Richard Garnett has an LLM from Harvard University where he was a Fulbright and Lionel Murphy scholar. Prior to his appointment at the University of Melbourne in 2001, Richard was a senior lecturer at Monash University and before that, a solicitor practising commercial litigation and arbitration at Linklaters in London. Richard's major research interests are in the areas of conflict of laws, international dispute resolution and cross-border online conduct. He has published books and articles in major international journals in these fields, a number of which have been cited by leading international tribunals such as the European Court of Human Rights and US federal courts. Richard has also acted as legal adviser and counsel in private international law and international commercial arbitration matters before Australian and international tribunals, including the High Court of Australia. He is currently a consultant to the law firm Freehills.
In 2012, Richard's monograph Substance and Procedure in Private International Law was published in the prestigious Oxford Private International Law Series of Oxford University Press. This work was described in the foreword by the former Chief Justice of Australia, the Hon Sir Anthony Mason, as 'not just an admirable statement of the law as it currently stands [but one which] identifies and engages with deeper underlying issues and offers persuasive solutions to them. In addition, it presents a penetrating analysis of the existing rules and the decided cases.'
Other positions Richard has held include: Member of the Australian Government delegation of experts to the Hague Conference on Private International Law (Jurisdiction and Judgments Convention), Director of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration, Adviser to the American Law Institute in its project on transnational intellectual property adjudication, co-rapporteur on the International Law Association (ILA) project on transnational group actions, Consultant to the Australian Law Reform Commission on the Commonwealth Judiciary Act and Consultant to the European Commission on private international law and electronic commerce.