07 November 2019

ANNOUNCEMENT: New Legal History Books (September-October 2019) from Hart Publishing

(Source: Hart Publishing)

Via Hart Publishing, we learned of the publication of several new legal history books. Discount announcements for these four books are included below, courtesy of Hart Publishing.
Pioneering Australian Legal Scholars
Susan Bartie

Peter Brett (1918–1975), Alice Erh-Soon Tay (1934–2004) and Geoffrey Sawer (1910–1996) are key, yet largely overlooked, members of Australia’s first community of legal scholars. This book is a critical study of how their ideas and endeavours contributed to Australia’s discipline of law and the first Australian legal theories. It examines how three marginal figures – a Jewish man (Brett), a Chinese woman (Tay), and a war orphan (Sawer) – rose to prominence during a transformative period for Australian legal education and scholarship.
Drawing on in-depth interviews with former colleagues and students, extensive archival research, and an appraisal of their contributions to scholarship and teaching, this book explores the three professors’ international networks and broader social and historical milieux. Their pivotal leadership roles in law departments at the University of Melbourne, University of Sydney, and the Australian National University are also critically assessed.

Ranging from local experiences and the concerns of a nascent Australian legal academy to the complex transnational phenomena of legal scholarship and theory, Free Hands and Minds makes a compelling case for contextualising law and legal culture within society. At a time of renewed crisis in legal education and research in the common law world, it also offers a vivid, nuanced and critical account of the enduring liberal foundations of Australia’s discipline of law.

Susan Bartie is Lecturer in Law at the University of Tasmania, Australia.

September 2019   |   9781509922611   |   344pp   |   Hardback   |    RSP: £70  
Discount Price: £56
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William Cornish, Steve Banks, Charles Mitchell, Paul Mitchell and Rebecca Probert

Law and Society in England 1750–1950 is an indispensable text for those wishing to study English legal history and to understand the foundations of the modern British state. In this new updated edition the authors explore the complex relationship between legal and social change. They consider the ways in which those in power themselves imagined and initiated reform and the ways in which they were obliged to respond to demands for change from outside the legal and political classes.

What emerges is a lively and critical account of the evolution of modern rights and expectations, and an engaging study of the formation of contemporary social, administrative and legal institutions and ideas, and the road that was travelled to create them.

The book is divided into eight chapters: Institutions and Ideas; Land; Commerce and Industry; Labour Relations; The Family; Poverty and Education; Accidents; and Crime.

This extensively referenced analysis of modern social and legal history will be invaluable to students and teachers of English law, political science, and social history.

William Cornish CMG Qc (Hon) FBA is a Professor of Law Emeritus at the University of Cambridge and a Life Fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge.
Stephen Banks is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Reading.
Charles Mitchell QC (Hon) FBA is a Professor of Law at University College London.
Paul Mitchell is a Professor of Law at University College London.
Rebecca Probert is a Professor of Law at the University of Exeter.

Oct 2019   |   9781849462730   |   784pp   |   Paperback   |    RSP: £39.99  
Discount Price: £31.99
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Edited by Brian Sloan 
The Landmark Cases series highlights the historical antecedents of what are widely considered to be the leading cases in a discipline, and seeks to provide contexts in which to better understand how and why certain cases came to be regarded as the ‘landmark’ cases in any given field. Succession law’s long pedigree, near-universal application, immense capacity for human interest stories, somewhat uncertain future in England and Wales, and close connection to demographics make it an ideal candidate for a Landmark Cases volume. The distinguished contributors to this collection consider cases ranging from 1720 to 2017, covering issues such as will-making and interpretation, the position of beneficiaries and personal representatives, testamentary promises, and the extent of testamentary freedom in England and Wales and beyond. The cases are relevant not only to scholars and students of succession law per se, but also those working in fields such as tax, trusts, tort and land law. They raise issues as diverse as class, colonialism, familial dynamics, expectations and obligations, mental health, and the proper roles of the legal profession and the welfare state. The collection will provoke much discussion on what makes a ‘landmark’ case, as well as on the peculiarities and limitations of the case law method.

Brian Sloan is a College Lecturer and Fellow in Law at Robinson College, and an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge.

Oct 2019   |   9781509919000   |   424pp   |   Hardback   |    RSP: £120  
Discount Price: £96
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Edited by James Goudkamp and Donal Nolan

The publication of Scholars of Tort Law marks the beginning of a long overdue rebalancing of private law scholarship. Instead of concentrating on judicial decisions and academic commentary only for what that commentary says about judicial decisions, the book explores the contributions of scholars of tort law in their own right. The work of a selection of leading scholars of tort law from across the common law world, ranging from Thomas Cooley (1824–1898) to Patrick Atiyah (1931–2018), is addressed by eminent current scholars in the field. The focus of the contributions is on the nature of the work produced by each of the scholars in question, important influences on their work, and the influence which that work in turn had on thinking about tort law. The process of subjecting tort law scholarship to sustained analysis provides new insights into the intellectual development of tort law and reveals the important role played by scholars in that development. By focusing on the work of influential tort scholars, the book serves to emphasise the importance of legal scholarship to the development of the common law more generally.
James Goudkamp is Professor of the Law of Obligations at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of Keble College, Oxford.
Donal Nolan is Professor of Private Law at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of Worcester College, Oxford.
Oct 2019   |   9781509910571   |   424pp   |   Hardback   |    RSP: £85  
Discount Price: £68
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More information at the Legal History page of Hart Publishing

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