31 January 2017

New from Hart Publishing

Legitimate Expectations in the Common Law World
Edited by Matthew Groves and Greg Weeks

The recognition and enforcement of legitimate expectations by courts has been a striking feature of English law since R v North and East Devon Health Authority; ex parte Coughlan [2001] 3 QB 213.  Although the substantive form of legitimate expectation adopted in Coughlan was quickly accepted by English courts and received a generally favourable response from public law scholars, the doctrine of that case has largely been rejected in other common law jurisdictions. The central principles of Coughlan have been rejected by courts in common law jurisdictions outside the UK for a range of reasons, such as incompatibility with local constitutional doctrine, or because they mark an undesirable drift towards merits review. The sceptical and critical reception to Coughlan outside England is a striking   contrast to the reception the case received within the UK. This book provides a detailed scholarly analysis of these issues and considers the doctrine of legitimate expectations both in England and elsewhere in the common law world.

Matthew Groves is Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law, Monash University.
Greg Weeks is Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales.


January 2016     9781849467780     368pp     Hardback     RSP: $108

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Negligence and Illegality
Sharon Erbacher

This book examines claims in negligence arising from illegal conduct of the claimant. An array of public policy and other grounds have been advanced for resolving these claims, resulting in an area that is characterised by confusing and contradictory case law. The book analyses the various explanations put forward as the basis for illegality doctrine within a framework of corrective justice theory.
Illegality law poses particular challenges for the corrective justice explanation of negligence law, as many illegality tests are based on public policy considerations external to the relationship of the parties.
The book argues that the only circumstance where illegality doctrine should be applied to deny a claim is where this is necessary to preserve the coherence of the legal system. It develops the work of Ernest Weinribian corrective justice theorists to explain how the principle of legal coherence fits within the framework of corrective justice theory, and why legal coherence is the only valid conceptual basis for a doctrine of illegality. It also contains a detailed study on the scope of the coherence rationale and the principles that will determine its application.

Sharon Erbacher is a Senior Lecturer at the Law School at Deakin University, Australia.


January 2016     9781509906666     272pp     Hardback     RSP: $108

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Private Law and Power
Edited by Kit Barker, Simone Degeling, Karen Fairweather and Ross Grantham

The aim of this edited collection of essays is to examine the relationship between private law and power – both the public power of the state and the ‘private’ power of institutions and individuals. It describes and critically assesses the way that private law doctrines, institutions, processes and rules express, moderate, facilitate and control relationships of power. The various chapters of this work examine the dynamics of the relationship between private law and power from a number of different perspectives – historical, theoretical, doctrinal and comparative. They have been commissioned from leading experts in the field of private law, from several different Commonwealth Jurisdictions (Australia, the UK, Canada and New Zealand), each with expertise in the particular sphere of their contribution. They aim to illuminate the past and assist in resolving some contemporary, difficult legal issues relating to the shape, scope and content of private law and its difficult relationship with power.

Kit Barker is Professor of Private Law, Karen Fairweather is an  Associate Lecturer and Ross Grantham is Professor of Commercial Law, all  at the TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland.
Simone Degeling is Professor of Law at UNSW Australia.


January 2016     9781509905997     320pp     Hardback     RSP: $128

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SIXTH EDITION
Dalhuisen on Transnational Comparative, Commercial, Financial and Trade Law
3 Volume Set
Jan H Dalhuisen

This is the sixth edition of the leading work on transnational and comparative commercial and financial law, covering a wide range of complex topics in the modern law of international commerce, finance and trade. As a guide for students and practitioners it has proven to be unrivaled. The work is divided into three volumes, each of which can be used independently or as part of the complete work.
Volume one covers the roots and foundations of private law; the different orientations and structure of civil and common law; the concept, forces, and theoretical basis of the transnationalisation of the law in the professional sphere; the autonomous sources of the new law merchant or modern lex mercatoria, its largely finance-driven impulses; and its relationship to domestic public policy and public order requirements.
Volume two deals with transnational contract, movable and intangible property law.
Volume three deals with financial products and financial services, with the structure and operation of modern commercial and investment banks, and with financial risk, stability and regulation, including the fall-out from the recent financial crisis and regulatory responses in the US and Europe.
All three volumes may be purchased separately or as part of this set.

Jan H Dalhuisen is Professor of Law at King's College London and Miranda Chair in Transnational Financial Law in the Catholic Universtity in Lisbon. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of California at Berkeley and former Visiting Professor at the Tsinghua University in Beijing, the University of Hong Kong and the University of New South Wales in Sydney Australia.

January 2016     9781509907533     Hardback     RSP: $534

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Access to Justice and Legal Aid
Comparative Perspectives on Unmet Legal Need
Edited by Asher Flynn and Jacqueline Hodgson

This book considers how access to justice is affected by restrictions to legal aid budgets and increasingly prescriptive service guidelines. As common law jurisdictions, England and Wales and Australia, share similar ideals, policies and practices, but they differ in aspects of their legal and political culture, in the nature of the communities they serve and in their approaches to providing access to justice. These jurisdictions thus provide us with different perspectives on what constitutes justice and how we might seek to overcome the burgeoning crisis in unmet legal need.
The book fills an important gap in existing scholarship as the first to bring together new empirical and theoretical knowledge examining different responses to legal aid crises both in the domestic and comparative contexts, across criminal, civil and family law. It achieves this by examining the broader social, political, legal, health and welfare impacts of legal aid cuts and prescriptive service guidelines. Across both jurisdictions, this work suggests that it is the most vulnerable groups who lose out in the way the law now operates in the twenty-first century. This book is essential reading for academics, students, practitioners and policymakers interested in criminal and civil justice, access to justice, the provision of legal assistance and legal aid.

Asher Flynn is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology within the School of Social Sciences at Monash University.
Jacqueline Hodgson is Professor of Law and Director of the Criminal Justice Centre in the School of Law, University of Warwick.

January 2016     9781509900848     336pp     Hardback     RSP: $94

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EU Non-Discrimination Law in the Courts
Approaches to Sex and Sexualities Discrimination in EU Law
Jule Mulder

Since the year 2000, the material and personal scope of EU non-discrimination law has been significantly broadened and has challenged national courts to introduce a comprehensive equality framework into their national law to correspond with the European standard. The book provides a multi-layered culturally informed comparison of juridical approaches to EU (in)direct sex and sexualities discrimination and its implementation in Germany and the Netherlands. It examines how and why national courts apply national non-discrimination law with a European origin differently, although the legislation derives from the same set of EU law and the national courts have to respect the interpretive competence of the CJEU. The book provides valuable insights into the national and European context which shape the dialogue and influences of the courts inter se, the national application of EU law, and the harmonisation process within the area of gender equality law and beyond.
A Dutch and German comparison is of special interest here because both countries’ approaches towards non-discrimination law are quite different despite the similarities in the respective legal systems; they are founding members of the EU, they are neighbours, they are civil law countries, and their legal systems  are relatively similar at least compared to Scandinavian and common law jurisdictions. Therefore, the different reception EU non-discrimination law cannot simply be explained by obvious differences between the legal systems. Their comparison thus provides an interesting case study to uncover legal and non legal, cultural and historic, factors which influence the application of EU non-discrimination law in both countries. The book is of interest for EU, comparative and equality lawyers.

Jule Mulder is a lecturer in law at the University of Bristol.

January 2016     9781849467636     344pp     Hardback     RSP: $88

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Multilevel Constitutionalism for Multilevel Governance of Public Goods
Methodology Problems in International Law
Ernst Ulrich Petersmann

This is the first legal monograph analysing multilevel governance of global ‘aggregate public goods’ (PGs) from the perspective of democractic, republican and cosmopolitan constitutionalism by using historical, legal, political and economic methods. It explains the need for a ‘new philosophy of international law’ in order to protect human rights and PGs more effectively and more legitimately. 'Constitutional approaches’ are justified by the universal recognition of human rights and by the need to protect ‘human rights’, ‘rule of law’, ‘democracy’ and other ‘principles of justice’ that are used in national, regional and UN legal systems as indeterminate legal concepts. The study describes and criticizes the legal methodology problems of ‘disconnected’ governance in UN, GATT and WTO institutions as well as in certain areas of the external relations of the EU (like transatlantic free trade agreements). Based on 40 years of practical experiences of the author in German, European, UN, GATT and WTO governance institutions and of simultaneous academic teaching, this study develops five propositions for constituting, limiting, regulating and justifying multilevel governance for the benefit of citizens and their constitutional rights as ‘constituent powers’, ‘democratic principals’ and main ‘republican actors’, who must hold multilevel governance institutions and their limited ‘constituted powers’ legally, democratically and judicially more accountable.

Ernst Ulrich Petersmann is emeritus professor and former head of the law department of the European University Institute at Florence (Italy). He combined 40 years of legal practice in German, European, UN, GATT and WTO governance institutions with teaching international and European law at numerous universities in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, the USA as well as in African and Asian countries. He was secretary, member or chairman of numerous GATT/WTO dispute settlement panels and chairman of the International Trade Law Committee of the International Law Association (1999–2014).

January 2016     9781509909124     416pp     Hardback     RSP: $114

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