James Lee

James Lee

Professor, Professor

  • Professor of English Law, Laws
  • Phone82363
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Research interests

James is interested in supervising doctorates in any of his areas of research interest in private law, law reform, or judicial reasoning.




  • Law of Tort
  • Law of Trusts
  • Restitution of Unjust Enrichment


Biographical details

James Lee is Professor of English Law and Vice-Dean (Education) in The Dickson Poon School of Law. He joined The School in September 2014, having previously taught at the universities of Reading and Birmingham. James’ principal areas of research interests are in respect of the law of obligations, law reform and judicial reasoning in appellate courts. His research has been judicially cited, including recently by the Supreme Court of Queensland and the Singapore Court of Appeal. In July 2015, James co-organised a major international conference on the 50th anniversary of the Law Commissions at the UK Supreme Court. James is founding Co-Editor (with Erin Delaney and Andrew Lynch) of the book series Hart Studies in Judging and the Courts: https://www.bloomsburyprofessional.com/series/hart-studies-on-judging-and-the-courts/

He is an Associate Academic Fellow of the Inner Temple and is an Officer of the Society of Legal Scholars as Subject Sections Secretary. He lectures for the Judicial College on the law of tort.  He has recently been appointed as an academic member of the Property Litigation Association, the Chancery Bar Association and the Property Bar Association.

During his career, James has been a research visitor at the Universities of Melbourne, Cambridge, Singapore Management University, a Professor Sir Neil MacCormick Fellow at the University of Edinburgh (2014) and a Senior Visiting Fellow at the University of New South Wales. He has been a Visiting Professor in Contract Law at the Católica Global School of Law, Universidade Católica Portuguesa (2016) and a Visiting Professor in Equity & Trusts at Hong Kong University (2018). 

James is Co-Editor (with Jamie Glister) of the best-selling Trusts textbook, Hanbury and Martin: Modern Equity, the 21st edition of which was published in August 2018. The 21st edition has been cited by the Chancery Division of the High Court of England and Wales. Their previous edition of Modern Equity has been cited in the Singapore High Court, the Alberta Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. In 2015/16, James won one of The School’s Teaching Excellence Awards, and in 2017 he was elected a Founding Fellow of the King’s Academy of Educators.

As an external examiner, James has acted for numerous institutions at undergraduate level, and has examined doctorates for the University of Cambridge and Birkbeck, University of London. James was formerly Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Scholarships for The Dickson Poon School of Law.

James was The School's PC Woo Research Fellow 2016-17, working on a series of papers on comparative judging.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Civil Law, University of Oxford

Jurisprudence, Bachelor of Arts, University of Oxford

External positions

Subject Sections Secretary, Society of Legal Scholars

1 Oct 2017 → …

Associate Academic Fellow, The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple

1 Oct 2013 → …


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