Dicey + 100

In 2022, the anniversary of the death of Albert Venn Dicey, the University of Oxford held a commemorative conference at All Souls that in part reassessed his legacy and explored hitherto under-researched aspects of his life and oeuvre. Revised versions of the papers given have now been published by Intersentia, edited by the organisers, Andrew Dickinson, Timothy Endicott, and Wolfgang Ernst. Given that your blogger was one of the contributors, discussing Dicey’s teaching at Oxford, this is not the place for a review. But one hopes the volume will encourage further research, as one realises that in some ways Dicey is so familiar that he has become ignored and in some ways unknown. He exists only as a kind of caricature, not as a scholar and a man in a rounded picture. This is so despite, for example, the relatively recent, excellent, biography by Mark Walters, who has contributed a chapter here. But it is important to remember that Dicey’s work on Private International law is still being printed in new editions, primarily for the use of legal practitioners, while his work on the Law of the Constitution is available in a variety of editions, as well as in the Oxford Edition of Dicey edited by J. W. F. Allison.


The Dicey 100 + consists of:


Part I. Dicey in is Time and Our Time

“Dicey at Oxford”, John W. Cairns

“Dicey on Higher and Legal Education”, Andrew Dickinson

Dicey and Analytical Jurisprudence”, Timothy Endicott

Part II. Dicey and the Constitution

“Dicey’s Forgotten Constitution”, Alison L. Young

Dicey on Legality and Equality”, Mark D. Walters

“Dicey, Parliamentary Sovereignty, and the Principle of Legality”, Hasan Dingier

Part III. Dicey and the Conflict of Laws

“Dicey’s Conflict of Laws Then and Now”, Lord Collins of Mapesbury 

“Reading Dicey’s Private International Law in the Penumbra: Empire and Gender”, Roxana Banu

Part IV Dicey and Political Thought

“Dicey’s Idea of the Rule of Law in Historical Context”, James Kirby

“Wordsworth and Dicey: Poet as Political Prophet”, Sally Bushell

“Revolution and the Rule of Law: Dicey on Irish Home Rule”, Marc Mulholland