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Professor Ted Wright

Belle Wiese Chair of Legal Ethics

Newcastle Law School

Career Summary

Biography

Professor Wright is a senior academic with Newcastle Law School. He was appointed Law Reform Commissioner of Victoria in 1991 and 1992, and was appointed as a member of the Commonwealth Access to Justice Advisory Committee in 1993 and 1994. He has undertaken research on behalf of the Law Council of Australia, the Attorney-General's departments of the Commonwealth, NSW, Queensland and Victoria, the Legal Aid Commission of NSW, the Queensland Criminal Justice Commission (now the Crime and Misconduct Commission), Queensland Legal Services Commissioner, Motor Accidents Authority of NSW, County Court of Victoria, and NRMA Insurance (now IAG).

Research Expertise

Contract Law, Legal Profession, Courts and Procedure



Teaching Expertise

Subjects Taught: Contract Law, Professional Conduct, Legal System & Method, Advanced Contracts, Property Law 1 (General Principles), Principles of judicial Administration (Special Topics in Legal Studies), Legal Process, Torts, "Private" Lawsuits & Civil Justice, Civil Procedure, Law Legislation & Policy, Research Seminar (Comparative Law). Universities Taught at: University of Newcastle. University of New England. University of Melbourne. University of Victoria (Canada)



Administrative Expertise

University of Newcastle: I became the Dean of Law (Head, School of Law) in January 2002, and in that capacity serve as a member of the Faculty of Business & Law Executive. During 2001 I served as Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Law and The Acting Dean (Nov - Dec 2001). I have also served on the University's discipline Committee.

I served as Acting Pro Vice- Chancellor of the Faculty of Business & Law between

1 Dec 2005 and 15 Mar 2006, and have since acted in that role on several shorter occasions during absences of the present incumbent. The PVC is the Executive Dean of the Faculty, and a member of the Universitys Senior Executive Group.

University of New England: While visiting academic in the Department of Law, I was a member of the Planning & Development Committee.

University of Melbourne: While a member of the Faculty of Law at the University of Melbourne, I was Lecturer-in-charge of Legal Process (introduction to law and legal method) from 1986-1988. I also served on the Executive & Budgets Committee, the Research Committee, the Special Consideration Committee, the Progress Committee and an ad hoc Deans Education Committee.



Collaborations

Legal Profession, Courts and Procedure, Contract Law


Qualifications

  • Master of Arts, University of Cambridge - UK
  • Bachelor of Law, Dalhousie University - Canada
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Toronto

Keywords

  • ADVANCED CONTRACTS
  • CIVIL LITIGATION
  • CIVIL PROCEDURES
  • CONTRACT LAW
  • LAW
  • LAW LEGISLATION & POLICY
  • LEGAL AID
  • LEGAL NEGOTIATION
  • LEGAL PROCESS
  • LEGAL SYSTEM & METHOD
  • MOTOR ACCIDENTS SCHEME
  • PRINCIPLES OF JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION
  • PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT
  • PROPERTY LAW
  • RESEARCH SEMINAR (COMPARATIVE LAW)
  • TORTS

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
180199 Law not elsewhere classified 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2005 - 1/05/2006 Research Consultant Law Council of Australia
Australia
1/01/2003 -  Oz Reader ARC (Australian Research Council)
1/11/2001 - 1/12/2012 Dean of Law and Head of School University of Newcastle
School of Law
Australia
1/01/2001 -  Research Consultant Motor Accidents Authority of NSW
Australia
1/09/1994 - 1/09/1995 Advisor Australian Law Reform Commission
Australia
1/09/1994 - 1/02/1996 Visiting Associate Professor University of New England
Law School
1/11/1993 - 1/05/1994 Member Access to Justice Advisory Committee (Keating gov't appointment)
Australia
1/04/1991 - 1/11/1992 Commissioner Law Reform Commission of Victoria
Australia
1/07/1984 - 1/10/1990 Lecturer The University of Melbourne
School of Law
Australia
1/07/1983 - 1/06/1984 Visiting Assistant Professor University of Victoria
Faculty of Law
Canada

Membership

Dates Title Organisation / Department
Nominated Member (by Fellows only) - International Association of Procedural Law International Association of Procedural Law
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2009 - 1/12/2009 Consultant Asian Development Bank
Philippines
1/03/1996 - 1/12/2000 Director Law Foundaton of New South Wales
Justice Research Centre
Australia
1/02/1993 - 1/06/1994 Special Consultant Department of Justice and Attorney- General, QLD
Policy Division
Australia
1/04/1991 - 1/11/1992 Commissioner Law Reform Commission of Victoria
Australia
1/08/1989 - 1/04/1991 Manager Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Solicitors & Notaries, Melbourne
Legal Education
Australia
1/08/1988 - 1/10/1989 Secretary and Project Manager Attorney Generals Department, Victoria
Chief Justice's & Attorney-General's Steering Committee & Criminal Delay Reduction Program
Australia
1/04/1981 - 1/06/1983 Associate McTaggart, Stone, Winters & Herridge Barristers & Solicitors, Toronto
Canada

Invitations

Participant

Year Title / Rationale
2001 Workshop: Litigation - Past and Present
Organisation: Academy of Social Sciences Description: Invited participant Academy of Social Sciences Workshop" Litigation - Past & Present. See (2001) 20 Dialogue 14.
1997 Understanding Civil Justice Reform in Anglo-American Legal Systems
Organisation: National Center for State Courts (USA) / Rockefeller Foundation Description: Invited to prepare and deliver the Australian Report for Conference "Understanding Civil Justice Reform in Anglo-American Legal Systems" organised by the US National Center for State Courts and held at the Rockefeller Center, Bellagio, Italy
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (5 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2012 Sun X, Ellinghaus MP, Wright EW, Contract Law of the People's Republic of China with the Judicial Interpretations of the Supreme People's Court (Bilingual Version), Tsinghua University Press, Beijing, China, 233 (2012) [A1]
2005 Ellinghaus (Ext) MP, Wright EW, Karras M, Models of Contract Law : an empirical evaluation of their utility, Themis Press, Annandale, New South Wales, 153 (2005) [A1]
2003 Wright EW, Eyland A, Karras M, Nheu N, Case Management Reform: An Evaluation of the District Court of NSW and County Court of Victoria 1996 Reforms, Law and Justice Foundation of New South Wales, Sydney (2003) [A2]
2002 Sage CM, Wright EW, Morris C, Case management reform: a study of the federal court's individual docket system, Law and Justice Foundation of NSW, Sydney, 210 (2002) [A2]
2001 Wright EW, Eyland A, Nheu N, Legal Aid for Committals: An evaluation of the impact of the centralised committals Scheme, Law and Justice Foundation of New South Wales, Sydney, 93 (2001) [A2]
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Chapter (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2004 Wright EW, Melville AL, 'Hey, but who's counting? The metrics and politics of trends in civil litigation', Litigation: Past and Present, UNSW Press, Sydney 96-121 (2004) [B1]

Journal article (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2006 Wright EW, 'National trends in personal injury litigation: Before and after 'Ipp'', Torts Law Journal, 14 233-267 (2006) [C1]
2005 Ellinghaus MP, Wright EW, 'The Common Law of Contracts: Are Broad Principles Better Than Detailed Rules? An Empirical Investigation', Texas Wesleyan Law Review, 11 399-420 (2005) [C2]

Conference (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2011 Wright EW, Ellinghaus MP, Close NM, Heathcote AJ, 'The effect of rule determinacy on deciding contract disputes: Experimental data and network simulation', CELS2011: Sixth Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies, Chicago, IL (2011) [E1]
DOI 10.2139/ssrn.1884195
Co-authors Andrew Heathcote
2009 Close NM, Heathcote AJ, Ellinghaus F, Wright EW, 'Coherence based reasoning and models of contract law', CogSci 2009 Proceedings, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2009) [E1]
Co-authors Andrew Heathcote

Report (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2009 Ellinghaus MP, Wright EW, 'Reforming pacific contract law', Asian Development Bank, 37 (2009) [R1]
2002 Wright E, 'National Key Performance Indicators for Courts: A discussion paper', Attorney-General''s Department of NSW, Sydney (2002) [R1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 13
Total funding $1,276,094

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20121 grants / $70,000

Australian Contract Law – A draft frame of reference$70,000

Funding body: Australian Government Attorney General's Department

Funding body Australian Government Attorney General's Department
Project Team Professor Ted Wright
Scheme Grants to Australian Organisations Program
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1200813
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

20071 grants / $124,000

Models of contract law: are broad principles better than detailed rules?$124,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Ted Wright, Associate Professor Manfred Ellinghaus
Scheme Discovery Projects
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0186360
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

20061 grants / $20,000

Regulating contracts: are broad principles better than detailed rules?$20,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Ted Wright, Associate Professor Manfred Ellinghaus
Scheme Near Miss Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2006
GNo G0186054
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20043 grants / $453,333

Study of User Group Perceptions of Motor Accident Assessment Services (MAS) and the Claims Assessment and Resolution Service (CARS)$445,708

Funding body: Motor Accidents Authority of NSW

Funding body Motor Accidents Authority of NSW
Project Team Professor Ted Wright, Ms Deirdre Howard
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2004
GNo G0185023
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

Visit of Prof Lester Brickman 23/02/04 to 31/05/04$5,225

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Ted Wright
Scheme Visitor Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2004
GNo G0183798
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

The Common Law of Contracts as a World Force in Two Ages of Revolution, 7-8 June 2004, England$2,400

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Ted Wright
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2004
GNo G0184156
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20032 grants / $7,946

Citizenship, risk and responsibility: press constructions of tort litigation claims and outcomes in New South Wales$5,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Dr Angela Melville, Professor Ted Wright, Associate Professor Stephen Tomsen
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2003
Funding Finish 2003
GNo G0182520
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

21st Annual Law and Society Conference$2,946

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Ted Wright
Scheme Conference Establishment Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2003
Funding Finish 2003
GNo G0183564
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20021 grants / $188,000

Historical Experts and Indigenous Litigants: The role of historical expert evidence in Federal Court cases$188,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team
Scheme Discovery Projects
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2002
Funding Finish 2003
GNo
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON Y

20014 grants / $412,815

Evaluation of the Motor Accidents Compensation Act, 1999.$329,819

Funding body: Motor Accidents Authority of NSW

Funding body Motor Accidents Authority of NSW
Project Team Professor Ted Wright
Scheme Consultancy
Role Lead
Funding Start 2001
Funding Finish 2001
GNo G0180965
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC
UON Y

Australian and German Civil Litigation - A Comparative and Empirical Analysis.$67,699

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Ted Wright
Scheme Strategic Partnerships with Industry - Research & Training Scheme (SPIRT)
Role Lead
Funding Start 2001
Funding Finish 2001
GNo G0181180
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Models of Contract Law - an empirical evalutation of their utility.$14,191

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Ted Wright
Scheme Strategic Partnerships with Industry - Research & Training Scheme (SPIRT)
Role Lead
Funding Start 2001
Funding Finish 2001
GNo G0181536
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Academy of Social Sciences Workshop: litigation past and present University of Adelaide 22-23 September 2001$1,106

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Ted Wright
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2001
Funding Finish 2001
GNo G0181552
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

Commenced Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2012 Commonalities between the Contract Law of Brazil and Australia: A Rule-Based Comparative Study towards a Global Code of Contract Law
Law, Faculty of Business and Law
Principal Supervisor
2007 Coherence-Based Reasoning in Australian Contract Law Adjudication with Broad Principles and Detailed Rules
Psychology, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2005 The Settlement of Family Law Disputes Before the Courts in Papua New Guinea: Is There a Need for Reform?
Law, Faculty of Business and Law
Principal Supervisor
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Professor Ted Wright

Position

Belle Wiese Chair of Legal Ethics
Newcastle Law School
Faculty of Business and Law

Contact Details

Email ted.wright@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 7150
Fax (02) 4921 6931

Office

Room MC158
Building McMullin
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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