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Peter Handford

Professor Peter Handford

Winthrop Professor
UWA Law School

Contact details
Address
UWA Law School
The University of Western Australia (M253)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
Australia
Phone
+61 8 6488 2958
Fax
+61 8 6488 1045
Email
peter.handford@uwa.edu.au
Qualifications
LLB Birm., LLM PhD Camb.
Biography
Peter taught at the Law School between 1977 and 2016 (continuing in a part-time capacity between 1983 and 1998 when he was the Executive Officer and Director of Research of the Law Reform Commission of Western Australia). He was appointed a Professor in 2004. Peter was the Law School's Deputy Dean until September 2012. Between 2009 and 2012 he was responsible for curriculum reform and planning the transition from the LLB to the JD. He retired in July 2016 and is now a Senior Honorary Research Fellow.

Office: Law Link Building Room 1.40
Key research
Peter's major research interests lie in the field of torts, in particular liability for psychiatric injury, limitation of actions, and law reform.
He also has a special interest in comparative law, both generally and in relation to torts in particular.
Recent research projects include
'Lord Campbell and the Fatal Accidents Act' (published in the Law Quarterly Review in 2013); 'The Snail's Antipodean Adventures', on duty of care in Australia (paper given at the 80th Anniversary Donoghue v Stevenson Conference in Glasgow, May 2012, published in the Juridical Review in 2014); and the relationship between the common law of occupiers' liability, the Occupiers' Liability Acts and the Civil Liability Acts, undertaken jointly with Dr Brenda McGivern (two articles published in the Melbourne University Law Review).
Publications
Peter is the author of Tort Liability for Psychiatric Damage (second edition), published by Lawbook Co in June 2006; the first edition, written jointly with Nicholas Mullany, was published in 1993. Both editions have been widely cited by courts in Australia, England and elsewhere. The third edition, now renamed Tort Liability for Mental Harm, will be published by
Lawbook Co in late 2016.

He is also the author of Limitation of Actions: The Australian Law, third edition published by Lawbook Co in 2011; and the joint author of the duty of care chapter in Fleming's The Law of Torts (10th ed 2011).

He has also published many articles on torts and other subjects. His most recent articles include:

Edward John Eyre and the Conflict of Laws (2008) 32 Melbourne University Law Review 822-860

Intentional Negligence – A Contradiction in Terms? (2010) 32 Sydney Law Review 29-62

Intention, Negligence and Some Statutory Conundrums (2010) 18 Tort Law Review 140-153

Teaching Psychiatric Injury in a Post-CLA World (2010) 18 Torts Law Journal 157-172

Psychiatric Injury in Canada: A Tale of Two Cases (2011) 19 Tort Law Review 18-28

Intention, Negligence and the Civil Liability Acts (2012) 73 Australian Law Journal 100-117

Wilkinson v Downton: Pathways to the Future? (2012) 20 Tort Law Review 145-162

Cinderellas? Rescue, Trauma and the Civil Liability Acts (2013) 115 Precedent 5-9

Lord Campbell and the Fatal Accidents Acts (2013) 129 Law Quarterly Review 420-449

The Snail's Antipodean Adventures [2013] Juridical Review 315-355 (paper originally given at the Donoghue v Stevenson 80th Anniversary Conference, Paisley, Scotland, 2012)

Limitation and Personal Injury Claims: Retrospective Application of the Limitation Act 2005 (2014) 37 University of Western Australia Law Review 160-181

Two Problems of Occupiers' Liability - Part One: The Occupiers' Liability Acts and the Common Law (2015) 39 Melbourne University Law Review 128-171 (by Peter Handford and Brenda McGivern)

Introduction (Peter Johnston) (2015) 39(2) University of Western Australia Law Review 1-6

Liability for Work Stress: Koehler Ten Years On (2015) 39(2) University of Western Australia Law Review 150-179

Two Problems of Occupiers' Liability - Part Two: Occupiers' Liability and Civil Liability Legislation (2015) 39 Melbourne University Law Review 507-537 (by Brenda McGivern and Peter Handford)


Roles, responsibilities and expertise
Peter has been a member of the editorial board of the Tort Law Review since 1993. He was the Executive Officer and Director of Research of the Law Reform Commission of Western Australia between 1983 and 1998, and in that capacity was the author of reports on limitation of actions, wills, probate, spent convictions, Police Act offences and sale of goods. He was also a member of the Commission between 1993 and 1995. Between 1995 and 1997 he was the Western Australian representative on the Uniform Succession Law National Project Committee, and currently sits on the Attorney General's Working Group reviewing the law of succession in Western Australia.

Peter is a member of the Francis Burt Law Education Programme Advisory Committee, and the chair of the sub-committee responsible for the oral history programmee and the Old Court House Museum. The Francis Burt Law Education Programme provides community legal education programmes and promotes the community's understanding of the law and the legal system.
Previous positions
Lecturer in Law, University of Leicester, England, 1970-78
Executive Officer and Director of Research, Law Reform Commission of Australia, 1983-1998
Member, Law Reform Commission of Western Australia, 1993-1995
Teaching
Peter taught Torts in the JD degree, and also the LLB optional unit Advanced Torts Law (in partnership with Professor Evelyn Ellis, Emeritus Professor of Public Law at Birmingham University in the UK, and in 2016 with Dr Brenda McGivern). He also taught Torts in the LLB degree.

In past years he has taught other units including Legal Process (continuously from 1982 to 2006), Contract, Comparative Law, Conflict of Laws, and the LLM unit Limitation of Actions.
Current projects
Peter is currently completing the new edition of his text on Tort Liability for Mental Harm, and is also writing a new edition of his text on Limitation of Actions.
Research profile
Research profile and publications
 

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