Sydney Law School appoints new honorary professors

5 May 2023
Sydney Law School is delighted to announce the appointment of two new honorary professors, Peter Cane and Jane Stapleton.
Two new honorary professors join the Law School with illustrious academic careers that have spanned continents, decades and some of the world’s top legal institutions.
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Professor Jane Stapleton joins the Law School having held chairs at Oxford and Cambridge, the University of Texas and the Australian National University – most immediately Jane joins us from the position of Christ's College, University of Cambridge  (2016-2022).  

An Emeritus Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford, she has also held visiting professorships at Cambridge, Harvard, Columbia and the European University Institute.

Jane has also acted as a consultant in commercial, pharmaceutical, medical and environmental litigation in the US and UK.

Professor Jane Stapleton

Honorary Professor Jane Stapleton

Professor Peter Cane, a University of Sydney alumnus joins the Law School after long service as a Professor of Law at ANU from 1997-2007, Distinguished Professor from 2007-2016 and now Emeritus Professor.

Commencing his academic career  at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, successively as Lecturer and Tutor, Reader and Professor (1978-1997). He was previously a Senior Research Fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge and a Yorke Distinguished Visiting Fellow in the Faculty of Law at the University of Cambridge.

Peter’s main research interests are in public law (comparative administrative law), private law (tort law) and legal theory (concepts of responsibility).

He is a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, and a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and the Australian Academy of Law.

Head of School and Dean of Sydney Law School Professor Simon Bronitt was pleased to welcome the school’s newest honorary professors.

"Professors Cane and Stapleton are both distinguished scholars and leaders in their respective fields of law, and have served as extraordinary research mentors for scholars and students over the course of their careers,” Professor Bronitt said.

"We are delighted and honoured to welcome them both to Sydney Law School, knowing that our academic community will be enriched by their mentorship, breadth of disciplinary expertise and global networks.”

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