Professor Joe Campbell

QC FAAL, BA (Hons) LLB (Hons) (Sydney)
Adjunct Professor

F10 - Law School (Camperdown)
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 0320
Fax +61 2 9351 0200

Biographical details

Adjunct Professor Joseph Campbell was a judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales from 2001 until his retirement in 2012. He sat as a first instance judge in the Equity Division 2001-2006, and as a judge of the Court of Appeal 2007-2012. In 2013 he was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law. Also in 2013 he became an Adjunct Professor at Sydney Law School, and began teaching undergraduate courses in Introduction to Property and Commercial Law, and Equity.

After completing an Arts degree with honours in philosophy, he graduated from Sydney University with first class honours in law in 1974. He was admitted as a solicitor in 1974, and was called to the bar in 1975. He was appointed as Queens Counsel in 1988. At the bar his practice included appearing in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the Supreme Courts of other states and territories, the Federal Court, the High Court and the Privy Council. It included administrative law, banking, finance and securities law, commercial law, corporations and securities law, insolvency, Bankruptcy and Liquidation law, insurance law, intellectual property law, property and conveyancing law, landlord and tenancy law, trade practices and competition law, trusts, ,equity, wills probate and family provision law.

He was a part-time lecturer in Equity at Sydney Law School, 1974-1978, and Challis Lecturer in Bankruptcy 1983-1986.

He was a councillor and Chairman of the Publications Committee of the Commercial Law Association of Australia 1981-1984, and a member of the NSW Council of Law Reporting 1994-2001, including being Chairperson of that Council in 2001. He has been a member of the Examinations Committee of the Legal Practitioners Admission Board 2002-2006, a member of the Qualifications Committee of the Legal Practitioners Admission Board 2006- 2009, and a member of the NSW Legal Practitioners Admissions Board 2008-2009. He was the representative of the NSW Supreme Court on the Law Admissions Consultative Committee 2006-2009.

He was Visiting Fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge Michaelmas Term 2007 and Easter Term 2010, and Herbert Smith Visitor Cambridge University Law Faculty Easter Term 2010. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Equity 2013 and continuing.

His particular areas of academic interest are equity, legal history, processes of legal reasoning and interpretation of texts, and connections between legal concepts and those in more general history of ideas.

Teaching and supervision

  • Introduction to Property and Ccommercial Law
  • Equity

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Campbell, J. (2010). Foreword - Amending Final Judgments and Orders. Amending Final Judgments and Orders, (pp. v-vi). Australia: Federation Press.
  • Campbell, J. (2009). Foreword - Equity & Trusts 2nd Edition. Equity & Trusts - 2nd Edition. Australia: LexisNexis Butterworths.

Journals

  • Campbell, J., Campbell, R. (2014). Why statutory interpretation is done as it is done. Australian Bar Review, 39(1), 1-45.
  • Campbell, J. (2013). Are proprietary remedies to recover bribes possible? Australian Bar Review, 37(3), 231-258.
  • Campbell, J. (2013). Waltons v Maher: History, unconscientiousness and remedy - the 'minimum equity'. Journal of Equity, 7(3), 1-27.
  • Campbell, J. (2011). Should the 'rule in Hastings-Bass' be followed in Australia? - Trustees' duty to enquire and trustees' mistakes. Australian Bar Review, 34(3), 259-295.
  • Campbell, J. (2009). Access by trust beneficiaries to trustees' documents information and reasons. Journal of Equity, 3(2), 97-147.
  • Campbell, J. (2009). Exercise by superannuation trustees of discretionary powers. Australian Law Journal, 83(3), 159-180.
  • Campbell, J. (2009). Some historical and policy aspects of the law of equitable liens. Australian Law Journal, 83(2), 97-127.
  • Campbell, J. (2006). Some aspects of privilege concerning communications with lawyers. Australian Bar Review, 27(3), 264-287.
  • Campbell, J. (2004). The purpose of pleadings. Australian Bar Review, 25(2), 116-129.
  • Campbell, J. (1993). Contribution, Contributory Negligence and Section 52 of the Trade Practices Act - Part I. Australian Law Journal, 67(2), 87-108.
  • Campbell, J. (1993). Contribution, Contributory Negligence and Section 52 of the Trade Practices Act - Part II. Australian Law Journal, 67(3), 177-190.
  • Campbell, J. (1985). Interpretation of Instruments - Commentary. Australian Bar Review, 1(2), 139-146.

Conferences

  • Campbell, J. (2014). The Development of Principles in Equity in the Seventeenth Century. Principles in Early Modern Thought 2014: University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Campbell, J. (2013). The Present Status of Lister v Stubbs in Australian Law. Symposium on Trusts, Fiduciaries and Commerce 2013, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Campbell, J. (2013). Waltons v Maher: History, Unconscientiousness and Remedy - the "Minimum Equity". Waltons Stores and Promissory Estoppel: The 25th Anniversary, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Campbell, J. (2012). Fiduciary Relationships in a Commercial Context. The Supreme Court of New South Wales Annual Corporate Law Conference 2012, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.

2014

  • Campbell, J. (2014). The Development of Principles in Equity in the Seventeenth Century. Principles in Early Modern Thought 2014: University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Campbell, J., Campbell, R. (2014). Why statutory interpretation is done as it is done. Australian Bar Review, 39(1), 1-45.

2013

  • Campbell, J. (2013). Are proprietary remedies to recover bribes possible? Australian Bar Review, 37(3), 231-258.
  • Campbell, J. (2013). The Present Status of Lister v Stubbs in Australian Law. Symposium on Trusts, Fiduciaries and Commerce 2013, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Campbell, J. (2013). Waltons v Maher: History, Unconscientiousness and Remedy - the "Minimum Equity". Waltons Stores and Promissory Estoppel: The 25th Anniversary, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Campbell, J. (2013). Waltons v Maher: History, unconscientiousness and remedy - the 'minimum equity'. Journal of Equity, 7(3), 1-27.

2012

  • Campbell, J. (2012). Fiduciary Relationships in a Commercial Context. The Supreme Court of New South Wales Annual Corporate Law Conference 2012, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.

2011

  • Campbell, J. (2011). Should the 'rule in Hastings-Bass' be followed in Australia? - Trustees' duty to enquire and trustees' mistakes. Australian Bar Review, 34(3), 259-295.

2010

  • Campbell, J. (2010). Foreword - Amending Final Judgments and Orders. Amending Final Judgments and Orders, (pp. v-vi). Australia: Federation Press.

2009

  • Campbell, J. (2009). Access by trust beneficiaries to trustees' documents information and reasons. Journal of Equity, 3(2), 97-147.
  • Campbell, J. (2009). Exercise by superannuation trustees of discretionary powers. Australian Law Journal, 83(3), 159-180.
  • Campbell, J. (2009). Foreword - Equity & Trusts 2nd Edition. Equity & Trusts - 2nd Edition. Australia: LexisNexis Butterworths.
  • Campbell, J. (2009). Some historical and policy aspects of the law of equitable liens. Australian Law Journal, 83(2), 97-127.

2006

  • Campbell, J. (2006). Some aspects of privilege concerning communications with lawyers. Australian Bar Review, 27(3), 264-287.

2004

  • Campbell, J. (2004). The purpose of pleadings. Australian Bar Review, 25(2), 116-129.

1993

  • Campbell, J. (1993). Contribution, Contributory Negligence and Section 52 of the Trade Practices Act - Part I. Australian Law Journal, 67(2), 87-108.
  • Campbell, J. (1993). Contribution, Contributory Negligence and Section 52 of the Trade Practices Act - Part II. Australian Law Journal, 67(3), 177-190.

1985

  • Campbell, J. (1985). Interpretation of Instruments - Commentary. Australian Bar Review, 1(2), 139-146.

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