Professor Richard Mullender
Professor of Law and Legal Theory
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- Address: Newcastle Law School
Newcastle upon Tyne
I studied Law in Exeter (LL.B.) and Oxford (B.C.L.). I lectured in Exeter Law School before moving to Newcastle in 1996. In 2006, I became a reader and in 2012 a professor. I am currently the subject co-ordinator for both Tort Law and Legal Theory and have, at various times, taught (among other things) Criminal law, Medical Law, and research method. Both Tort and Legal Theory are central areas of research-related concern for me. I have, in recent years, written on the relationship between law and the ideal of community. I am currently exploring this relationship by reference to the legal theories of H.L.A. Hart and Ronald Dworkin and the works of two political philosophers, Isaiah Berlin and Michael Oakeshott. In 2011, I became the School’s Director of Research. This is a wide-ranging role, concerned with the work of individual researchers and research groups in the School, and also with alliances in the University (e.g., the Newcastle Institute for Social Renewal) and with partners elsewhere in the world (e.g., Jilin University in China). Likewise, it is concerned with the delivery of research-led teaching in the School.
Prior to studying Law, I trained and practised as a Registered Mental Nurse and, at a still earlier point in my life, I worked in a bank.
Unit of Assessment Co-ordinator (for the Research Excellence Framework 2014)
Chair of the School Research Committee
Member of the Faculty Research Strategy Group
Member of the Faculty Research Development Group
My research focuses on the processes of development within and the moral impulses that inform law. In pursuing these interests, my central area of concern has been tort law (and in particular the law of negligence). However, I have applied the analyses that have emerged from this work to other areas of law (including human rights law and public law more generally). I am currently seeking to develop an interdisciplinary approach to the analysis of law that draws on the legal philosophy of Herbert Hart and the contributions to political philosophy of Isaiah Berlin and Michael Oakeshott. The aim is to demonstrate that Hart offers an account of law as a field of interpretative possibility into which it is possible to integrate considerations that he does not address (including value pluralism and the models of human association that legal systems work to sustain).
“Judging and Jurisprudence in the USA” (2012) 75 Modern Law Review 919-940.
“Human Rights, Responsibilities and the Pursuit of a Realistic Utopia” (2010) 61 Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 33-52.
“Negligence, Public Bodies, and Ruthlessness” (2009) 72 Modern Law Review 961-983. (Cited by the Supreme Court of India in MCD v Asscn, Victims Of Uphaar Tragedy (13th October, 2011),  and , per Raveendran J.)
“English Negligence Law as a Human Practice” (2009) 21 Law & Literature 321-353.
“Law, Morality and the Egalitarian Philosophy of Government” (2009) 29 Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 389-411.
“Nazi Law and the Concept of Community” (2008) University of Toronto Law Journal 377-387.
“Hate Speech and Pornography in Canada: a Qualified Deontological Response to a Consequentialist Argument” (2007) 20 Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence 241-255.
“Hegel, Human Rights, and Particularism” (2003) 30 Journal of Law and Society 554-574.
“Tort Law, Human Rights, and Common Law Culture” (2003) 23 Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 301-318.
“Theorising The Third Way: Qualified Consequentialism, The Proportionality Principle and the New Social Democracy” (2000) 27 Journal of Law and Society 493-516.
“Privacy, Public Bodies, and Welfare Consequentialism”, Northumbria Law School-Newcastle Law School Research Forum, Northumbria Law School (July 2013).
“Tort, Human Rights, and Ruthlessness”, Bangor Law School, University of Bangor (February 2013).
Postgraduate degree projects successfully completed include:
N. Binlebdah, ‘A Comparative Study of Judicial Review in Saudi Arabia and the UK’ (Ph.D) (2009).
A. Alsaif, ‘Discrimination and the Rights of Disabled People’ (Ph.D) (2008).
H. Dziyauddin, ‘Freedom of Expression and Privacy and Malaysia and the UK’ (Ph.D) (2006).
I am a member of the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Professional Negligence.
If you would like further information on reading for a research degree at Newcastle Law School please see www.ncl.ac.uk/nuls/postgraduate/research/index.htm
Currently, I teach:
I have also taught:
Human Rights Law
- Mullender R. Judging and Jurisprudence in the USA B.Z. Tamanaha, Beyond the Formalist-Realist Divide: The Role of Politics in Judging, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2010, 252 pp., pb £16.95. Modern Law Review 2012, 75(5), 914-935.
- Mullender R. A Dance to the Music of Tort. Journal Jurisprudence 2010, 7, 273-287.
- Mullender R. Book review: J. Griffin, On Human Rights, 2010. Legal Studies 2010, 30(1), 151-160.
- Mullender R. Defamation and Responsible Communication. Law Quarterly Review 2010, 126, 368-372.
- Mullender R. Defamation, Fair Comment and Public Concerns. Cambridge Law Journal 2010, 69(3), 443-445.
- Mullender R. 'Democracy in the Land of Good Things' [reviewing P. Kellner, 'Democracy: 1,000 Years in Pursuit of Liberty', 2009]. Political Quarterly 2010, 81(1), 146-147.
- Mullender R. Hegel, Human Rights, and Particularism. In: Ghanea, N, ed. Religion and Human Rights. London, UK: Routledge, 2010.
- Mullender R. Human rights, responsibilities and the pursuit of a realistic Utopia. Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 2010, 61(1), 33-52.
- Mullender R. The Scampering Discourse of Negligence Law. Journal Jurisprudence 2010, 7, 575-622.
- Mullender R. '[Intimations of Militant Democracy in the] United Kingdom'. In: Thiel, M, ed. The 'Militant Democracy' Principle in Modern Democracies. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, 2009, pp.311-356.
- Mullender R. 'A Decade of Deconstruction: Britain in the 1970s' [reviewing A.W. Turner, 'Crisis? What Crisis? Britain in the 1970s', 2008]. Political Quarterly 2009, 80(1), 151-153.
- Mullender R. Book review: G. Crowder, 'Isaiah Berlin: Liberty and Pluralism'. History of Political Thought 2009, 30, 364-369.
- Mullender R. English Negligence Law as a Human Practice. Law and Literature 2009, 21(3), 321-353.
- Mullender R. Law, Morality and the Egalitarian Philosophy of Government. Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 2009, 29(2), 389-411.
- Mullender R. Negligence Law, the Welfare State, and "Our Moral Life". Journal of Professional Negligence 2009, 25, 187-209.
- Mullender R. Negligence, Human Rights, and Public Bodies. Law Quarterly Review 2009, 125, 384-388.
- Mullender R. Negligence, Neighbourliness, and the Welfare State. Cambridge Law Journal 2009, 68(3), 507-509.
- Mullender R. Negligence, Problem Gambling, and the Ethics of Sympathy. Tort Law Review 2009, 17, 12-15.
- Mullender R. Negligence, Public Bodies, and Ruthlessness. Modern Law Review 2009, 72(6), 961-983.
- Mullender R. 'The Quandaries of the Nazi Empire' [reviewing M. Mazower, 'Hiter's Empire: Nazi Rule in Occupied Europe', 2008]. Political Quarterly 2009, 80(3), 445-447.
- Mullender R. Book review: A. Clapham, 'A Very Short Introduction to Human Rights', 2007. Legal Studies 2008, 28(4), 641-645.
- Mullender R. Book review: M.J. Perry, 'Towards a Theory of Human Rights: Religion, Law, Courts (2007). Ecclesiastical Law Journal 2008, 10(3), 362-364.
- Mullender R. Book review: N. Ferguson, 'The War of the World: History's Age of Hatred'. War in History 2008, 15(4), 494-496.
- Mullender R. Not A Suicide Pact: The Constitution in a Time of Emergency by Richard A. Posner [Book review]. Journal of Law and Society 2008, 35(3), 422-427.
- Mullender R. 'Liberalism, Radical Islam, and Identity' [reviewing I. Buruma, 'Murder in Amsterdam: The Murder of Theo Van Gogh', 2006, and A. Sen, 'Identity and Violence: The Illusion of Destiny', 2006. Political Quarterly 2008, 79(1), 131-133.
- Mullender R. Nazi Law and the Concept of Community. University of Toronto Law Journal 2008, 58(3), 577-587.
- Mullender R. Negligence Law and the Concept of Community. Tort Law Review 2008, 16, 85-94.
- Mullender R. Negligence, Blame Culture and Deconstruction. Tort Law Review 2008, 16, 65-67.
- Mullender R. Negligence, Breach of Duty and Judicial Discretion. Tort Law Review 2008, 16, 125-127.
- Mullender R. On Bullshit; On Truth. Legal Ethics 2008, 11(2), 272-284.
- Mullender R. 'Public Intellectual: The Art of Making Oneself Up' [reviewing R. Rorty, 'Philosophy as Cultural Politics', 2007, and M. Amis, 'he Second Plane: SEptember 11: 2001-2007', 2008]. Political Quarterly 2008, 79(4), 640-643.
- Mullender R. Book review: Z. Bauman, 'Identity: Conversations with Benedetto Vecchi'. History of Political Thought 2007, 28, 368-371.
- Mullender R. H.L.A. Hart in Anglo-American Perspective. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, 2007. Available at: http://webjcli.ncl.ac.uk/2007/issue5/mullender5.html.
- Mullender R. Hate Speech and Pornography in Canada: A Qualified Deontological Response to a Consequentialist Argument. Canadian Journal of Law & Jurisprudence 2007, 20(1), 241-255.
- Mullender R. Neoconservatism in a Refractory World. Political Quarterly 2007, 78(1), 190-191.
- Mullender R. Plato Lives!. Political Quarterly 2007, 78(2), 334-336.
- Mullender R. Britain's Moral Ambivalance Towards Guantanamo. The Guardian 2006, (5th October 2006).
- Mullender R. Submission to the Consttutional Affairs Committee (House of Commons) on Negligence Law and Blame Culture. London, UK: House of Commons, 2006. 'Compensation Culture': Report of the Consttutional Affairs Committee (HC, 754-II, 2005-06).
- Mullender R. Tackling the Remants of Empire. The Guardian 2006, (1st July 2006).
- Mullender R. Two nomoi and a clash of narratives: The story of the United Kingdom and the European union. In: Symposium: Robert M. Cover: Nomos and Narrative. 2006, Newcastle University: Issues in Legal Scholarship, Berkeley Electronic Press.
- Mullender R. Book review: P. Franco, Michael Oakeshott: An Introduction (2004). History of Political Thought 2005, 26, 724-726.
- Mullender R. Judicial activism: Authority, principle and policy in the judicial method. Journal of Law and Society 2005, 32(3), 498-504.
- Mullender R. The Reasonable Person,The Pursuit of Justice, and Negligence Law. Modern Law Review 2005, 68(4), 681-695.
- Mullender R. Book review: G.E. White, Tort Law in America: An Intellectual History (2002, expanded edition). Professional Negligence 2004, 20, 207-211.
- Mullender R. Book review: R. Kennedy, 'Nigger: The Stange Career of a Troublesome Word'. Modern Law Review 2004, 67(5), 872-875.
- Mullender R. Let's Stop This Shameful Elitism. Times Higher Education Supplement 2004, 17.
- Mullender R. Book review: T. Weir, Tort Law. Professional Negligence 2003, 19, 415-418.
- Mullender R. Hegel, Human Rights, and Particularism. Journal of Law and Society 2003, 30(4), 554-574.
- Mullender R. Human Rights: Universalism and Cultural Relativism. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 2003, 6(3), 70-103.
- Mullender R. Tort, Human Rights, and Common Law Culture. Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 2003, 23(2), 301-318.
- Mullender R. Book review: W.E. Scheuermann, 'Carl Schmitt: The End of Law', 1999, and H. Meier, 'The Lesson of Carl Schmitt: Four Chapters on the Distinction Between Politcal Theology and Political Philosophy', 1998. History of Political Thought 2002, 23, 366-368.
- Mullender R. Prima Facie Rights, Rationality, and the Law of Negligence. In: Kramer, MH, ed. Rights, Wrongs and Responsibilities. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2001, pp.175-208.
- Mullender R. Book review: S.E. Fish, The Trouble with Principle. The Journal of Law and Society 2001, 28(4), 618-622.
- Mullender R. Corrective Justice, Distributive Justice and the Law of Negligence. Professional Negligence 2001, 17, 35-55.
- Mullender R. Memo to Blunkett. The Sunday Times (News) 2001, 20-20.
- Mullender R. The trouble with principle. Journal of Law and Society 2001, 28(4), 618-622.
- Mullender R. Book review: B.S. Markesinis, J.-B. Auby, D. Coester-Waltjen, and S.F. Deakin, Tortious Liability of Statutory Bodies: A Comparative and Economic Analysis of Five English Cases. Professional Negligence 2000, 16, 194-198.
- Mullender R, Speirs AC. Negligence, psychiatric injury, and the altruism principle. Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 2000, 20(4), 645-666.
- Mullender R. Negligence, Public Authorities and Policy-Level Decisions. Law Quarterly Review 2000, 116, 40-43.
- Mullender R. Negligence, The Personal Equation of Defendants and Distributive Justice. Tort Law Review 2000, 8(3), 211-225.
- Mullender R. Theorizing the Third Way: Qualified Consequentialism, the Proportionality Principle, and the New Social Democracy. Journal of Law and Society 2000, 27(4), 493-516.
- Mullender R. Book review: P. Cane, The Anatomy of Tort Law. Professional Negligence 1999, 15, 204-207.
- Mullender R. Defamation, Qualified Privilege and the European Convention on Human Rights. Cambridge Law Journal 1999, 58(1), 15-18.
- Mullender R. Freedom of Expression, Defamation, and Invasion of Privacy. In: Alder, J, ed. Constitutional & Administrative Law. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 1999, pp.Chapter 16.
- Mullender R. Negligence, the Policy-Operational Distinction and the European Convention on Human Rights. Tort Law Review 1999, 7, 98-101.
- Mullender R. Negligent Misstatement, Company Directors and the House of Lords. The Company Lawyer 1999, 20, 121-121.
- Mullender R. Negligent Misstatement, Threats and the Scope of the Hedley Byrne Principle. Modern Law Review 1999, 62(3), 425-434.
- Mullender R. Book review: M. Nussbaum, Poetic Justice: The Literary Imagination and Public Life. Modern Law Review 1998, 61(2), 287-290.
- Mullender R. Fault, Fairness and Automatism in the Law of Negligence. The Juridical Review 1998, 128-131.
- Mullender R. New Morality is a Titanic Task. The Sunday Times 1998, 8 (New Review).
- Mullender R. Parliamentary Sovereignty, The Constitution, and the Judiciary. Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 1998, 49(2), 138-166.
- Mullender R. Privacy, Paedophilia, and the European Convention on Human Rights. Public Law 1998, 384-388.
- Mullender R. Racial Harassment, Sexual Harassment, and the Expressive Function of Law. Modern Law Review 1998, 61(2), 236-244.
- Mullender R. Context, Contingency and the Law of Negligence. Bracton Law Journal 1997, 29, 23-33.
- Mullender R. Law, Language Games and the Tutorial. SPTL Reporter 1997, 14, 5-5.
- Mullender R. Law, Undergraduates and the Tutorial. Web Journal of Current Legal issues 1997, 3.
- Mullender R. Needs, Resources and the Welfare State. Law Quarterly Review 1997, 113, 545-548.
- Mullender R. Negligence, he Public Interst, and the Proportionality Principle. Tort Law Review 1997, 5, 9-12.
- Mullender R. Negligence, Public Concerns and the Remydying of Wrongs. Cambridge Law Journal 1997, 56(1), 14-17.
- Mullender R. Negligent Misstatement and the Personal Liability of Company Directors. The Company Lawyer 1997, 18, 153-153.
- Mullender R. Treading a More Uncertain Path: Negligence and the House of Lords. Tort Law Review 1997, 5, 9-12.
- Mullender R. Are we just a boot camp for the labour market?. The Independent (education section) 1996, 7.
- Mullender R. Ivy League Stirs Creeping Concern. Times Higher Education Supplement 1996, 10.
- Mullender R. Judicial Review and the Rule of Law. Law Quarterly Review 1996, 112, 182-186.
- Dolding L, Mullender R. Law, Labour and Mental Harm. Modern Law Review 1996, 59(2), 296-305.
- Mullender R. The Case for the Defence of Tutorials. Times Higher Education Supplement 1996, 11-11.
- Mullender R, Dolding L. Tort Law, Incrementalism, and the House of Lords. Northern Irelland Legal Quarterly 1996, 47, 12-34.
- Mullender R, Dziobon S. Formalism Forever Thwarted. Cambridge Law Journal 1995, 54(1), 23-25.
- Dolding L, Mullender R. Notions of Strict Liability. Journal of Business Law 1995, 93-101.
- Mullender R. The Concept of Incrementalism in Anglo-Canadian Negligence Law. The Canadian Bar Review 1995, 74(1), 143-154.
- Mullender R. The Virtues of Silliness. Times Higher Education Supplement 1995, 13.
- Mullender R. Privacy in New Zealand: Are There Lessons to be Learned?. Cambridge Law Journal 1994, 53, 11-14.
- Mullender R. Sado-Masochism, Criminal Law and Adjudicative Method: R v Brown in the House of Lords. Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 1993, 44, 380-387.
- Mullender R. The Law of Tort and Punishment in the Community: An xamination of Dudley, Administrator etc v Offender Aid and Restoration of Richmond, Inc. Professional Negligence 1993, 9, 158-161.
- Mullender R. Privacy, Blighted Lives, and a Blindspot in British Law. In: Ward, I, ed. Literature and Human Rights: the Law, the Language and the Limitations of Human Rights Discourse. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2015, pp.27-66.