Co-Director of Studies; Government Law, Public and International Law
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Dr Jason N E Varuhas (BA LLB (Hons) VUW, LLM UCL, PhD Cambridge) is Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne, and Co-Director of Studies for the Government Law and Public and International Law programmes on the Melbourne Law Masters. He is also an Associate Fellow of the Centre for Public Law at the University of Cambridge. Dr Varuhas has previously held the positions of Junior Research Fellow at Christ’s College, University of Cambridge, and Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales, and has been a Fox International Fellow at Yale University, Watts Visiting Fellow at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, London, and Bye-Fellow of Downing College and Christ’s College, Cambridge. In 2019 he will be the Allan Myers Visitor at the University of Oxford. He was formerly Judge’s Clerk to Justice Mark O’Regan, New Zealand Court of Appeal (now of the New Zealand Supreme Court), and is a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.
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  3 WLR 590, the English High Court in Alseran v. Ministry of Defence  3 WLR 95 and by the Federal Court of Australia in its landmark damages decision in Wotton v. State of Queensland (No 5)  FCA 1457. 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, 2017), and contributes Book V on Damages under the Human Rights Act of McGregor on Damages (Justice James Edelman (ed), 20th edn, Sweet and Maxwell, 2017). He has also recently published four co-edited volumes, Public Law Adjudication in Common Law Systems (Hart Publishing, 2016); Equitable Compensation and Disgorgement of Profits (Hart Publishing, 2017); The Unity of Public Law? Doctrinal, Theoretical and Comparative Perspectives (Hart Publishing, 2018); Remedies for Breach of Privacy (Hart Publishing, 2018). Dr Varuhas is currently working on two books: Administrative Law (Hart Publishing, 2019), a critical introduction to administrative law, and The Law of Torts (6th edn, LexisNexis, 2020), the leading treatise on the Australian law of torts.
Dr Varuhas is a founder and co-convenor of the Public Law Conferences, a biennial series of major international conferences on public law, the most recent being held at Melbourne Law School in July 2018, for which he was the convenor. He has previously co-organised international workshops on equitable compensation and disgorgement of profits (UNSW 2015) and remedies for breach of privacy (Melbourne 2016).
In 2018, Dr Varuhas will convene and teach the JD remedies course, and convene and teach two new courses on the Melbourne Masters: Law and Public Administration, with Professor Richard Rawlings (UCL), and Government Liability with Professor Mark Aronson (UNSW). He serves on various committees in the Law School, including as Chair of the Scholarships Committee.