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Professor Paul Beaumont
Professor of European Union and Private International Law
School of Law, Taylor Building
University of Aberdeen
Old Aberdeen AB24 3UB, UK
Professor Jonathan Harris
Professor of International Commercial Law
The Dickson Poon School of Law
King's College London
Strand, London, WC2R 2LS, UK
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• G Panagopoulos, Restitution
in Private International Law (Oxford, Hart Publishing,
• J Hill, International Commercial Disputes
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Sohion v Gatoil  1 Lloyd’s
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Land Registration for the Twenty-First Century
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and01/943 (vol 2), DTI, 2001). References may be either to
page or paragraph number.
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on 4 January 2004"
for the Future", Economist, 12 February 2000, 97.
P Abrahams, "A Sudden Increase in Demand Has Caught Everyone
by Surprise", Financial Times, 8 May 2000, 2.