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Confusio: Reference to Roman Law in the House of Lords and the Development of English Private Law


James Lee


University of Birmingham - School of Law

December 22, 2009

Roman Legal Tradition, Vol. 5, pp. 24-66, 2009

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This paper examines the use of Roman law by members of the House of Lords in three recent decisions: Fairchild vs. Glenhaven Funeral Services [2002] UKHL 22; Foskett vs. McKeown [2001] 1 AC 102; and OBG vs. Allan [2007] UKHL 21, The contrasting views of Professor Peter Birks and Professor Sir Basil Markesinis are considered, and it is argued that within the decisions can be seen the value of reference to Roman law.

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Keywords: Roman Law, Tort, Unjust Enrichment, Restitution, Comparative Law, English Law

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Date posted: December 26, 2009 ; Last revised: December 29, 2009

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Lee, James, Confusio: Reference to Roman Law in the House of Lords and the Development of English Private Law (December 22, 2009). Roman Legal Tradition, Vol. 5, pp. 24-66, 2009. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1527209 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1527209

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University of Birmingham - School of Law ( email )
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Birmingham, B15 2TT
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