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2019 Baker Lecture

The Right to Private Law: Sandy Steel

WVU Law - 2019 Baker Lecture Sandy Steel

Sandy Steel is Lee Shau Kee's Sir Man Kam Lo Fellow in Law at Wadham College and Associate Professor of  Law in the Faculty of  Law at Oxford. He read law (BA, PhD) at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. From 2010-2014 he was a Lecturer in Law at King’s College London.

He is interested in the English, French, and German law of obligations and in philosophical questions about that area of law. He has written mainly about torts. He also maintains an interest in general jurisprudence and has co-authored (with Nick McBride) a critical guide to the subject: "Great Debates in Jurisprudence" (Palgrave, 2014, 2nd ed. 2018).

In 2016, he was awarded the Modern Law Review's Wedderburn Prize for his article "Justifying Exceptions to Proof of Causation in Tort Law" and won joint second prize in the Society of Legal Scholars Peter Birks Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship for his book, "Proof of Causation in Tort Law" (CUP, 2015, paperback ed.  2017). His work has been cited by the UK Supreme Court and the High Court of Australia.

He is currently working on these topics, among others: (i) the role of counterfactuals in determining whether a person has suffered a loss, and the concept of loss more generally; (ii) self-defence and associated doctrines in English and French tort law; (iii) omissions liability; (iv) the role of "non-relational" considerations in the justification of private law rules.

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