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Mark Lunney is a Professor at the Dickson Poon School of Law. He is also a Professor in the School of Law at the University of New England, Armidale, Australia, and a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Laws, University College London. He was previously a Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader at the School of Law, King’s College London, an Associate Professor at the School of Law at the University of New England, and Professor and Director of Research at the College of Law of the Australian National University in Canberra.

Professor Lunney is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, the inaugural Australian member, and a member of the Executive Committee, of the World Tort Law Society, Junior Vice-President and Council member of the Francis Forbes Society for Australian Legal History, a Fellow of the Australian Centre for Private Law at the TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland, a member of the European Centre for Tort and Insurance Law, an International Associate of the Brazilian Institute on Tort Law, and an Adjunct Research Fellow of the Australian Centre for Intellectual Property in Agriculture.

Research interests

Professor Lunney’s research interests are the law of tort, and the history of the common law and legal profession. He has published extensively on the law of torts in both Australia and the United Kingdom (see, for example, Barker, Cane, Lunney & Trindade, The Law of Torts in Australia (5th edn, 2012) and Lunney & Oliphant, Tort Law: Text and Materials (5th edn, 2013). He is also a contributing editor to the practitioners’ reference work Tort Law (3rd edn, 2015, Butterworths Common Law Series). His work on legal history has been published in England and Australia and has been supported by research grants from the Australian Research Council. Apart from his doctrinal research, his current project explores the connections between conceptions of national identity and representations of independent legal creativity in twentieth-century Australian private law.

Research and teaching subject areas

Tort Law
Legal History
Comparative Law

Recent Publications

‘Common Law Codification: Lessons and Warnings from Twenty-First Century Australia’ (2019) 10 Journal of European Tort Law 183-206.

‘Sir John Salmond: An Englishman Abroad’ in J Goudkamp & D Nolan, Tort Scholars (Hart Publishing, 2019) 103-132

‘Dixon’s Tort Judgments: Master Craftsman or Competent Technician?’ in J Eldridge & T Pilkington, Sir Owen Dixon’s Legacy (Federation Press, 2019194-214.

‘The unexpected Cold War contribution to exemplary damages in defamation: Uren v John Fairfax & Co’ in D Rolph (ed), Landmark Cases in Defamation Law (Hart Publishing, 2019), 151-172.

"Innovation in the Shadows of Deference:  Urban Environment and the Law of Tort in Australia 1901-1945" (2019) 6 law&history 1-28.

A History of Australian Tort Law 1901-1945: England’s Obedient Servant? (Cambridge University Press, 2018)

“The Limits of Political Libel: Conscription and the Ryan v Argus Libel Trial” (2017) 41 Melbourne University Law Review 758-792.