Michael Douglas

Mr, BA(Hons) LLB LLM(Dist) MBA(Dist) W.Aust

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

    6009 Perth

    Australia

20132020

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Personal profile

Biography

  • Legal academic + litigation lawyer
  • Regular legal commentator on TV, radio, in print + online
  • Co-authored Nygh's Conflict of Laws in Australia (10th ed)
  • Guest lectured at Harvard Law School
  • Research cited by superior courts
  • Qualifications: law, philosophy, political science & international relations + MBA
  • PhD supervised by David Rolph and William Gummow

Key legal expertise:

  • Conflict of laws / private international law
  • Media law, esp. defamation
  • Obligations, esp. torts
  • Remedies, esp. injunctions

Roles and responsibilities

  • Executive Education Coordinator
  • Co-Convenor, Obligations Hub

Research

Private international law, media law, obligations, remedies

Teaching overview

Conflict of laws, media law, procedure, federal jurisdiction; previously remedies, torts, equity, property

Future research

Project areas in 2020: defamation; media law; economic torts; civil procedure; conflict of laws

Previous positions

Lecturer, University of Sydney
Lecturer/Associate Lecturer, Curtin University
Solicitor, Lavan Legal

Industrial relevance

Local:

  • Admitted in the Supreme Court of Western Australian and High Court of Australia
  • Practising as a consultant in litigation
  • Experience in a wide variety of commercial litigation matters; counsel in Supreme Court of Western Australia

International:

  • 2019 visiting scholar, Hague Conference on Private International Law, The Netherlands
  • Invited expert, 22nd Diplomatic Session of the Hague Conference on Private International Law; assisted during finalisation of the HCCH Judgments Convention
  • Former director of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) National Coordination Committee for Australia
  • Former intern, UNCITRAL Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific in South Korea; researched investor-state dispute settlement

Funding overview

  • Postgraduate Research Support Scheme, University of Sydney: $3,500 (2019)
  • BarNetwork Pty Ltd project grant: $10,000 (2018)
  • UWA Teaching-Research Nexus grant: $2,500 (2018)
  • Walter Reid Scholarship – PhD travel scholarship, University of Sydney: $7,000 (2018)
  • Postgraduate Research Support Scheme, University of Sydney: $3,000 (2018)
  • CMCL & IPRIA ECR Workshop travel grant, Melbourne Law School (2017)

External positions

Barrister and Solicitor, Supreme Court of Western Australia and High Court of Australia

Consultant, Bennett + Co

Editor, Media and Arts Law Review

Reporter, New South Wales Law Reports, Council of Law Reporting for New South Wales

Editor - Australia, ConflictofLaws.net

Associate, Centre for Media and Communications Law, Melbourne Law School

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Research Output

Application of pt 1A of the Civil Liability Act 2002 (WA) to Contract and Other Claims

Douglas, M., 2020, In : Torts Law Journal. 26, 1, p. 103

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

  • Coronavirus and the Law of Obligations

    Douglas, M. & Eldridge, J., 2020, In : University of New South Wales Law Journal Forum. p. 1-11 3.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Economic Torts and Economic Wrongs

    Douglas, M., 2020, (In preparation) Hart Publishing.

    Research output: Book/ReportEdited book/Anthology

    Integrating Private International Law into the Australian Law Curriculum

    Douglas, M., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Melbourne University Law Review. 44, 1

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Pleading Tortious Conspiracy

    Douglas, M., 2020, In : Australian Bar Review. 48, 3, p. 306-325

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Projects

    Prizes

    UWA Business School Dean’s MBA Award

    Douglas, Michael (Recipient), 2015

    Prize: Other distinction

    UWA Fogarty Foundation Regional Scholarship

    Douglas, Michael (Recipient), 2005

    Prize: Other distinction

    Activities

    • 7 Submissions to or appearance before a government committee, inquiry or agency
    • 7 Membership of professional association
    • 3 Editorial activity
    • 2 Visiting an external academic institution

    Submission on the Draft Amendments to the Model Defamation Provisions, Council of Attorneys-General Review of the Model Defamation Provisions

    Michael Douglas (Author)

    24 Jan 2020

    Activity: Consultancy/industry and government engagementSubmissions to or appearance before a government committee, inquiry or agency

    File

    Submission on the Commonwealth Religious Freedom Bills – Second Exposure Drafts

    Michael Douglas (Author)

    30 Jan 2020

    Activity: Consultancy/industry and government engagementSubmissions to or appearance before a government committee, inquiry or agency

    ConflictofLaws.net (Journal)

    Michael Douglas (Editor)

    2020 → …

    Activity: Editorial work or peer review of publicationsEditorial activity

    Invited Expert, 22nd Diplomatic Session, Hague Conference on Private International Law

    Michael Douglas (Consultant)

    18 Jun 20192 Jul 2019

    Activity: Consultancy/industry and government engagementConsultancy/collaboration

    ‘Reforming Defamation Law for the Digital Era’, Submission to the Defamation Working Party, Council of Attorneys-General, Review of Model Defamation Provisions

    Michael Douglas (Author)

    Apr 2019

    Activity: Consultancy/industry and government engagementSubmissions to or appearance before a government committee, inquiry or agency

    File