Associate Professor Pauline Bomball

Associate Professor
PhD (ANU); Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours and University Medal) (ANU); Bachelor of Economics (ANU); Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (GDLP) (ANU)
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Research Theme

Biography

See also: https://lwp.law.harvard.edu/people/pauline-bomball

Dr Pauline Bomball is an Associate Professor of Law at the Australian National University.  She was recently a Fellow of the Harvard Law School Labor and Worklife Program.  She has research interests in contract law, labour law and artificial intelligence.  Her work has been published 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.  Three of her articles (two in the Melbourne University Law Review and one in the Sydney Law Review) have been cited in counsel's submissions in an appeal before the High Court of Australia. 

Dr Bomball 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). 

Dr Bomball holds a PhD in Law, a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Economics from the Australian National University. She graduated from her law degree with First Class Honours, 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, she was a student editor of the Federal Law Review.  Following graduation, Dr Bomball served as an Associate (a judicial law clerk) to the Honourable Justice Virginia Bell AC of the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court).   

Dr Bomball is admitted as a lawyer of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory. 

 

Appointments

Appointments/Service/Leadership

  • Fellow, Harvard Law School Labor and Worklife Program (September 2018 - May 2019) https://lwp.law.harvard.edu/people/pauline-bomball
  • Member (by invitation), International Advisory Group, Clean Slate for Worker Power Project (a project of the Harvard Law School Labor and Worklife Program) (November 2018 - August 2019)
  • Guest contributor (by invitation), OnLabor (September 2018; May 2021)
  • Senior Research Affiliate, Legal Priorities Project ('an independent, global research project founded by researchers from Harvard University' which 'conduct[s] legal research that tackles the world’s most pressing problems': https://www.legalpriorities.org/) (April 2021 - April 2022)
  • Editorial Board, Australian Journal of Labour Law (March 2018 - July 2019; June 2020 - ongoing)
  • Case Notes Editor, Australian Journal of Labour Law (March 2018 - July 2019; June 2020 - ongoing)
  • Academic Editor, Federal Law Review (March 2012 - January 2016)
  • Co-Convenor, ACT Chapter of the Australian Labour Law Association (January 2022 - ongoing)
  • Leader, ANU Private Law Research Group (August 2016 - June 2019; March 2021 - ongoing)
  • Director of Student Wellbeing, ANU College of Law (Sole Director in 2014, 2017, 2018 and 2019 (until June 2019); Co-Director in 2013, 2015 and 2016)
  • Faculty Advisor, Law Reform and Social Justice, ANU College of Law (2014)
  • Member, Research Committee, ANU College of Law (2014, 2016 - 2018)
  • Member, Honours Thesis Review Committee, ANU College of Law (2016 - 2018)
  • Member, Australian Labour Law Association (2012 - ongoing)

Academic Appointments (ANU Law School in the ANU College of Law)

  • Associate Professor, ANU Law School: January 2022 - ongoing
  • Senior Lecturer, ANU Law School: 2019 - 2021
  • Lecturer, ANU Law School: 2015 - 2018
  • Associate Lecturer, ANU Law School: 2012 - 2014

Recent news

08
Apr
2019
Catherine Bladen in front of a law library bookcase
2018 ANU Prize recipient Catherine Bladen talks about winning
20
Dec
2016
Naomi Wootton
As she sees out her final days as a research assistant at the National Judicial College of Australia (NJCA), ANU College of Law graduate and University Medal recipient Naomi Wootton has reflected on how much she enjoyed studying law.

Past events

23
Nov
2021
Professor John Howe
6.00PM to 7.00PM Webinar
  • Professor John Howe

In 2021, Professor John Howe (Director of Melbourne School of Government, Director of the Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law) will be delivering this lecture, which will address how the Australian courts are not doing enough to send a message to businesses and the wider public that non-compliance with minimum employment standards is unacceptable.

Refereed journal articles

Pauline Bomball, ‘Contractual Autonomy, Public Policy and the Protective Domain of Labour Law’ (2021) 44(2) Melbourne University Law Review 502

Pauline Bomball, ‘Vicarious Liability, Entrepreneurship and the Concept of Employment at Common Law’ (2021) 43(1) Sydney Law Review 83

Pauline Bomball, 'The "Entrepreneurship Approach" to Determining Employment Status: A Normative and Practical Critique' (2021) 44(4) University of New South Wales Law Journal 1336

Pauline Bomball, ‘Statutory Norms and Common Law Concepts in the Characterisation of Contracts for the Performance of Work’ (2019) 42(2) Melbourne University Law Review 370

Pauline Bomball, 'Intention, Pretence and the Contract of Employment' (2019) 35(3) Journal of Contract Law 243

Pauline Bomball, ‘The Attribution of Responsibility in Trilateral Work Relationships: A Contractual Analysis’ (2016) 29(3) Australian Journal of Labour Law 305

Pauline Bomball, ‘Subsequent Conduct, Construction and Characterisation in Employment Contract Law’ (2015) 32(2) Journal of Contract Law 149

Pauline Thai, ‘Constructive Dismissal: A Re-Examination’ (2014) 27(2) Australian Journal of Labour Law 137

Pauline Thai, ‘Necessity, Coherence and Mutual Trust and Confidence: Commonwealth Bank of Australia v Barker’ (2014) 27(4) Commercial Law Quarterly 11 (refereed case note)

Pauline Thai, ‘Unfair Dismissal Protection for Labour Hire Workers? Implementing the Doctrine of Joint Employment in Australia’ (2012) 25(2) Australian Journal of Labour Law 152

Other

Pauline Bomball, 'Sectoral Bargaining is Coming to New Zealand' (2021) OnLabor

Pauline Bomball, 'Employment Status and the Gig Economy: A View from Australia' (2018) OnLabor

PhD supervision

Associate Supervisor on Supervisory Panel for Rosemary Listing (PhD Candidate, ANU College of Law)

Associate Supervisor on Supervisory Panel for Gareth Downing (PhD Candidate, ANU College of Law)

Current courses

Year Course code Course name
2022 LAWS8341
Class #3522
Work and the Gig Economy
2022 LAWS4228
Class #7049
Labour Law

Previous courses

Year Course code Course name
2021 LAWS4228
Class #7288
Labour Law

Past courses

2022 Courses: Labour Law (Course Convenor); Work and the Gig Economy (Course Co-Convenor); Tort Law (Lecturing)

Past Courses: Labour Law; Contract Law; Tort Law; Foundations of Australian Law; Lawyers, Justice and Ethics

Teaching Awards

  • 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)
  • 2012 ANU College of Law Award for Teaching Excellence (Early Career Teaching)

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