LLS Staff Seminar #11: “From Their Graves”: The Theme of Burial in the Work and Life of F W Maitland

In the final La Trobe Law School Staff Seminar for 2015, Dr Ed Mussawir will discuss the theme of burial in the works of the lawyer and historian, Frederic William Maitland.


This paper focuses on the ‘grave’ in the scholarship of Frederic William Maitland.  It focuses on Maitland’s later life, his relation to biographical writing and to his series of lectures published posthumously in 1909 as Equity also the Forms of Action at Common Law.  The paper explores the theme of obsolescence in Maitland’s lectures and draws some observations about the life of historical legal scholarship and the vocation of the modern jurist.  Faced with the task of recouping a jurisprudence from the shifting sands of a system of positive law subject to constant mechanistic reform, Maitland is left to survey the ruins of disused procedural forms in order to train a generation of lawyers attentive to the peculiar life of law’s innovation.


Ed Mussawir is a lecturer at Griffith Law School, Brisbane.  He is the author of Jurisdiction in Deleuze: The Expression and Representation of Law (Abingdon: Routledge, 2011) and editor of Law and the Question of the Animal: A Critical Jurisprudence (Abingdon: Routledge, 2013).  His current research focuses on questions in the law of persons, biography of jurists, procedural jurisprudence, animal law and the inheritance of European jurisprudence.


Date: Tuesday 29 September 2015

Time: 12.45am to 2.00pm

Venue: Martin Building 362A

Register: Please register via Eventbrite.

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