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John William Salmond was a legal scholar, public servant and judge in New Zealand. He made many useful and important contributions to law, particularly in areas of Contracts, Torts and Jurisprudence.

The Law Library at the University of Adelaide Law School is named in his honor.

Salmond specified six forms of Special Law - Local Law, Martial Law, Foreign Law, Prize Law, Autonomic Law and Conventional Law.

Salmond contributed to the Theory of Realism in which he attempted to define Law.