Professor Michael Lobban

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Professor Michael Lobban
Position/Fellowship type:
Senior Associate Research Fellow
Fellowship term:
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Home institution:
Queen Mary, University of London
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Research Summary and Profile

Research interests:
International Law, Law
Summary of research interests and expertise:

 Professor Lobban's research interests lie in the field of English legal history and the history of jurisprudence. He is one of the authors of The Oxford History of the Laws of England, vols XI-XIII (Oxford 2010), in which he covered the history of contract law, tort and commercial law in the period 1820-1914. He is also the author of A History of the Philosophy of Law in the Common Law World, 1600-1900 (Springer 2007), which forms volume 8 of A Treatise of Legal Philosophy and General Jurisprudence (ed. E. Pattaro). His earlier books include White Man's Justice: South African Political Trials in the Black Consciousness Era (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1996) and The Common Law and English Jurisprudence, 1760-1850 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1991), which was the joint winner of the Society of Public Teachers of Law’s prize for outstanding legal scholarship in 1992. He has written widely on aspects of private law and on law reform in England in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, as well as co-editing a number books, including, Legitimacy and Illegitimacy in Nineteenth Century Law Literature and History (Palgrave MacMillan 2010, with Margot Finn and Jenny Bourne Taylor), Law and History (Oxford 2003, with Andrew Lewis) and Communities and courts in Britain, 1150-1900 (Hambledon Press, 1997, with Christopher W. Brooks).

Professor Lobban is co-editor of the American Society for Legal History’s book series Studies in Legal History, and is on the editorial boards of the Law and History Review and the Journal of Legal History.

Publication Details

Related publications/articles:

Date Details
07-Jul-2015 Habeas Corpus, Imperial Rendition and the Rule of Law

Journal articles

Current Legal Problems (2015)

01-Jul-2015 Legal Fictions before the Age of Reform’


in M. Del Mar and W. Twining (ed) Legal Fictions in Theory and Practice (Springer, 2015), pp. 199-223

01-Jan-2011 Legal Theory and Judge-Made Law in England, 1850-1920

Journal articles

 Quaderni Fiorentini 40 (2011), pp. 553-94

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