Professor Jeannie Paterson


Jeannie Marie Paterson specialises in the areas of contracts, consumer rights and consumer credit law, as well as the role of new technologies in these fields.

Jeannie’s research covers three inter-related themes:

  1. Support for consumers experiencing hardship and marginalisation,
  2. The ethics and regulation of AI and digital technologies in consumer markets, and
  3. Regulatory design for protecting consumer rights and promoting safe and trustworthy technology.

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 Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons).

Jeannie is the co-author (with Andrew Robertson) of Principles of Contract Law (6th ed, forthcoming), Corones’ Australian Consumer Law (2019) and Duggan and Lanyon on Consumer Credit Law (forthcoming 2019), as well as numerous journal articles on these topics.

With Professor Elise Bant, Jeannie holds an ARC Discovery Grants on 'A Coherent Law of Misleading Conduct'.

Jeannie is regulatory consults and works with government and not for profits organisations including, the Australian Communications Consumers Action Network, the Consumer Action Law Centre, West Justice, AFCA, ASIC, and Cth Treasury.


The Melbourne JD

Melbourne Law Masters

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