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Private law and power. Edited by Kit Barker, Simone Degeling, Ross Grantham and Karen Fairweather Oxford, United Kingdom: Hart Publishing, 2017.

Researcher biography

Kit Barker is a Professor of Private Law and joined the TC Beirne School of Law in 2006. He was educated in law at Exeter College, Oxford, where he obtained first class honours in jurisprudence (in 1988) and subsequently completed the BCL (with distinction) in 1991. He was admitted to the Middle Temple Inn of Court as a Harmsworth Scholar and to the Bar of England and Wales in 1990. Before moving to Australia in 2006, he worked for 17 years at the University of Southampton. He is interested in private law as a whole, but his particular research interests lie in the law of torts and unjust enrichment law and the law's doctrine, philosophical foundations and remedies. More recently, his work has explored the interface between private law and public law and public policy, with a focus on the negligence liability of government and legal (and extra-legal) responses to compensation in cases of grave historic injustice, including institutional sexual abuse. He is a former Associate Dean (Research) at the TC Beirne School of Law, regional editor for Australia of the Restitution Law Review and an assistant editor of the Torts Law Journal. He is co-author of three books to date - Unjust Enrichment (1st ed, Sydney, Lexis Nexis, Butterworths, 2008 – 2nd edition forthcoming), The Law of Torts in Australia (5th ed, 2011, OUP) and Remedies: Commentary and Materials (Thomson, 2015). He is also editor and contributor to four essay collections: Private Law: Key Encounters with Public Law (Cambridge University Press, 2013), The Law of Misstatements (Hart Publishing, 2015); Private Law and Power (Hart Publishing, 2017) and Private Law in the Twenty-First Century (Hart Publishing, 2017, forthcoming).

A fifth edited collection on The Apportionment of Civil Liability (with Ross Grantham) will appear in 2018. He is the current director of the Australian Centre of Private Law at the TC Beirne School of Law.