Dr James McComish

  • James McComish

    Fellow (The Melbourne JD)

jmccomish@unimelb.edu.au | Room 0916I


As a practitioner, James focuses on commercial and public law. He has particular interests in equity and trusts, and in cross-border disputes.

He graduated from the University of Melbourne with first class honours in law, history and art history, and from the University of Oxford with a doctorate in history.

While an undergraduate, James won prizes for Equity and Trusts, Private International Law, Restitution, and Insolvency; as well as various awards for history. He is a past editor of the Melbourne University Law Review.

In 2007, he was Associate to Justice Gummow of the High Court of Australia.

James formerly taught law at the University of Cambridge, where he was a fellow of Selwyn College. At Cambridge, James taught equity, conflict of laws, and Roman civil law to undergraduates; and international commercial litigation and English legal history to LLM students.

He currently teaches Trusts in the JD program at the University of Melbourne.

James was previously an Associate at Allens, where he practised in commercial litigation with a focus on regulatory and insurance-related disputes.

His scholarly interests include:

  • Private law, especially equity and trusts
  • Conflict of laws
  • English and Australian legal history


The Melbourne JD

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Selden Society
  • Australia and New Zealand Law and History Society