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Victoria Barnes Legal History

Much of the legal biography is also accompanied by criticisms that it is written in a way that detaches the individual`s personal life from his or her legal or (and usually his own) legal achievements. Legal biography, more than other forms of biography, was dominated by what Woolf called the Victorian biographer`s preoccupation with the idea of good. This is how Victorian dignity is presented. Twentieth-century English legal biographies also dealt with enthusiastic, sometimes melodramatic, accounts of the great lawyer`s activities. A related problem is that legal biographies are often described as the individual stories of great men and how they changed the course of history. Such biographies, as Laura Kalman observed, are not fashionable; They are an « unusually old-fashioned subject of an unusually old-fashioned `political history`. Finally, legal biography bridges this difficult gap between legal historians, between an internal legal history, which deals with an autonomous legal world of rule-making, and an external legal history, which attempts to place and explain law and legal development in a broader historical context. Victoria Barnes is a lecturer in commercial law. His research focuses on contract law, commercial law and corporate law from a transnational, comparative and interdisciplinary perspective.

It decodes central historical events such as founding cases and places them in context. Global players such as judges, lawyers and other influential figures, including CEOs, often play an important role in their work as catalysts for change in employment law. She has published about 40 journal articles and book chapters on these topics. Victoria is co-editor of Business History (T&F), the leading journal for the UK and Europe, renowned for its quality and rigor, ranked 4/4* by the Academic Journal Guide 2021 (formerly the Association of Business School list). She organizes the legal history component for the Society of Legal Scholars and last year secured funding for the Society of Legal Scholars` annual seminar on « The Origins of Corporate Law » and the WG Hart workshop on « Corporate Law Theorists. » She has held guest, honorary and guest positions and spent her final academic year at the London School of Economics, the University of Edinburgh and the University of Exeter. She founded the Minerva LAW Network, which invites judges, legal commissioners, professional trainers and law firm partners to advise international lawyers and improve the employability of PhD students and RCTs in general. Before joining Brunel, she worked for six years at the Max Planck Institute in Frankfurt. This article contributes to the biographical « reversal » of case law. Although there are large numbers of university judges in the United States and the United Kingdom, relatively little is written about their legal counterparts in the common law world. What can legal biographies offer for comparative law? Do these studies provide useful information on legal transactions? What can be gained from a greater awareness of the lives of those at the top of colonial advocacy? This article shows that in the world of common law, as in the United States and the United Kingdom, judges were central figures in the administration of justice and in the colonial socio-political elite. Biographical studies are even more important for understanding how law moved across the British Empire, as the backgrounds of these figures shaped their ability to deal with new social groups and diverse societies and to create pluralistic solutions to legal problems.

Because colonial judges had to be geographically mobile to move around the British Empire, they had transnational careers and gained experience in various common law legal systems. Through their role as colonial arbiters, judges influenced the world around them, in part because of their experiences and socialization. We argue that legal biographies offer a new way of looking at how law moves between colonial and imperial jurisdictions. Professor Sally Wheeler is Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Law at the Australian National University. She is a visiting professor at University College Dublin and was previously Head of the Faculty of Law and Pro-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise at Queen`s Belfast. In 2001 and 2008, she was a member of the UK Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) expert panel. She is a specialist in employment law in the areas of contract law and corporate law. She has authored or co-authored several books on corporate governance, over 80 articles or chapters, and has edited or co-edited nine other books. Most recently, she has worked on contracts, technology and human rights at Australia`s largest publicly traded companies. Barnes, V., Trinks, J. and Wheeler, S.

(2022) « Corporate Law, Corporate Governance and Corporate History ». Barnes, V. (2022) « Gender and Careers at the Law Academy. » Rechtsvergleichende Rechtsgeschichte, 10 (1). pp. 103-106. ISSN: 2049-677X Victoria Barnes is a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute in Frankfurt am Main. It deals with the history of the company, its form and its regulation in law and society. She has published around 50 articles, chapters and review articles on corporate law, corporate governance, banking regulation and, most recently, the legal profession.

She is co-editor of Business History, a journal rated 4/4* by the Academic Journal Guide (formerly Chartered Association of Business School`s Guide), and editor of the Journal of Legal History, the only British journal devoted exclusively to legal history. She convened the Legal History Section of the Society of Legal Scholars. Victoria draws on methods from law, management, economics and history to track business growth, historical developments in business law doctrines and assess socio-economic factors for broader legal change in private law areas.

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