Robert Fine

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Robert Fine (1945 – 9 June 2018) was a British sociologist.[1] He was a leading European scholar on the history of social and political thought, cosmopolitan social theory, the social theory of Karl Marx and Hannah Arendt, the Holocaust and contemporary antisemitism, crimes against humanity and human rights. He was a Professor Emeritus at Warwick University. He died on 9 June 2018.[2]

In 1996, he won a landmark case against a student who was stalking him, the first time anyone had won damages for being stalked and the first civil action in which a judge had defined stalking.[3][4][5] The case was the topic of his memoir Being Stalked (1997), described by The Daily Telegraph as candid and troubling.[6]



  • Cosmopolitanism (Routledge Key Ideas 2007)
  • Democracy and the Rule of Law: Marx's Critique of the Legal Form (Blackburn Press 2002; Pluto 1984 and 1985)
  • Political Investigations: Hegel, Marx, Arendt (Routledge 2001)
  • Being Stalked: A Memoir (Chatto and Windus, 1997)
  • Beyond Apartheid: Labour and Liberation in South Africa (with Dennis Davis, Pluto 1990)

Edited collections include: Social Theory after the Holocaust (with Charles Turner, Liverpool University Press 2000); People, Nation and State (with Edward Mortimer, IB Tauris 1999); Civil Society: Democratic Perspectives (with Shirin M. Rai, Frank Cass 1997); Policing the Miners' Strike (with Robert Millar, Lawrence and Wishart, Cobden Press 1985); Capitalism and the Rule of Law (with Richard Kinsey, John Lea and Jock Young, Hutchinson).


Complete list of publications.

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  1. ^ "Robert Fine (1945-2018)". British Sociological Association. June 2018. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Robert Fine (1945-2018)". European Sociological Association. 11 June 2018. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Woman stalker ordered to pay lecturer pounds 5,000 in damages" The Independent Thursday, 14 November 1996
  4. ^ "Capturing the stalker in words" The Lawyer 12 March 1996
  5. ^ Chris Johnston "Diary key to stalker case win" Times Higher Educational Supplement 22 November 1996
  6. ^ Nicci Gerrard "Stalking: intrusive, abusive and deadly" January 2010