Pauline Bomball

Lecturer
Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours and University Medal)/Bachelor of Economics (ANU)
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Research Theme

Research interests

Biography

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. 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 Australian National University as a full-time legal academic in February 2012.  She has research interests in Tort Law, Contract Law and Labour Law.

In 2017, Pauline will be teaching Torts (lecturer and tutor) and Foundations of Australian Law (Juris Doctor) (course convenor and lecturer).  She has been the course convenor and lecturer of Contract Law (Juris Doctor), Foundations of Australian Law (Juris Doctor) and Labour Law.  She has also taught Australian Public Law.  She was awarded the 2012 ANU College of Law Award for Teaching Excellence (Early Career Teaching), 2013 ANU Commendation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, 2013 ANU College of Law Award for Teaching Excellence (Team Teaching) and 2014 ANU Commendation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (Team Award).

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

 

Appointments

  • Co-Director, Student Wellbeing, ANU College of Law: 2013-2016; Director 2017-
  • Faculty Advisor, ANU Law Reform and Social Justice: 2014-
  • Member, ANU Law Research Committee: 2014, 2016-
  • Member, ANU Law Honours Thesis Review Committee: 2016-
  • Member, Australian Association of Constitutional Law: 2012-
  • Member, Australian Labour Law Association: 2012-
  • Academic Editor, Federal Law Review: 2012-2016

Awards

Year Title
2014 ANU Commendation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (Team Award)
2013 ANU Commendation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
2013 ANU College of Law Education Awards: Award for Teaching Excellence (Team Teaching)
2012 ANU College of Law Education Awards: Award for Teaching Excellence (Early Career Teaching)
2010 First Class Honours in Law, University Medal in Law and 14 prizes/scholarships, including the Supreme Court Judges' Prize for graduating first in Law.

Significant research publications

  • 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.

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

Research biography

Pauline Bomball undertakes research in the areas of Tort Law, Contract Law and Labour Law. Her current research project examines the law of vicarious liability and non-delegable duties across a range of jurisdictions including the United Kingdom, United States of America, Australia and Canada.

Her previous research projects focused on the intersection of contract law and employment law. In a recently published article, Pauline explored the concepts of construction and characterisation in the context of employment law.  In other papers, she 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 contract law and employment law. She has also examined contractual principles pertaining to terms implied by law, focusing particularly on the approach 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 employment law.

Refereed journal articles

  • 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, 'Dignity, Expressivism and the Common Law of Employment' (Forthcoming, LLRN Conference, Amsterdam, June 2015).
  • Pauline Thai, 'The Implied Duty of Co-operation in Employment Law: A Comparative Analysis' (Paper presented at the 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 Workshop' (Workshop sponsored by the Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne and the Australian Labour Law Association, 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).

Other

Community outreach projects

  • 2014 Co-Chair of Convention Session, ACT Schools' Constitutional Convention, ACT Legislative Assembly, Canberra, 1 August 2014.
  • 2013 Co-Chair of Convention Session, ACT Schools' Constitutional Convention, ACT Legislative Assembly, Canberra, 2 August 2013.
  • 2012 Co-Chair of Convention Session, ACT Schools' Constitutional Convention, ACT Legislative Assembly, Canberra, 3 August 2012.

Research interests

Honours thesis supervision

Recent Honours Students/Topics (2016):

  • Naomi Wootton (2016): Freedom of Political Communication and the Contract of Employment (Constitutional Law/Labour Law).
  • Raina Singh (2016): The General Protections in the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (Labour Law). 
  • Vivien Hodgson (2016): The Workplace Right Protection (Labour Law).

I am willing to supervise in these areas:

  • Tort Law
  • Labour Law

I have previously supervised in these areas:

  • Labour Law
  • Constitutional Law

Current courses

Year Course code Course name
2017 LAWS6101
Class #3713
Foundations of Australian Law

Previous courses

Year Course code Course name
2016 LAWS6101
Class #4033
Foundations of Australian Law
2016 LAWS6104
Class #5702
Contracts

Teaching awards

Year Title
2014 ANU Commendation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (Team Award)
2013 ANU Commendation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
2013 ANU College of Law Education Awards: Award for Teaching Excellence (Team Teaching)
2012 ANU College of Law Education Awards: Award for Teaching Excellence (Early Career Teaching)

Past courses

  • Foundations of Australian Law (Juris Doctor) - Semester 1, 2017 (Course Convenor and Lecturer)
  • Torts (LLB/Juris Doctor) - Semester 1, 2017 (Lecturer and Tutor)
  • Foundations of Australian Law (Juris Doctor) - Semester 2, 2016 (Seminar Leader)
  • Contracts (Juris Doctor) - Semester 1, 2016 (Course Convenor and Lecturer)
  • Foundations of Australian Law (Juris Doctor) - Semester 1, 2016 (Course Convenor and Lecturer)
  • Labour Law - Semester 2, 2015 (Course Co-Convenor and Lecturer)
  • Foundations of Australian Law (Juris Doctor) - Semester 1, 2015 (Course Convenor and Lecturer)
  • Contracts - Semester 2, 2014 (Lecturer and Tutor)
  • Labour Law - Semester 2, 2014 (Course Co-Convenor and Lecturer)
  • Foundations of Australian Law - Semester 1, 2014 (Seminar Leader)
  • Labour Law - Semester 2, 2013 (Course Co-Convenor and Lecturer)
  • Contracts - Semester 2, 2013 (Tutor)
  • Foundations of Australian Law - Semester 1, 2013 (Seminar Leader)
  • Labour Law - Semester 2, 2012 (Course Convenor and Lecturer)
  • Australian Public Law - Semester 1, 2012 (Tutor)
  • Foundations of Australian Law - Semester 1, 2012 (Seminar Leader)

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