It brings us great pleasure to introduce the 9th Edition of the Oxford University Undergraduate Law Journal (‘OUULJ’). This volume features a carefully selected range of articles dealing with complex and fascinating issues.

As the first student-run law journal in the United Kingdom, this volume continues our tradition of providing a platform for undergraduate students from Oxford and around the UK to further engage with the study of law. Indeed, in many ways, the OUULJ is a reminder of the depth and richness of the study of law, even at an undergraduate level. While the focus is on areas within the scope of the Oxford BA in Jurisprudence course, the depth of analysis by our contributors and the issues they explore illustrate that our subject goes far beyond neatly bound textbooks and classes.

Naturally, this was no easy task. The OUULJ would not be possible without the dedication and efforts of our Editors, Bruno Ligas-Rucinski and Vivian Leong, and their team of Associate Editors. Recognition must also go to our contributors who have put in painstaking efforts into their work and chosen to place their faith in us. We would also like to give our thanks to the Law Faculty for their support.

9th Edition of the OUULJ (Full)

Introduction to the Edition
Adrian Burbie and Niamh Kelly​
Page 8

Foreword (Private Law)
Donal Nolan
Page 11

Foreword (Public Law)
Nicholas Barber
Page 14

Page 19

Private Law Articles

Spilt Ink? A Critique of the English Law of Classification of Contractual Terms and Repudiatory Breach
Bertilla Chow​
Page 21

Open Doors and How to Shut Them: Omissions Liability for Public Authorities
Stephanie Bruce-Smith​
Page 55

An Appeal to Illegality
Charles Redmond​
Page 86

Till Death Do Us Part: Reforming the Fatal Accidents Act 1976
Cassandra Somers-Joce​
Page 108

Public Law Articles

A review of Lopes de Sousa Fernandes v. Portugal (56080/13) (GC): Strasbourg’s Approach to the Right to Life in Medical Negligence Cases
Thomas Howard​
Page 131

Using a Mobile Phone or Hand-held Device while Driving: Current Legal Regulation and a Case for Reform
Jordan Briggs​
Page 153

Determining the Extent of Devolved Legislative Competence: A Comparative Analysis Between Scotland and Canada
Joseph Lavery
Page 185

Hate Speech and Public Reason
Angelo Ryu
Page 217