Dr Thom Wetzer

Associate Professor of Law and Finance, Faculty of Law; Director, Oxford Sustainable Law Programme; Co-Lead, Oxford Net Zero; Senior Research Fellow, Institute for New Economic Thinking


Thom Wetzer is Associate Professor of Law and Finance at Oxford’s Faculty of Law and the Founding Director of the Oxford Sustainable Law Programme.

His 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.

At Oxford, Thom is also a 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 at Oxford Net Zero, and Lead Researcher at the Oxford Martin Initiative for a Net Zero Recovery.

Thom actively collaborates with and advises governments, central banks, corporations, NGOs, and international institutions – including the Bank of England, the European Central Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and law firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek. He is a lead author on the 2021 UNEP Global Adaptation Gap Report.


  • Law
  • Corporate governance
  • Finance
  • Climate change
  • Climate financial risk
  • Climate litigation
  • Net zero commitments
  • Sustainable finance

Media experience

Dr Thom Wetzer has extensive experience of working with major national and international media. His research has featured in leading outlets around the world, including the Financial Times, Bloomberg, Reuters, the BBC, CNN, The Washington Post, and The Guardian.


English, Dutch