School of Law

Professor Christian A Witting, B.Ec, LL.B, Dr.Jur.Sci

Christian A

Professor of Private Law

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 3943
Room Number: Mile End


Christian Witting is Professor of Private Law at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). Previously, he held chairs in law at Durham University and Exeter University. Christian also worked at Melbourne Law School in Australia, and has been a Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore on several occasions. He is a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of Australia, formerly in service with the Commonwealth Attorney’s General’s Department (Australia).

Christian has research interests in both company law and tort law. He is the author of two monographs - Liability of Corporate Groups and Networks (Cambridge University Press, 2018) and Liability for Negligent Misstatements (Oxford University Press, 2004). He is also the fourth and current author of the textbook Street on Torts (Oxford University Press, 13th and 14th editions) and has contributed to Fleming's The Law of Torts (Law Book Company, 10th ed, 2011). In addition, he has been consultant editor for Halsbury’s Laws of England: Torts (5th ed, Butterworths, 2015), and edited Pure Economic Loss (Springer Verlag, 2003)(with Van Boom and Koziol) as well as the thematic issue of the Singapore Academy of Law Journal published as Evolving Personal Torts (2015) 27 (3) SAcLJ (with Goh). Christian's books and papers have been cited in the United Kingdom Supreme Court/House of Lords, Supreme Court of Canada, Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa, High Court of Australia, Federal Court of Australia, Singapore Court of Appeal, New Zealand High Court, and other appellate courts.

Christian convenes the Private Law Group at QMUL.

Undergraduate Teaching

  • LAW6036 Company Law
  • LAW5001 Tort Law


Tort liability rules, private law philosophy, company law, corporate groups.

Funded research

Australian Research Council Dicovery Grant, 2008-10 on ‘Liability of Corporate Groups’.



  • Liability of Corporate Groups and Networks (Cambridge University Press, 2018)
  • Street on Torts (14th ed, Oxford University Press, 2015)
  • Liability for Negligent Misstatements (Oxford University Press, 2004).

Edited works

  • Halsbury’s Laws of England: Tort (6th ed, Lexis-Nexis, 2015)
  • Evolving Personal Torts (2015) 27 (3) Singapore Academy of Law Journal (with Goh)
  • Pure Economic Loss (Springer Verlag, 2003)(with Van Boom & Koziol).


  • 'The Basis of Shareholder Liability for Corporate Wrongs’ in Birkmose and Sergakis (eds), Enforcement of Shareholders’ Duties (Edward Elgar, 2018), chap._
  • ‘The Relationship between Negligence in General and Misstatements in English Tort Law’ in Barker, Grantham and Swain (eds), The Many Faces of Misstatement Liability (Hart, 2015), chap. 9
  • ‘Tortious liability of corporate groups: From control to coordination’ (2014) 22 Tort Law Review, 91 (with Rankin)
  • ‘Deceit and Misrepresentation’ in Oliphant (ed), The Law of Tort (3rd ed, Lexis-Nexis, 2014), chap. 28
  • ‘Intra-Corporate Conspiracy: An Intriguing Prospect’ (2013) 72 Cambridge Law Journal 178
  • ‘Misrepresentation’ in Sappideen and Vines (eds), Fleming’s The Law of Torts(10th ed., Thompson Reuters, 2011), chap. 28
  • 'Banks, Dangerous Documents and Other People’s Money’ (2010) 126 Law Quarterly Review 39 (note)
  • ‘Liability for Corporate Wrongs’ (2009) 28 University of Queensland Law Journal 113
  • ‘The Hand and Shirt Tests for Breach and the Civil Liability Acts’ (2009) 17 Torts Law Journal 242
  • ‘The House that Dr Beever Built: Corrective Justice, Principle and the Law of Negligence’ (2008) 71 Modern Law Review 621
  • ‘Non-Delegable Duties and Roads Authorities’ (2008) 32 Melbourne University Law Review 332
  • ‘Tort Law, Policy and the High Court of Australia’ (2007) 31 Melbourne University Law Review 569
  • ‘Breach of the Non-Delegable Duty’ (2006) 29 University of New South Wales Law Journal 33
  • ‘Duty of Care: An Analytical Approach’ (2005) 25 Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 33
  • ‘Pure Economic Loss from a Common Lawyer’s Perspective’ in Van Boom, Koziol and Witting (eds), Pure Economic Loss, (Springer, 2003), chap. 8
  • ‘Physical Damage in Negligence’ (2002) 61 Cambridge Law Journal 189
  • ‘NHS Rationing: Implications for the Standard of Care in Negligence’ (2001) 21 Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 443
  • ‘Distinguishing between property damage and pure economic loss in negligence’ (2001) 21 Legal Studies 481
  • ‘Justifying Liability to Third Parties for Negligent Misstatements’ (2000) 20 Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 615
  • ‘Of Principle and Prima Facie Tort’ (1999) 25 Monash University Law Review 295
  • ‘Intended Mental Harm in Tort Law’ (1998) 21 University of New South Wales Law Journal 55
  • ‘A Primer on the Modern Law of Nervous Shock’ (1998) 22 Melbourne University Law Review 62.