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  • 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.

External positions

Professorial Fellow, University of Melbourne

1 Jan 2020 → …


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

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Research Output 1999 2019

Doctrine, policy, culture and choice in assessing unconscionable conduct under statute: ASIC v Kobelt — (2019) 13 J Eq 81

Paterson, J. M., Bant, E. & Clare, M., 2019, In : Journal of Equity. 13, 1, p. 84-112

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Intuitive Synthesis and Fidelity to Purpose? Judicial Interpretation of the Discretionary Power to Award Civil Penalties under the Australian Consumer Law

Paterson, J. & Bant, E., 2019, Statutory Interpretation in Private Law. Vines, P. & Donald, MS. (eds.). 1 ed. Australia: Federation Press, p. 154-184 31 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

Consumer redress legislation: Simplifying or subverting the law of contract

Bant, E. & Paterson, J. M., 1 Sep 2017, In : Modern Law Review. 80, 5, p. 895-926 32 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

law of obligations
private law
consumer protection

Fact, future and fiction: Risk and reasonable reliance in estoppel

Bant, E. & Bryan, M., 1 Sep 2015, In : Oxford Journal of Legal Studies. 35, 3, p. 427-452 26 p., gqv006.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Projects 2018 2020

Developing a Rational Law of Misleading Conduct

Bant, E. & Paterson, J.

University of Melbourne


Project: Research