Professor Jeannie Paterson

  • Associate Professor Jeannie Paterson

Professor of Law
Centre for AI and Digital Ethics - Co-director
Digital Access and Equity Research Program - Melbourne Social Equity Institute

+61 3 9035 5498 | | Room 0728


Jeannie Marie Paterson teaches and researches in the fields of consumer protection law, consumer credit and banking law, and AI and the law.

Jeannie’s research covers three interrelated themes:

  1. The relationship between moral norms, ethical standards and law;
  2. Protection for consumers experiencing vulnerability;
  3. Regulatory design for emerging technologies that are fair, safe, reliable and accountable.

Jeannie has published widely on these research topics in leading journals and edited collections, including as the co-editor, with Elise Bant, of Misleading Silence (2020).  Jeannie is also the co-author of a number of leading textbooks: (with Andrew Robertson) Principles of Contract Law (6th ed, 2020), Corones’ Australian Consumer Law (2019) and (with Hal Bolitho and Nicola Howell) Duggan and Lanyon on Consumer Credit Law (2020). Her scholarly work has been cited by courts, including the High Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Jeannie completed her BA/LLB(Hons) at ANU and her PhD at Monash University. She previously lectured at the Faculty of Law at Monash University and prior to that time was a solicitor at Mallesons Stephen Jacques (now King & Wood Mallesons). Jeannie holds a current legal practicing certificate and regularly consults to government, regulators and not-for-profit organisations.

Jeannie is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law. She is an editor for consumer protection in the Australian Business Law Review, and the  Journal for Law, Technology and Humans.


Melbourne Law Masters

The Melbourne JD


Other School and University Responsibilities

  • Co-Director of the Centre for AI and Digital Ethics at MLS
  • Co-coordinator of the Digital Citizens Research Network at MLS
  • Co-leader of the Digital Equity Research Program at the Melbourne Social Equity Institute