Michael Douglas

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

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

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


  • Legal academic + litigation lawyer
  • Regular legal commentator on TV, radio, in print + online
  • Co-authored Nygh's Conflict of Laws in Australia (10th ed) and Balkin & Davis Law of Torts (6th ed)
  • Guest lectured at Harvard Law School
  • Research cited by superior courts
  • Qualifications: law, philosophy, political science & international relations + MBA

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, UWA Private and Commercial Law Research Cluster


Private international law, media law, obligations, remedies

Teaching overview

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

Previous positions

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

Industrial relevance


  • 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


  • 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 - Australia, ConflictofLaws.net

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


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