Abstract

This paper gives an account of recent developments in respect of the penalty rule in Australia and England, before going on to explore two unresolved questions. The first is whether Australian law recognises two jurisdictions to relieve against penalties – one in equity and another at common law – or instead a unitary penalty doctrine. The second is the important question of how the recent developments are playing out ‘on the ground’. 

Presenter

John Eldridge researches in obligations, evidence, and criminal procedure. He has a particular interest in the law of contract. His current projects include an edited collection on the legacy of Sir Owen Dixon. His research has been published in leading journals in Australia and overseas. He is a graduate of the University of Adelaide and the University of Cambridge.

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About Australian Centre for Private Law Events

The mission of the ​Australian Centre for Private Law is to foster the development and understanding of the private law through advanced theoretical, doctrinal, empirical and historical research, and the dissemination of that research through education and professional outreach. By supporting the work of its Fellows, the ACPL seeks to promote research in all areas of private law and to establish itself as a research centre of national and international importance. The core initiatives of ACPL are:

Research: To advance a deeper understanding of the structure, principles and policies of the private law through advanced theoretical, comparative, and empirical analysis.

Education: To promote, facilitate and disseminate the results of that research for the benefit of Australia’s social and economic fabric.

Professional Outreach: To engage the judiciary and members of the legal profession in discussion about the values, goals and methods of private law and the respective roles of the judiciary, the legal profession and the academy in the interpretation and reform of private law.

The ACPL embraces all branches of private law, including the law of contract, torts, trusts, equity, property, unjust enrichment, including theoretical and jurisprudential dimensions and contextual applications thereof.

Venue

Forgan Smith Building
University of Queensland
St Lucia
Room: 
Sir Gerard Brennan Boardroom (W353)

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