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Duncan Fairgrieve

Duncan Fairgrieve is Senior Research Fellow in Comparative Law and Director of the Tort Law Centre at the Institute. He also holds a fractional professorship as Professeur Associé at Université de Paris Dauphine in France.

Duncan Fairgrieve is a leading comparative lawyer, with research interests spanning both comparative private and public law, with specific focus on three specific areas, comparative administrative law (with a particular interest in state liability), comparative law of obligations (in particular product liability and the law of torts), as well as comparative law methodology. He was educated at King's College London, Oxford University and the Sorbonne, Paris.

Duncan Fairgrieve has published many books and articles in leading journals worldwide, in both English and French, including 18 authored, co-authored or edited books and numerous articles on comparative law topics. He edited the festschrifts for Lord Slynn, and Lord Bingham; the latter was entitled Tom Bingham and the Transformation of the Law and published by OUP in both hardback and paperback, including over fifty essays from distinguished jurists around the world. His book entitled Droits et Libertés en France et au Royaume-Uni, published by French publisher Odile Jacob, was awarded the prestigious Henri Texier Prize by the French Academy. Duncan's latest book is entitled Comparative law in Practice: Contract Law in a Mid-Channel Jurisdiction and is to be published by Hart Publishing in early 2016. He is also the co-author of the 3rd Edition of the OUP book, Product Liability, with Professor Richard Goldberg. His work has been cited by the courts, including judges of the Court of Appeal and House of Lords / Supreme Court as well as Rapporteur Public Seban before the French Conseil d'Etat.

Duncan is also a qualified French avocat, as well as an English Barrister, practising from One Crown Office Row, where he has appeared in cases before the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. He regularly provides expert evidence on comparative law issues in domestic and foreign proceedings.

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