About Professor Barbara McDonald

Barbara's research interests are: Liability for Negligence; Tort Law and Reform; Negligence; Professional and Fiduciary Liability; Remedies and Compensation for Injury and Loss; Trusts, particularly constructive trusts; and Media Law: Defamation, Privacy, Breach of Confidence.

Barbara McDonald is a Professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Sydney, currently teaching in the areas of Torts, Equity, Torts and Contracts II and Media Law in the undergraduate programme, and Law of Obligations, Legal Reasoning and Common Law Systems, and Joint and Proportionate Liability in the postgraduate programme. She is currently the Director of the Faculty’s LLM in Europe programme which conducts courses in Berlin and Cambridge.

Barbara is a consultant to Freehills lawyers. She is also a member of the Bar Assocation of New South Wales.

She is a graduate of the University of Sydney in Arts and Law. After several years in the litigation department of a large Sydney commercial law firm, with a break to complete a Master of Laws at University College London in 1979-1980, she joined the Faculty of Law at the University of Sydney as a part-time lecturer in 1982. She took up a full-time position in the Faculty in 1991. She was a Visiting Professor at University of Texas at Austin in 2000, teaching US Tort law. She was Pro Dean of the Sydney Faculty of Law from 2002-2004.

She has been the academic member of the Law Society of New South Wales Specialist Accreditation Board Personal Injuries Law Advisory Committee since its inception.

She is the co-editor of a casebook on the law of torts, and a member of the editorial board of the Torts Law Journal. She is also a contributing author to a textbook on the principles of equity. She has recently written a number of articles on tort reform, published in the Sydney Law Review, the Australian Bar Review, the Torts Law Journal and the Commercial Law Quarterly. She recently addressed the New South Wales Supreme Court Annual Conference of 2006 on the impact of legislative tort reform. Barbara is also commercial law co-editor of the monograph series of the Ross parsons Centre of Commercial, Corporate and Taxation Law within the Faculty of Law.

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