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Contemporary Australian Tort Law


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Contemporary Australian Tort Law is an engaging, accessible and student-friendly introduction to the law of torts in Australia. This unique text covers the foundational topics of tort law in a logical structure.

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ISBN 9781108626255

Kyriakakis J & Popa T






Weight 1.17 kg
Dimensions 3.4 × 17.4 × 24.8 cm


Contemporary Australian Tort Law is an engaging, accessible and student-friendly introduction to the law of torts in Australia. This unique text covers the foundational topics of tort law in a logical structure, covering duty of care, breaches, negligence, damages and defences, and also branching into higher-level topics such as defamation and offences in public office. Each chapter is supported by tools for self-assessment and self-reflection: review questions at the end of each subheading; case boxes that delve into important historical cases; multiple-choice questions and longer, narrative problems that challenge students to apply the principles they’ve learnt in the chapter to ‘real world’ scenarios. This print and eBook combination is an indispensable resource for law students taking their first course in tort law.

About the author
Joanna Kyriakakis is a Senior Lecturer at the Law School, Monash University, Victoria, and Deputy Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law. Kyriakakis teaches and coordinates the Torts Law subjects for the LL.B. and JD degrees, as well as teaching into the elective programs in the areas of International Criminal Law and Animal Law. Her research to date has focused upon corporate accountability for human rights abuses and international criminal law, publishing on a range of related issues in leading books and journals. Tina Popa is a Law Lecturer and the Online Learning Coordinator at the Graduate School of Business and Law at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Popa teaches and coordinates the Law of Torts and Health Law subjects in the Juris Doctor program. Her research interests are in tort law, medical law and alternative dispute resolution, with her doctoral research exploring the challenges in litigation and mediation of medical negligence disputes. She has been a Visiting Scholar at the University of Ottawa, Canada and the University of Antwerp, Belgium and has presented her research at national and international law conferences. Her research has been published in leading Australian tort law and medical law journals. Popa has extensive experience in the legal industry and has also worked on industry research collaborations. Francine Rochford is Director of Teaching and Learning and Director of Regional and Online Programs in the School of Law and a Senior Lecturer in the Law School at La Trobe University, Victoria. She has researched and written extensively on civil law matters, particularly in relation to the law of torts and the law of contracts. Her interests are the law and policy relating to water allocation and the law of higher education. She has been a Visiting Researcher, Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science, University of Dundee, Scotland, a Visiting Scholar, University of Limerick School of Law and an International Visiting Environmental Law Scholar at Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland Oregon, 2010. She has been involved in a grant headed by the University of Melbourne, Victorian Centre for Climate Change Adaptation Research project, ‘Governance models for adaptation and natural disaster risk management’. Natalia Szablewska is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Law and Justice, Southern Cross University, Australia and an Adjunct Professor at English Language Based Bachelor of Law, Royal University of Law and Economics, Cambodia. Szablewska has over fifteen years of professional experience in public policy, research and academia in five countries, and she teaches Torts, Public International Law and International Humanitarian Law. She has published extensively for academic and non-academic audiences, and her academic work has appeared in leading law and social sciences journals. Szablewska is on Editorial Boards of International Journal of Refugee Law, the Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies and Studies in Public Law. Szablewska practised human rights law in an NGO in Russia (Russian Justice Initiative), litigating before the European Court of Human Rights. Xiaobo Zhao is a Lecturer at the School of Law and Justice, University of Southern Queensland (USQ). He has worked as a lecturer in law and legal consultant for years before taking the current position at USQ. He has taught across a range of law courses for LL.B. and LL.M. programmes since 2012. He is the course leader of Torts, Water Resource Law and Sustainable Environmental Governance Research Programme at USQ. He is a senior research fellow of the Research Institute of Environmental Law (RIEL) Wuhan University. His research interests focus on comparative environmental law, contaminated land law and torts. He is also the author and co-author of several law books, peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters. Jason Taliadoros is a Senior Lecturer and Director of Teaching at the Deakin Law School, Deakin University. Taliadoros teaches and coordinates Torts Law units for the LL.B. degree, elective units in personal injuries and restitution for the LL.B., and research methods units for the LL.M. degree. His research focuses on legal and religious history and personal injuries, and he has published in these areas in leading books and journals. Most recently, Taliadoros has published articles in the Cleveland State Law Review and the Journal of Legal History on the origins of punitive damages. He has also worked in private practice as a legal practitioner in the areas of personal injuries, workers’ compensation, and insurance and commercial litigation. Darren O’Donovan is Senior Lecturer at La Trobe Law School, Melbourne. O’Donovan holds a BCL (Hons), and a Ph.D. from University College Cork, Ireland, where he also lectured from 2009-2012. Darren’s main specialisations is in administrative law. He has written extensively on rights, oversight and public administration, including the book Law and Public Administration in Ireland (co-authored with Dr Fiona Donson). Much of O’Donovan’s work has reflected upon the centrality of non-judicial review bodies and first instance decision-makers to delivering administrative justice. Reflecting these themes, O’Donovan is currently undertaking research projects in relation to the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Lowell Bautista is Senior Lecturer and Head of Students at the School of Law and a Staff Member at the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS), University of Wollongong. Dr Bautista is recognised for his expertise in the law of the sea, particularly in the area of territorial and maritime disputes in the Asia-Pacific, especially on the South China Sea. He is a lawyer with over ten years of experience in legal and policy research, litigation and consultancy. He holds a BA and LLB degrees from the University of the Philippines, an LL.M. degree from Dalhousie University and a Ph.D. from the University of Wollongong. His areas of research include territorial and maritime boundary issues in the Asia-Pacific, the South China Sea, Philippine maritime and territorial issues, maritime piracy and terrorism, international humanitarian law, and international environmental law, on which topics he has also published.

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