Monthly Archives: January, 2018

‘Regulating Risk Through Private Law’

“Regulating Risk Through Private Law, edited by Matthew Dyson, is now available from Intersentia. The blurb provides: ‘Regulating Risk Through Private Law sets out, for nine significant legal systems, an overarching conception of risk in legal theory, particularly of the linked role of risk-taking in generating liability and in liability regulating risk. It examines and […]

Gregory Mandel, ‘Institutional Fracture in Intellectual Property Law’

Abstract This Article presents an original dataset of (1) every intellectual property decision made by the Supreme Court; and (2) every intellectual property statute passed by Congress from 2002 to 2016. Analysis of the data reveals that the Court and Congress have been significantly at odds over intellectual property law during the early twenty-first century. […]

Hendrik Verhagen, ‘The Policies against Leapfrogging in Unjust Enrichment: A Critical Assessment’

Abstract This article critically examines the merit of the policy reasons against leapfrogging one’s contractual counterparty in unjust enrichment. Where the benefit of a performance, which is rendered by someone (C) pursuant to a contract with his counterparty (T), ends up with someone (D) who is not a party to that contract, will the law […]

Richard Lewis, ‘Humanity in Tort: Does Personality Affect Personal Injury Litigation?’

Abstract This article examines whether the character of people involved in personal injury claims affects their outcome irrespective of the legal rules. For example, does the personality or background of the litigants or their lawyers influence whether an action succeeds and how much damages are then paid? A rise in the number of claims is […]

‘Crowdsourced Bibliography on IP and Distributive Justice’

“Professor Estelle Derclaye recently sparked a terrific email thread among IP professors about articles tackling IP from a distributive justice perspective. Here is a lightly edited list of the suggested works, roughly in chronological order, with links (open access, where possible) and, for somewhat arbitrarily selected works, short quotations or descriptions. If you have additions […]

Sarah Worthington, ‘The Commercial Triple Helix: Contract, Property and Unjust Enrichment’

Abstract This chapter revisits some of the enduring controversies affecting the interface between contract, property and unjust enrichment. Unless these controversies are settled satisfactorily, the framework for commercial law will be weak. Having trawled through the detail, four points are made to assist analysis in these areas: 1. Property questions must be answered before liability […]


“The term ‘privacy’ is used frequently in ordinary language as well as in philosophical, political and legal discussions, yet there is no single definition or analysis or meaning of the term. The concept of privacy has broad historical roots in sociological and anthropological discussions about how extensively it is valued and preserved in various cultures. […]

James Bailey, ‘Aggravated Damages or Additional Awards of Solatium: A Distinction without a Difference?’

Abstract What are aggravated damages? Can they be recovered under Scots law? These are questions which might cross the mind of a Scots lawyer upon noticing the label in a tort textbook or the English case reports. This article seeks to address these two questions, in addition to critically examining whether aggravated damages ought to […]

‘The Dead’s Online Accounts’

Alberto B Lopez, Posthumous Privacy, Decedent Intent, and Post-Mortem Access to Digital Assets, 24 George Mason Law Review 183 (2016). In Posthumous Privacy, Decedent Intent, and Post-Mortem Access to Digital Assets, Alberto B Lopez discusses a distinctly modern problem: how much access should a personal representative have to decedent online accounts? Surprisingly few states have […]

Adam Hirsch, ‘Inheritance on the Fringes of Marriage’

Abstract This Article explores the inheritance rights of individuals situated at the fringes of marital relationships – fiancés, spouses who are in the process of divorcing, and permanently separated spouses. The Article examines whether these categories of individuals ought to enjoy rights to forced shares of an estate comparable to those that ordinary spouses can […]