Claire McIvor


Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Claire McIvor will happily consider any PhD proposals in the field of tort law. She is particularly interested in the following areas: liability for the acts of others (both on a personal and vicarious basis); the negligence liability of public authorities; causation in tort law; the use of epidemiological evidence in tort law.

Current doctoral supervision
Dr McIvor is currently supervising 4 students undertaking research in the following areas:

Legal Epidemiology - The use of epidemiology to resolve disputes about causation in tort litigation
The legal and ethical responsibilities of veterinarians
Compensatory damages in negligence
The nature and scope of the Article 2 investigatory duty


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Personal profile


Claire McIvor joined the Law School in June 2006, having previously taught at Durham University. She has an LLB in Common and Civil Law with French (Queen’s University, Belfast, 1998), a Masters of Jurisprudence ( Durham University, 2000) and a PhD (Durham University, 2003).

In July 2013, she was appointed as a research affiliate of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Johannesburg.

Research interests

Claire McIvor has established herself as an expert on third party liability in tort. As a follow-on from her Hart monograph on non-vicarious liability in tort for the acts of others, she is currently completing a monograph on the tort doctrine of vicarious liability. This monograph is due to be published by Hart in 2015. She is also currently engaged in a collaborative and interdisciplinary project on the use of epidemiological evidence in personal injury litigation. She has just completed an AHRC-funded Research Networks project in this field and is co-founder of the International Association for Law and Epidemiology.

Claire McIvor was also a member of an academic working group on the reform of the civil costs system. Headed by Professor Ken Oliphant from Bristol University, the working group produced a lengthy report on Lord Justice Jackson’s contentious proposals for reform. The report was submitted to the Ministry of Justice as part of its official consultation on the Jackson recommendations

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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