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Stephen Todd

Professor of Common Law, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

Stephen Todd graduated from the University of Sheffield in 1970 and completed an LLM at Sheffield in 1972. After qualifying as a barrister he lectured at the University of Western Australia and then back at Sheffield. In 1982 he was appointed as a senior lecturer at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and later as a Professor of Law. In 2004 he was appointed to a fractional position as Professor of Common Law at the University of Nottingham, and now teaches and researches in both England and New Zealand.

Stephen specialises in the law of torts, and has a particular interest in the ambit of the law of negligence. His text on The Law of Torts in New Zealand is now in its fourth edition (2005). His other main research interest is in the field of contract, and he is the joint author with two colleagues of The Law of Contract in New Zealand, now in its third edition (2007). In 2002 he was awarded an LLD degree by the University of Canterbury in recognition of his published works in the law of torts. In 2006 he became the fourth recipient of the John Fleming Memorial Prize for Torts Scholarship. This international prize is awarded every two years on the recommendation of a Committee drawn from around the world. Previous winners are Professor Harold Luntz (University of Melbourne), Hon Judge Guido Calabresi, (former Dean of the Yale Law School and a member of the United Sates Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit), and Justice Allen M Linden (Federal Court of Canada, Appeal Division).

Stephen is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Tort Law Review and the Journal of Professional Negligence, and is a contributing editor to the New Zealand Law Review. He has acted as consultant to the Royal Commission on Genetic Modification and the New Zealand Law Commission, and regularly conducts workshops and seminars for the New Zealand Law Society.

Selected Publications

  • TODD, S., 2009. Donoghue v Stevenson: The Opera New Law Journal. 1261-2, 1297-8, 1329-30
  • TODD, S, 2009. The Court of Appeal, Accident Compensation and Tort Litigation. In: BIGWOOD, R, ed., The Permanent Court of Appeal: A Celebration of 50 Years Hart Publishing.
  • TODD, S, 2008. International Encyclopaedia of Laws: Torts (New Zealand) Kluwer.
  • TODD, S, 2007. Policy Issues in Defective Property Cases. In: NEYERS, J, CHAMBERLAIN, E, PITEL and S, eds., Emerging Issues in Tort Law Hart. 199-232

PhD supervision

I am interested in supervising students who want to work in the field of torts.

  • 2016. The Law of Contract in New Zealand 5th. LexisNexis.
  • 2016. The Law of Torts in New Zealand 7th. Thomson Reuters.
  • 2015. Torts in the NZ Supreme Court: The First Ten Years. In: The New Zealand Supreme Court: The First Ten Years LexisNexis NZ Ltd. 521
  • 2015. Torts. In: The Supreme Court of New Zealand 2004-2013 391
  • 2015. Tortious Intrusions upon Solitude and Seclusion Singapore Academy of Law Journal. 27, 731-760
  • 2014. chapters 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. In: Introduction to Commercial Law 4th. LexisNexis.
  • 2014. Contract Law in New Zealand 2nd. Wolters Kluwer.
  • 2014. Tort Law in New Zealand 2nd. Wolters Kluwer.
  • 2014. The Duty to Take Care (ch 2), Causation and Remoteness of Damage (ch 6). In: Charlesworth & Percy on Negligence Sweet & Maxwell. 1379
  • 2014. Tort New Zealand Law Review. 513-549
  • 2014. Planning Permission for an Activity Creating a Nuisance Journal of International and Comparative Law. 1, 111-116
  • TODD, S, 2014. Applying the Ex Turpi Causa Principle in Tort Actions Journal of International and Comparative Law. 1(2), 221-251
  • 2013. Torts Update NZLS CLE Ltd.
  • TODD, S., BURROWS, J., ATKIN, B., HAWES, C. and CHEER, U., 2013. The law of torts in New Zealand 6th. ed. Thomson Reuters.
  • 2013. Leading Cases in Song Thomson Reuters.
  • 2013. Treatment Injury in New Zealand. In: Medical Malpractice and Compensation in Global Perspective 32. De Gruyter. 573
  • 2013. Multiple Causes of Loss and Claims for Contribution New Zealand Universities Law Review. 25, 5
  • 2012. The Law of Contract in New Zealand 4th. LexisNexis.
  • 2012. Tort New Zealand Law Review. 2012(1), 373-401
  • 2012. Difficulties with Leaky Building Litigation Tort Law Review. 20(1), 19-34
  • 2012. Tort Law in New Zealand Wolters Kluwer.
  • 2012. Accidental Conception and Accident Compensation Journal of Professional Negligence. 28, 196-213
  • 2011. Contract Law in New Zealand Wolters Kluwer.
  • 2011. Leaky Buildings: Limitation Issues and Successive Owners. In: The Leaky Buildings Crisis Thomson Reuters. 123-138
  • TODD, S., 2011. Vicarious liability, personal liability and exemplary damages. In: DEGELING, S., EDELMAN, J. and GOUDKAMP, J., eds., Torts in commercial law Thomson Reuters. 409-448
  • TODD, S., 2011. Treatment injury in New Zealand Chicago-Kent Law Review. 86(3), 1169-1216
  • 2011. Forty Years of Accident Compensation in New Zealand Cooley Law Review. 28, 189-218
  • 2010. Chs 3,4,5,6,7,8. In: Commercial Law in New Zealand 3rd. LexisNexis. 1069
  • 2010. The Duty to Take Care. In: Charlesworth and Percy on Negligence 12th. Sweet and Maxwell. 19-144
  • TODD, S., 2010. Actions arising from birth. In: GRUBB, A., LAING, J. and MCHALE, J., eds., Principles of medical law Oxford University Press. 265-323
  • 2010. Tort New Zealand Law Review. 2010(4), 811-839
  • TODD, S., 2009. Donoghue v Stevenson: The Opera New Law Journal. 1261-2, 1297-8, 1329-30
  • TODD, S, 2009. The Court of Appeal, Accident Compensation and Tort Litigation. In: BIGWOOD, R, ed., The Permanent Court of Appeal: A Celebration of 50 Years Hart Publishing.
  • TODD, S., 2009. The law of torts in New Zealand 5th ed. Brookers.
  • 2009. Tort New Zealand Law Review. 2009(4), 743-772
  • TODD, S, BURROWS, J, FINN, J, 2008. International Encyclopaedia of Laws: Contracts (New Zealand) 2nd. Kluwer.
  • TODD, S, 2008. Chapters 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. In: HAWES, C, ed., Commercial Law in New Zealand 2nd. LexisNexis.
  • TODD, S., 2008. Tort New Zealand Law Review. 747-782
  • TODD, S, FINN, J, ed., 2008. Law, Liberty, legislation: Essays in Honour of John Burrows QC LexisNexis. (In Press.)
  • TODD, S, 2008. International Encyclopaedia of Laws: Torts (New Zealand) Kluwer.
  • TODD, S, 2007. Tort New Zealand Law Review. 773-810
  • TODD, S, 2007. Policy Issues in Defective Property Cases. In: NEYERS, J, CHAMBERLAIN, E, PITEL and S, eds., Emerging Issues in Tort Law Hart. 199-232
  • TODD, S, BURROWS, J, FINN, J, 2007. The Law of Contract in New Zealand 3rd. LexisNexis.
  • TODD, S., 2006. Tort New Zealand Law Review. 793-834
  • TODD, S., ed., 2005. The law of torts in New Zealand 4th ed.. Wellington, N.Z.: Thomson/Brooker's.
  • TODD, S., 2005. Wrongful conception, wrongful birth and wrongful life Sydney Law Review. 27(3), 525-542
  • TODD, S., 2005. Update on Torts In: A series of seminars for the legal professional presented at 7 centres around New Zealand.
  • TODD,S. and FRENCH,C., 2005. Update on the Law of Torts New Zealand Law Society, Wellington.
  • TODD,S., 2005. Barristers' Negligence Tort Law Review. 13, 69-75
  • TODD, S., 2005. Chapters 4,5,6,7. In: Butterworth's Commercial Law in New Zealand LexisNexis Butterworths, Wellington and Sydney.
  • TODD, S., 2004. A methodology of duty. In: CANE, P., ed., Centenary essays for the High Court of Australia Chatswood, NSW : LexisNexis Butterworths Australia. 221-241
  • TODD, S., 2004. A New Zealand perspective on exemplary damages Common Law World Review. 33(3), 255-282
  • TODD, S., 2004. Chapters 4,5,6,7. In: Butterworth's Commercial Law in New Zealand Fifth. LexisNexis Butterworths, Wellington and Sydney.
  • TODD,S., 2004. Tort Actions by Victims of Sexual Abuse Tort Law Review. 12, 40-50
  • TODD, S., 2004. Is the New Zealand Accident Compensation Scheme Still Alive and Well? In: Law Faculty Seminar.
  • TODD,S., 2004. Tort New Zealand Law Review. 585-611
  • TODD, S., BURROWS, J. and FINN, J., 2003. International Encyclopaedia of Laws: Contract Law (New Zealand) Kluwer Law International, Deventer, NL.
  • TODD, S., 2003. Tort New Zealand Law Review. 635-654
  • TODD,S., 2003. Assuming Responsibility for Torts Law Quarterly Review. 119, 199-204
  • TODD, S. and ISAC, A., 2003. Directors' Torts. In: Essays in Commercial Law (Centre for Commercial and Corporate Law, University of Canterbury) 39-61
  • BURROWS, J. F. (JOHN FREDERICK), 1939-, FINN, JEREMY and TODD, STEPHEN, 2002. Law of contract in New Zealand / John Burrows, Jeremy Finn, Stephen Todd Wellington, [N.Z.] : LexisNexis NZ, 2002.
  • TODD, S., 2002. Tort New Zealand Law Review. 619-637
  • TODD, S., 2002. Negligence Liability for Personal Injury: A Perspective from New Zealand University of New South Wales Law Journal. VOL 25(PART 3), 895-903
  • TODD, S., 2001. Medical negligence in New Zealand TOLLEYS PROFESSIONAL NEGLIGENCE. VOL 17(PART 4), 230-242
  • TODD,S., 2001. Tort New Zealand Law Review. 537-556
  • TODD, S., ed., 2001. The Law of Torts in New Zealand 3rd. Brookers, Wellington, New Zealand.
  • TODD, S., 2001. The Liability Issues Involved, or Likely to be Involved Now or in the Future, in Relation to the Use, in New Zealand, of Genetically Modified Organisms and Products
  • TODD, S., ed., 2000. Butterworth's Commercial Law in New Zealand 4th. LexisNexis Butterworths, Wellington and Sydney.
  • TODD, S., 2000. Privitization of Accident Compensation: Policy and Politics in New Zealand Washburn Law Journal. 39, 404-495
  • TODD,S., 2000. Private Sector Delivery of Accident Compensation in New Zealand Australian Product Liability Reporter. 11, 4-9
  • TODD, S., 1999. Accident Compensation in New Zealand and Exemplary Damages Tort Law Review. 7, 194-201
  • TODD, S., 1999. Psychiatric Injury and Rescuers Law Quarterly Review. 115, 345-350
  • TODD, S., 1999. Mental injury and actions for damages: Compares Queenstown Lakes and Brownlie New Zealand Law Journal. MNTH JUN, 216-220
  • TODD,S., 1999. Defective Buildings - Relational Loss and Negligent Owners Tort Law Review. 7, 81-87
  • TODD,S., 1998. Protecting Children from Bad Parenting Tort Law Review. 6, 181-187
  • TODD, S., 1998. Liability of agents in tort TOLLEYS PROFESSIONAL NEGLIGENCE. VOL 14(NUMBER 3), 136-142
  • TODD,S. and FRENCH,C., 1998. Update on the Law of Torts
  • TODD, S., 1998. Liability in Tort of Public Bodies. In: Torts Tomorrow: A Tribute to John Fleming The Law Book Company, Sydney. 36-56
  • TODD, S., 1998. Exemplary Damages New Zealand Universities Law Review. VOL 18(NUMBER 2), 145-196
  • TODD, S., 1997. Protection of Privacy. In: Torts in the Nineties The Law Book Company, Sydney. 174-210
  • TODD, S., 1997. Defective Products Causing Personal Injury: The Position in New Zealand Australian Product Liability Reporter. 8, 69-
  • TODD, S., 1997. Negligence and Policy. In: The Struggle for Simplicity in the Law: Essays for Lord Cooke of Thorndon LexisNexis Butterworths, Wellington and Sydney. 105-131
  • TODD, S., ed., 1997. The Law of Torts in New Zealand 2nd. Brookers, Wellington, New Zealand.
  • BURROWS, J. F. (JOHN FREDERICK), 1939-, CHESHIRE, G. C. (GEOFFREY CHEVALIER), 1886-1978, FINN, J. N. (JEREMY N.) and TODD, STEPHEN, 1997. Law of contract in New Zealand / J.F. Burrows, Jeremy Finn, Stephen M.D. Todd Wellington, [N.Z.] : Butterworths, 1997.
  • TODD, S., 1996. Defective Property: The Turn of the Privy Council Tort Law Review. 4, 91-
  • TODD, S., ed., 1996. Butterworths Commercial Law in New Zealand 3rd. LexisNexis Butterworths, Wellington and Sydney.
  • TODD, S., 1995. Extinctive Prescription in New Zealand. In: Extinctive Prescription Kluwer Law International, Deventer, NL. 259-286
  • TODD,S., 1995. The Laws of New Zealand: Tort LexisNexis Butterworths, Wellington and Sydney.
  • TODD,S., 1994. Consumer Law Reform in New Zealand: the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993 Consumer Law Journal. 100-
  • TODD,S., 1994. Negligence in New Zealand and England: Convergence: Divergence or What? Professional Negligence. 10, 114-
  • TODD,S., 1993. The Minor Contracts Act 1969 in the New Zealand Law Commission Report No. 25 229-238
  • TODD,S., 1993. Tort Actions by Prisoners Against their Custodians New Zealand Recent Law Review. 93-
  • TODD, S., 1993. Pre-contractual Liability in New Zealand. In: Pre-Contractual Liability Kluwer Law International, Deventer, NL. 239-266
  • TODD,S., 1993. The Contracts (Privity) Act 1982 in the New Zealand Law Commission Report No. 25 217-228
  • TODD, S., 1993. Duties of Care: The New Zealand Jurisprudence: Part 2: Particular Duty Problems Professional Negligence. 9, 54-69
  • TODD,S., 1993. Accident Compensation and the Barring of Actions for Damages Tort Law Review. 1, 197-232
  • TODD,S., 1993. Duties of Care: The New Zealand Jurisprudence: Part 1: General Principles of Duty Professional Negligence. 9, 2-14
  • TODD,S., FARRAR,J., BORROWDALE,A., BURROWS,J.F., FINN,J.N., SCRAGG,R.G. and HAMPTON,L.F., 1992. Butterworths Commercial Law in New Zealand
  • TODD, S., BURROWS, J. and FINN, J., 1992. Cheshire and Fifoot's Law of Contract 8th NZ Edition. LexisNexis Butterworths, Wellington and Sydney.
  • TODD,S. and GRAY,B., 1992. Negligence - Is the Ground Shifting?
  • TODD,S., 1992. Negligence Actions Against Insurance Investigators Law Quarterly Review. 108, 360-364
  • TODD,S., 1991. The Law of Torts in New Zealand The Law Book Company, Sydney.
  • TODD,S., 1990. Determining the Duty Issue New Zealand Universities Law Review. 14, 172-
  • TODD,S., 1989. The Tort of Malicious Prosecution New Zealand Universities Law Review. 13, 420-
  • TODD,S., 1989. One Person's Duty to Insure Another? Professional Negligence. 5, 89-
  • TODD,S., 1989. The Reasonable Incompetent Driver Law Quarterly Review. 105, 24-28
  • TODD,S., 1988. Rowling v Takaro Properties Ltd before the Privy Council Professional Negligence. 4, 11-
  • TODD, S., BURROWS, J. and FINN, J., 1988. Cheshire and Fifoot's Law of Contract LexisNexis Butterworths, Wellington and Sydney.
  • TODD,S., 1988. A Duty to Protect the Ignorant Law Quarterly Review. 104, 188-191
  • TODD,S., 1987. Trespass and Remoteness in the Court of Appeal New Zealand Law Journal. 205
  • TODD,S., 1987. Contributory Negligence as a Defence to a Claim in Contract New Zealand Law Journal. 309-
  • TODD,S., 1987. Trespass to the Person and the Accident Compensation Act New Zealand Law Journal. 234-
  • TODD,S., 1987. Public Authorities' Liability: The New Zealand Dimension Law Quarterly Review. 103, 19-26
  • TODD,S., 1986. Remoteness of Damages in Trespass New Zealand Law Journal. 141
  • TODD,S., 1986. Remedies of the Buyer for Damage to Goods Carried by Sea Canterbury Law Review. 3, 86-100
  • TODD,S., 1986. The Negligence Liability of Public Authorities: Divergence in the Common Law Law Quarterly Review. 102, 370-402
  • TODD,S., 1986. Tort Liability for Ultra Vires Decisions Professional Negligence. 2, 138
  • TODD, S., 1986. Negligent Inspection of Building Work New Zealand Law Journal. 186
  • TODD, S., 1986. Nuisance by Smell New Zealand Law Journal. 31-
  • TODD,S., 1986. Butterworth's Commercial Law in New Zealand (editor John Farrer) LexisNexis Butterworths, Wellington and Sydney.
  • TODD,S., 1985. Negligent Statements, Negligent Conduct and the Negligent Promises Professional Negligence. 1, 2-
  • TODD,S., 1985. The Liability of a Barrister or a Solicitor to the Person he Sues Professional Negligence. 2, 86-
  • TODD,S., 1985. The Peabody Case: Inflexible Drains and Rigid Constructions New Zealand Universities Law Review. 11, 392-
  • TODD,S., 1984. Recent Developments in the Law of Arrest New Zealand Law Journal. 373-
  • TODD,S., 1983. Fitness Duties in Tort New Zealand Universities Law Review. 10, 273-
  • TODD,S., 1983. Latent Defects in Property and the Limitation Act: A Defence of the Discoverability Test New Zealand Universities Law Review. 10, 311-
  • TODD,S., 1982. Limitation Periods in Personal Injury Claims Sweet & Maxwell Ltd, London, UK.
  • TODD,S., 1982. Lamb v London Borough of Camden: A Case of Shifting Foundations Canterbury Law Review. 1, 422-
  • TODD,S., 1980. Negligence, Economic Loss and the Ambit of the Duty of Care Canterbury Law Review. 1, 29-
  • TODD, S., 1980. Damages for 'Lost Years' - Recent Developments in the United Kingdom International and Comparative Law Quarterly. 29, 719-
  • TODD,S., 1976. Seat Belts and Contributory Negligence in Western Australia University of Western Australia Law Review. 12, 419-
  • TODD,S., 1975. The Jurisdiction of the Western Australia Industrial Commission University of Western Australia Law Review. 12, 64-
  • TODD, S., 1972. 'Living Together' in the Divorce Reform Act Family Law. 112-
  • TODD, S, Tort New Zealand Law Review. 773-810

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