Kent Law School

Critical perspectives research led teaching




MA, LLB, PhD (Cantab)
Dr (Maastricht)
Dr (honoris causa) (Nancy 2)
Professor of Law. Joined Kent Law School in 1997 after having been Reader in Law at Lancaster University.
Visiting professor: University of Dijon (1980 & 1981)
Universities of Paris I and Paris II (Professeur associé) (1994-95)
University of Paris II (1996, 1999-2000, 2000-2001, 2005)
University of Zaragoza (1997)
University of Paris I (since 2000)
Sciences-Po (Paris) (since 2007)
University of Nancy (since 1990)
University of Lille (2001)
University of Bordeaux (since 2003)
University of Littoral (since 2004)
University of Fribourg (since 2004)
University of Auckland (2007, 2009)
University of Corsica (Since 2009)
University of Aix-en-Provence (since 2011)
Co-Director Kent Centre for European and Comparative Law..

Research Areas: European and Comparative Law


Geoffrey's research interests include

  • Law of Obligations (English, Roman and French)
  • Comparative law
  • Legal Remedies
  • Legal Theory
  • Legal Epistemology

Major research projects

  • Epistemology and methodology in law
  • Legal reasoning
  • Comparative law of obligations
  • Comparative law theory
  • Law and its relationship with the social sciences
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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Samuel, G. (2014). Is Legal Reasoning Like Medical Reasoning? Legal Studies [Online] 35:323-347. Available at:
Samuel, G. (2012). Is Legal Knowledge Cumulative? Legal Studies 32:448-479.
Samuel, G. (2009). Interdisciplinarity and the Authority Paradigm: Should Law Be Taken Seriously by Scientists and Social Scientists? Journal of Law and Society 36:432-459.
Samuel, G. (2009). Can Legal Reasoning be Demystified? Legal Studies 29:181-210.
Book section
Samuel, G. (2017). Contract and the Comparatist: Should we think about Contracts in terms of 'Contracticles'? in: Monateri, P. G. ed. Comparative Contract Law. Edward Elgar Publishing, pp. 67-94. Available at:
Samuel, G. (2016). Imitation of Life: Resonances Between Law and Fact and Fact and Law. in: Taekema, H. S., van Klink, B. and de Been, W. eds. Facts and Norms in Law: Interdisciplinary Reflections on Legal Method. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 53-81.
Samuel, G. (2015). Comparative Law as Resistance. in: Muir Watt, H. and Fernández Arroyo, D. P. eds. Private International Law and Global Governance. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 23-33. Available at:
Samuel, G. (2015). Legal Reasoning and Argumentation. in: Wright, J. ed. International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioural Sciences. Elsevier.
Samuel, G. (2015). Comparative Law and the Courts: What Counts as Comparative Law? in: Andenas, M. and Fairgrieve, D. eds. Courts and Comparative Law. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 54-65. Available at:
Samuel, G. (2014). Is Law a Fiction? in: Del Mar, M. and Twining, W. eds. Legal Fiction in Theory and Practice. Springer.
Samuel, G. (2014). What is Legal Epistemology? in: Adams, M. and Heirbaut, D. eds. The Method and Culture of Comparative Law: Essays in Honour of Mark Van Hoecke. Hart Publishing, pp. 23-36.
Samuel, G. (2013). Comparative Law and its Methodology. in: Research Methods in Law. Routledge, pp. 100-118.
Samuel, G. (2013). Qu'est-ce que le raisonnement juridique? in: Chérot, J. -Y. et al. eds. Le droit entre autonomie et ouverture : Mélanges en l'honneur de Jean-Louis Bergel. Bruylant, pp. 449-470.
Samuel, G. (2012). All that Heaven Allows: Are Transnational Codes a 'Scientific Truth' or Are They Just a Form of Elegant 'Pastiche'? in: Monateri, P. G. ed. Methods of Comparative Law. Edward Elgar, pp. 165-191.
Samuel, G. (2012). Common Law. in: Smits, J. M. ed. Elgar Encyclopedia of Comparative Law (2nd ed). Edward Elgar, pp. 169-190.
Samuel, G. (2011). Does One Need an Understanding of Methodology in Law Before One Can Understand Methodology in Comparative Law? . in: Van Hoecke, M. ed. Methodologies of Legal Research. Hart Publishing, pp. 177-208.
Samuel, G. (2011). What is in an Index? A View from a European Orientated Lawyer. in: Barnard, C. and Odudu, O. eds. The Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies . Cambridge: Hart Publishing, pp. 333-363.
Samuel, G. (2011). Classification of contracts: A view from a common lawyer. in: Santos, F. J. A., Baldus, C. and Dedek, H. eds. Vertragstypen in Europa: Historische Entwicklung und europäische Perspektiven. Sellier, pp. 117-152.
Samuel, G. (2011). La collégialité et les juridictions anglaises. in: Hourquebie, F. ed. Principe de collégialité et cultures judiciaires. Bruylant, pp. 179-197.
Samuel, G. (2009). Vers un droit privé européen: un regard anglais – quelques difficultés épistémologiques. in: Moore, B. et al. eds. Convergence, concurrence et harmonisation des systèmes juridiques : Les journées Maximilien-Caron 2008. Montreal: Thémis, pp. 137-152.
Samuel, G. (2009). Western Law of Obligations. in: Bussani, M. and Werro, F. eds. European Private Law: a Handbook. Stampfli Publishers Ltd et al, pp. 129-159.
Samuel, G. (2009). Form, Structure and Content in Comparative Law: Assessing the Links. in: Cashin-Ritaine, E. ed. Legal Engineering and Comparative Law . Schulthess, pp. 27-50.
Samuel, G. (2009). Depasser le fonctionnalisme. in: Legrand, P. ed. Comparer les droits, resolument. Presses Universitaires de France, pp. 405-430.
Samuel, G. (2016). A Short Introduction to Judging and to Legal Reasoning. [Online]. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. Available at:
Samuel, G. (2014). An Introduction to Comparative Law Theory and Method. Hart Publishing.
Samuel, G. (2013). A Short Introduction to the Common Law. Edward Elgar.
Samuel, G. (2010). Law of Obligations. Edward Elgar.
Glanert, S. and Samuel, G. (2019). Rethinking Comparative Law. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
Samuel, G. (2017). Should jurists take interests more seriously? Law and Method [Online]. Available at:
Samuel, G. (2016). Rethinking Legal Reasoning. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
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Teaching and Supervision


  • Course convenor European Legal Systems (LW552)


  • LLM course convenor in European Contract Law (LW836)
  • European Comparative Law (LW807)
  • Comparative Obligations (LW821)


  • Postgraduate research supervision
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Other Academic Activities

Editorial Work

  • Journal of Comparative Law (on Editorial Board)
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