Person NameDicey; Albert Venn (1835-1922); professor of Common Law
ForenamesAlbert Venn
Epithetprofessor of Common Law
ActivityAlbert Ven Dicey (1835-1922), jurist and Professor of English Law, was the son of Thomas Edward Dicey, proprietor of the 'Northampton Mercury', and Anne Mary Stephen. He was born at Claybrook Hall, near Lutterworth and throughout his life he suffered from a lack of control over his muscles. Dicey was educated at King's College School, 1852-1854, and then Balliol College, Oxford, where he gained a first class in Classical Moderations, 1856 and in Literae Humaniores, 1858. In 1860, Dicey became a Fellow of Trinity College and retained the position until 1872, when he married Elinor Mary Bonham-Carter (d 1923).

From 1861-1882 he lived in London, and practised at the bar, having been called as a member of the Inner Temple in 1863. Dicey was appointed junior counsel to the commissioners of Inland Revenue, 1876 and held the post until 1890. He took silk in the same year and did not retire from practice until 1916. Dicey visited America in 1870 and 1898, when he lectured at Harvard. He was elected to the Vinerian professorship of English Law at Oxford, 1882, to which a fellowship at All Souls College is attached, and held the post for twenty-seven years. After his resignation in 1909, the college elected him to a fellowship without emolument, which he held until his death. From 1910 to 1913 he also held a lecturership in Private International Law.

From 1899-1912, Dicey was the Principal of the Working Men's College in London. He was awarded honorary fellowships at Trinity College (1894) and Balliol College (1921), and honorary degrees from the universities of Glasgow (1883), Princeton (1898), and Oxford (1907). Dicey contributed to the 'Northampton Mercury', the 'Spectator' and the New York 'Nation'. Dicey's publications include, 'Treatise on the Rules for the Selection of the Parties to an Action', 1870; 'The Law of Domicii', 1879'; 'Introduction to the Study of the Law of the Constitution', 1885; 'Digest of the Law of England with Reference to the Conflict of Laws', 1896.
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