Professor
Law
University College Cork
Cork
Ireland

T: +353-21-490-3000
F: +353 21 490 3000
E: S.Hedley@ucc.ie
W: http://www.ucc.ie/law

Steve joined the Faculty in September 2003, after 18 years at Cambridge in England. He graduated from Oxford in 1980, completing a Masters' at Cambridge in 1981 and the Bar Finals in London in 1982. Steve has written textbooks on Tort (latest edition 2002) and Restitution (2001), as well as an account of the theory of Restitution (Restitution: Its division and ordering, 2001). He has also co-edited (with M Halliwell) a reference work on Restitution, compiled two books of statutory materials, and runs a website on restitutionary issues.

Research Interests

Any mature contribution to a legal discipline has to involve both informed theorising and solid contributions on bread-and-butter issues. Taking my area to be the law of obligations and related areas of commercial law, I have continued to produce both straightforward analyses of the law (with texts in tort, restitution and e-commerce) as well as marking out my own distinctive position in the theory. It is the latter aim that I am concentrating on now, focusing on the scope and function of the law of obligations in the 21st century, while also maintaining past texts as current (regular new editions of my tort texts and my chapters in the BCLS Tort reference book, and adding new material to my restitution website).

  

Research Grants

 ProjectFunding
Body
Start DateEnd DateAward
Dept of Justice & Equality - Production of Judicial Studies Institute JournalDept of Justice & Equality01-FEB-0831-OCT-10€27,481.00
Digital Rights for the Information Age - Developing a Rights Based Regulatory Framework for the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Online.Irish Research Council01-OCT-1330-SEP-15€45,500.00
Government of Ireland Scholarship (PhD student Kevin O' Sullivan)

Books

YearPublication
(2011)Tort (7th ed).
Steve Hedley; (2011) Tort (7th ed). Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Details]
(2008)Tort (6th edition).
Steve Hedley; (2008) Tort (6th edition). Oxford: Oxford, Oxford. [Details]
(2006)Law of electronic commerce and the Internet in the UK and Ireland.
Steve Hedley; (2006) Law of electronic commerce and the Internet in the UK and Ireland. Cavendish: London. [Details]
(2006)Tort (5th edition).
Steve Hedley; (2006) Tort (5th edition). Oxford: Oxford. [Details]
(2004)Tort (4th edition).
Steve Hedley; (2004) Tort (4th edition). London: Butterworths. [Details]
(2002)Tort (3rd edition).
Steve Hedley; (2002) Tort (3rd edition). London: Butterworths. [Details]
(2001)A critical introduction to restitution.
Steve Hedley (2001) A critical introduction to restitution. : Butterworths. [Details]
(2001)Restitution: Its division and ordering.
Steve Hedley (2001) Restitution: Its division and ordering. : Sweet and Maxwell. [Details]
(2000)Tort (2nd edition).
Steve Hedley; (2000) Tort (2nd edition). Butterworths: London. [Details]
(1998)Tort.
Steve Hedley; (1998) Tort. London: Butterworths. [Details]

Book Chapters

YearPublication
(2016)'Corrective Justice - An Idea Whose Time Has Gone?'
Steve Hedley (2016) 'Corrective Justice - An Idea Whose Time Has Gone?' In: M Del Mar and M Lobban (eds). Law in Theory and History: New Essays on a Neglected Dialogue. UK: Hart Publishing. [Details]
(2013)'Tort and Personal Injuries, 1850 to present'
Steve Hedley (2013) 'Tort and Personal Injuries, 1850 to present' In: Tort Law and the Legislature. Oxford: Hart. [Details]
(2013)'The internet: Making a difference?'
Steve Hedley (2013) 'The internet: Making a difference?' In: Modern Defamation Law. Belfast: Queen's Univerisity Belfast. [Details]
(2013)'Courts as public authorities, private law as instrument of government'
Steve Hedley (2013) 'Courts as public authorities, private law as instrument of government' In: Private law - Key encounters with public law. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. [Details]
(2010)'Remedies: The key to the common law system?'
Steve Hedley (2010) 'Remedies: The key to the common law system?' In: The law of remedies: New directions in the common law. Toronto: Irwin Law. [Details]
(2009)'Looking outward or looking inward?'
Steve Hedley; (2009) 'Looking outward or looking inward?' In: The goals of private law. Oxford: Hart Publishing. [Details]
(2008)'The Shock of the Old: Interpretivism in obligations'
Steve Hedley (2008) 'The Shock of the Old: Interpretivism in obligations' In: Structure and Justification in Private Law. Hart Publishing. [Details]
(2008)'Enrichment'
Steve Hedley (2008) 'Enrichment' In: Unjust Enrichment in Commercial Law. [Details]
(2007)'Dangerous premises'
Steve Hedley; (2007) 'Dangerous premises' In: The Law of Tort (2nd edition). London: Butterworths. [Details]
(2007)'Dangerous premises'
Steve Hedley (2007) 'Dangerous premises' In: The law of tort. [Details]
(2007)'Negligence: Causation and damage'
Steve Hedley (2007) 'Negligence: Causation and damage' In: The Law of Tort. [Details]
(2007)'Negligence - Causation and damage'
Steve Hedley; (2007) 'Negligence - Causation and damage' In: The Law of Tort (2nd edition). London: Butterworths. [Details]
(2007)'Death and Tort'
Steve Hedley (2007) 'Death and Tort' In: Death Rites and Rights. [Details]
(2007)'Professional liability'
Steve Hedley; (2007) 'Professional liability' In: The Law of Tort (2nd edition). London: Butterworths. [Details]
(2007)'The Law of Tort (2nd edition)'
Steve Hedley; (2007) 'The Law of Tort (2nd edition)' In: Dangerous premises. London: ButterworthsL. [Details]
(2007)'Professional Liablity'
Steve Hedley (2007) 'Professional Liablity' In: The Law of Tort. [Details]
(2005)'The rise and rise of personal injury liability'
Steve Hedley (2005) 'The rise and rise of personal injury liability' In: Civil Liability and Courts Act 2004. [Details]
(2005)'Rival taxonomies within obligations - is there a problem?'
Steve Hedley; (2005) 'Rival taxonomies within obligations - is there a problem?' In: Equity in Commercial Law. Lawbook Co: Sydney. [Details]
(2005)'The rise and rise of personal injury liability: A temporary difficulty or a permanent crisis?'
Steve Hedley; (2005) 'The rise and rise of personal injury liability: A temporary difficulty or a permanent crisis?' In: Civil Liability and Courts Act 2004, 2005. Dublin: First Law, Dublin. [Details]
(2005)'Rival taxonomies within obligations: Is there a problem?'
Steve Hedley (2005) 'Rival taxonomies within obligations: Is there a problem?' In: Equity in commercial law. [Details]
(2004)'‘Unjust enrichment’: The same old mistake?'
Steve Hedley (2004) '‘Unjust enrichment’: The same old mistake?' In: The law of obligations: connections and boundaries. [Details]
(2004)'The taxonomic approach to restitution'
Steve Hedley; (2004) 'The taxonomic approach to restitution' In: New perspectives on property law, obligations and restitution. London: Cavendish. [Details]
(2004)''Unjust enrichment':The same old mistake?'
Steve Hedley; (2004) ''Unjust enrichment':The same old mistake?' In: The law of obligations: Connections and boundaries. London: Cavendish. [Details]
(2002)'Professional liability'
Steve Hedley (2002) 'Professional liability' In: The law of tort. [Details]
(2002)'Restitution and unjust enrichment'
Steve Hedley (2002) 'Restitution and unjust enrichment' In: The law of restitution. [Details]
(2002)'Dangerous premises'
Steve Hedley (2002) 'Dangerous premises' In: The law of tort. [Details]
(2002)'Frustration of contract'
Steve Hedley; (2002) 'Frustration of contract' In: The law of restitution. Butterworths: London. [Details]
(2002)'Restitution in public law'
Steve Hedley; (2002) 'Restitution in public law' In: The law of restitution. London: Butterworths. [Details]
(2002)'Dangerous premises'
Steve Hedley; (2002) 'Dangerous premises' In: The Law of Tort. London: Butterworths. [Details]
(2002)'Professional liability'
Steve Hedley; (2002) 'Professional liability' In: The Law of Tort. London: Butterworths. [Details]
(2002)'Negligence - Causation and damage'
Steve Hedley; (2002) 'Negligence - Causation and damage' In: The Law of Tort. London: Butterworths. [Details]
(2000)'M'Alister (or Donoghue) (Pauper) v Stevenson (1932)'
Steve Hedley; (2000) 'M'Alister (or Donoghue) (Pauper) v Stevenson (1932)' In: Leading cases of the 20th century. Dublin: Round Hall Sweet and Maxwell. [Details]
(2000)'M’Alister (or Donoghue) (Pauper) v Stevenson (1932)'
Steve Hedley (2000) 'M’Alister (or Donoghue) (Pauper) v Stevenson (1932)' In: Leading cases of the 20th century. [Details]
(1999)'Sir Frederick Pollock and the teaching of English Law'
Steve Hedley; (1999) 'Sir Frederick Pollock and the teaching of English Law' In: Learning the Law. London: Hambledon Press. [Details]
(1998)'Work done in anticipation of a contract which does not materialise - A Response'
Steve Hedley; (1998) 'Work done in anticipation of a contract which does not materialise - A Response' In: Restitution Past Present and Future. Oxford: Hart. [Details]
(1997)'Restitution: Contract's Twin?'
Steve Hedley; (1997) 'Restitution: Contract's Twin?' In: Failure of Contracts: Contractual, Restitutionary and Proprietary Consequences. Oxford: Hart Publishing. [Details]
(1995)'Words words words: making sense of legal judgments 1875-1940'
Steve Hedley; (1995) 'Words words words: making sense of legal judgments 1875-1940' In: Law Reporting in Britain. Hambledon Press: London. [Details]
(1989)'From Individualism to Communitarianism? The case of Standard Forms'
Steve Hedley; (1989) 'From Individualism to Communitarianism? The case of Standard Forms' In: Legal Record and Historical Reality. Hambledon Press: London. [Details]

Edited Books

YearPublication
(2008)Blackstone's Statutes on IT and e-commerce (4th edition)
Steve Hedley and Tanya Aplin (Ed.). (2008) Blackstone's Statutes on IT and e-commerce (4th edition) Blackstone's Statutes on IT and e-commerce (4th edition). Oxford: Oxford. [Details]
(2006)Blackstone's Statutes on IT and e-commerce (3rd edition)
Steve Hedley and Tanya Aplin (Ed.). (2006) Blackstone's Statutes on IT and e-commerce (3rd edition) Blackstone's Statutes on IT and e-commerce (3rd edition). Oxford: Oxford. [Details]
(2004)Blackstone's Statutes on IT and e-commerce (2nd edition)
Steve Hedley and Tanya Aplin (Ed.). (2004) Blackstone's Statutes on IT and e-commerce (2nd edition) Blackstone's Statutes on IT and e-commerce (2nd edition). Oxford: Oxford. [Details]
(2002)Contract Tort and Restitution Statutes (3rd edition)
Steve Hedley (Ed.). (2002) Contract Tort and Restitution Statutes (3rd edition) Contract Tort and Restitution Statutes (3rd edition). Butterworths: London. [Details]
(2002)Blackstone's Statutes on IT and e-commerce
Steve Hedley and Tanya Aplin (Ed.). (2002) Blackstone's Statutes on IT and e-commerce Blackstone's Statutes on IT and e-commerce. Oxford: Oxford. [Details]
(2002)The Law of Restitution
Steve Hedley and Margaret Halliwell (Ed.). (2002) The Law of Restitution The Law of Restitution. London: Butterworths. [Details]
(1999)Contract Tort and Restitution Statutes
Steve Hedley (Ed.). (1999) Contract Tort and Restitution Statutes Contract Tort and Restitution Statutes. Butterworths: London. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

YearPublication
(2017)'Case Note: Wall v. National Parks and Wildlife Service [2017] IEHC 85'
Steve Hedley (2017) 'Case Note: Wall v. National Parks and Wildlife Service [2017] IEHC 85'. Irish Journal of Legal Studies, 7 (2) Globe icon [Details]
(2017)'What is 'unjust enrichment' for?'
Steve Hedley (2017) 'What is 'unjust enrichment' for?'. Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal, 16 (2):333-345 [Details]
(2016)''Farewell to Unjustified Enrichment?' - A Common Law Response'
Steve Hedley (2016) ''Farewell to Unjustified Enrichment?' - A Common Law Response'. Edinburgh Law Review, 20 (3):326-337 [DOI] [Details]
(2016)'Making sense of negligence'
Steve Hedley (2016) 'Making sense of negligence'. Legal Studies, 36 (3):491-512 Globe icon [DOI] [Details]
(2015)'Students as litigants: a public law or a private law issue?'
Steve Hedley (2015) 'Students as litigants: a public law or a private law issue?'. Hibernian Law Journal, 14 (1):1-15 [Details]
(2014)'Cybertrespass – A Solution in Search of a Problem?'
Hedley, S (2014) 'Cybertrespass – A Solution in Search of a Problem?'. Journal of European Tort Law, 5 (2):165-181 Globe icon [DOI] [Details]
(2012)'The Internet - Making a difference?'
Steve Hedley (2012) 'The Internet - Making a difference?'. Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, 63 (1):75-83 [Details]
(2011)'Is Private Law meaningless?'
Steve Hedley; (2011) 'Is Private Law meaningless?'. Current Legal Problems, 2011 :1-28 [DOI] [Details]
(2010)'Managerialism in Irish Universities'
Steve Hedley (2010) 'Managerialism in Irish Universities'. Irish Journal of Legal Studies, 1 (1) [Details]
(2006)'A Brief History of Spam'
Steve Hedley (2006) 'A Brief History of Spam'. Information and Communications Technology Law, 15 (3):223-238 [Details]
(2006)'Unjust at common law: So many concepts, so little clarity'
Steve Hedley; (2006) 'Unjust at common law: So many concepts, so little clarity'. European Review of Private Law, 3 :399-408 [Details]
(2006)'A brief history of spam'
Steve Hedley; (2006) 'A brief history of spam'. Information and Communications Technology Law, 15 :223-238 [Details]
(2005)'Deutsche Morgan Grenfell v. IRC (Court of Appeal) (Casenote)'
Steve Hedley (2005) 'Deutsche Morgan Grenfell v. IRC (Court of Appeal) (Casenote)'. Cambridge Law Journal, * (*):296-298 [Details]
(2004)'The Empire Strikes Back?A restatement of the law of unjust enrichment'
Steve Hedley; (2004) 'The Empire Strikes Back?A restatement of the law of unjust enrichment'. Melbourne University Law Review, 28 :759-782 [Details]
(2004)'The empire strikes back? A restatement of the law of unjust enrichment'
Steve Hedley (2004) 'The empire strikes back? A restatement of the law of unjust enrichment'. Melbourne University Law Review, 28 (*):759-782 [Details]
(2004)'Implied contract and restitution'
Steve Hedley; (2004) 'Implied contract and restitution'. Cambridge Law Journal, :435-455 [Details]
(2004)'Implied contract and resitution'
Steve Hedley (2004) 'Implied contract and resitution'. Cambridge Law Journal, * (*):435-455 [Details]
(2003)'Nations, markets and other imaginary places: Who makes the law in cyberspace?'
Steve Hedley; (2003) 'Nations, markets and other imaginary places: Who makes the law in cyberspace?'. Information and Communications Technology Law, 12 :215-224 [Details]
(2003)'Deutsche Morgan Grenfell v. IRC (Chancery Division)'
Steve Hedley (2003) 'Deutsche Morgan Grenfell v. IRC (Chancery Division)'. Web Journal of Current Legal Issues, * (5):*-* [Details]
(2002)'Unjust enrichment - a middle course?'
Steve Hedley (2002) 'Unjust enrichment - a middle course?'. Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal, 2 (*):181-196 [Details]
(2002)'Unjust enrichment - A middle course?'
Steve Hedley; (2002) 'Unjust enrichment - A middle course?'. Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal, 2 :181-196 [Details]
(2001)'Truk v. Tokmakidis (casenote)'
Steve Hedley (2001) 'Truk v. Tokmakidis (casenote)'. Cambridge Law Journal, * (*):37-40 [Details]
(2001)'Quality of goods, information, and the death of contract'
Steve Hedley; (2001) 'Quality of goods, information, and the death of contract'. Journal of Business Law, :114-125 [Details]
(2000)'A-G v. Blake (casenote)'
Steve Hedley (2000) 'A-G v. Blake (casenote)'. Web Journal of Current Legal Issues, * (4):*-* [Details]
(2000)'Holtby v. Brigham and Cowan (casenote)'
Steve Hedley (2000) 'Holtby v. Brigham and Cowan (casenote)'. Cambridge Law Journal, * (*):435-438 [Details]
(1999)'How has the common law survived the 20th century?'
Steve Hedley; (1999) 'How has the common law survived the 20th century?'. Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, 50 :283-297 [Details]
(1998)'George Blake, Mary Bell and unjust enrichment'
Steve Hedley (1998) 'George Blake, Mary Bell and unjust enrichment'. New Law Journal, * (*):723-724 [Details]
(1997)'Ten questions for 'unjust enrichment' theorists'
Steve Hedley (1997) 'Ten questions for 'unjust enrichment' theorists'. Web Journal of Current Legal Issues, 3 (*):*-* [Details]
(1997)'Ten questions for `unjust enrichment' theorists'
Steve Hedley; (1997) 'Ten questions for `unjust enrichment' theorists'. Web Journal of Current Legal Issues, 3 [Details]
(1997)'The 'needs of commercial litigants' in 19th and 20th century contract doctrine'
Steve Hedley; (1997) 'The 'needs of commercial litigants' in 19th and 20th century contract doctrine'. Journal of Legal History, 18 :85-95 [Details]
(1996)'Contract'
Steve Hedley; (1996) 'Contract'. Current Legal Problems, 1 :3-27 [Details]
(1996)'Unjust enrichment'
Steve Hedley; (1996) 'Unjust enrichment'. Cambridge Law Journal, :578-599 [Details]
(1995)''Unjust enrichment''
Steve Hedley (1995) ''Unjust enrichment''. Cambridge Law Journal, * (*):578-599 [Details]
(1994)'Group personal injury litigation and public opinion'
Steve Hedley; (1994) 'Group personal injury litigation and public opinion'. Legal Studies, 14 :70-84 [Details]
(1993)'Contracts As Promises'
Steve Hedley (1993) 'Contracts As Promises'. Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, 44 (*):12-33 [Details]
(1993)'Contracts as promises'
Steve Hedley; (1993) 'Contracts as promises'. Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, 44 :12-33 [Details]
(1989)''Superior knowledge or revelation': an approach to modern legal history'
Steve Hedley (1989) ''Superior knowledge or revelation': an approach to modern legal history'. Anglo-Amercan Law Review, 18 (*):177-200 [Details]
(1989)''Superior knowledge or revelation': an approach to modern legal history'
Steve Hedley; (1989) ''Superior knowledge or revelation': an approach to modern legal history'. Anglo-American Law Review, 18 :177-200 [Details]
(1988)'Contract Tort and Restitution; or, On cutting the law down to size'
Steve Hedley; (1988) 'Contract Tort and Restitution; or, On cutting the law down to size'. Legal Studies, 8 :137-171 [Details]
(1985)'Keeping Contract in its place'
Steve Hedley; (1985) 'Keeping Contract in its place'. Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, 5 :391-415 [Details]
(1985)'Unjust Enrichment as the basis of restitution - an overworked concept'
Steve Hedley (1985) 'Unjust Enrichment as the basis of restitution - an overworked concept'. Legal Studies, 5 (*):56-66 [Details]
(1985)'Unjust Enrichment as the basis of Restitution - an overworked concept'
Steve Hedley; (1985) 'Unjust Enrichment as the basis of Restitution - an overworked concept'. Legal Studies, 5 :56-66 [Details]
(1984)'The Myth of 'Waiver of Tort''
Steve Hedley (1984) 'The Myth of 'Waiver of Tort''. Law Quarterly Review, 100 (*):653-679 [Details]
(1984)'The myth of `Waiver of Tort'
Steve Hedley; (1984) 'The myth of `Waiver of Tort'. Law Quarterly Review, 100 :653-675 [Details]

Other Journals

YearPublication
(2016)'Book Review: 'Contract as Promise''
Steve Hedley (2016) 'Book Review: 'Contract as Promise'' Law Quarterly Review, 132 (4) :678-680. [Details]
(2015)'Review of Austin and Klimchuk, 'Private Law and the Rule of Law''
Steve Hedley (2015) 'Review of Austin and Klimchuk, 'Private Law and the Rule of Law'' Law Quarterly Review, 131 (October) :679-681. [Details]
(2014)'Book Review: 'Informal Carers and Private Law' by Brian Sloan'
Steve Hedley (2014) 'Book Review: 'Informal Carers and Private Law' by Brian Sloan' Law Quarterly Review, 130 (January) :167-170. [Details]
(2014)'Review of Merkin and Steel, 'Insurance and the Law of Obligations''
Steve Hedley (2014) 'Review of Merkin and Steel, 'Insurance and the Law of Obligations'' Law Quarterly Review, 130 (October) :693-696. [Details]
(2014)'Review of Jan M Smits, 'The Mind and Method of the Legal Academic''
Hedley, S (2014) 'Review of Jan M Smits, 'The Mind and Method of the Legal Academic'' Irish Jurist, 51 (1) :222-225. [Details]

Published Reports

YearPublication
(2013)Modernising Copyright, Report of the Copyright Review Committee.
O'Dell, E, McGovern, P, and Hedley, S (2013) Modernising Copyright, Report of the Copyright Review Committee. Department of Jobs Enterprise and Innovation, Dublin. [Details]

Blog

YearPublication
(2011)Private Law Theory.
Steve Hedley (2011) Private Law Theory. Blog Globe icon [Details]
(2008)9th Level Ireland (Blog).
Steve Hedley (2008) 9th Level Ireland (Blog). Blog Globe icon [Details]

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
University College Cork Professor01-OCT-03 /
Faculty of Law, Cambridge University Lecturer01-OCT-94 / 01-AUG-03
Faculty of Law, Cambridge Faculty Assistant Lecturer01-JAN-91 / 01-SEP-94
Christ's College, Cambridge Fellow in Law01-AUG-85 / 01-AUG-03

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
1980Oxford University BAJurisprudence
1981Cambridge University LLMLLM
1982Bar School, London Barrister at LawBarrister
1999Open University, UK BScLaw

Journal Activities

 JournalRoleTo / From
Judicial Studies Institute Journal Editor-
Irish Journal Of Legal Studies Editor01-JAN-10 -

Other Activities

 Description

Externally examined: University of Limerick Law, 2010-2013

Externally examined: Trinity College Dublin Law, 2009-2013

Externally examined: King's Inns, 2008-2013

Externally examined: University of Exeter Law, 2008-2011

Current Postgraduate Students

 StudentDegree Type
O Sullivan Kevin Timothy Doctoral Degree

Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2018Law of Contract LW1154Law of Contract
2018Intellectual Property and Internet Regulation LW6574Intellectual Property and Internet Regulation
2018Law of Cybercrime LW6560Law of Cybercrime