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Jurists UprootedGerman-Speaking Emigré Lawyers in Twentieth Century Britain$
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Jack Beatson and Reinhard Zimmermann

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199270583

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199270583.001.0001

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F. A. Mann (1907–1991)

F. A. Mann (1907–1991)

(p.381) F. A. Mann (1907–1991)
Jurists Uprooted

Lawrence Collins

Oxford University Press

Francis A. Mann was a solicitor in full-time practice who nevertheless had a more profound influence on the development of modern English case law than almost any academic writer. A discussion on Mann's contribution to the case law is particularly appropriate because he came to be a devoted admirer of the English legal system and its creative use of precedent. In addition, Mann was one of the last survivors of those outstanding lawyers who were forced to flee Germany (and later, Austria) after the advent of Adolf Hitler made the position of Jews, not only in their personal lives but also in academic, professional, and judicial life, intolerable. This chapter chronicles the life of Mann as a law practitioner in Germany and England, his handling of cases related to public international law and international monetary law, his work on the legal aspect of money, the doctrine of jurisdiction in international law, the law governing state contracts, problems faced in the courts in cases involving foreign affairs, conflict of laws, and arbitration.

Keywords:   Francis A. Mann, case law, Germany, international law, monetary law, state contracts, conflict of laws, arbitration, foreign affairs

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