Associate Professor Jason Varuhas

  • Jason Varuhas

Co-Director of Studies, Government Law | Room 0812


Dr Jason N E Varuhas (BA LLB (Hons) VUW, LLM UCL, PhD Cambridge)  is Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne. He is also an Associate Fellow of the Centre for Public Law at the University of Cambridge and a Bye-Fellow of Christ’s College, Cambridge. Dr Varuhas has previously held academic positions at the University of New South Wales and the University of Cambridge, as well as visiting positions at Yale University and the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, London.

Dr Varuhas’s research and teaching interests cross the public law-private law divide; his specialisms lie in administrative law, the law of torts, the law of remedies, and the intersection of public and private law. He has published on topics in private and public law in leading international journals including the Cambridge Law Journal, Law Quarterly Review, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies and Modern Law Review, and in edited collections, has presented at international conferences across the common law world, and authored policy reports, including a major policy paper for a leading UK think-tank,  Judicial Capture of Political Accountability (London 2016). He has been consulted by government, think-tanks and the media, as well as on litigation.

Dr Varuhas is the author of Damages and Human Rights (Hart Publishing, 2016), a major work on damages for breaches of basic rights, which was awarded the UK Society of Legal Scholars Peter Birks Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship 2016 and cited by the UK Supreme Court in Lee-Hirons v. Secretary of State for Justice [2016] 3 WLR 590. The book stems from Dr Varuhas’s doctoral thesis for which he won the Yorke Prize at the University of Cambridge. Dr Varuhas is the co-author of a leading text on English administrative law, Administrative Law (5th edn, Oxford University Press, 2016). He has also recently published Public Law Adjudication in Common Law Systems (Hart Publishing, 2016), a volume of essays co-edited with colleagues at the University of Cambridge, and which includes chapters by leading academics and judges from across the common law world. He has another edited collection in press, Equitable Compensation and Disgorgement of Profits (Hart Publishing, 2017), and has two further books forthcoming: a sole-authored work which articulates an original conceptual framework for understanding administrative law, Administrative Law (Hart Publishing, 2018), and an edited collection with Cambridge colleagues, The Unity of Public Law? Doctrinal, Theoretical and Comparative Perspectives (Hart Publishing, 2017).

Dr Varuhas is a founder and co-convenor of the Public Law Conferences, a biennial series of major international conferences on public law, the next of which will be held at Melbourne Law School in 2018. In 2016 he co-convened an international workshop at Melbourne Law School on remedies for breaches of privacy, bringing together leading scholars, judges and practitioners from across the common law world, including specialists in torts, equity and public law.

In 2017 Dr Varuhas will be teaching and convening the JD torts course and, with Laureate Professor Emeritus Cheryl Saunders, he will convene and teach a new course on the Melbourne Masters, Public Law and Private Law.


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