We hope you all had a great start to 2019.


We’ve been informed of the following publications by Australian female scholars in the area of private law from the end of December 2018 to the end of February 2019:

  • Elise Bant, ‘Unravelling Fraud in the Wake of Hayward v Zurich Insurance’ (2019) Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly 91;
  • Elise Bant, and Jeannie M Paterson, ‘Should specifically deterrent or punitive remedies be made available to victims of misleading conduct under the Australian Consumer Law?’ (2019) Torts Law Journal 1;
  • Elise Bant, ‘The Buck Stops Here: Holding Banks Responsible for Misleading Conduct’ Pursuit 5 February 2019;
  • Elise Bant and Jeannie M Paterson, ‘Understanding Hayne: Why Less is More’ The Conversation, 11 February 2019
  • Katy Barnett, ‘Chasing will-o’-the-wisp: the English courts’ impossible quest for certainty in constructive trusts over bribes’ (2019) 25(2) Trusts & Trustees DOI: 10.1093/tandt/ttz007 (forthcoming);
  • Simone Degeling, ‘Certainty in calculating money remedies for breach of fiduciary duty’ in Kit Barker and Ross Grantham (eds), Apportionment in Private Law (Hart Publishing, 2018) Ch 9
  • Kate Falconer, ‘An Illogical Distinction Continued: Re Creswell and Property Rights in Human Biological Material’ [2019] 1 University of New South Wales Law Journal Forum
  • Rosemary Teele Langford, Company Directors’ Duties and Conflicts of Interest (Oxford University Press, 2019);
  • Barbara McDonald, ‘Reforming a reform: why has it been so hard to reform proportionate liability reforms?’ in Kit Barker and Ross Grantham (eds), Apportionment in Private Law (Hart Publishing, 2018) Ch 11
  • Natalie Skead and Jani McCutcheon, ‘The art of crime: The application of literary proceeds of crime confiscation legislation to visual art’ (2018) 22(3) Media and Arts Law Review
  • Prue Vines and Robyn Carroll, ‘The Apology Ordinance: Bold Steps into Some Uncharted Areas of Apology-Protecting Legislation’ (2018) 48 Hong Kong Law Journal 925;
  • Sally Wheeler, ‘Modelling the contracts of the future’ (2018) 27 Griffith Law Review DOI: 10.1080/1038441.2017.1552547

If we’ve left anything out, please let us know and we’ll update the list and tweet updates. Our aim with this blog is to be as inclusive as possible. Please contact us (by commenting, by using the “Contact us” mechanism on this post, emailing us at austwomenprivlawnet[at]gmail.com or other social media means) and we will add your publications or news to the post.

Female experts in the media

ABC News is currently trying to build its database of experts to include more women. We encourage our members to self nominate as experts in private law by filling out the form accessed here.

Obligations X: Call for papers

Obligations X has issued its call for papers for its conference in Harvard (co-hosted by Harvard Law School and Melbourne Law School) from July 14 to 17, 2020. The theme is Private Law Inside and Out. The website explains:

The conference theme is intended to provoke discussion about the inside and outside of private law. The conference will focus on the contrast between ‘internalist’ and ‘externalist’ perspectives on the law in this field. It will also consider the boundaries and relationships between private law and morality, private law and economic efficiency, and private law and other policy goals. A central aspiration of this iteration of Obligations is to give private law scholars working in different intellectual traditions an opportunity to identify previously underappreciated overlaps and synergies, and thereby help to break down methodological barriers to an improved understanding of the field.

Both established and early-career legal scholars are invited to submit proposals to present papers addressing the conference theme, either at a general level or in relation to any aspect of the law of obligations broadly conceived – contract, property (including intellectual property), torts, unfair competition, and unjust enrichment, as well as equity and other topics within or closely related to private law.

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