Pam Stewart joined the Faculty in 1996. Previously she taught Litigation at the College of Law, and prior to that she was engaged in full-time private practice as a solicitor.
Pam has significant expertise in the field of Tort Law and contributes to the currency of scholarship in this field in Australia. Her book, Australian Principles of Tort Law (with Anita Stuhmcke), was the first response to the major tort law reforms that were introduced in all Australian jurisdictions in 2002. The focus of much of her continuing research in tort law has been on the way in which the law of negligence provides remedies for various classes of plaintiff including adolescents and young people, victims of human trafficking and slavery and victims of institutional abuse. Pam has completed a study(with Anita Stuhmcke) of negligence cases in the High Court of Australia over a 10 year period, the results of which were published in 2014 in the Melbourne University Law Review and The Sydney Law Review. Pam is continuing (with Anita Stuhmcke) further empirical research of special leave applications in the High Court of Australia.
Pam teaches Torts. She values the connection between academic endeavour and the practical application of the law and her approach to teaching is to focus on the development of autonomous learners, who will become ethical, reflective and creative lawyers. Currency and relevance are integral to her teaching practice and her considerable experience in practice as a lawyer in the area in which she teaches and researches provides her teaching with a practical edge recognised and valued by students
- Investigation of the recognition of 'pre-birth' entities by Australian law in the 21st century (with Anita Stuhmcke, UTS)
- Analysis of the application and interpretation of the Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW), with particular emphasis on the provisions regarding dangerous recreational activities.T
- Tortious remedies for child plaintiffs, victims of slavery and human trafficking and victims of institutional abuse
- A study of negligence cases in the High Court of Australia over a 10 year period, 2000-2010
- Empirical research of special leave applications in the High Court of Australia (with Anita Stuhmcke)
- Civil Litigation
- Industrial & Labour Law
- Family Law