Prof. Max Weaver
School/Division:Law and Social Sciences / Law
Prof. Max Weaver joined the then South Bank Polytechnic in 1972 to develop law degree and department. He encouraged looking beyond ‘law in the books’ to ‘law in action’ both case-by-case (through clinical legal education) and in the use of other disciplines to engage with law’s effects on human affairs. Max served as a Dean before going to what became London Guildhall University and eventually London Metropolitan University (Dean of Law and then Deputy Provost/Deputy Vice-Chancellor). After a period as CEO of a substantial charity, he returned to LSBU in 2010 to teach torts, a subject of long-standing interest.
Max's publications include articles and case notes on: tort law; legal theory (especially the nature of judicial discretion); legal education; and the evaluation of complex organisations and their impact.
His largest recent project involves an assessment of the role of formalism in battery and false imprisonment and its effect on their function and development. The importance of non-compensatory functions (vindication and deterrence) and the link with prototypical reactions to some invasions of autonomy but not others has been part of Max's research, using philosophical scholarship and the emerging discipline of neurophilosophy. His most recent work, which draws on ordinary language philosophy, focuses on the nature and role of verdicts in legal reasoning.
Max teaches torts and supervises various student projects and dissertations in his areas of study interest.
Max's research involves torts theory and its links with: the judicial process; folk morality; moral philosophy; neuroscience; and ordinary language philosophy. Torts actionable without proof of damage are a particular interest. He also researches vindication, deterrence and retribution in contrast to compensation.
His work draws on material from moral, experimental and linguistic philosophy, neuroscience and experimental psychology, to explore how legal doctrine functions, changes and relates to the norms of a complex and changing society.
- Society of Legal Scholars
- Industrial Law Society
- Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
- Trustee, London Bridge Museum and Educational Trust
- Management Committee Member, Cass and Claredale Housing Association
- Editor, Newsletter of the Worshipful Company of Educators (of which he is a founding member and Past Master)
- Enthusiastic trumpet and cornet player and conductor