Professor Katy Barnett

  • Associate Professor Katy Barnett

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Languages spoken: English, Japanese


Katy Barnett joined the Melbourne Law School in 2006 as a sessional lecturer and was appointed on a permanent basis in 2010.

Katy completed an LLB with Honours and a BA with majors in English, History and Medieval Studies at the University of Melbourne in 1999. In 2010, she completed her PhD at the University of Melbourne on accounts of profit for breach of contract. Prior to commencing postgraduate study, Katy was a Research Assistant to the Court of Appeal at the Supreme Court of Victoria, completed her articles at Freehills, was an Associate to Justice Mandie at the Supreme Court of Victoria, and was a banking litigator at Russell Kennedy.

Katy has published widely on Remedies Law and other related aspects of private law, including on disgorgement of profit, the calculation of damages at common law and in statute, the law on penalties, and proprietary remedies for breach of fiduciary duty. She also has interests in comparative law, animal law, behavioural economics and law and history. She is passionate about diversity in academia and is a member of Heterodox Academy. Her PhD was published in 2012 by Hart Publishing as a monograph entitled 'Accounting for Profit for Breach of Contract: Theory and Practice' and it has been cited in argument before the High Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of the United States. She has also written Remedies in Australian Private Law (CUP, 2018) with Dr Sirko Harder, now in its second edition. In 2013, she was a visiting scholar at Brasenose College, Oxford as part of the Melbourne-Oxford Faculty Exchange. She is a foundation editor of the Melbourne Law School blog, Opinions on High, with Professor Jeremy Gans.

In 2016, Katy received the Barbara Falk Award for excellence in teaching. She has taught Property, Equity and Trusts, Trusts, Torts, Contract and Remedies in the LLB and JD degrees. She has also taught Remedies in Commercial Law in the Masters program, and given lectures in Construction Law Masters subjects. She coordinated the JD Remedies course in 2012, 2013 and 2015, and developed a Private Law Theory research project subject. She has also supervised postgraduate theses on remedies and private law and theory.

In her free time, Katy spends time with her family, and enjoys art and calligraphy. She has also written a Young Adult fiction novel, 'The Earth Below', which was Highly Commended in the 2016 Victorian Premier's Unpublished Manuscript Award, and published by Ligature Pty Ltd in 2019.


The Melbourne JD

Melbourne Law Masters

Other Faculty and University Responsibilities

Member of the Melbourne Law School JD Committee

One of the three editors of Opinions on High, the Melbourne Law School High Court Blog

Memberships and Affiliations

Katy Barnett is an associate of the Obligations Group and the Communications and Media Law Centre.