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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.
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.
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 currently the Law School's Director of Admissions. He is also 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 School of Law, University of Sheffield.
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.
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.
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