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    Professor Andrew Tettenborn presents his inaugural lecture on ‘Bad Contracts’


    Tettenborn-Inaugural Lecture 

    On March 3rd 2011, Professor Andrew Tettenborn, who joined the School in September 2010, delivered his inaugural lecture, entitled ‘Bad Contracts’ focusing on the treatment of defective contracts in English and some other European legal systems.

    Professor Tettenborn holds a chair in private and commercial law at the School of Law at Swansea University, having recently joined the university from the Universities of Exeter (Bracton Professor of Law 1996-2010), Cambridge (Lecturer and Fellow of Pembroke College 1979-1996) and Nottingham. In the past he has also held visiting positions at the universities of Melbourne, Connecticut and Case Law School, Cleveland, Ohio.

    He is well known in both common law and continental European jurisdictions, and is author or co-author of a number of books on torts, damages and maritime law (some of which have been cited by the highest courts) which establish him as a leading authority in private and commercial field. In addition he has published numerous journal articles and book chapters on various aspects of common law, commercial law and restitution.

    The lecture which he presented in March was very well attended and those invited included the Vice-Chancellor, members of the University and others. The lecture ‘Bad Contracts’ was based on its thesis, a radical suggestion that the ever-troublesome distinction drawn in English law between void and voidable contracts served little if any useful purpose and could profitably be suppressed.

    Following the lecture Professor Jukka Snell (Deputy Head of the School of Law) commented that ‘What Professor Andrew Tettenborn brought to the discussion today, and what I found particularly fascinating, was a deep understanding of the other European systems, and a real willingness to engage with them in search for a satisfactory solution.’

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