Mr J A (Tony) Weir

It is with great sadness that the Institute has learned of the death of Mr Tony Weir who for 50 years had been a fellow of Trinity College Cambridge. A renowned tort lawyer, his translation of Zweigert and Kötz's An Introduction to Comparative Law introduced a generation of English lawyers to comparative law and remains the foundation of many courses. 

Institute Director Ken Oliphant said: 'The English academy has lost one of its iconic figures. His work - always stylishly written and erudite, frequently provocative - was an inspiration to me, as it was for many others, as well as being a great source of memorable quotations. Just one example, illustrating his aversion to normative theories of tort law: 'Tort is what is in the tort books, and the only thing holding it together is the binding' (Tort Law, 2002, ix). Though his writing was often prickly and outspoken in its criticism of others, he was in person an extremely kind man, and always willing to support younger colleagues who went to him for help. RIP.'

[UPDATE 11/01/12] An ongoing bibliography of Mr Weir's work is available here (

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