The Impact of Institutions and Professions on Legal Development

The Impact of Institutions and Professions on Legal Development

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Legal professions and legal institutions have a profound influence on the direction and form of legal change, but it is often difficult to identify exactly how and why such influence has been exerted. Even those individuals directly involved in bringing about changes may not realise the full impact of professional and institutional factors, since these factors often form part of the participants' own assumed roles. This collection of essays casts light on how one particularly important legal category, fault liability, has been shaped by legal professions and institutions between 1850 and 2000. Its unique comparative approach highlights how different legal systems generate very different pressures for change, and how actors' perceptions of their own roles can have a profound effect on how changes take effect.show more

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1. Introduction Paul Mitchell; 2. England: the elaboration of fault liability Paul Mitchell; 3. England: compensation for occupational injury Peter Bartrip; 4. Scotland Elspeth Reid; 5. France Paula Giliker; 6. Germany Jens M. Scherpe; 7. The Netherlands Esther Engelhard and Ivo Giesen; 8. Spain I. Gonzalez Pacanowska and M. Garcia-Ripoll Montijano; 9. Sweden Marten Schultz.show more

About Paul Mitchell

Paul Mitchell is Professor of Law at University College London. He has published widely on the historical development of the common law of obligations.show more