Dr Richard Austen-BakerSenior Lecturer
- Law 106 Law of Contracts (Convenor)
- Law 216 Introduction to Business Law and Practice
- Law 314 Advanced Contracts (Convenor)
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.
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.
Dr Austen-Baker is willing to provide comment for the press and other media in respect of contract law, consumer rights, legal education.
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, Dr Austen-Baker is preparing a second edition of his book on implied terms and pursuing research in legal history.
PhD Supervision Interests
Law of contracts; history of contract law; legal history in general.
Contract in context
Austen-Baker, R., Zhou, Q. 26/08/2014 London and New York : Routledge. 172 p. ISBN: 0415663172.
Implied Terms in English Contract Law
Austen-Baker, R. 2013 In: Commercial Contract Law, Transatlantic Perspectives. New York : Cambridge University Press p. 225-239. ISBN: 978-1-107-02808-1.
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.
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.
Implied Terms in English Contract Law
Austen-Baker, R. 02/2011 Edward Elgar Publishing. 167 p.
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.
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.
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.
Consumer-Supplier Relations, Regulation, and Essential Contract Theory.
Austen-Baker, R. 2008 In: Journal of Contract Law. 24, 1, p. 60-76. 17 p.
Austen-Baker, R. 2008 In: Rechtsvergleichende Untersuchung zu Kernfragen des Privaten Bauvertragsrechts. Berlin : Bundesministerium fuer Ernaehrung, Landwirstschaft und Verbrauchershutz p. 208-250. 43 p.
Offeree silence and contractual agreement.
Austen-Baker, R. 2006 In: Common Law World Review. 35, 4, p. 247-267. 21 p.
A Relational Law of Contract?
Austen-Baker, R. 2004 In: Journal of Contract Law. 20, p. 125-144. 20 p.
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.
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.
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