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18:00 - 19:00 13 January 2011

Is private law meaningless?


Main Lecture Theatre | Bentham House (link Map)
4–8 Endsleigh Gardens | London | WC1H 0EG | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

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Professor Steven Hedley, University of Cork, Steve Hedley graduated in Law from Oxford University in 1980, subsequently taking a master’s in Law (Cambridge), the Bar finals (London) and a BSc (Open University). He taught at St Hugh’s College Oxford (1982-1985) and at Christ’s College Cambridge (1985-2003). He has published books on Tort, E-commerce and Restitution, and has edited books of statutory materials on e-commerce and on obligations generally. Topics of recent articles include the theory of unjust enrichment, the structure and future of the common law, and university management. His research interests are in the areas of Private law and obligations generally; e-commerce law; law relating to universities. Steve Hedley is currently Head of the Law Department and Dean of the Law Faculty at the University of Cork.

Is private law meaningless? - In other words, when we look at the cases, the statutes, the theories mentioned time-and-again in relation to private law, are we just looking at a maze of technical reasoning, or can we give some overall shape or meaning to the law?


Lisa Penfold
+44 (0)20 7679 1514 | lisa.penfold@ucl.ac.uk


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