We’re delighted to announce that Professor Barbara McDonald is to join the Law faculty as a Visiting Professor.
Professor McDonald currently works at the University of Sydney, where she teaches in the areas of Torts, Torts and Contracts, Advanced Obligations and Remedies, and Legal Reasoning and Common Law Systems. She is the Director of the Sydney Law School in Europe program which conducts courses in Berlin, Prato, London and Cambridge.
Speaking on the multi-national relevance of her field, Professor McDonald said: “The law everywhere must deal with universal issues, even if sometimes their resolution differs, because of differing cultural norms or constitutional backgrounds. Australia shares with many other countries the heritage of the English common law, making developments in the United Kingdom and Europe of perennial interest and relevance.”
Professor McDonald’s recent work has been on the developing law of privacy and breach of confidence. She is a co-author of Celebrity and the Law, published in 2010, with colleagues Robert van Krieken and Patricia Loughlan. The book addresses the historical context and current state of the law of privacy, defamation and the commercial use of identity in terms of its application to celebrities.
Professor McDonald continued: “As a post-graduate student in law at UCL myself many years ago, I enjoyed my studies and time in London immensely, making new friends for life.”
“New College of the Humanities is an exciting development in education, and it will provide wonderful opportunities for a wide range of students from diverse backgrounds.”
Professor AC Grayling said of the appointment: “I’m pleased that Professor McDonald has agreed to be a Visiting Professor at New College of the Humanities. She will bring experience and expertise, and I know that our students will benefit from her lectures.”