Dr Darryn Jensen

Honorary Senior Lecturer
B Com, LLB (Hons), LLM, PhD
+61 2 6125 4454
Room 7.2.19

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Darryn Jensen is a graduate of the University of Queensland and was an academic staff member there from 1996 to 2014. He joined ANU in 2016. He has also taught at Bond University and the University of the South Pacific Emalus Campus (Vanuatu). Dr Jensen's doctoral studies concerned the various equitable doctrines which Australian courts have used to resolve disputes arising out of informal property sharing arrangements. He has written extensively on constructive trusts and other equitable remedies and has sought to study the development of legal doctrine in these areas against the background of theoretical debates about the nature of the common law, equity and judicial decision-making. He has also written on the law affecting charitable and religious institutions. He has a developing interest in the relationship between statute law and common law in private law contexts. 


  • Associate Lecturer, The University of Queensland, 1996-1998
  • Lecturer, The University of Queensland, 1998-2008
  • Senior Lecturer, The University of Queensland, 2009-2014
  • Semester Assistant Professor, Bond University, 2014
  • Senior Lecturer, The University of the South Pacific, 2015
  • Senior Lecturer, The Australian National University, 2016-

Significant research publications

  • 'The "Policy" That Invalidates Testamentary Conditions' (2019) 39 Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 553
  • 'The boundary between not-for-profits and government' in Matthew Harding (ed), Research Handbook on Not-for-Profit Law (Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, 2018)
  • (with Ross Grantham) 'The Proper Role of Policy in Private Law Adjudication' (2018) 68 University of Toronto Law Journal 187-230
  • (with Ross Grantham) 'Coherence in the Age of Statutes' (2016) 42 Monash University Law Review 360-382
  • 'Proprietary Remedies: Distributive or Commutative?' (2014) 38 The University of Western Australia Law Review 1-29
  • 'Theories, Principles, Policies and Common Law Adjudication' (2011) 36 Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy 34-57

Recent news

Heather R
Associate Professor Heather Roberts has co-authored the 5th edition of Property Law in New South Wales (LexisNexis Butterworths, 2022).
Guhong Zhou has landed a coveted graduate role at a top-tier Sydney law firm, capping off a memorable academic experience enriched by prizes, mentorship and an unshakeable focus.
ANU College of Law Legal Studies Research Paper Series
Research papers by ANU legal scholars recently exceeded 100,000 downloads on the international journal and repository SSRN.

Past events

Private Law Early Career Researcher Conference 2020
9.00AM to 12.00PM Conference

Early Career Researchers (ECR) specialising in private law from various Australian universities come together to present their papers to a panel in this conference. 

Currently supervising

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    Topic: A question of coherence? Property in discretionary trusts for the purposes of bankruptcy and family law in Australia.
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    Topic: A question of coherence? Property in discretionary trusts for the purposes of bankruptcy and family law in Australia.

PhD supervision

I am willing to supervise in the areas:

  • The law of trusts
  • Civil remedies
  • Theoretical foundations of private law
  • Adjudication theory - what do we mean when we say that judges "make" law?
  • Legal issues affecting charitable and religious institutions

I have previously supervised:

  • Public interest litigation in the People's Republic of China
  • Freedom of religion of religious minorities in Bangladesh

Current courses

Year Course code Course name
2023 LAWS4236
Class #4141
2023 LAWS8436
Class #4146

Previous courses

Year Course code Course name
2021 LAWS4236
Class #7294
2021 LAWS8436
Class #7295
2021 LAWS6204
Class #2711
2021 LAWS2204
Class #2214

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