Professor Jeannie Paterson


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

Jeannie’s research covers three interrelated themes:

  1. The effect of new technologies on consumer decision making, choice and consent;
  2. Protection for consumers experiencing vulnerability;
  3. Regulatory design for AI that is safe, fair and fit for consumer purposes.

Jeannie is the co-author (with Andrew Robertson) of Principles of Contract Law (6th ed, 2020), the author of Corones’ Australian Consumer Law (2019) and the co-author (with Hal Bolitho and Nicola Howe) of Duggan and Lanyon on Consumer Credit Law (forthcoming 2019), as well as numerous journal articles on these topics.

Jeannie is the co-director of the Centre for AI and Digital Ethics, a new collaborative, interdisciplinary research, teaching and policy centre at the University of Melbourne involving the faculties of Computing and Information Systems, Law, Arts and Science and Co-leader of the Digital Ethics research stream at the Melbourne Social Equity Institute, an interdisciplinary research institute focused on social equity and community led research.

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 holds a current legal practicing certificate and regularly consults to government and not-for-profit organisations.


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