Michael Douglas

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

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

    6009 Perth

    Australia

20132019
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Personal profile

Biography

In Fall 2018, Michael is researching conflict of laws and privacy law at Harvard Law School. He is contactable by email.

 

Michael Douglas is a Senior Lecturer at UWA Law School, where he researches private international law. He is particularly interested in cross-border media law issues, a subject which he has commented upon on television, at TEDx, and in academic journals. He is the incoming editor of the Media and Arts Law Review, reporter for the New South Wales Law Reports and a Consultant at Bennett + Co within the firm’s commercial litigation and dispute resolution practice.


Michael is originally from Bunbury, Western Australia, and attended UWA Law School as a Fogarty Foundation Regional Scholar. Apart from his legal studies, Michael holds an Honours degree in philosophy and an MBA with Distinction. He is pursuing a PhD in private international law under the supervision of David Rolph and William Gummow.

Research

Private international law, media law, obligations, remedies

Teaching overview

Conflict of laws, property, civil procedure, remedies, international commercial law, torts, equity

Future research

Michael is a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney. His thesis considers the treatment of cross-border privacy wrongs – such as misuse of private information – in private international law.

Michael is editing a book titled, Commercial Issues in Private International Law, which is based on a 2018 conference at the University of Sydney. The book will be published by Hart and is co-edited by Vivienne Bath (Sydney), Mary Keyes (Griffith) and Andrew Dickinson (Oxford). Michael is contributing a chapter on choice of law.

In 2019, Michael will be working on the 10th edition of Nygh’s Conflict of Laws in Australia, with Martin Davies, Andrew Bell and Justice Brereton, and the 6th edition of Balkin & Davis – Law of Torts, with David Rolph, Jason Varuhas and Penelope Crossley, each published by LexisNexis Butterworths.

Previous positions

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

Industrial relevance

Michael is a litigation lawyer, admitted in the Supreme Court of Western Australia and the High Court of Australia. He is a Consultant at Bennett + Co in the firm’s commercial litigation and dispute resolution practice.

Michael is a former director of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) National Coordination Committee for Australia. In 2013, he interned at the UNCITRAL Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific in South Korea, where he researched investor-State dispute settlement. He maintains an interest in the harmonisation of laws in respect of business, particularly in respect of private international law.

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

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Projects 2018 2019

Research Output 2013 2019

Commercial Issues in Private International Law: A Common Law Perspective

Douglas, M. (ed.), Bath, V. (ed.), Dickinson, A. (ed.) & Keyes, M. (ed.), 2019, (Accepted/In press) UK: Hart Publishing.

Research output: Book/ReportEdited book/Anthology

The Proposed Hague Judgments Convention in Australian Law

Douglas, M., Keyes, M., McKibbin, S. & Mortensen, R., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Federal Law Review.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

A global injunction against Google

Douglas, M., Apr 2018, In : The Law Quarterly Review. 134, Apr, p. 181-187

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Intellectual Property
British Columbia
Legal Liability
Privacy
International Law

Choice of Court Agreements under an International Civil Law Act

Douglas, M., 2018, In : Journal of Contract Law. 34, 3, p. 186-210

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

civil law
international law
act
private law
treaty

Prizes

UWA Business School Dean’s MBA Award

Michael Douglas (Recipient), 2015

Prize/award: Other distinction

UWA Fogarty Foundation Regional Scholarship

Michael Douglas (Recipient), 2005

Prize/award: Other distinction

Activities 2018 2018

  • 6 Membership of professional association
  • 1 Editorial activity

Communications and Media Law Association (External organisation)

Douglas, M. (Member)
2018

Activity: MembershipMembership of professional association

Society of Legal Scholars (External organisation)

Douglas, M. (Member)
2018

Activity: MembershipMembership of professional association

National Tertiary Education Union (External organisation)

Douglas, M. (Member)
2018

Activity: MembershipMembership of professional association

Law Society of Western Australia (External organisation)

Douglas, M. (Member)
2018

Activity: MembershipMembership of professional association

Media and Arts Law Review (Journal)

Douglas, M. (Editor)
2018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity