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Judge and JuristEssays in Memory of Lord Rodger of Earlsferry$
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Andrew Burrows, David Johnston, QC, and Reinhard Zimmermann

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199677344

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199677344.001.0001

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Some Reflections on Lord Rodger’s Contribution to the Development of the Common Law

Some Reflections on Lord Rodger’s Contribution to the Development of the Common Law

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(p.38) (p.39) 6 Some Reflections on Lord Rodger’s Contribution to the Development of the Common Law
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Judge and Jurist
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Lord Dyson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199677344.003.0006

This chapter reflects on Lord Rodger's judgments, which show that his approach to the common law was not that of a revolutionary. His great strength was his intellectual honesty, tenacious respect for precedent, logical analysis, and clarity of expression laced with a devastating turn of phrase. It reviews a number of Lord Rodger's common law judgments, including the mesothelioma cases of Fairchild v Glenhaven Funeral Services and Barker v Corus (UK) Plc; D v East Berkshire Community NHS Trust; Gray v Thames Trains Ltd; and Watkins v Secretary of State for the Home Department.

Keywords:   Alan Rodger, common law, judgments, legal opinions

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