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About Neil J Foster

My main teaching and research interests are the law of Torts, Law & Religion, and Workplace Health and Safety Law. I teach these 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 & 8th editions of a major Australian torts textbook, Luntz & Hambly et al, as well as the 10th edition of Fleming's Law of Torts. I published a book on Workplace Health and Safety Law in Australia which is now in its second edition (2016).
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 Associate Professor, Newcastle Law School, University of Newcastle - Australia
Present Member, Editorial Board, Torts Law Journal, University of Newcastle - Australia

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

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

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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 (36)