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The Index to Common Law Festschriften

Welcome to The Index of Common Law Festschriften. This is the first index of contributions to common law Festschriften and fills a serious bibliographic gap in the literature of the common law.

The German word Festschrift is now the universally accepted term in the legal academy for a published collection of legal essays written by several authors to honour a distinguished jurist or to mark a significant legal event. The number of Festschriften honouring common lawyers has increased enormously in the last thirty years. Until now, the numerous scholarly contributions to these volumes have not been adequately indexed. This Index fills that bibliographic gap. As at September 2005, there are some 270 common law Festschriften indexed on this database, amounting to over 4,500 chapter entries. In addition, there are more than a thousand entries of English language contributions to predominantly foreign language, non-common law legal Festschriften from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

This database is no longer being updated.

Obituary for Professor Michael Taggart

Published version of Index

In 2006, a book form of the database index was published by Hart Publishing, Oxford: Michael Taggart 9ed) assisted by Roslyn Smith & Bernice Cole (comp.) An Index to Common Law Festschriften (ISBN 13 978-1-84113-641-7). This publication was made possible (once again) by the generous support of the New Zealand Law Foundation and the goodwill of Richard Hart. The Index captures almost 300 common law Festschriften and 4,500 contributions on the database as at the end of 2005.

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