Professor Barbara McDonald

BA LLB (Sydney) LLM (Lond)

F10 - Law School (Camperdown)
The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

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 in the undergraduate programme, and Advanced Obligations and Remedies in the postgraduate programme. She is currently the Director of the Faculty’s Sydney Law School in Europe programme which conducts courses in Berlin and Cambridge, and elsewhere, and has been the Director of the JD programme. Barbara is currently serving as a Commissioner of the Australian Law Reform Commission in Sydney where she is heading the Inquiry into Serious Invasions of Privacy in the Digital Era. The Inquiry will be completed in June 2014.

Barbara was recently appointed Visiting Professor in Law to the New College of the Humanities in London. Barbara has been a consultant to Herbert Smith Freehills since 2000. She is also Consultant Editor to the CCH Torts Reporter.

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 was the academic member of the Law Society of New South Wales Specialist Accreditation Board Personal Injuries Law Advisory Committee for many years.

Barbara 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 recently contributed three chapters to the new edition of Fleming’s Law of Torts, and a chapter on privacy law in Torts in Commercial Law. She is a co-author of Celebrity and the Law, published in 2010, with primary authorship of the chapters on defamation and privacy. She is also a contributing author to a textbook on the principles of equity. She has written a number of articles on the impact of tort reform, published in the Journal of Contract Law, the Sydney Law Review, the Australian Bar Review, the Torts Law Journal, and the Commercial Law Quarterly, and in international journals, on the developing law of privacy. In 2006 she addressed the South Wales Supreme Court Annual Conference 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. Barbara is a consultant to Freehills lawyers.

Research interests

  • Liability for Negligence
  • Tort Law and reform
  • Negligence
  • Proportionate Liability
  • Professional and Fiduciary Liability
  • Remedies and Compensation for Injury and Loss
  • Trusts, particularly constructive trusts
  • Media Law: Defamation, Privacy, Breach of Confidence

Teaching and supervision

Undergraduate

  • Torts
  • Torts and Contracts II
  • Equity
  • Media Law

Postgraduate

  • Advanced Obligations and Remedies
  • Legal Reasoning and the Common Law System

Selected grants

2014

  • Sydney Law School- National University of Singapore Symposium; McDonald B, Bath V, Brown C, Courtney W, McCracken S, Rolph D, Weatherall K, Tan Kah Heng D; DVC International/IPDF Grant.

Selected publications

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Books

  • McDonald, B., Anderson, R. (2012). Cases on Torts (5th edition). Australia: The Federation Press.
  • Loughlan, P., McDonald, B., Van Krieken, R. (2010). Celebrity and the Law. Sydney: Federation Press.

Book Chapters

  • McDonald, B. (2015). Privacy Claims: Transformation, Fault, and the Public Interest Defence (Forthcoming). In Andrew Dyson, James Goudkamp, Fred Wilmot-Smith (Eds.), Defences in Tort. United Kingdom: Hart Publishing.
  • McDonald, B. (2013). Milestones in Negligence in the 19th and Early 20th Century. In Justin T Gleeson, James A Watson, Elisabeth Peden (Eds.), Historical Foundations of Australian Law: Volume II Commercial Common Law, (pp. 174-200). Sydney: Federation Press.
  • McDonald, B. (2011). Concurrent Wrongdoers. In C Sappideen & P Vines (Eds.), Flemings The Law of Torts, (pp. 301-316). Sydney: Thomson Reuters.
  • McDonald, B. (2011). Right of Privacy. In C Sappideen & P Vines (Eds.), Flemings The Law of Torts, (pp. 683-692). Sydney: Thomson Reuters.
  • McDonald, B. (2011). Standard of Care. In C Sappideen & P Vines (Eds.), Flemings The Law of Torts, (pp. 123-150). Sydney: Thomson Reuters.
  • McDonald, B. (2011). Tort's Role in Protecting Privacy: Current and Future Directions. In S Degeling, J Edelman & J Goudkamp (Eds.), Torts in Commercial Law, (pp. 63-86). Sydney: Thomson Reuters.
  • McDonald, B. (2008). Contractual exclusions and indemnities of liability for negligence. In Greg Tolhurst, Elisabeth {eden (Eds.), Commercial Issues in Contract Law: Papers from the Commercial Law Quarterly 20th Anniversary Conference, (pp. 7-25). University of Sydney: Ross Parsons Centre of Commercial, Corporate and Taxation Law.
  • McDonald, B. (2003). Constructive Trusts. In Patrick Parkinson (Eds.), The Principles of Equity: 2nd Edition, (pp. 721-795). Sydney: Lawbook Co.
  • Maclean, D., McDonald, B. (2003). Injunctions. In Patrick Parkinson (Eds.), The Principles of Equity: 2nd Edition, (pp. 629-665). Sydney: Lawbook Co.
  • McDonald, B. (2003). Marshalling. In P Parkinson (Eds.), The Principles of Equity (2nd ed), (pp. 569-580). Sydney: Lawbook Co.

Journals

  • McDonald, B. (2013). A statutory action for breach of privacy: Would it make a (beneficial) difference? Australian Bar Review, 36(3), 241-269.
  • McDonald, B. (2013). Proportionate Liability in the Context of Fraud and Negligence: Is there a Concurrent Liability? Journal of Banking and Finance - Law and Practice, 24(2), 136-140.
  • McDonald, B. (2013). The legal framework of claims against ratings agencies in Australia. Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law, 28(6), 383-385.
  • McDonald, B. (2011). Indemnities and the Civil Liability Legislation. Journal of Contract Law, 27(1), 56-64.
  • Partlett, D., McDonald, B. (2011). International Publications and Protection of Reputation: A Margin of Appreciation But Not Subservience? Alabama Law Review, 62(3), 477-511.
  • McDonald, B. (2010). Teaching Torts: Where to Start in an Age of Statutes? Torts Law Journal, 18(2), 173-186.
  • McDonald, B., Carter, J. (2009). The Lottery of Contractual Risk Allocation and Proportionate Liability. Journal of Contract Law, 26(1), 1-24.
  • McDonald, B. (2006). Privacy, Princesses, and Paparazzi. New York Law School Law Review, 50(1), 205-236.
  • McDonald, B. (2006). The Impact of the Civil Liability Legislation on Fundamental Policies and Principles of the Common Law of Negligence. Torts Law Journal, 14(3), 268-300.
  • McDonald, B. (2006). The Theoretical Foundations of Fault and No-Fault Compensation. Precedent, (75), 12-16.
  • McDonald, B. (2005). Legislative Intervention in the Law of Negligence: The common law, stautory interpretation and tort reform in Australia. Sydney Law Review, 27(3), 443-482.
  • McDonald, B. (2005). Proportionate Liability in Australia: The devil in the detail. Australian Bar Review, 26, 29-50.
  • McDonald, B. (2003). The common law of negligence. Commercial Law Quarterly, 17 (June-August 2003)(2), 12-36.
  • Loughlan, P., McDonald, B. (2000). Communal Ownership of Indigenous Artworks. Walking Together, 29, 43.
  • McDonald, B. (2000). Immunities under Attack: The Tort Liability of Highway Authorities and their Immunity from Liability for Non-Feasance. Sydney Law Review, 22, 411-434.
  • McDonald, B. (2000). Liability in Negligence for Economic Loss. Australian Law Journal, 72, 17-22.
  • McDonald, B. (2000). Professional negligence; The legal profession; Valuation of land. Australian Law Journal, 72, 135-140.

Conferences

  • McDonald, B., Aoun, F. (2005). Optimal Model in Teaching Law: Surveys Conducted under CHASS Teaching Improvement Fund Grant. The University of Sydney Law Faculty Retreat 2005, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.

Report

  • McDonald, B., et al (2014). Serious Invasions of Privacy in the Digital Era: Australian Law Reform Commission Discussion Paper 80.
  • McDonald, B. (2002). Report on the Common Law of Negligence.

2015

  • McDonald, B. (2015). Privacy Claims: Transformation, Fault, and the Public Interest Defence (Forthcoming). In Andrew Dyson, James Goudkamp, Fred Wilmot-Smith (Eds.), Defences in Tort. United Kingdom: Hart Publishing.

2014

  • McDonald, B., et al (2014). Serious Invasions of Privacy in the Digital Era: Australian Law Reform Commission Discussion Paper 80.

2013

  • McDonald, B. (2013). A statutory action for breach of privacy: Would it make a (beneficial) difference? Australian Bar Review, 36(3), 241-269.
  • McDonald, B. (2013). Milestones in Negligence in the 19th and Early 20th Century. In Justin T Gleeson, James A Watson, Elisabeth Peden (Eds.), Historical Foundations of Australian Law: Volume II Commercial Common Law, (pp. 174-200). Sydney: Federation Press.
  • McDonald, B. (2013). Proportionate Liability in the Context of Fraud and Negligence: Is there a Concurrent Liability? Journal of Banking and Finance - Law and Practice, 24(2), 136-140.
  • McDonald, B. (2013). The legal framework of claims against ratings agencies in Australia. Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law, 28(6), 383-385.

2012

  • McDonald, B., Anderson, R. (2012). Cases on Torts (5th edition). Australia: The Federation Press.

2011

  • McDonald, B. (2011). Concurrent Wrongdoers. In C Sappideen & P Vines (Eds.), Flemings The Law of Torts, (pp. 301-316). Sydney: Thomson Reuters.
  • McDonald, B. (2011). Indemnities and the Civil Liability Legislation. Journal of Contract Law, 27(1), 56-64.
  • Partlett, D., McDonald, B. (2011). International Publications and Protection of Reputation: A Margin of Appreciation But Not Subservience? Alabama Law Review, 62(3), 477-511.
  • McDonald, B. (2011). Right of Privacy. In C Sappideen & P Vines (Eds.), Flemings The Law of Torts, (pp. 683-692). Sydney: Thomson Reuters.
  • McDonald, B. (2011). Standard of Care. In C Sappideen & P Vines (Eds.), Flemings The Law of Torts, (pp. 123-150). Sydney: Thomson Reuters.
  • McDonald, B. (2011). Tort's Role in Protecting Privacy: Current and Future Directions. In S Degeling, J Edelman & J Goudkamp (Eds.), Torts in Commercial Law, (pp. 63-86). Sydney: Thomson Reuters.

2010

  • Loughlan, P., McDonald, B., Van Krieken, R. (2010). Celebrity and the Law. Sydney: Federation Press.
  • McDonald, B. (2010). Teaching Torts: Where to Start in an Age of Statutes? Torts Law Journal, 18(2), 173-186.

2009

  • McDonald, B., Carter, J. (2009). The Lottery of Contractual Risk Allocation and Proportionate Liability. Journal of Contract Law, 26(1), 1-24.

2008

  • McDonald, B. (2008). Contractual exclusions and indemnities of liability for negligence. In Greg Tolhurst, Elisabeth {eden (Eds.), Commercial Issues in Contract Law: Papers from the Commercial Law Quarterly 20th Anniversary Conference, (pp. 7-25). University of Sydney: Ross Parsons Centre of Commercial, Corporate and Taxation Law.

2006

  • McDonald, B. (2006). Privacy, Princesses, and Paparazzi. New York Law School Law Review, 50(1), 205-236.
  • McDonald, B. (2006). The Impact of the Civil Liability Legislation on Fundamental Policies and Principles of the Common Law of Negligence. Torts Law Journal, 14(3), 268-300.
  • McDonald, B. (2006). The Theoretical Foundations of Fault and No-Fault Compensation. Precedent, (75), 12-16.

2005

  • McDonald, B. (2005). Legislative Intervention in the Law of Negligence: The common law, stautory interpretation and tort reform in Australia. Sydney Law Review, 27(3), 443-482.
  • McDonald, B., Aoun, F. (2005). Optimal Model in Teaching Law: Surveys Conducted under CHASS Teaching Improvement Fund Grant. The University of Sydney Law Faculty Retreat 2005, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • McDonald, B. (2005). Proportionate Liability in Australia: The devil in the detail. Australian Bar Review, 26, 29-50.

2003

  • McDonald, B. (2003). Constructive Trusts. In Patrick Parkinson (Eds.), The Principles of Equity: 2nd Edition, (pp. 721-795). Sydney: Lawbook Co.
  • Maclean, D., McDonald, B. (2003). Injunctions. In Patrick Parkinson (Eds.), The Principles of Equity: 2nd Edition, (pp. 629-665). Sydney: Lawbook Co.
  • McDonald, B. (2003). Marshalling. In P Parkinson (Eds.), The Principles of Equity (2nd ed), (pp. 569-580). Sydney: Lawbook Co.
  • McDonald, B. (2003). The common law of negligence. Commercial Law Quarterly, 17 (June-August 2003)(2), 12-36.

2002

  • McDonald, B. (2002). Report on the Common Law of Negligence.

2000

  • Loughlan, P., McDonald, B. (2000). Communal Ownership of Indigenous Artworks. Walking Together, 29, 43.
  • McDonald, B. (2000). Immunities under Attack: The Tort Liability of Highway Authorities and their Immunity from Liability for Non-Feasance. Sydney Law Review, 22, 411-434.
  • McDonald, B. (2000). Liability in Negligence for Economic Loss. Australian Law Journal, 72, 17-22.
  • McDonald, B. (2000). Professional negligence; The legal profession; Valuation of land. Australian Law Journal, 72, 135-140.

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