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Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 150 Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, VI$
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P. J. Marshall

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264232

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264232.001.0001

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Peter Brian Herrenden Birks 1941–2004

Peter Brian Herrenden Birks 1941–2004

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Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 150 Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, VI

Alan Rodger

Andrew Burrows

British Academy

Peter Birks was one of the most influential legal scholars of his generation. He owed that influence to the admiration in which his rigorous and innovative thinking was held by lawyers and judges, not only in this country, but throughout the Commonwealth and in Europe. Birks was most widely known through his writings, but in Oxford, in particular, his reputation also rested on his teaching, especially in the famous restitution seminars that he conducted with various colleagues over three decades. He had an enormous impact on the law of restitution/unjust enrichment both in the universities and in the courts. The ‘Birksian school of thought’ has pursued, and will continue to pursue, rational transparency and elegant coherence in legal reasoning, not only in the law of restitution, but across English private law generally.

Keywords:   law professor, lawyer, legal scholar, law of restitution, unjust enrichment, biography, obituary

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