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About Duncan Sheehan

I joined the University of Leeds as Professor of Business Law in January 2016 after 14 years at the University of East Anglia, which I joined as a lecturer in law in September 2001 after seven years of undergraduate and postgraduate study at Oxford University. I was appointed to a personal Chair at UEA in November 2011. My doctoral thesis, entitled "Mistakes of Law", focused on the historical development of the mistake of law bar, its eventual abolition in 1998, and the impact of that change on the future of the law of restitution.
My current research interests include trusts and personal property law, particularly secured transactions law. I am a member of the Secured Transactions Law Reform Project in the UK, and am preparing a second edition of my book, The Principles of Personal Property Law. I am also interested in the law of restitution and unjust enrichment in English law and in comparing the English law with mixed and Civilian jurisdictions. I also have an interest in private law theory and more recently in analysing the structure of different unjust factors - causes of action - through the lens of the philosophy of action and in particular Michael Bratman's influential theory about intentional agency. I was Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland in the Spring of 2014


January 2016 - Present Professor of Business Law, University of Leeds ‐ Law

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Unjust Enrichment (21)

Confidentiality (2)

Property Law (8)