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Corresponding Fellow, Law, elected in 2015

Professor Jane Stapleton FBA

The private law of obligations; comparative common law; compensation systems; judicial reasoning and the philosophical foundations of the common law in areas such as causation and the duty of care
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About this Fellow

Jane Stapleton is a private lawyer (ANU, LLB; Oxford, DPhil and DCL) who originally trained as a scientist (UNSW, BSc; University of Adelaide, PhD; post-doc at Cambridge). A major focus of her research in the last ten years has been on causation in law, philosophy and science. She has acted as a consultant in commercial, pharmaceutical, medical and environmental litigation in the UK and US. She has held permanent academic posts at Oxford (Balliol), the ANU and the University of Texas and a number of visiting professorships including at Cambridge, Harvard, Columbia and the European University Institute. In the UK she is an Honorary Bencher of Gray's Inn, an Emeritus Fellow of Balliol College and an Honorary Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge. In the US she is a Council Member of the American Law Institute and the recipient of awards from the Association of American Law Schools (2013 Prosser Award) and the American Bar Association (2016 Robert B. McKay Law Professor Award). Jane Stapleton takes up the post of the 38th Master of Christ's College, Cambridge, on 1 September 2016.



Current post

  • Master, Christ's College, Cambridge

Past Appointments

  • Master, Christ's College University of Cambridge, 2016


An 'Extended But-For' Test for the Causal Relation in the Law of Obligations Oxford J. of Legal Studies (2015) 35

Benefits of Comparative Tort Reasoning: Lost in Translation Journal of Tort Law (2007) 1

Tort, Insurance and Ideology Modern Law Review (1995) 58

Disease and the Compensation Debate 1986

Product Liability 1994

Unnecessary Causes Law Quarterly Review (2013) 129

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