About Neil J Foster

My main teaching and research interest at the moment is the law of Torts. I teach this in the LLB (Hons) and JD programs at the University of Newcastle. I am a member of the Editorial Board of the Torts Law Journal, and was co-author of the 6th & 7th editions of a major Australian torts textbook, Luntz & Hambly et al, as well as the 10th edition of Fleming's Law of Torts. I have published a book on Workplace Health and Safety Law in Australia.
I have been teaching a course in Occupational (now Workplace) Health and Safety Law at the University since 1996. My LLM thesis related to the individual legal responsibility of company officers for OHS breaches committed by companies (in civil law, general criminal law such as manslaughter, and specific OHS laws.) I am continuing research on the interaction between tort law and OHS responsibilities, particularly the impact of newer models of OHS regulation on the classic workplace injury tort remedy provided by the tort of "breach of statutory duty".
I have also been involved in teaching and publication on the law of Property, Intellectual Property, and Law and Religion issues. I blog on law and religion issues at Law and Religion Australia .


Present Member, Editorial Board, Torts Law Journal, University of Newcastle - Australia
Present Associate Professor, Newcastle Law School, University of Newcastle - Australia

Curriculum Vitae



Research Interests

Torts, Workplace Health and Safety Law, Law and Religion, and Intellectual Property

Honors and Awards

  • University Medal in Law, UNSW 1982


  • Workplace Health and Safety Law
  • Law and Religion
  • Torts

Contact Information

Newcastle Law School,
University of Newcastle,
Callaghan, NSW 2308


Torts (28)

Occupational Health and Safety Law (29)

Property and Intellectual Property (3)

Liability of company officers (12)

Religion and Law (37)

Workers Compensation Act 1987 (NSW) s 151P (2)

Theology and Biblical Studies (4)

Defamation and Vilification (2)

Workplace Health and Safety Law (8)

Breach of Statutory Duty (4)