ASIC v Lewski

We’re delighted to confirm that Dr Rosemary Langford‘s monograph, Director’s Duties: Principles and Application has been cited by the High Court of Australia in ASIC v Lewski [2018] HCA 63, at fn 69. Very well deserved. The case involved civil penalty proceedings by the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (“ASIC”) against five directors of a failed aged care and retirement trust, and concerned whether they breached their duties when they amended the trust’s constitution.

If you are interested in further details about the case, Katy Barnett at Opinions on High has written a summary here.


The Private Law Junior Scholars Conference

We have received the following details about a Private Law Junior Scholars Conference.

Title: Call for Papers – Autonomy in Private Law: Past, Present, Future

Organization: The Private Law Junior Scholars Conference

Event dates and location: June 19-20, 2019, Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law, Safra Center for Ethics.

CFP deadline: January 20, 2019, midnight EST


The Private Law Junior Scholars Conference is a collaboration between the law faculties of the University of Toronto and Tel Aviv University. It aims to create a forum for junior researchers from around the world to exchange about private law and different aspects of private law scholarship. The conference provides a select number of doctoral candidates, post-doctoral researchers and junior faculty (pre-tenure) with a unique opportunity to present their work and receive meaningful feedback from senior faculty members and peers. Last year’s conference, themed ‘Public Aspects of Private Law’, received 70 submissions. A total of seven presentations were selected by the organizers and leading private law scholars from the universities of Tel Aviv, Toronto and Yale, which included Hanoch Dagan, Avihay Dorfman, Larissa Katz, Daniel Markovits, Ariel Porat, and Arthur Ripstein.

This Year’s Topic: Autonomy in Private Law: Past, Present, Future

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Inaugural post: celebrating private law research by Australian women in 2018

Welcome to the AWPLN blog. Our intention is to celebrate and disseminate research undertaken by Australian women in the area of private law. If you’re wondering what ‘private law’ encompasses, please see here.

If we have missed any work or news, please contact us (by commenting, by using the “Contact us” mechanism on this post, emailing us at austwomenprivlawnet[at] or other social media means) and we will add them to the post. Our intention is to be as inclusive as possible and we want to know about your publications!

We now have a Twitter handle: @AustralianWome1

We also have an open Facebook group:

Work published by Australian women in private law from September 2018 to December 2018:

We are aware of the following publications (in alphabetical order according to author surname):

Promotions of women in private law in 2018:

We are aware of the following promotions of women in private law:

  • Dr Philippa Ryan (UTS) was promoted to Senior Lecturer.
  • Dr Kylie Burns (Griffith) and Dr Rosemary Langford (MLS) were promoted to Associate Professor.
  • Dr Katy Barnett (MLS), Dr Lyria Bennett Moses (Syd), Dr Jeannie Paterson (MLS) and Dr Natale Skead (UWA) were promoted to Professor.