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James Lee is Professor of Law and Vice-Dean (Education) at The Dickson Poon School of Law. He is an Associate Academic Fellow of the Inner Temple and is an Officer of the Society of Legal Scholars as Subject Sections Secretary. He lectures for the Judicial College on the law of tort, and has recently been appointed as an academic member of the Property Bar Association, the Property Litigation Association and the Chancery Bar Association.

During his career, James has been a research visitor at the Universities of Melbourne, Cambridge, Singapore Management University, a Professor Sir Neil MacCormick Fellow at the University of Edinburgh (2014) and a Senior Visiting Fellow at the University of New South Wales (2018). He has been a Visiting Professor in Contract Law at the Católica Global School of Law, Universidade Católica Portuguesa (2016) and a Visiting Professor in Equity & Trusts at Hong Kong University (2018).

With Jamie Glister, James is Co-Editor of the best-selling Trusts textbook, Hanbury and Martin: Modern Equity, the 21st edition of which was published in August 2018. In 2015/16, James won one of The School’s Teaching Excellence Awards, and in 2017 he was elected a Founding Fellow of the King’s Academy of Educators.

Research interests

James’ principal research interests are in private law, law reform and judicial reasoning in appellate courts. In particular, he has examined how adjudicative structures bear on substantive decision-making, with a focus on the United Kingdom Supreme Court. His research has been judicially cited, including recently by the Supreme Court of Queensland and the Singapore Court of Appeal. In July 2015, James co-organised a major international conference on the 50th anniversary of the Law Commissions at the UK Supreme Court, which led to an edited collection. Modern Equity has been cited in the English High Court, the Singapore High Court, the Alberta Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. James was The School's PC Woo Research Fellow 2016-17, working on a series of papers on comparative judging. James is founding Co-Editor (with Erin Delaney and Andrew Lynch) of the book series Hart Studies on Judging and the Courts.

Selected publications

  • ‘Against All Odds: Numbers Sitting in the UK Supreme Court and Really, Really Important Cases’ in P Daly (ed), Apex Courts and the Common Law (University of Toronto Press, forthcoming 2019)
  • ‘Trends in Tort Law: Bad Form and Addictive Substance?’ in A Robertson and J Goudkamp (eds), Form and Substance in the Law of Obligations (Hart, forthcoming 2019)
  • ‘The Commercialisation of Equity’ (with Man Yip), (2017) 37(4) Legal Studies 647-671.
  • ‘The Judicial Individuality of Lord Sumption’, (2017) 40(2) University of New South Wales Law Journal 862-896.
  • Co-Editor (with Matthew Dyson and Shona Wilson Stark), Fifty Years of the Law Commissions – the Dynamics of Law Reform (Hart, 2016)

Find out more about James Lee's research on his research profile.