5 Pub. Space: J. L. & Soc. Just. 1 (2010)

handle is hein.journals/pubspac5 and id is 1 raw text is: Public Space: The Journal of Law and Social Justice
Mabel Hannah's Justice: a contextual re-reading of
Donoghue v Stevenson
Honni van Rijswijk'
'I do not think so ill of our jurisprudence as to suppose
that its principles are so remote from the ordinary needs
of civilized society and the ordinary claims it makes
upon its members as to deny a legal remedy where there
is so obviously a social wrong'.
'If law has a soul, then ... it is to be found in the law of
tort and, more particularly, in the far-reaching doctrines
of negligence'.3
'I am very poor, and am not worth in all the world the
sum of Five Pounds, my wearing apparel and the subject
matter of the said Appeal only excepted.....
1 Faculty of Law, University of Technology, Sydney.
2 Donoghue v Stevenson [1932] AC 562, 583 (Lord Atkin).
3 Desmond Manderson, Proximity, Levinas and The Soul of the Law (McGill-Queen's University Press
2006) 4.
4 Affadavit sworn by Mrs Donoghue on February 16, 1931 and attached to petition for leave (Journal of
the House of Lords 128, 251 cited in Martin Taylor, 'Mrs Donoghue's Journey', in Peter Burns and
Susan Lyons (eds), Donoghue v Stevenson and the Modern Law ofNegligence: the Paisley Papers: the
Proceedings of the Paisley Conference on the Law of Negligence (Continuing Legal Education Society
of British Columbia, 1991) 19.

Public Space: The Journal of Law and Social Justice (2010) Vol 5, Art 1, pp 1-26.


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