Associate Professor Jason Varuhas

  • Jason Varuhas

Co-Director of Studies; Government Law, Public and International Law | Room 0812


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 and a Bye-Fellow of Christ’s College, 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 and Watts Visiting Fellow at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, London. 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 [2016] 3 WLR 590, and by the Federal Court of Australia in its landmark damages decision in Wotton v. State of Queensland (No 5) [2016] 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, forthcoming 2017). He has also recently published two co-edited volumes, Public Law Adjudication in Common Law Systems (Hart Publishing, 2016) and Equitable Compensation and Disgorgement of Profits (Hart Publishing, 2017), both of which include chapters by leading academics and judges from across the common law world. He has three books forthcoming: Administrative Law (Hart Publishing, 2018), a sole-authored work which articulates an original conceptual framework for understanding administrative law; The Unity of Public Law? Doctrinal, Theoretical and Comparative Perspectives (Hart Publishing, 2018), an edited volume which brings together leading judges and academics from across the common law world to consider the most important issues in public law today; and Remedies for Breach of Privacy (Hart Publishing, 2018), which brings together experts in tort, equity and public law to consider key issues in the law of remedies for breach of privacy.

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 July 2018. 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 2017 Dr Varuhas will be convening and teaching 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. 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).


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