Topic: Gambling, cross-dressing and the law of contract in eighteenth century England

Presenter: Dr Warren Swain - Senior Lecturer, TC Beirne School of Law

Da Costa v. Jones (1778) 2 Cowp 729 is one of the strangest contract cases of the eighteenth century indeed of all time. It concerned the enforceability of wagers about the gender of the Cheavlier D'Eon the French ambassador in London. The background to the decision is not only inherently interesting but the case also sheds a light on the issue of the law, public policy and gambling.

This seminar is jointly presented by the TC Beirne School of Law, Research Seminar Series and the Australian Centre for Private Law (ACPL). All welcome, please register by emailing Beth Williams.

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