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Jenny Steele



Professor Jenny Steele
BA (Oxon), LLM (Brist), Solicitor

Professor & Director of Research

I joined York Law School in 2008, having previously worked at the University of Southampton.  In 1989 I qualified as a Solicitor. I have an LLM from the University of Bristol and studied Jurisprudence at Jesus College, Oxford.



  • Liability, Insurance and Society: the Politics and Economy of Private Law: a three year Major Research Fellowship awarded by the Leverhulme Trust
  • The law of obligations, particularly tort
  • Relationship between law and risk, including issues relating to liability and insurance
  • Insurance and law and its role in the law of obligations, also its broader role in economy and society
  • Inter-relationship between tort law and the Human Rights Act 1998
  • Environmental law, particularly in respect of risk


  • Liability, Insurance and Society, funded through a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship
  • Research towards a co-authored work, with Rob Merkin (University of Southampton), entitled Insurance and the Law of Obligations, to be published by Oxford University Press


Selected publications

  • TT Arvind & Jenny Steele, (eds) Tort Law and the Legislature (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2012)
  • Jenny  Steele, ‘Duty of Care and Ethic of Care: Irreconcilable Difference?’ in Richardson, J and Rackley, E (eds), Feminist Perspectives on Tort Law (London: Routledge, 2012)
  • Jenny Steele, ‘Satisfying Claims? Money, Tort, and Consumer Society’, (2011) 20 Social and Legal Studies, 528-539. (In D. Campbell, D. McCallum, P.O’Malley, and J. Steele, ‘The Currency of Freedom’).
  • Jenny Steele, ‘Tort, Insurance, and the Resources of Private Law’, in S. Degeling, J. Edelman, and J.Goudkamp, Torts in Commercial Law (Sydney, Thomson Reuters, 2011)
  • Rob Merkin and Jenny Steele, ‘Compensating Mesothelioma Victims’ (2011) 27 Law Quarterly Review 329-335
  • Jenny Steele, ‘(Dis)owning the Convention in the Law of Tort’, in James Lee (ed), From House of Lords to Supreme Court: Judges, Jurists and the Process of Judging (Hart Publishing, 2010):
  • Jenny Steele and Willem van Boom (eds), Mass Justice: Challenges of Representation and Distribution (Edward Elgar, July 2011)
  • Jenny Steele, Tort Law: Text, Cases and Materials (2 nd ed., Oxford University Press, 2010)
  • Clerk and Lindsell on Torts (20 th ed, Sweet & Maxwell, 2010), Chapters 13 (Employers’ Liability), 14 (Public Service Liability), 16 (Malicious Prosecution), and 21 (Animals).
  • Jenny Steele, ‘Damages in Tort and Under the Human Rights Act: Remedial or Functional Separation?’ (2008) 67 Cambridge Law Journal 606-634 
  • Phil Palmer and Jenny Steele, ‘Police Shootings and the Role of Tort’ (2008) Modern Law Review, 801-822 

External activities


  • Vice-President Elect, Society of Legal Scholars.
  • Member of the Executive Committee member, Society of Legal Scholars
  • AHRC College and Panel member (2006-2011)
  • Founder member of the North East Regional Obligations Group (NEROG)

Editorial duties

  • Co-editor of Legal Studies (the journal of the Society of Legal Scholars), published by Wiley-Blackwell (2006-2011)
  • Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Human Rights and the Environment (launched 2009)

Contact details

Professor Jenny Steele
York Law School

Tel: +44 (0)1904 32 5814