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Dr Kate Hunter

Former Research Student

Research overview

My research interests are in contract law, although I am also interested in family law and all aspects of legal history. My current research explores the relationship between contract law and social history, and the impact of the latter on the voidability of contracts in the period 1688-1832.

Thesis Title

A Historical Exploration of the Voidability of Contracts as a Means of Regulating Family Life and Personal Relationships: Control vs. Protection


Thesis Outline

The primary purpose of this research is to understand the motivations behind the creation of important rules under which contracts were made void. A socio-historical analysis is undertaken with the period of focus being 1688-1832. Three areas of contract law in particular have been chosen to be explored, these being illegality, immorality and incapacity. The common theme throughout these areas is the regulation of the law with regard to private relationships; contracts for the procurement of marriage, separation agreements and the legal capacity of the child are some areas of focus. Ultimately it will be determined whether the law was motivated by control interests or conversely whether the law sought to protect these individuals. 

Current Teaching

For the academic year 2016/17, I am undertaking teaching in the following subjects:

Law 103x - Contract Law

I have previously taught on the module of tort law also.  

Supervised By

Professor David Campbell

Dr Richard Austen-Baker

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