PROF Katy Barnett

PROF Katy Barnett


  • Academic, Law
  • Contract Law
  • Equity, Trusts Law and Restitution
  • Law and Economics
  • Legal Theory
  • Private Law
  • Property Law
  • Property Law
  • Remedies



  • Katy Barnett joined the Melbourne Law School in 2006 as a sessional lecturer, and was appointed on a permanent basis in 2010.

    Katy completed a LLB with Honours and a BA with majors in English, History and Medieval Studies at the University of Melbourne in 1999. In 2010, she completed her PhD at the University of Melbourne on accounts of profit for breach of contract. Prior to commencing postgraduate study, Katy was a Research Assistant to the Court of Appeal at the Supreme Court of Victoria, completed her articles at Freehills, was an Associate to Justice Mandie at the Supreme Court of Victoria, and finally, held a position as a banking litigator at Russell Kennedy.

    Katy has published widely on Remedies Law and other related aspects of private law, including on disgorgement of profit, the calculation of damages at common law and in statute, the law on penalties, and proprietary remedies for breach of fiduciary duty. Her PhD was published in 2012 by Hart Publishing as a monograph entitled 'Accounting for Profit for Breach of Contract: Theory and Practice' and it has been cited in argument before the High Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of the United States. She has also written Remedies in Australian Private Law (CUP, 2014) with Dr Sirko Harder, with a second edition to be published in August 2018. In 2013, she was a visiting scholar at Brasenose College, Oxford as part of the Melbourne-Oxford Faculty Exchange. She is a foundation editor of the Melbourne Law School blog, Opinions on High, with Professor Jeremy Gans.

    In 2016, Katy received the Barbara Falk Award for excellence in teaching. She has taught Property, Equity and Trusts, Trusts, Torts, Contract and Remedies in the LLB and JD degrees. She has also taught Remedies in Commercial Law with Emeritus Professor Michael Bryan in the Masters program, and given guest lectures in Construction Law Masters subjects. She coordinated the JD Remedies course in 2012, 2013 and   


Member of

  • Heterodox Academy. Academic Member 2018 -
  • Law Institute of Victoria. Associate Member 2001 -


Selected publications


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2010
  • LLB, University of Melbourne 1999
  • BA, University of Melbourne 1999

Awards and honors

  • Barbara Falk Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2016
  • Allan Myers Oxford-Melbourne Research Exchange Scholarship, 2012
  • Australian Postgraduate Award, Australian Government, 2007



Available for supervision

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