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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

CodeDescriptionPercentage
180199Law not elsewhere classified100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2014 - 3/07/2015Belle Wiese Chair of Legal EthicsUniversity of Newcastle
Newcastle Law School
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2005 - 1/05/2006Research ConsultantLaw Council of Australia
Australia
1/01/2003 - Oz ReaderARC (Australian Research Council)
1/11/2001 - 1/12/2012Dean of Law and Head of SchoolUniversity of Newcastle
School of Law
Australia
1/01/2001 - Research ConsultantMotor Accidents Authority of NSW
Australia
1/09/1994 - 1/09/1995AdvisorAustralian Law Reform Commission
Australia
1/09/1994 - 1/02/1996Visiting Associate ProfessorUniversity of New England
Law School
1/11/1993 - 1/05/1994MemberAccess to Justice Advisory Committee (Keating gov't appointment)
Australia
1/04/1991 - 1/11/1992CommissionerLaw Reform Commission of Victoria
Australia
1/07/1984 - 1/10/1990LecturerThe University of Melbourne
School of Law
Australia
1/07/1983 - 1/06/1984Visiting Assistant ProfessorUniversity of Victoria
Faculty of Law
Canada

Membership

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

Professional appointment

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

Invitations

Participant

YearTitle / Rationale
2001Workshop: 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.
1997Understanding 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)

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]
DOI10.2139/ssrn.1884195
Co-authorsAndrew Heathcote
2009Close NM, Heathcote AJ, Ellinghaus F, Wright EW, 'Coherence based reasoning and models of contract law', CogSci 2009 Proceedings, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2009) [E1]
Co-authorsAndrew 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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20121 grants / $70,000

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

Funding body: Australian Government Attorney General's Department

Funding bodyAustralian Government Attorney General's Department
Project TeamProfessor Ted Wright
SchemeGrants to Australian Organisations Program
RoleLead
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1200813
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category2OPC
UONY

20071 grants / $124,000

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

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamProfessor Ted Wright, Associate Professor Manfred Ellinghaus
SchemeDiscovery Projects
RoleLead
Funding Start2007
Funding Finish2007
GNoG0186360
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

20061 grants / $20,000

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamProfessor Ted Wright, Associate Professor Manfred Ellinghaus
SchemeNear Miss Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2006
Funding Finish2006
GNoG0186054
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

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 bodyMotor Accidents Authority of NSW
Project TeamProfessor Ted Wright, Ms Deirdre Howard
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2004
Funding Finish2004
GNoG0185023
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - State
Category2OPS
UONY

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamProfessor Ted Wright
SchemeVisitor Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2004
Funding Finish2004
GNoG0183798
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

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 bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamProfessor Ted Wright
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2004
Funding Finish2004
GNoG0184156
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

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 bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDr Angela Melville, Professor Ted Wright, Associate Professor Stephen Tomsen
SchemeProject Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2003
Funding Finish2003
GNoG0182520
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

21st Annual Law and Society Conference$2,946

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamProfessor Ted Wright
SchemeConference Establishment Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2003
Funding Finish2003
GNoG0183564
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

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 bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team
SchemeDiscovery Projects
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2002
Funding Finish2003
GNo
Type Of FundingNot Known
CategoryUNKN
UONY

20014 grants / $412,815

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

Funding body: Motor Accidents Authority of NSW

Funding bodyMotor Accidents Authority of NSW
Project TeamProfessor Ted Wright
SchemeConsultancy
RoleLead
Funding Start2001
Funding Finish2001
GNoG0180965
Type Of FundingContract - Aust Non Government
Category3AFC
UONY

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

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamProfessor Ted Wright
SchemeStrategic Partnerships with Industry - Research & Training Scheme (SPIRT)
RoleLead
Funding Start2001
Funding Finish2001
GNoG0181180
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

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

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamProfessor Ted Wright
SchemeStrategic Partnerships with Industry - Research & Training Scheme (SPIRT)
RoleLead
Funding Start2001
Funding Finish2001
GNoG0181536
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamProfessor Ted Wright
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2001
Funding Finish2001
GNoG0181552
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2012Commonalities 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
2007Coherence-Based Reasoning in Australian Contract Law Adjudication with Broad Principles and Detailed Rules
Psychology, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

YearResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2005The 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

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

Office

RoomMC158
BuildingMcMullin
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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