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Deputy Dean, Melbourne Law School, The University of Melbourne

Matthew Harding joined the Law School as a lecturer in 2005.

Matthew graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1998 with first class honours degrees in law and in arts. He also holds a Bachelor of Civil Law degree (with distinction) and a D.Phil from the University of Oxford. During his time as a postgraduate student in Oxford, Matthew held Chevening and Clarendon Fund Scholarships and, during 2002–3, a research fellowship funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation. His D.Phil thesis was on the moral foundations of fiduciary law. Prior to undertaking postgraduate study, Matthew also worked as a solicitor for Arthur Robinson & Hedderwicks (now Allens) in Melbourne.

Matthew has published widely on issues in moral and political philosophy, the theory and doctrines of equity, property law, judicial practice and precedent, and the law of charity. He is the author of Charity Law and the Liberal State (Cambridge University Press, 2014) and the co-editor (with Professor Elise Bant) of Exploring Private Law (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and (with Professors Ann O'Connell and Miranda Stewart) of Not-for-Profit Law: Theoretical and Comparative Perspectives (Cambridge University Press, 2014). He is also the Co-Convener (with Professor Elise Bant) of the Melbourne Law School's Obligations Group, an editor of the Journal of Equity, and a director of the Charity Law Association of Australia and New Zealand. Matthew has been a visiting scholar at the University of Toronto, Queen's University Belfast, the University of Otago, and the University of the Western Cape.

Matthew has taught a number of subjects in legal theory and private law at the Melbourne Law School, in the LLB, JD and RHD programs. He has also taught at the University of Otago in New Zealand. Matthew currently supervises a number of PhD students working on a range of private law topics. In November 2016, Matthew and Jennifer Batrouney QC of the Victorian Bar will be teaching an LLM course, 'Charity Law for the 21st Century'.


  • –present
    Deputy Dean, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne