Topic: The common law and equity: Australian and English narratives

Presenter: Professor Michael Bryan - Emeritus Professor of Law, University of Melbourne

The seminar will examine the different accounts given by Australian and English courts, and by textbook writers in both countries, of the relationship between common law and equity since the enactment of the Judicature legislation. Most accounts emphasise differences between Australian and English equity, and underplay similarities. The accounts also involve a creative reading of classic authors, such as Maitland and Story. The High Court of Australia, in particular, has in some recent decisions applied a model of equity based on a highly selective reading of sources. Examples drawn from contract law and trusts law will illustrate the themes of the lecture.

All welcome, please register by emailing Beth Williams.

Contact: Beth Williams, ph: 334 69350, email:

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