… This essay, which is the Introduction to the Handbook, explores fiduciary law’s emergence as a general field of study and explains the Handbook’s ambitious contributions to the field. These contributions are grouped thematically into four parts. First, the Handbook surveys fiduciary principles across diverse contexts, ranging from agency law and the law of investment advice, to family law and the law of lawyering, to public offices and public international law. Second, the Handbook identifies and synthesizes several fundamental principles of fiduciary law that apply across these contexts, including the core fiduciary duties of loyalty and care. Third, the Handbook explores how fiduciary principles have developed across time and in different legal traditions around the world. Lastly, the Handbook considers how different legal theories, interdisciplinary approaches, and social institutions may contribute to the academic study and development of fiduciary law. The Handbook thus furnishes a single source to which readers can turn for guidance on fiduciary principles across a host of substantive fields, jurisdictions, and epochs.
Criddle, Evan J and Miller, Paul B and Sitkoff, Robert H, Introduction: The Oxford Handbook of Fiduciary Law (May 28, 2019). The Oxford Handbook of Fiduciary Law (Evan J Criddle, Paul B Miller and Robert H Sitkoff eds, OUP 2019).