Professor Elise Bant

Professorial Fellow

The University of Western Australia

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Professor Bant is a Professorial Fellow at The University of Melbourne and Professor of Private Law and Commercial Regulation at The University of Western Australia. She holds joint bachelor degrees in Arts and Law (hons) from the University of Western Australia. She also holds the degrees of Bachelor of Civil Laws with distinction and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Oxford, where she was a Clarendon scholar. Professor Bant practised in commercial litigation with national law firm Freehills before joining The University of Western Australia Law School. She subsequently taught at Oxford and was a visiting scholar in Portugal, before joining Melbourne Law School in 2008. Professor Bant was the Co-convenor (with Professor Matthew Harding and Professor Andrew Robertson) of the Obligations Group at MLS from 2009-2019 and a former Associate Dean of the Melbourne Juris Doctor degree. She re-joined UWA Law School in 2020. Professor Bant was appointed a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law in 2019.

Professor Bant's main areas of teaching and research interests lie in the fields of unjust enrichment and restitution law, property, contract and consumer law, civil remedies, equity and trusts. She is author of The Change of Position Defence (Hart Publishing, Oxford 2009) and co-author (with Justice James Edelman) of Unjust Enrichment (Hart Publishing, Oxford, 2016), editor of two collections of essays, co-author of a leading Australian casebook on Remedies and has published over 70 articles, chapters and other scholarly works in her specialist fields. Professor Bant is also a general editor of the Journal of Equity with Professor Simone Degeling (UNSW) and Professor Matthew Harding. She is currently working on Australian Research Council grant research with Professor Jeannie Paterson, which examines the regulation of misleading conduct at common law, in equity and under statute. She has also been awarded an ARC Future Fellowship to examine the liability rules that hinder regulation of serious corporate misconduct, which commences in May 2020.


  • PhD Robyn Honey, Undue Influence, commenced 2013
  • PhD, Michael Crawford, Possession in Property Law, commenced 2014
  • PhD, Tobias Barkley, Models of Express Trusts, commenced 2015

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