Paul Mitchell joined UCL as Professor of Laws in 2010, and has previously taught at King's College London, Queen Mary University of London, and Oxford University.
Paul's main research interests are the law of tort, contract and unjust enrichment. Much of his work is historical, exploring how and why the law developed to its present form. He is also interested in Roman law and the history of legal education. His current research projects include co-authoring the eighth edition of Goff and Jones on the Law of Restitution (with Charles Mitchell, also UCL), and writing an essay on Penn v Lord Baltimore for a conference on Landmark Cases in Equity (to be held at UCL in April 2011). His longer term research project is a monograph on the history of the law of tort from 1900 to 1950.
The Making of the Modern Law of Defamation (Hart Publishing, 2005) xxxii + 283 pages.
(ii) Edited collections
Landmark Cases in the Law of Tort (Hart Publishing, 2010) (with Charles Mitchell).
Landmark Cases in the Law of Contract (Hart Publishing, 2008) (with Charles Mitchell).
Law in the City; Proceedings of the Seventeenth British Legal History Conference, 2005 (Four Courts Press, 2007). (with Paul Brand and Andrew Lewis)
Landmark Cases in the Law of Restitution (Hart Publishing, 2006) (with Charles Mitchell).
Chapters in Books
‘ Hedley Byrne & Co Ltd v Heller & Partners Ltd (1963)' in Charles Mitchell and Paul Mitchell (ed), Landmark Cases in the Law of Tort (Hart Publishing, 2010) 171-197.
‘Introduction' in William Sheppard, Action upon the Case for Slander (1662, reprinted by Lawbook Exchange Ltd, 2009) iii-xv.
‘The Crown, Public Bodies and the European Community' in H. Beale (ed.), Chitty on Contracts, 30 th edition (2008) Volume 1, -.
‘ Hochster v De La Tour (1853)' in Charles Mitchell and Paul Mitchell (ed), Landmark Cases in the Law of Contract ( Oxford : Hart Publishing, 2008) 135-166.
‘Intentional Interference with the Person' (with Mark Lunney), in Oliphant (ed), The Law of Tort ( London : LexisNexis, 2007) 437-484.
‘Deceit and Misrepresentation' in Oliphant (ed), The Law of Tort ( London : LexisNexis, 2007) 1515-1531.
‘ Fibrosa Spolka Akcyjna v. Fairbairn Lawson Combe Barbour, Limited (1942)' in Charles Mitchell and Paul Mitchell (ed) Landmark Cases in the Law of Restitution , (Hart Publishing, 2006) 247-283.
‘Intentional Interference with the Person' (co-author with Mark Lunney) in Grubb (ed), The Law of Tort ( London , 2002) 349-395.
‘Implied Terms as to Description and Misrepresentation' in McKendrick (ed) Sale of Goods ( London , 2000) 317-377.
‘Implied Terms as to Quality and Sample' in McKendrick (ed) Sale of Goods ( London , 2000) 379-422.
‘Problem Gambling and the Law of Negligence' (2010) 18 (1) Torts Law Journal 1-21.
‘Nineteenth Century Defamation: Was it a Law of the Press?' (2008) 13 Media and Arts Law Review 293-302. Reprinted in (2008) 75 Amicus Curiae 27-32.
‘Negligent Mis-Statement in Canada : Young v Bella ' (2006) 17 King's College Law Journal 341-350.
‘The Foundations of Australian Defamation Law' (2006) 28 Sydney Law Review 477-504.
‘Law and India at King's College London' (2006) 17 King's College Law Journal 27-44. Reprinted in Lewis, Brand and Mitchell (ed), Law in the City; Proceedings of the Seventeenth British Legal History Conference, London 2005 (Four Courts Press, 2007) 262-282.
‘The Contractual Nexus: Is Reliance Essential?' (with John Phillips) (2002) 22 Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 115-134.
‘The Development of Quality Obligations in Sale of Goods' (2001) 117 Law Quarterly Review 645-663.
‘Malice in Qualified Privilege'  Public Law 328-340.
‘Artemus Jones and the Press Club' (1999) 20 Journal of Legal History 64-68.
‘Malice in Defamation' (1998) 114 Law Quarterly Review 639-664.
‘Duties, Interests and Motives: Privileged Occasions in Defamation' (1998) 18 Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 381-407.
‘A Ratio Decidendi for Upton-on-Severn Rural District Council v Powell ' (1997-8) 12 Journal of Contract Law 76-86.
Law of Tort
History of English Law
Paul welcomes applications within the area of his expertise.
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