The Master

JS1Jane Stapleton specialises in the law of torts.  As a result of her background in the sciences, and her work on three continents, she has wide ranging intellectual interests in the UK, the US and Australia.  A major focus of her research in the last ten years has been on causation in law, philosophy and science.  Until she took up her post as the 38th Master of Christ's on 1 September 2016 she was a Distinguished Professor of Law at the Australian National University in Canberra and Ernest E Smith Professor of Law at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin.

Until 2015 Jane Stapleton was a Statutory Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Oxford.  She is an Emeritus Fellow of Balliol College, where she taught before moving to the ANU in 1997.

In 2008 the University of Oxford awarded Professor Stapleton her third doctorate, the Doctor of Civil Law (DCL), her others being a PhD in physical organic chemistry from the University of Adelaide and a DPhil in law from Oxford.  In 2011-2012 she was Arthur Goodhart Visiting Professor of Legal Science at the University of Cambridge.  In the US she is a Council Member of the American Law Institute, in the UK she is an Honorary Bencher of Gray's Inn, and in Australia she is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law.  In 2013 the Association of American Law Schools bestowed on Professor Stapleton the Prosser Award which honours those "who have made an outstanding contribution to the world of tort law scholarship".  In 2015 she was elected a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy.  In 2016 the American Bar Association bestowed on her the Robert B McKay Law Professor Award in the field of Tort Trial and Insurance Practice.  She has accepted invitations to teach and lecture as a Visiting Professor in the UK, the US, Germany, Italy, Spain, Norway, Canada, Brazil, Columbia, New Zealand and China.  She has acted as a consultant in major commercial, pharmaceutical, medical and environmental litigation in the United Kingdom, United States, Australia and New Zealand.

Jane Stapleton has published widely; and her work has been frequently cited with approval by appellate courts in many common law jurisdictions, in academic publications and reports of Law Commissions. She has been invited by the University of Oxford to deliver the Clarendon Lectures in Law in 2016-2017.

Jane Stapleton is married to Peter Cane DCL FBA, himself an eminent academic, who was a Distinguished Professor of Law at the ANU College of Law before moving to Cambridge in 2016 and he remains an Emeritus Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford and an Emeritus Professor of the ANU.  He was also Arthur Goodhart Visiting Professor of Legal Science at the University of Cambridge in 2011- 2012 and was a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge during that year.


Address: Christ's College, Cambridge CB2 3BU.