This article examines and criticises the way in which academic lawyers relate to the work of their colleagues. It does so by examining two recent reviews of A Theory of Tort Liability, one of which appeared in an earlier edition of this journal. It explains that, due to a lack of commitment to the principle of charity and a lack of engagement with the arguments of interlocutors, much academic disagreement misses its mark. The article suggests that for these reasons serious deficiencies exist within the discipline of academic lawyering.
Beever, Allan, Engagement, Criticism and the Academic Lawyer (December 29, 2017), 27 New Zealand Universities Law Review 79-93 (2017).