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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).

Qualifications

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

Research

Research keywords

  • CIVIL LITIGATION
  • CONTRACT LAW
  • LAW
  • LEGAL AID
  • LEGAL NEGOTIATION
  • MOTOR ACCIDENTS SCHEME

Research expertise

Contract Law, Legal Profession, Courts and Procedure

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
180100Law100

Memberships

Committee/Associations (relevant to research).

  • member (by nomination of Fellows only) - International Association of Procedural Law

Appointments

Commissioner
Law Reform Commission of Victoria (Australia)
01/04/1991 - 01/11/1992
Member
Access to Justice Advisory Committee (Keating gov't appointment) (Australia)
01/11/1993 - 01/05/1994
Adviser
Australian Law Reform Commission (reference on reform of the costs indemnity rules) (Australia)
01/09/1994 - 01/09/1995
Research Consultant
Motor Accidents Authority of NSW (Australia)
01/01/2001
'OzReader'
Australian Research Council (Australia)
01/01/2003
Research Consultant
Law Council of Australia (Australia)
01/01/2005 - 01/05/2006

Invitations

Understanding Civil Justice Reform in Anglo-American Legal Systems
National Center for State Courts (USA) / Rockefeller Foundation, Italy (Conference Presentation - non published.)
1997
Workshop: Litigation - Past and Present
Academy of Social Sciences, Australia (Conference Presentation - non published.)
2001

Collaboration

Legal Profession, Courts and Procedure, Contract Law

Administrative

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.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

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

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)

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Highlighted Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2005Ellinghaus (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]
2004Wright 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]
2006Wright EW, 'National trends in personal injury litigation: Before and after 'Ipp'', Torts Law Journal, 14 233-267 (2006) [C1]

Publications

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Book (5 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Sun 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]
2005Ellinghaus (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]
2003Wright 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]
2002Sage 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]
2001Wright 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)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2004Wright 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)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2006Wright EW, 'National trends in personal injury litigation: Before and after 'Ipp'', Torts Law Journal, 14 233-267 (2006) [C1]
2005Ellinghaus 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)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2011Wright 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]
2009Close 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)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2009Ellinghaus MP, Wright EW, 'Reforming pacific contract law', Asian Development Bank, 37 (2009) [R1]
2002Wright 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 grants13
Total funding$1,276,094

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2012 (1 grants)

Australian Contract Law – A draft frame of reference$70,000
Funding Body: Australian Government Attorney General's Department

Project Team
Professor Ted Wright
SchemeRole
Grants to Australian Organisations ProgramChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$70,00020122012
GNo:G1200813

2007 (1 grants)

Models of contract law: are broad principles better than detailed rules?$124,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Professor Ted Wright, Associate Professor Manfred Ellinghaus
SchemeRole
Discovery ProjectsChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$124,00020072008
GNo:G0186360

2006 (1 grants)

Regulating contracts: are broad principles better than detailed rules?$20,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Professor Ted Wright, Associate Professor Manfred Ellinghaus
SchemeRole
Near Miss GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$20,00020062006
GNo:G0186054

2004 (3 grants)

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

Project Team
Professor Ted Wright, Ms Deirdre Howard
SchemeRole
Research GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$445,70820042004
GNo:G0185023

Visit of Prof Lester Brickman 23/02/04 to 31/05/04$5,225
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Professor Ted Wright
SchemeRole
Visitor GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,22520042004
GNo:G0183798

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

Project Team
Professor Ted Wright
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,40020042004
GNo:G0184156

2003 (2 grants)

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

Project Team
Dr Angela Melville, Professor Ted Wright, Associate Professor Stephen Tomsen
SchemeRole
Project GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00020032003
GNo:G0182520

21st Annual Law and Society Conference$2,946
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Professor Ted Wright
SchemeRole
Conference Establishment GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,94620032003
GNo:G0183564

2002 (1 grants)

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

SchemeRole
Discovery ProjectsInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$188,00020022003
GNo:19597236

2001 (4 grants)

Evaluation of the Motor Accidents Compensation Act, 1999.$329,819
Funding Body: Motor Accidents Authority of NSW

Project Team
Professor Ted Wright
SchemeRole
ConsultancyChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$329,81920012002
GNo:G0180965

Australian and German Civil Litigation - A Comparative and Empirical Analysis.$67,699
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Professor Ted Wright
SchemeRole
Strategic Partnerships with Industry - Research & Training Scheme (SPIRT)Chief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$67,69920012003
GNo:G0181180

Models of Contract Law - an empirical evalutation of their utility.$14,191
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Professor Ted Wright
SchemeRole
Strategic Partnerships with Industry - Research & Training Scheme (SPIRT)Chief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$14,19120012001
GNo:G0181536

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

Project Team
Professor Ted Wright
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,10620012001
GNo:G0181552
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions3
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.85

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20132017PhD (Law)Co-SupervisorThe International Governance of Solar Radiation Management Methods of Geoengineering
20122016PhD (Law)Principal SupervisorCommonalities between the Contract Law of Brazil and Australia: A Rule-Based Comparative Study towards a Global Code of Contract Law
20072012PhD (Psychology - Science)Co-SupervisorCognitive Mechanisms of Broad Principles and Specific Rules in Contract Law

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2005M Laws LL.M [R]Principal SupervisorThe Settlement of Family Law Disputes Before the Courts in Papua New Guinea: Is There a Need for Reform?
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Professor Edmund (Ted) Wright

Work Phone(02) 4921 5119
Fax(02) 4921 6931
Email
PositionBelle Wiese Chair of Legal Ethics
Newcastle Law School
Faculty of Business and Law
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Office
MC172,
McMullin,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/ted-wright