Professor of Law, University of Melbourne

Professor Bant holds joint bachelor degrees in Arts and Law (hons) from the University of Western Australia. She also holds the degrees of Bachelor of Civil Laws with distinction and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Oxford, where she was a Clarendon scholar. Elise practised in commercial litigation with national law firm Freehills before joining The University of Western Australia Law School. She subsequently taught at Oxford and was a visiting scholar in Portugal, before joining Melbourne Law School in 2008. Elise is the Co-convenor (with Professor Andrew Robertson) of the Obligations Group at MLS and a former Associate Dean of the Melbourne Juris Doctor degree.

Professor Bant's main areas of teaching and research interests lie in the fields of unjust enrichment and restitution law, property, contract and consumer law, civil remedies, equity and trusts. She is author of The Change of Position Defence (Hart Publishing, Oxford 2009) and co-author (with Justice James Edelman) of Unjust Enrichment (Hart Publishing, Oxford, 2016), editor of two collections of essays, co-author of a leading Australian casebook on Remedies and has published over 50 articles, chapters and other scholarly works in her specialist fields. Elise is also a general editor of the Journal of Equity with Professor Simone Degeling (UNSW) and Professor Matthew Harding. She is currently working on Australian Research Council grant research with Associate Professor Jeannie Paterson, which examines the regulation of misleading conduct at common law, in equity and under statute.

Experience

  • 2008–present
    Professor of Law, University of Melbourne
  • 1999–2005
    Senior Lecturer, University of Western Australia
  • 1992–2000
    Solicitor and special counsel, Freehills

Education

  • 2008 
    University of Oxford, DPhil (Law)
  • 1998 
    University of Oxford, BCL
  • 1992 
    University of Western Australia, BA/LLB (Hons)

Publications

  • 2018
    See University of Melbourne Profile, University of Melbourne

Grants and Contracts

  • 2018
    Developing a rational law of misleading conduct
    Role:
    Chief Investigator with A/Prof Jeannie Paterson
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 2014
    Remedies under the Australian Consumer Law and the Common Law: Evolution and Revolution
    Role:
    Chief Investigator with A/Prof Jeannie Paterson
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 2010
    ‘The Principles of Proprietary Remedies
    Role:
    Chief Investigator with Emeritus Prof Michael Bryan
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council