Dr Gemma Turton

LLB (Hons) Law with French (Birmingham), PhD (Birmingham), FHEA
Senior Lecturer

F10 - Law School (Camperdown)
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 8627 8098

Biographical details

Gemma joined the University of Sydney Law School in 2019 as a Senior Lecturer, having previously worked at the University of Leicester (UK). Her research expertise is in causation in negligence and hermonograph, Evidential Uncertainty in Causation in Negligence, was published by Hart Publishing in 2016. Gemma’s broader research and teaching interests are in the law of obligations, with a particular focus on the intersections between tort law and other areas of law including the law of property, criminal law, medical law, and human rights law.

Gemma was a participant in the ‘Crossing Boundaries? Private Remedies for Public Duties’ British Academy-funded international partnership project between University of Leicester and University of Cape Town (2014-2017), organising and participating in workshops focused on the private law liabilities of public bodies and the impact of constitutional and human rights law on the development of the duties owed by such bodies.

Gemma is the Case Notes Review Editor for the Journal of Professional Negligence.

Research interests

  • Tort law
  • Negligence, particularly professional and medical negligence
  • Causation
  • Nuisance and trespass to land

Teaching and supervision

  • Torts
  • Torts and Contracts II

Associations

  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Selected publications

  • Evidential Uncertainty in Causation in Negligence

    Evidential Uncertainty in Causation in Negligence (Hart Publishing Ltd., 2016)

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Books

  • Turton, G. (2016). Evidential Uncertainty in Causation in Negligence. Oxford, UK: Hart Publishing Ltd. [More Information]

Journals

  • Turton, G. (2019). Informed Consent to Medical Treatment Post-Montgomery: Causation and Coincidence (Forthcoming). Medical Law Review.
  • Turton, G. (2018). Risk and the Damage Requirement in Negligence Liability. Legal Studies, 35(1), 75-95. [More Information]
  • Turton, G. (2014). Richard Goldberg (ed.), "Perspectives on Causation", Hart, 2011, Hardback, 478 pp. Medical Law Review, 22(1), 131-137. [More Information]
  • Turton, G. (2014). Using NESS to overcome the confusion created by the 'material contribution to harm' test for causation in negligence. Journal of Professional Negligence, 30(2), 50-73.
  • Turton, G. (2011). Sienkiewicz v Greif (UK) Ltd: a cautionary tale for causation. Journal of Professional Negligence, 27, 166-172.
  • Turton, G. (2010). Connecting Canengus to the University Curriculum. The Journal Jurisprudence, 7, 441-464.
  • Turton, G. (2009). A Case for Clarity in Causation? Medical Law Review, 17(1), 140-147. [More Information]
  • Turton, G. (2009). Factual and legal causation - their relation to negligence in nursing. British Journal of Nursing, 18(13), 825-827. [More Information]
  • Turton, G. (2008). Defining Damage in the House of Lords. The Modern Law Review, 71, 1009-1014.

Conferences

  • Turton, G. (2018). Autonomy Interference as Damage in Negligence. Obligations IX: Form and Substance in the Law of Obligations, Melbourne Law School, Melbourne, Vic: Presentation.
  • Turton, G. (2018). Coherence in Negligence and its Implications for Public Authority Liability. Crossing Boundaries Conference, Stellenbosch (BA project confer, Stellenbosch, South Africa: Presentation.
  • Turton, G. (2017). Causation and Medical Non-Disclosure of Risk Since Montgomery: Lessons from Australia. Sydney Law School, The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Turton, G. (2017). Causation, coincidence, and medical non-disclosure of risk. SLS Conference, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland: Presentation.
  • Turton, G. (2017). Informed Consent to Medical Treatment: Causes and Coincidences. University of New South Wales Law School, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Turton, G. (2017). The Role of Coherence in the Tort of Negligence. Roundtable on Coherence in Law, Leicester Law School, Leicester, United Kingdom: Presentation.
  • Turton, G. (2016). How to Adopt a Reflective Approach to Teaching. Leicester Learning Institute world cafe event, Leicester, United Kingdom: Presentation.
  • Turton, G. (2016). Public, private, and criminal causation. Crossing Boundaries? Private remedies for public duties, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa: Presentation.
  • Turton, G. (2015). Michael v Chief Constable of South Wales Police. Crossing Boundaries? Private remedies for public duties, Leicester Law School, University of Leicester, Leicester, United Kingdom: Presentation.
  • Turton, G. (2014). Apportionment in negligence: causation and divisibility of damage. Obligations Discussion Group, Oxford University, Oxford, United Kingdom: Presentation.
  • Turton, G. (2014). Apportionment of damages in negligence law. Compensation and the Common Law Colloquium, University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada: Presentation.
  • Turton, G. (2014). Aspects of causation: reflections on Lee v Minister of Correctional Services. Crossing Boundaries? Private remedies for public duties, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa: Presentation.
  • Turton, G., Kyd Cunningham, S. (2014). Causing controversy: interpreting the requirements of causation in criminal law and tort law. SLS Conference, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom: Presentation.
  • Turton, G. (2012). Corrective Justice and Negligence Liability for Exposure to Risk. Obligations VI: Challenging Orthodoxy, Western University,, Ontario, Canada: Presentation.

Other

  • Turton, G. (2015), Causation in Negligence - New Vistas, Nottinghamshire Medico-Legal Society Annual Nigel and Margaret Colley Memorial Lecture.
  • Turton, G. (2014), 'A conversation on the Medical Innovation Bill' with Prof. Jose Miola (Law, Leicester) and Prof. Dean Fennell (Cancer Studies and Molecular Medicine, Leicester), University of Leicester.

2019

  • Turton, G. (2019). Informed Consent to Medical Treatment Post-Montgomery: Causation and Coincidence (Forthcoming). Medical Law Review.

2018

  • Turton, G. (2018). Autonomy Interference as Damage in Negligence. Obligations IX: Form and Substance in the Law of Obligations, Melbourne Law School, Melbourne, Vic: Presentation.
  • Turton, G. (2018). Coherence in Negligence and its Implications for Public Authority Liability. Crossing Boundaries Conference, Stellenbosch (BA project confer, Stellenbosch, South Africa: Presentation.
  • Turton, G. (2018). Risk and the Damage Requirement in Negligence Liability. Legal Studies, 35(1), 75-95. [More Information]

2017

  • Turton, G. (2017). Causation and Medical Non-Disclosure of Risk Since Montgomery: Lessons from Australia. Sydney Law School, The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Turton, G. (2017). Causation, coincidence, and medical non-disclosure of risk. SLS Conference, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland: Presentation.
  • Turton, G. (2017). Informed Consent to Medical Treatment: Causes and Coincidences. University of New South Wales Law School, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Turton, G. (2017). The Role of Coherence in the Tort of Negligence. Roundtable on Coherence in Law, Leicester Law School, Leicester, United Kingdom: Presentation.

2016

  • Turton, G. (2016). Evidential Uncertainty in Causation in Negligence. Oxford, UK: Hart Publishing Ltd. [More Information]
  • Turton, G. (2016). How to Adopt a Reflective Approach to Teaching. Leicester Learning Institute world cafe event, Leicester, United Kingdom: Presentation.
  • Turton, G. (2016). Public, private, and criminal causation. Crossing Boundaries? Private remedies for public duties, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa: Presentation.

2015

  • Turton, G. (2015), Causation in Negligence - New Vistas, Nottinghamshire Medico-Legal Society Annual Nigel and Margaret Colley Memorial Lecture.
  • Turton, G. (2015). Michael v Chief Constable of South Wales Police. Crossing Boundaries? Private remedies for public duties, Leicester Law School, University of Leicester, Leicester, United Kingdom: Presentation.

2014

  • Turton, G. (2014), 'A conversation on the Medical Innovation Bill' with Prof. Jose Miola (Law, Leicester) and Prof. Dean Fennell (Cancer Studies and Molecular Medicine, Leicester), University of Leicester.
  • Turton, G. (2014). Apportionment in negligence: causation and divisibility of damage. Obligations Discussion Group, Oxford University, Oxford, United Kingdom: Presentation.
  • Turton, G. (2014). Apportionment of damages in negligence law. Compensation and the Common Law Colloquium, University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada: Presentation.
  • Turton, G. (2014). Aspects of causation: reflections on Lee v Minister of Correctional Services. Crossing Boundaries? Private remedies for public duties, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa: Presentation.
  • Turton, G., Kyd Cunningham, S. (2014). Causing controversy: interpreting the requirements of causation in criminal law and tort law. SLS Conference, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom: Presentation.
  • Turton, G. (2014). Richard Goldberg (ed.), "Perspectives on Causation", Hart, 2011, Hardback, 478 pp. Medical Law Review, 22(1), 131-137. [More Information]
  • Turton, G. (2014). Using NESS to overcome the confusion created by the 'material contribution to harm' test for causation in negligence. Journal of Professional Negligence, 30(2), 50-73.

2012

  • Turton, G. (2012). Corrective Justice and Negligence Liability for Exposure to Risk. Obligations VI: Challenging Orthodoxy, Western University,, Ontario, Canada: Presentation.

2011

  • Turton, G. (2011). Sienkiewicz v Greif (UK) Ltd: a cautionary tale for causation. Journal of Professional Negligence, 27, 166-172.

2010

  • Turton, G. (2010). Connecting Canengus to the University Curriculum. The Journal Jurisprudence, 7, 441-464.

2009

  • Turton, G. (2009). A Case for Clarity in Causation? Medical Law Review, 17(1), 140-147. [More Information]
  • Turton, G. (2009). Factual and legal causation - their relation to negligence in nursing. British Journal of Nursing, 18(13), 825-827. [More Information]

2008

  • Turton, G. (2008). Defining Damage in the House of Lords. The Modern Law Review, 71, 1009-1014.

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