Dr Pauline Ridge

Associate Professor
BA LLB (Hons) PhD (ANU); BCL (Oxon.); SFHEA; Barrister & Solicitor Supreme Court ACT
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Biography

Associate Professor Pauline Ridge is an internationally recognised private law scholar and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has published on six occasions in one of the world’s leading journals, the Law Quarterly Review.

Her articles and book chapters concerning equity, restitution and contract law are read and cited by judges and commentators across the common law world. She co-edited Fault Lines in Equity (Hart Publishing, 2012) and is co-author, with Professor Joachim Dietrich, of Accessories in Private Law (Cambridge University Press, 2015). The book provides an analytical framework and doctrinal exposition of accessory liability, referring to all common law jurisdictions, with an Anglo-Australian focus. It will assist judges, practitioners and scholars to understand a neglected liability that is extremely important in legal practice. Her doctrinal and historical research into legal regulation of religious financing is also highly regarded and published in leading journals such as the Melbourne University Law Review and the Journal of Legal History.

Pauline has given interviews, written opinion pieces and made government submissions concerning the reform of religious charity law. She is Director for the Centre for Commercial Law and member of the Charity Law Association, Australia and New Zealand. In 2013 she was a Visiting Fellow, Asian Law Institute, National University of Singapore.

Awards

Year Title
2007 ANU College of Law Dean's Cup for Collegiality

Significant research publications

  • Accessories in Private Law (Cambridge University Press, 2015) (with Joachim Dietrich)
  • ‘Third Party Volunteers and Undue Influence’ (2014) 130 Law Quarterly Review 112.
  • Jamie Glister and Pauline Ridge, Fault Lines in Equity, Hart Publishing, Oxford, 2012.
  • ‘Religious Charitable Status and Public Benefit in Australia’ (2011) 35 Melbourne University Law Review 1071
  • 'Pre-Judgment Compound Interest' (2010) Law Quarterly Review 279-300.
  • 'Justifying the Remedies for Dishonest Assistance' (2008) 124 Law Quarterly Review 445-468
  • 'Equitable Undue Influence and Wills' (2004) 120 Law Quarterly Review 617-639.

Recent news

22
Aug
2017
Federal Court of Australia
To mark the Federal Court of Australia's milestone 40th year, the ANU Law School is hosting a conference to reflect on the Court’s contributions to Australian law.
08
Mar
2017
Women in meeting
Law is by no means a male-dominated degree, but beyond graduation, certain fields of the profession see their female lawyers fall away. Why?
21
Feb
2017
Phillipa Weeks Scholarship morning tea
ANU College of Law has held the inaugural Phillipa Weeks Scholarship morning tea to invite scholarship recipients and the family of the much loved ANU Law professor to celebrate her passion for education and mentorship.

In the Media

23
Jun
2012
Public benefit a tough test for religious groups
Pauline Ridge comments in Canberra Times

Past events

08-09
Sep
2017
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9.00AM to 1.00PM Conference

The ANU Centre for Commercial Law and Centre for International and Public Law are proud to announce a conference to mark the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Federal Court of Australia. 

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

Research biography

Associate Professor Pauline Ridge is an internationally recognised private law scholar, having published on six occasions in one of the world’s leading journals, the Law Quarterly Review.

Her articles and book chapters concerning equity, restitution and contract law are read and cited by judges and commentators across the common law world. She co-edited Fault Lines in Equity (Hart Publishing, 2012) and is co-author, with Professor Joachim Dietrich, of Accessories in Private Law (Cambridge University Press, 2015, forthcoming). The book provides an analytical framework and doctrinal exposition of accessory liability, referring to all common law jurisdictions, with an Anglo-Australian focus. It will assist judges, practitioners and scholars to understand a neglected liability that is extremely important in legal practice. Her doctrinal and historical research into legal regulation of religious financing is also highly regarded and published in leading journals such as the Melbourne University Law Review and the Journal of Legal History.

Pauline has given interviews, written opinion pieces and made government submissions concerning the reform of religious charity law. She is Director for the Centre for Commercial Law and member of the Charity Law Association, Australia and New Zealand. In 2013 she was a Visiting Fellow, Asian Law Institute, National University of Singapore.

Books & edited collections

  • Ron Levy, Molly O'Brien, Simon Rice, Pauline Ridge and Margaret Thornton (eds), New Directions for Law in Australia: Essays in Contemporary Law Reform (ANU Press, 2017) http://press.anu.edu.au/node/2641
  • Joachim Dietrich and Pauline Ridge, Accessories in Private Law (Cambridge University Press, 2015).
  • Jamie Glister and Pauline Ridge, Fault Lines in Equity, Hart Publishing, Oxford, 2012.
  • Robin Creyke, Peter Sutherland, with Pauline Ridge, Veterans’ Entitlements Law, Federation Press, 2000, (contributed  Parts XIA and XIB pp521-537).

Book chapters

  • 'Modern Equity: revolution or renewal from within?' in Sarah Worthington, Andrew Robertson and Graham Virgo (eds), Revolution and Evolution in Private Law (Hart Publishing, 2017) forthcoming.
  • ‘Monetary Remedies for Equitable Participatory Liability: General Principles and Current Questions’ in Simone Degeling and Jason Varuhas (eds), Equitable Compensation and Disgorgement of Profit (Hart Publishing, 2017) 197-218.
  • 'Constructive Trusts, Accessorial Liability and Judicial Discretion’ in Elise Bant and Michael Bryan (eds), The Principles of Proprietary Remedies (LawBook Co, 2013) 73-96.
  • ‘Participatory Liability for Breach of Trust or Fiduciary Duty’ in Jamie Glister and Pauline Ridge, Fault Lines in Equity (Hart Publishing, 2012)  119-141.
  • ‘Law, Tolerance and Religious Schools in Australia’ in Elizabeth Burns Coleman and Kevin White (eds) Religious Tolerance, Education and the Curriculum (by Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, 2011).

Refereed journal articles

  • ‘Third Party Volunteers and Undue Influence’ (2014) 130 Law Quarterly Review 112.

  • ‘Religious Charitable Status and Public Benefit in Australia’ (2011) 35 Melbourne University Law Review 1071

  • ‘Pre-Judgment Compound Interest’ (2010) 126 Law Quarterly Review 279-301.

  • ‘Justifying the Remedies for Dishonest Assistance’ (2008) 124 Law Quarterly Review 445-468.

  • ‘Equitable Undue Influence and Wills’ (2004) 120 Law Quarterly Review 617-639.

Conference papers & presentations

  • Australian Charity Law Association Conference, Melbourne, 19 July 2013, ‘Law, Religion and Public Benefit: Reflections on English Developments from the Perspective of Australian Reforms’.
  • "The Liability of Third Party Volunteers for Undue Influence", Obligations VI Conference, Ontario, 2012

Commissioned reports

A Safe Place for Children – Care, Protection and Safety of Children in the Uniting Church in Australia, Uniting Church Press, Melbourne, 1999, (member and joint author, Task Group).

Government submissions

  • Submission to Treasury on the Exposure Draft of the Charities Bill 2013, 3 May 2013.

  • Submission to Treasury on the Consultation Paper, ‘A Definition of Charity’, 9 December 2011.

Case notes & book reviews

  • ‘Equitable Subrogation: Principle and Remedy’ (2010) 126 Law Quarterly Review188-193.
  • ‘The Assessment of Contractual Damages – Ruxley Electronics in Australia’ [2009] Restitution Law Review 132-137.
  • (with Joachim Dietrich) ‘Equitable Third Party Liability’ (2008) 124 Law Quarterly Review 26-31.
  • McCulloch v Fern (2002) 18 Journal of Contract Law 138-144.
  • Case entry on Garcia v National Australia Bank Ltd, The Oxford Companion to the High Court of Australia, Oxford University Press, 2001.
  • Case entry on Yerkey v Jones, The Oxford Companion to the High Court of Australia, Oxford University Press, 2001.
  • Crescendo Management Pty Ltd v Westpac Banking Corporation’ (1989) Australian Law Journal 504-506.

Other

  • Submission to Treasury on the Exposure Draft of the Charities Bill 2013, 3 May 2013.
  • Submission to Treasury on the Consultation Paper, ‘A Definition of Charity’, 9 December 2011.
  • A Safe Place for Children – Care, Protection and Safety of Children in the Uniting Church in Australia, Uniting Church Press, Melbourne, 1999, (member and joint author, Task Group).

PhD supervision

I am willing to supervise in the areas of:

  • Equity, Restitution Law, Contract and Property Law;
  • Legal Regulation of Religion (my particular expertise is in religious financing, but I am interested in all aspects of private law's interaction with religious faith and religious activity).

I have previously supervised:

  • Sonali Walpola, 'The Enforcement of Promises At General law; Principle, Doctrine, And How Coherent Development Can Be Realised' (2014).

Current PhD supervision:

Kate Falconer, 'Bones of Contention: Creating a Legal Channel in Equity for the Return of Archaeological Remains and Indigenous Cultural Property': Panel Chair and Primary Supervisor.

Michael Tarlowski, 'The Intersection of Corporate and Private Law'. Panel Member.

 

SJD supervision

I am willing to supervise in the areas listed above under PhD supervision.

MPhil supervision

I am willing to supervise in the areas listed above under PhD supervision.

LLM Masters thesis supervision

I am willing to supervise in the areas listed above under PhD supervision.

Honours thesis supervision

I am willing to supervise in the areas listed above under PhD supervision.

 

Current courses

Year Course code Course name
2017 LAWS2205
Class #7328
Equity and Trusts
2017 LAWS6205
Class #8402
Equity and Trusts
2017 LAWS4254
Class #4787
Restitution

Previous courses

Year Course code Course name
2016 LAWS8298
Class #6818
Commercial Equity

Philosophy & approach

I teach in my areas of research expertise (which encompass the law of equity, restitution law, and law and religion). I love my subject matter and I really want my law students to love it too. I am also conscious that many of them will become professional lawyers: their university education has a direct and profound effect upon the clients they serve and so there is legal content and skills that they must master. I have a responsibility to society as well as to my students in this respect. Experience has taught me that many law students are anxious about their academic performance, time-poor and lack confidence.  Therefore, pastoral care is an integral part of my teaching philosophy. I believe very strongly in supporting my students so that they can maximize their learning, whilst also being intellectually true to the subject matter. My aim is to be fully present to my students in my teaching through developing mindful and respectful relationships with them. I use humour in order to lessen anxiety and because it is a natural part of my personality. I aim to facilitate a process of independent and “deep” learning because I believe that students are more likely to understand material that they have grappled with for themselves. I do this by being a guide (choosing relevant material, teaching formats, assessment schemes, etc), commentator (giving my expert analysis of the law) and coach (encouraging, motivating and caring for them). My greatest satisfactions as a teacher include when I see the ‘lightbulb’ come on in relation to a tricky legal rule, when I see genuine enthusiasm being sparked, and when former students stay in touch. In conclusion, I try to teach in such a way that my students truly enjoy their learning, master the relevant legal content and associated skills and are enabled to make a valuable contribution to society.

Past courses

  • Equity and Trusts (LLB Hons and JD);
  • Restitution (LLB Hons and JD);
  • Commercial Equity (LLM and JD).

Books

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