• The University of Western Australia (M253), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth

    Australia

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Biography

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 was the Co-convenor (with Professor Andrew Robertson) of the Obligations Group at MLS and a former Associate Dean of the Melbourne Juris Doctor degree. She re-joined UWA Law School in 2020 as Professor of Private Law and Commercial Regulation. She is a Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law and Consultant to HFW Australia.

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 70 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 Associate Professor Ying Khai Liew. Elise has conducted extensive Australian Research Council grant research with Professor Jeannie Paterson on the regulation of misleading conduct at common law, in equity and under statute. She has also been awarded an ARC Future Fellowship to examine corporate liability for serious civil misconduct. Information about both research streams is available here.

Funding overview

  • ARC Future Fellowship 190100475 (2020-2024) for ‘Unravelling Corporate Fraud: re-purposing ancient laws for modern times’ $919,150

  • ARC Discovery Grant 180100932 (with Professor Paterson, MLS) for ‘Developing a rational law of misleading conduct’ (2018-2022) $271,467 

  • ARC Discovery Grant DP140100767 (with Professor Paterson, MLS) for ‘Remedies under the Australian Consumer Law and the Common Law: Evolution and Revolution’ (2014-2016) $244,690 

  • 2012 Learning and Teaching Initiatives Grant (University of Melbourne) of $10,000 with Dr Chantal Morton: ‘Refreshing the capstone subject and other professional skills development strategies in the Melbourne JD to assure course level learning outcomes’ 

  • ARC Discovery Grant DP1093327 (with Emeritus Professor Michael Bryan) for ‘The Principles of Proprietary Remedies’ (2010-2012) $168,000 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Professorial Fellow, University of Melbourne

1 Jan 2020 → …

Research expertise keywords

  • Unjust Enrichment And Restitution Law
  • Contract law
  • Consumer Law
  • Property Law
  • Equity and trusts
  • Remedies

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