Dilan Thampapillai

Senior Lecturer
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Biography

Dilan Thampapillai is a Senior Lecturer with the ANU College of Law. He convenes and lectures Contract Law, Intellectual Property Law and Advanced Contracts. Dilan researches in the areas of contract law, copyright, artificial intelligence, trade and food security. Dilan has written a textbook on Contract Law. The second edition of Thampapillai, Bozzi and Bruce, Contract Law: Cases and Commentary, was published by LexisNexis in 2016. Dilan is currently supervising a PhD candidate at the ANU in the field of copyright law. Dilan's qualifications include: BA, LLB (ANU), M.Com (USyd), LLM (Cornell). He is completing his doctorate at the University of Melbourne. Dilan's recent publications include:

  • ‘Myanmar, TRIPS and Food Security,’ in Sairam Bhat (ed) Liberalisation & Globalisation: The Changing Legal Paradigm, (2017: LPG Publishers)
  • 'The Vexed Question of Agency and Torrens Fraud: The High Court in Cassegrain,’ (2016) 35(1) University of Tasmania Law Journal 43
  • 'What Becomes of the Broken-Hearted? Unconscionable conduct, emotional dependence, and the 'clouded judgment' cases,’ (2016) 34(1) Law in Context 76
  • 'Practical Benefits and Promises to pay Lesser Sums: Reconsidering the Relationship between the Rule in Foakes v Beer and the Rule in Williams v Roffey,’ (2015) 34(1) University of Queensland Law Journal 301
  • 'Food Security within the TRIPS/WTO Framework,’ in Kim Rubenstein & Hitoshi Nasu (eds) Legal Perspectives on Security Institutions, (Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 2015).
  • 'An Overview of Free Trade Agreements in the Asia-Pacific Region with a Particular Focus on Intellectual Property,’ Christoph Antons and Dilan Thampapillai, in Christoph Antons & Reto Hilty, Intellectual Property and Free Trade Agreements in the Asia-Pacific Region, (Springer: Munich, 2015).

Recent news

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Jun
2019
Sacked rugby international Israel Folau (left) and ANU Law expert Dilan Thampapillai.
ANU contract law expert Dilan Thampapillai examines the legal questions in Israel Folau's legal dispute with Rugby Australia.

In the Media

Please note, only a small selection of recent publications and activities are listed below.

Research biography

Refereed Publications: (sole author except where indicated)

‘The Vexed Question of Agency and Torrens Fraud: The High Court in Cassegrain,’ (2016) University of Tasmania Law Journal (Forthcoming)

‘What Becomes of the Broken-Hearted? Unconscionable conduct, emotional dependence, and the 'clouded judgment' cases,’ (2016) 34(1) Law in Context 76

‘Practical Benefits and Promises to pay Lesser Sums: Reconsidering the Relationship between the Rule in Foakes v Beer and the Rule in Williams v Roffey,’ (2015) 34(1) University of Queensland Law Journal 301

‘Food Security within the TRIPS/WTO Framework,’ in Kim Rubenstein & Hitoshi Nasu (eds) Legal Perspectives on Security Institutions, (Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 2015).

‘An Overview of Free Trade Agreements in the Asia-Pacific Region with a Particular Focus on Intellectual Property,’ Christoph Antons and Dilan Thampapillai, in Christoph Antons & Reto Hilty, Intellectual Property and Free Trade Agreements in the Asia-Pacific Region, (Springer: Munich, 2015).

‘Legitimising Exclusion by perpetuating refugee myths,’ Cindy Davids and Dilan Thampapillai, in Daniel Baldino (ed) Spooked, (UNSW Press: Sydney, 2013). ‘

Literary Re-Writings and Fair Dealing,’ Deakin Law Review (2013).

‘Abandoning Eden: The Google Print Library Project,’ in Brian Fitzgerald and Mark Perry (eds) Knowledge Project 21st Century, (Irwin Law: Toronto, 2011).

“Creating a Legal Framework for Copyright Management of Open Access within the Australian Academic and Research Sector” Brian Fitzgerald, Anne Fitzgerald, Mark Perry, Scott Kiel-Chisholm, Erin Driscoll, Dilan Thampapillai, & Jessica Coates, Book Chapter in Brian Fitzgerald and Mark Perry (eds) Knowledge Project 21st Century, (Irwin Law: Toronto, 2011).

‘Can the US actually protect performers against bootlegging? Fixation and the Copyright Clause in the Martignon controversy,’ (2010) 15 Media Arts Law Review 1

‘Creating an Innovation Exception? Copyright Law as the Infrastructure for Innovation,’ (2010) 7(1) Script-Ed 104

‘Managing Dissent Under Part IIA of the Racial Discrimination Act,’ (2010) Murdoch E-Law Review

‘Inconsistent at best? An analysis of Part IIA of the Racial Discrimination Act,’ (2010) 1 Canberra Law Review

‘Facebook or Racebook? Time for a new approach,’ (2010) 13(2) Internet Law Bulletin 30

‘Unlocking the Library: Copyright Access and the Disabled,’ (2008) 11(3) Internet Law Bulletin 14.

‘Print Disability and Copyright,’ (2008) 13(1) Media Arts Law Review, with Nic Suzor and Paul Harpur

‘A Legal Framework For Copyright Management Of Open Access,’ Book Chapter in Legal Framework For E-Research, University of Sydney Press, (2008), with Professor Brian Fitzgerald, Professor Mark Perry and others.

‘Crown Copyright: The Nature of the Crown and the Prerogative,’ (2007) 14 Murdoch E-Law Journal

‘Peer to Peer Copyright Infringement: The Grokster Cases From the 9th Circuit to the Supreme Court,’ (2006) Copyright Reporter

‘Court Ordered Obstetrical Interventions and the Rights of the Pregnant Woman,’ Journal of Law and Medicine (2005), Vol. 12(4)

Books

Dilan Thampapillai, Claudio Bozzi & Alex Bruce, Contract Law: Cases and Commentary, Second Edition, (LexisNexis: Sydney, 2016).

Dilan Thampapillai, Claudio Bozzi, Vivi Tan, Anne Matthew, Australian Commercial Law, (Cambridge University Press: Melbourne, 2015).

Dilan Thampapillai, Vivi Tan & Claudio Bozzi, Contract Law: Cases and Commentary, (Oxford University Press: Melbourne, 2012).

Professor Brian Fitzgerald, Dr Anne Fitzgerald, Professor Mark Perry, Scott Kiel-Chisolm, Erin Driscoll, Dilan Thampapillai and Jessica Coates OAKLAW Report No.1: Creating A Legal Framework For Copyright Management Of Open Access Within The Australian Academic And Research Sector, Queensland University of Technology, 2006.

Media

ABC, The Drum, 27 November 2012: The constitutional flaw in the Nauru solution http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/4394748.html

The Conversation, 11 October 2012, M47 may not prove such a victory for refugees after all http://theconversation.edu.au/m47-and-asio-case-may-not-prove-a-victory-...

ABC, The Drum, 5 June 2012: Rogue smuggler: losing perspective amid the outrage http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/4053590.html

ABC, The Drum, 12 April 2012: What we write matters http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/3944546.html ABC, The Drum, 17 February 2012: A whiteout on what we watch http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/3836190.html

ABC, The Drum, 20 December 2011: What if we can't stop the boats? http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/3739186.html

ABC, The Drum, 2 May 2011: Sri Lanka needs truth, not a national forgetting http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/986968.html

PhD supervision

I am currently supervising a PhD student.

I am willing to supervise in the areas:

  • Contract Law, Food Security, Copyright.

I have previously supervised:

  • Contract Law, Food Security, Copyright.

Honours thesis supervision

I am willing to supervise in the areas:

  • Contract Law, Food Security, Copyright

I have previously supervised:

  • Contract Law, Food Security, Copyright

Current courses

Year Course code Course name
2019 LAWS8301
Class #2635
Graduate Research Unit
2019 LAWS6104
Class #4366
Contracts
2019 LAWS6104
Class #4391
Contracts
2019 LAWS4222
Class #4530
Intellectual Property
2019 LAWS8422
Class #4564
Intellectual Property
2019 LAWS8218
Class #6761
Advanced Contracts
2019 LAWS1204
Class #7383
Contracts
2019 LAWS8301
Class #7567
Graduate Research Unit
2019 LAWS6104
Class #8367
Contracts
2019 LAWS6104
Class #9538
Contracts
2019 LAWS8422
Class #8643
Intellectual Property

Previous courses

Year Course code Course name
2016 LAWS8218
Class #9308
Advanced Contracts
2017 LAWS8218
Class #9298
Advanced Contracts
2017 LAWS1204
Class #7498
Contracts
2017 LAWS6104
Class #8712
Contracts
2018 LAWS8218
Class #9298
Advanced Contracts
2018 LAWS1204
Class #7498
Contracts
2018 LAWS6104
Class #8712
Contracts
2018 LAWS8301
Class #7710
Graduate Research Unit
2018 LAWS4222
Class #3508
Intellectual Property
2018 LAWS8301
Class #2791
Graduate Research Unit
2016 LAWS1204
Class #7560
Contracts

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