.00

A self-guided Tree Trail around the beautiful and varied garden 'rooms' of the grounds of Wolfson College.

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Wolfson College Foundation Day Celebration 2022

30/06/2022 at 09.30

Join us for our annual Celebration of the Foundation of Wolfson College

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Graduation Ceremony - General Admission

02/07/2022 at 09.30

This is the main graduation ceremony at which most undergraduate students proceed to their first degree at the end of their final term.