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Dr Richard Austen-Baker

Dr Richard Austen-Baker

Senior Lecturer

Bowland North
Lancaster University
Bailrigg
Lancaster
United Kingdom
LA1 4YN


Tel: +44 1524 594757

Affiliations

Centre for Law and Society

Dr Austen-Baker's interests are in common law, particularly contracts (history, theory and doctrine), also commercial law and the law of torts and of common law remedies.

Currently, he is conducting work into implied terms in contracts, and continuing his researches in the field of relational contract theory.

PhD Supervision Interests

Law of contracts; contract theory, especially relational contract theory; history of contracts; outsourcing/insourcing contracts; framework (umbrella) contracts.

Current Teaching

  • Law 106 Law of Contracts (Convenor)
  • Law 216 Introduction to Business Law and Practice
  • Law 314 Advanced Contracts (Convenor)

Research Interests

Recent Conference Presentations

Austen-Baker, R., "Ian Macneil and the Relational Theory of Contract: In Memoriam Ian R. Macneil", Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, Southampton 13-16 September 2010.

Austen-Baker, R., "Challenges to Contract (Law) in a Globalized Age" Conference on Legal Education and Globalization, School of Law, Beijing Foreign Studies University, Beijing, China, 19 September 2009.

Austen-Baker, R., "Contract Law and the Myth of the Vulnerable Consumer", Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, London School of Economics, 15-18 September 2008.

Austen-Baker, R., "Towards a Four-Norm Model of Contract Relations", Seminar on Relational Contract Theory, Lancaster University Law School and Lancaster University Management School, 30 April 2008.

Austen-Baker, R., (Invited Participant), "Private Consumer Construction Law in the UK", Conference on Private Construction Law in Germany, France, Great Britain, The Netherlands and Switzerland, University of Heidelberg, Germany, 18-20 October 2007.

Austen-Baker, R., "Slimming Down for Better Relations: Can Essential Contract Theory be Made Handy?", Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, Durham, U.K., 10-13 September 2007.

Additional Information

Richard Austen-Baker read law at Cardiff Law School and read for the Bar at the Inns of Court School of Law. He was called to the Bar by Gray's Inn in 1997, and was awarded the Mackaskie Prize that year. He undertook his Ph.D. at Reading University under the supervision of Professor T. A. Downes, and his doctoral thesis was on relational contract theory. Since 1999, he has taught law at the universities of Warwick, Reading and Leeds, joining Lancaster in August 2004.  He is Dean of Lonsdale College.

Dr Austen-Baker was convenor of the Contract and Commercial Law section of the Society of Legal Scholars from 2008 to 2010 inclusive, and is an External Examiner for the University of Hull and the University of Manchester.

Consultancy & Training

Dr Austen-Baker is willing to undertake consultancy in relation to contract planning and terms, contract management, and contract disputes. He is also willing to provide tailored training courses in relation to contract law, and contracts and their negotiation and management, and the resolution of contract disputes.

Media Comment

Dr Austen-Baker is willing to provide comment for the press and other media in respect of contract law, consumer rights, legal education, entry to universities and preparedness for higher education.

2013

Thrones and dominations: stabilization clauses and national sovereignty

Le Peuch, Y. & Austen-Baker, R. 2013 In: La Revue des Juriste de Sciences Po. 8, p. 83-87 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Implied Terms in English Contract Law

Austen-Baker, R. 2013 Commercial Contract Law, Transatlantic Perspectives. Dimatteo, L., Zhou, Q., Saintier, S. & Rowley, K. (eds.). New York: Cambridge University Press, p. 225-239

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2012

Uncommon Confusion: Parallel Jurisprudence in Town and Village Green Applications

Mayfield, B. & Austen-Baker, R. 2012 In: Conveyancer and Property Lawyer. n/a, 1, p. 55-65 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2011

Implied Terms in English Contract Law

Austen-Baker, R. 02/2011 Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing. 167 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsMonograph

2009

Comprehensive Contract Theory: A Four Norm Model of Contract Relations

Austen-Baker, R. 2009 In: Journal of Contract Law. 25, 3, p. 216-243 28 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Implied Terms in English Contract Law: the long voyage of The Moorcock

Austen-Baker, R. 2009 In: Common Law World Review. 38, p. 56-80 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2008

Länderbericht England

Austen-Baker, R. 2008 Rechtsvergleichende Untersuchung zu Kernfragen des Privaten Bauvertragsrechts. Pfeiffer, T., Hess, B. & Huber, S. (eds.). Berlin: Bundesministerium fuer Ernaehrung, Landwirstschaft und Verbrauchershutz, p. 208-250 43 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

A strange sort of survival for Pinnel's case: Collier v. P.& M.J. Wright (Holdings) Limited

Austen-Baker, R. 2008 In: Modern Law Review. 71, 4, p. 611-620 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Consumer-Supplier Relations, Regulation, and Essential Contract Theory.

Austen-Baker, R. 2008 In: Journal of Contract Law. 24, 1, p. 60-76 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2006

Offeree silence and contractual agreement.

Austen-Baker, R. 2006 In: Common Law World Review. 35, 4, p. 247-267 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2004

A Relational Law of Contract?

Austen-Baker, R. 2004 In: Journal of Contract Law. 20, p. 125-144 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2002

Gilmore and the Strange Case of the Failure of Contract to Die After All.

Austen-Baker, R. L. P. 06/2002 In: Journal of Contract Law. 18, 1-2, p. 1-31 31 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

1999

Difficulties with Damages as a Ground for Specific Performance

Austen-Baker, R. 1999 In: King's College Law Journal. 10, p. 1-11 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  • Implied Terms

    01/08/2005 →
    Research into the law concerning implied terms in contracts. This project began with an investigation into the history of The Moorcock as a precedent, examining the varying fortunes of dicta in The M ... Read more»
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