James Lee researches in private law and on judicial reasoning. His most recent major publication is an edited collection entitled From House of Lords to Supreme Court: Judges, Jurists and the Process of Judging. James is currently the Torts Subject Section Convenor for the Society of Legal Scholars, and a member of the Society's Executive Committee. In November 2010, James was elected as an Academic Fellow of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple. James was the winner of the Head of School's Award for Excellence in Teaching and Supporting Student Learning in 2011/12.
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James completed the Bachelor of Civil Law at Balliol College, Oxford, where he was also an undergraduate. Prior to joining the Law School in June 2008, James was Teaching Fellow at the University of Reading. While teaching at Reading, he was a visiting tutor at University College London, delivering a course on the jurisprudence of Martin Luther King in 2006-7.
James’ main research interests lie in the law of obligations and jurisprudence. The principal theme of his research examines judicial reasoning in superior appellate courts, focusing in particular on the House of Lords and the new Supreme Court for the United Kingdom. He is also interested in and has written on approaches to causation within the law of obligations and in the development of defences to claims in unjust enrichment.
In 2007, James was awarded the inaugural Best Paper Prize at the Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference for his paper “Fidelity in interpretation: Lord Hoffmann and the Adventure of the Empty House”, which was published in Legal Studies and subsequently nominated to a shortlist of the twelve favourite articles of Editors of Legal Studies since the journal’s launch in 1981. James’ article, “A defence of concurring speeches” was cited in the penultimate decision of the House of Lords (Transport for London (London Underground Ltd) v Spirerose Ltd  UKHL 44) and his work on causation has been cited in the English High Court (AB v Ministry of Defence  EWHC 1225 (QB)).
James was the Jurisprudence Subject Section Convenor for the Society of Legal Scholars from 2008-11, and is currently the Torts Convenor. In November 2009, James organised the Society of Legal Scholars Centenary Seminar, “Judges and Jurists: Reflections on the House of Lords”. This international Conference reflected on the transition from the House of Lords to the Supreme Court and the Centenary of the Society. James is the contributing editor of the collection of papers from the Seminar, entitled From House of Lords to Supreme Court: Judges, Jurists and the Process of Judging, recently published by Hart. James is a member of the Editorial Board of the Tort Law Review and of the Highest Courts Network of the Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law.
James is currently working on a book Legislation and Reform in the Law of Obligations, which is under contract with Hart Publishing for publication in 2014. In the autumn of 2011, James was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Melbourne.
James is the Director of Careers and Director of Alumni Relations for the Law School, and has served on the Learning and Teaching Committee and Staff Student Consultative Committee. He also acts as the Bar Council Liaison Officer for the University. In July and August 2008, James acted as a Consultant to the Manitoba Law Reform Commission on its Report into waivers of liability for sporting and recreational injuries.