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Oxford law professor to discuss private law and human rights

Hugh Collins is delivering the C. Edwin Baker Lecture for Liberty, Equality and Democracy on October 23.

MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA — Oxford University law professor Hugh Collins will deliver this fall’s  C. Edwin Baker Lecture for Liberty, Equality and Democracy at the  West Virginia University  College of Law.

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Collins will discuss “Private Law, Fundamental Rights, and the Rule of Law” on October 23 at 1 p.m. in the Event Hall at the College of Law.

Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

The lecture will address the impact of fundamental human rights on legal disputes between companies or private individuals, particularly in cases of contract, tort and property law.

Collins is the 16th successor to William Blackstone as the Vinerian Professor of English Law at All Souls College at the University of Oxford. He was previously a professor of English Law at the London School of Economics. A Fellow of the British Academy, Collins is the author and editor of several books on labor law, contracts, and human rights. He holds law degrees from Oxford and Harvard.

The Baker Lecture at WVU Law is presented annually in honor of C. Edwin Baker, a leading constitutional law scholar who died in 2009. He was the Nicholas F. Gallicchio Professor of Law and Communication at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

In 2011, Baker’s family donated his papers to the WVU College of Law. Housed in the George R. Farmer, Jr. Law Library, the C. Edwin Baker Collection is a window into the life and work of one of the 20th century’s foremost experts on constitutional law, free speech and communication law.

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