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By Lesley Dingle and Daniel Bates

Stapleton, Professor B. Jane (b. 26th March 1952, Sydney Australia)

Some Career Highlights

  • Distinguished Professor of Law, The Australian National University
  • Ernest E. Smith Professor of Law, University of Texas at Austin School of Law
  • Statutory Visiting Professor, University of Oxford Faculty of Law
  • Emeritus Fellow, Balliol College, University of Oxford
  • Honorary Fellow, St John’s College, Cambridge
  • Council of the American Law Institute
  • Honorary Bencher of Gray’s Inn
  • Fellow of the British Academy
  • Master of Christ’s College, Cambridge

Science Career

  • 1974, BSc. Chemistry, University of New South Wales
  • 1977, PhD, University of Adelaide
  • 1976-7, Visiting Doctoral Scholar, Warwick University
  • 1977, Postdoctoral Researcher (Dudley Williams' Group), University of Cambridge

Law Career

  • 1981, LL.B. Australian National University
  • 1981, Barrister of the Supreme Court of New South Wales
  • 1984, Barrister of the High Court of Australia
  • 1984, DPhil., Oxford University (Balliol College)

Appointments

  • 1981-1884 Legal/Senior Legal Officer, Australian Attorney-General’s Department
  • 1985, Lecturer, University of Sydney Law School
  • 1985-6, Lecturer, Trinity College, Oxford
  • 1987-1997, Fellow and Tutor in Law, Balliol College, Oxford, CUF Lecturer, University of Oxford
  • 1993, Academic Visitor, University of Sydney Law School
  • 1995-1996, Special Lectureship, University of Oxford
  • 1996-7, Reader in Law, University of Oxford
  • 1996-97, Estates Bursar, Balliol College, Oxford
  • 1997-2016 Research Professor of Law, The Australian National University
  • 2000, Elected Member, American Law Institute
  • 2000-2014 Statutory Visiting Professor in Law, University of Oxford
  • 2000-2010 Adviser, American Law Institute, Restatement Third of Torts, Liability for Physical Loss 
  • 2000, Arhens Visiting Professor of Tort Law, Washburn Law School, Kansas
  • 2001, Professor of Comparative Private Law, European University Institute
  • 2001, Legal Research Foundation Visiting Fellow, University of Auckland
  • 2001, Academic Associate, Fountain Court Chambers, The Temple, London.
  • 2002-2016, Ernest E. Smith Professor of Law, University of Texas, School of Law
  • 2004, External Assessor, the University of Oxford Review of the Faculty of Law
  • 2005-, Adviser, American Law Institute, Restatement Third of Torts, Liability for Economic Loss 
  • 2007, Visiting Professor, Columbia Law School
  • 2008, Adjunct Lecturer, Philosophy Summer School in Taiyuan, China (jointly sponsored by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the Royal Institute of Philosophy and the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia)
  • 2011-12, Visiting Fellow, St John’s College, Cambridge
  • 2012, Visiting Professor, Harvard Law School
  • 2016-, Master of Christ’s College, Cambridge

Awards, Prizes and Honours

  • 1981, University Medal, Australian National University; The Supreme Court Judges’ Prize
  • 1995, Wedderburn Prize, Modern Law Review
  • 2004, Member, Council of the American Law Institute
  • 2007, Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia
  • 2008, Doctor of Civil Law, University of Oxford
  • 2009, Honorary Bencher of Gray’s Inn
  • 2010, Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law
  • 2011-12, Arthur Goodhart Visiting Professor of Legal Science, University of Cambridge
  • 2012, Honorary Fellow, St John’s College Cambridge
  • 2013, The American Association of Law Schools bestowed the Prosser Award (only non-US recipient), honours those "who have made an outstanding contribution to the world of tort law scholarship".
  • 2015, Fellow of the British Academy
  • 2016, The American Bar Association bestowed the Robert B. McKay Law Professor Award (only non-US recipient), honours “those attorneys who have shown commitment to the advancement of justice, scholarship and the legal profession, demonstrated by outstanding contributions to the fields of tort and insurance law”.
  • 2016, Distinguished Professor, The Australian National University