Newcastle Law School

Staff Profile

Professor T. T. Arvind

Professor of Law

Background

I have been at Newcastle Law School since September 2012, having previously worked at the University of York and the University of East Anglia, Norwich and spent some time in commercial practice in India.

My teaching and research focus on the law of obligations and related aspects of commercial law, legal history, legal theory and comparative law. I was awarded the ICLQ Young Scholar Prize in 2010 and the SLS Best Paper Prize in 2009 (with Lindsay Stirton). I also have a strong interest in teaching pedagogy, and have done considerable work on problem-based approaches to legal education, particularly in relation to using them as vehicles for discussing theoretical and contextual issues.

Teaching

My core teaching centres around various aspects of the law of obligations, legal history, commercial law and research methods.  I currently teach portions of the undergraduate course in contract.  I also teach portions of two courses, on Commercial Arbitration and the Law of Sales, on the the LL.M. in International Commercial Law.

I have a strong interest in developing problem-based and experiential approaches to teaching and learning in law, both at the undergraduate and postgraduate level.  I am currently working on using experiential learning as a way of simulating cross-border transactions in postgraduate legal education.

Research

My research focuses on using evolutionary and historical approaches to analyse current legal questions, with specific emphasis on the intellectual, social, economic and other influences that shape legal change.

Projects I have recently completed include an analysis of the reaction of lawyers and judges in developing countries to the introduction of transplanted harmonised laws, a historical critique of the decision of the House of Lords in Bancoult, and an analysis of the role played by equity in contractual transactions.  I have also recently edited a collection (jointly with Jenny Steele) titled Tort Law and the Legislature: Common law, statute and the dynamics of legal change (Hart, 2012), to which I also contributed a piece analysing the debates surrounding the question of Crown liability in the first half of the 20th century.  Projects on which I am currently working include a study of Vilhelm Lundstedt's theory of legislation, and a monograph titled The Law of Obligations: A New Realist Approach (forthcoming from CUP in 2013). 

I also have a strong interest in the use of empirical and other systematic methodologies in the study of law.  Together with Lindsay Stirton (Sheffield), I pioneered the extension of Qualitative Comparative Analysis to law (for which we jointly received the SLS Best Paper Prize in 2009).  Lindsay and I are currently working on a project funded by the Nuffield Foundation which uses Bayesian Item-response models to examine the nature and significance of differences between judges on the Supreme Court (and its predecessor, the Judicial Committee of the House of Lords), and to examine the impact of the Human Rights Act on their decisions.

Publications