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A. W. Brian Simpson

A. W. Brian Simpson was a member of the University of Michigan Law School faculty 1987-2011.   Simpson, A.W. Brian

A. W. Brian Simpson’s primary interest is in the historical development of law and legal institutions. He is also an expert on the European Convention and on human rights and frequently speaks on these subjects in Europe and the United States. He does some pro bono consulting in connection with cases before the European Court of Human Rights. Simpson is the Charles F. and Edith J. Clyne Professor of Law at the Law School and has held professorships at the University of Kent, the University of Cambridge, the University of Chicago, and the University of Ghana. Professor Simpson earned an M.A. and a Doctorate of Civil Law from Oxford University. He is a fellow (honorary) of Lincoln College, Oxford, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the British Academy. In June 2001, he became Honorary Queen’s Counsel. Simpson teaches Property, English Legal History, and The Boundaries of the Market at the Law School. His books include Human Rights and the End of Empire: Britain and the Genesis of the European Convention; A History of the Common Law of Contract; A Biographical Dictionary of the Common Law; Cannibalism and the Common Law; A History of the Land, Law, Legal Theory and Legal History; In the Highest Degree Odious: Detention Without Trial in Wartime Britain; and Leading Cases in the Common Law.
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