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

    6009 Perth


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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 and Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law.

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 Professor Matthew Harding. She is currently working on Australian Research Council grant research with Professor Jeannie Paterson, which examines the regulation of misleading conduct at common law, in equity and under statute. She has also been awarded a Future Fellowship to examine corporate liability for serious civil misconduct which commences in May 2020.

Funding overview

  • ARC Future Fellowship (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 

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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