(p. ix) CMV Clarkson
This is the first edition of this book since Chris Clarkson’s retirement. This preface is, therefore, an appropriate place for me to pay tribute to Chris’ contribution to this work—and more generally.
I first met Chris in 1991 when he joined the Faculty of Law, University of Bristol. Almost immediately, we were thrown together—in the sense that we were jointly allocated the teaching of the Conflict of Laws. Although Chris is almost certainly better known by the legal community at large as a criminal lawyer of distinction, his contribution to the teaching of the Conflict of Laws was no less significant. He was a famously charismatic lecturer (by his own admission, a bit of a showman), idolised by his students. Teaching the Conflict of Laws with Chris was always a lot of fun.
Chris remained in Bristol for only four years—until he was lured away to the University of Leicester. Fortunately for me, shortly after moving to Leicester, Chris was approached by Tony Jaffey to see whether he would be interested in working on a new edition of Introduction to the Conflict of Laws (1988). Chris was keen to take on the project—but not on his own. That is where I came in, how our working relationship developed in a new direction, and how our friendship was firmly cemented; I will always look back on our collaboration over the first four editions of this book with pleasure and, putting false modesty to one side, some measure of satisfaction. Chris was kind enough to suggest in the preface to the fourth edition that he was leaving the book ‘in good hands’ (p viii). I hope this edition does not cause him to revise that opinion.
March 2016 (p. x)