Pauline Bomball graduated from the Australian National University with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons I)/Bachelor of Economics in 2010. She was awarded First Class Honours in Law, a University Medal in Law and 14 other academic prizes, including the Supreme Court Judges' Prize for graduating in first place in the ANU Law class of 2010. While at law school, Pauline was a student editor of the Federal Law Review. From January 2011-January 2012, Pauline served as an Associate (a judicial law clerk) to the Honourable Justice Virginia Bell AC of the High Court of Australia.
Pauline is currently a full-time Senior Lecturer at the ANU Law School, and was recently a Fellow of the Harvard Law School Labor and Worklife Program (2018-2019). She has research interests in contract law, labour law and artificial intelligence. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in the Melbourne University Law Review, the Sydney Law Review, the University of New South Wales Law Journal, the Australian Journal of Labour Law and the Journal of Contract Law. Her 2019 article in the Melbourne University Law Review has been cited in judgments of the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia and the Victorian Court of Appeal.
Pauline was awarded a 2018 ANU Vice-Chancellor's Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, 2017 ANU College of Law Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, 2014 ANU University Commendation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (Team Award), 2013 ANU College of Law Award for Teaching Excellence (Team Award), 2013 ANU University Commendation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (Early Career Teaching), and 2012 ANU College of Law Award for Teaching Excellence (Early Career Teaching).
She is admitted as a lawyer of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory.
- Fellow, Harvard Law School Labor and Worklife Program (2018-2019) https://lwp.law.harvard.edu/people/pauline-bomball
- Editorial Committee, Australian Journal of Labour Law (since March 2018)
- Case Notes Editor, Australian Journal of Labour Law (since March 2018)
- Member, National Executive Commitee, Australian Labour Law Association (since November 2018)
- Member, Australian Labour Law Association (since 2012)
ANU Law Academic Appointments:
- Senior Lecturer, ANU Law School (full-time): 1 January 2019 - Current
- Lecturer, ANU Law School (full-time): 2015 - 2018
- Associate Lecturer, ANU Law School (full-time): 2012 - 2014
ANU Law Committees/Programs (Current):
- Leader, Private Law Research Group
- Director of Student Wellbeing
- Faculty Advisor, Law Reform and Social Justice
- Member, ANU Law Research Committee
- Member, Honours Thesis Review Committee
ANU Law Committees/Programs (Previous):
- Academic Editor, Federal Law Review
- Student Editor, Federal Law Review
Refereed journal articles
Pauline Bomball, ‘Contractual Autonomy, Public Policy and the Protective Domain of Labour Law’ (2020) 44(2) Melbourne University Law Review (advance)
Pauline Bomball, ‘Vicarious Liability, Entrepreneurship and the Concept of Employment at Common Law’ (2021) 43(1) Sydney Law Review 83
Pauline Bomball, ‘Statutory Norms and Common Law Concepts in the Characterisation of Contracts for the Performance of Work’ (2019) 42 Melbourne University Law Review 370
Pauline Bomball, 'Intention, Pretence and the Contract of Employment' (2019) 35 Journal of Contract Law 243
Pauline Bomball, ‘The Attribution of Responsibility in Trilateral Work Relationships: A Contractual Analysis’ (2016) 29 Australian Journal of Labour Law 305
Pauline Bomball, ‘Subsequent Conduct, Construction and Characterisation in Employment Contract Law’ (2015) 32 Journal of Contract Law 149
Pauline Thai, ‘Constructive Dismissal: A Re-Examination’ (2014) 27 Australian Journal of Labour Law 137
Pauline Thai, ‘Necessity, Coherence and Mutual Trust and Confidence: Commonwealth Bank of Australia v Barker’ (2014) 27 Commercial Law Quarterly 11
Pauline Thai, ‘Unfair Dismissal Protection for Labour Hire Workers? Implementing the Doctrine of Joint Employment in Australia’ (2012) 25 Australian Journal of Labour Law 152
Conference papers & presentations
Pauline Bomball, ‘Labour Law and New Forms of Work’, Panellist on Law and Global Financial Security Panel (Law Week 2018, 15 May 2018, ANU Law School).
Pauline Bomball, ‘The Concept of Characterisation in Employment Law’ (Paper presented to the Private, Regulatory and Commercial Law Research Group, ANU Law School, 4 November 2016).
Pauline Thai, ‘The Implied Duty of Co-operation in Employment Law: A Comparative Analysis’ (7th Biennial Australian Labour Law Association Conference, Sydney, November 2014).
Pauline Thai, ‘Rationalising the Interaction between Statute and Common Law in the Employment Context: A Question of “Coherence” or “Necessity”?’ (Paper presented at the 6th Biennial Australian Labour Law Association Conference, Canberra, 16 November 2012).
Pauline Thai, 'Reflections on Labour Law Teaching' (Panel Presentation, Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law, Melbourne Law School, Australian Labour Law Association Conference, Canberra, 15 November 2012).
Pauline Thai, ‘The Implied Duty of Mutual Trust and Confidence: A Common Law Alternative to Unfair Dismissal Legislation?’ (Paper presented at the Industrial Relations Society of the ACT Seminar, Canberra, 11 December 2008).
Pauline Bomball, 'Employment Status and the Gig Economy: A View from Australia' (2018) On Labor (blog co-founded and edited by Professor Benjamin Sachs of Harvard Law School).