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Ian joined UCL in September 2009 from Cambridge University, where he was a College Lecturer at Christ’s College. He was a Francis Bacon Foundation Fellow at the Henry E. Huntington Library, California in 2006.
My research interests are principally in legal history, particularly early-modern English legal history. I have particular interests in the history of common-law reasoning and its interaction with legal theory as well as the relationship between texts and legal practice.
Recent work has focused on the relationship between early-modern legal theory and legal practice/reasoning and has led to two book chapters to be published in 2016:
- 'Developing a Prerogative Theory for the Chancery: the French Connection', forthcoming in the proceedings of the 2013 British Legal History Conference and awarded the David Yale Prize by the Selden Society;
- 'The Role of Rules: Legal Maxims in Early-Modern Common Law Practice and Principle'.
I am currently working on a variety of legal history projects:
- several articles and chapters on the dissemination of legal knowledge in early-modern England and especially English legal printing in the reign of Charles I;
- co-editing the Landmark Cases in Criminal Law book (2016, Hart) and a chapter for inclusion in that volume on the important fifteenth century larceny case known as The Carrier's Case;
- the theory and practice of the court of Star Chamber as a court of criminal equity for which I have been awarded a British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Small Research Grant;
- an investigation of the idea of common opinion as a source of law from the thirteenth to sixteenth centuries.
In the longer term, I intend to focus on:
- speeches delivered in the Inns of Court;
- a longer study on common law reasoning and theory c.1500-1640.
I also work on topics in modern property law. Recent work in that field covers:
- the certainty of term requirement in leases (published in the 2015 Cambridge Law Journal);
- understanding the common law forfeiture rule in succession law (forthcoming in Haecker and Mitchell (eds), Current Issues in Succession Law (Hart)).
- History of English Law
- Property Law I
- I have also taught Criminal Law, the Law of Trusts, the Law of Succession and Tort
- Historical Development of the Common Law
- PhD Research Students' Programme: Legal History
Continuing Professional Education:
- Roman Law as an Introduction to Modern Civil Law Systems (part of the Notarial Practice Course)
|2009||PhD||Doctor of Philosophy – History by topic||University of Cambridge|
|2007||MA||Master of Arts||University of Cambridge|
|2004||LLM||Master of Laws – Law||University of Cambridge|