Pauline Bomball (née Thai) 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 prizes/scholarships, including the Supreme Court Judges' Prize for graduating first in Law. She was a student editor of the Federal Law Review. From January 2011-January 2012, Pauline served as Associate to the Honourable Justice Virginia Bell AC of the High Court of Australia.
Pauline joined the ANU Law School as a full-time law lecturer in February 2012. She has research interests in Labour Law, Tort Law and Contract Law.
Pauline is currently the convenor of Foundations of Australian Law (JD) and a lecturer in Tort Law. She has been the course convenor and lecturer of Contract Law (JD) and Labour Law. She has also taught Australian Public Law. She 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 Teaching), 2013 ANU University Commendation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, 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.
- Will Bateman, ANU Law School
- Pauline Bomball, ANU Law School
- Radhika Chaudhri, ANU Law School
- Jennifer Darmody, King & Wood Mallesons
- Stephen Priest, Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities
Becoming an Associate to a Judge is very competitive and highly coveted. Hear five ANU Law alumni share their experiences of working as Associates at the High Court, Federal Court and the Supreme Courts of the ACT and NSW.
- Professor Pauline Ridge, ANU College of Law
- Mr Dilan Thampapillai, ANU College of Law
The High Court’s recent decision in Thorne v Kennedy raises difficult and troubling questions about the doctrine of unconscionable conduct.
- Ms Pauline Bomball, ANU College of Law
- Mr Cameron Roles, ANU College of Law
- Professor Peta Spender, Deputy Dean, ANU College of Law
- Professor Sally Wheeler, Dean, ANU College of Law
This panel will examine the disruptions caused by the market and technology and consider regulatory responses.
Please note, only a small selection of recent publications and activities are listed below.
Pauline Bomball undertakes research in the areas of labour law, tort law and contract law. She is currently working on a US-Australian comparative law research project on the characterisation of work contracts. In her other research projects, Pauline has analysed the interaction of statute and common law (with reference to the High Court of Australia’s jurisprudence on ‘coherence of the law’) in the context of labour law and contract law. She has also examined the approaches of courts in Australia and the United Kingdom to the implied duty of cooperation in contract law and the implied term of mutual trust and confidence in labour law.
Refereed journal articles
Selected peer-reviewed articles (see CV for others):
Pauline Bomball, ‘Statutory Norms and Common Law Concepts in the Characterisation of Contracts for the Performance of Work’ (2018) 42 Melbourne University Law Review (accepted for publication and forthcoming in vol 42).
Pauline Bomball, 'Intention, Pretence and the Contract of Employment' (accepted for publication and forthcoming in the Journal of Contract Law).
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.
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, ANU College of Law).
Pauline Bomball, ‘The Concept of Characterisation in Employment Law’ (Paper presented to the Private, Regulatory and Commercial Law Research Group at the ANU College of Law, 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, Panel Member, 'Labour Law Teaching Panel Session' (Panel session sponsored by the Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne and the Australian Labour Law Association ('ALLA'), ALLA 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).