Professor Peter Cane FBA

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

Elected 2007

Fellow type
Corresponding Fellow
Year elected

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

Christ's College University of Cambridge Senior Research Fellow

2017 -

Australian National University Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Law

2016 -

Australian National University Distinguished Professor of Law

2007 - 2016

Australian National University Professor of Law

1997 - 2007

University of Oxford Lecturer (1978-1996), Reader (1996) and Professor of Law (1997)

1978 - 1997

Corpus Christi College University of Oxford Official (then Emeritus) Fellow

1978 -

University of Sydney Lecturer in Law

1976 - 1977


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

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