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Professor Duncan Fairgrieve

Duncan Fairgrieve is Senior Research Fellow in Comparative Law and Director of the Product Liability Forum at the Institute. He is also Professor of Comparative Law 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 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. Professor Fairgrieve's book entitled Droits et Libertés en France et au Royaume-Uni, published by leading French publisher Odile Jacob, was awarded the prestigious Henri Texier Prize by the French Academy. He published a monograph in 2016 entitled Comparative law in Practice: Contract Law in a Mid-Channel Jurisdiction, and his latest book is the Second Edition of Negligence Liability of Public Authorities, co-authored with Dan Squires QC. He is currently working on 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.

He is currently working on a series of research projects, including European law, tort law, product liability, comparative public law and the topic of compliance & regulation. He was appointed in 2018 to the European Commission's Expert Group on Product Liability, responsible for reviewing the operation of the Product Liability Directive and for drafting guidance on the application of the Directive.

Professor Fairgrieve regularly appears as a media commentator on legal-related issues, including Brexit & European matters.

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

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