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Corresponding Fellow, Law, elected in 2007

Professor Peter Cane FBA

Public law, especially comparative administrative law; private law, especially tort law; legal theory, especially concepts and theories of responsibility
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About this Fellow

From 1978-1997 Peter Cane taught law at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He was Research Professor of Law in the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University from 1997-2007, and Distinguished Research Professor of Law in the ANU College of Law from 2007-2016. He was educated at Sydney University in classics and law, and in 1976 completed a BCL at Magdalen College, Oxford, being awarded the Vinerian Scholarship. He was awarded the degree of DCL by Oxford University in 2005. He is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and the Australian Academy of Law. In 2002, Peter served on a panel appointed by the nine Australian governments to review the law of negligence, leading to the enactment of major legislation in all Australian jurisdictions. In 2011 he delivered the Maccabaean Lecture in Jurisprudence at the British Academy on concepts of law and morality, and their interaction. In 2011-2012 he jointly held the Arthur L Goodhart Visiting Professorship of Legal Science at Cambridge University. Peter lives in Cambridge where his wife, Professor Jane Stapleton FBA, is Master of Christ's College.



Current post

  • Senior Research Fellow, Christ's College, Cambridge; Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Law, Australian National University

Past Appointments

  • Lecturer (1978-1996), Reader (1996) and Professor of Law (1997), University of Oxford, 1978 - 1997
  • Distinguished Professor of Law, Australian National University, 2007 - 2016
  • Official (then Emeritus) Fellow, Corpus Christi College University of Oxford, 1978
  • Professor of Law, Australian National University, 1997 - 2007
  • Lecturer in Law, University of Sydney, 1976 - 1977
  • Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Law, Australian National University, 2016
  • Senior Research Fellow, Christ's College University of Cambridge, 2017


Administrative Law OUP 5th edition (2011)

The Anatomy of Tort Law Hart Publishing 1997

Responsibility in Law and Morality Hart Publishing 2002

Administrative Tribunals and Adjudication Hart Publishing 2009

Atiyah's Accidents, Compensation and the Law 8th edn, 2013

Controlling Administrative Power: An Historical Comparison 2016

Other Law Fellows

Professor Jane Stapleton

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