Solène Rowan is an Associate Professor at the ANU College of Law, where she holds a Futures Scheme Funding Award (for world-leading high-performing mid-career researchers to enhance their research). She specialises in contract, tort, commercial and comparative law and is the author of the award-winning monograph, Remedies for Breach of Contract: a Comparative Analysis of the Protection of Performance (OUP 2012), which won the SLS Peter Birks Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship (first prize) and the Inner Temple New Author's Book Prize for Outstanding Authorship (runner-up), and is based on a PhD thesis that was awarded the Yorke Prize (for theses of distinction) by the University of Cambridge. She read law as an undergraduate at King's College London and Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne) and undertook LLM and doctoral studies at the University of Cambridge.
Prior to joining the ANU, Solène was an Associate Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science (2012-2018) and a Fellow and College Lecturer in Law at Queens' College, Cambridge (2008-2012). She has held visiting lectureships at the universities of Oxford, Paris II (Panthéon-Assas) and Osaka Gakuin, and was a Jean Monnet Fellow at Keio University, Tokyo. She is a non-practising solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales, having trained at Herbert Smith in London and Shanghai. Her work has recently been cited by the Scottish Law Commission and the Court of Appeal of Singapore.
Honorary Academic Fellow of the Inner Temple, 2017-2020
Significant research publications
The New French Law of Contract (forthcoming 2021, Oxford University Press)
Remedies for Breach of Contract: A Comparative Analysis of the Protection of Performance (Oxford University Press, 2012)
Winner of the Society of Legal Scholars Peter Birks Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship 2012 (first prize)
Runner-up, 2015 New Author's Inner Temple Book Prize
Based on a thesis that was awarded the Yorke Prize of the University of Cambridge in 2009.
ARTICLES, BOOK CHAPTERS AND CASE NOTES
'Problems of Contractual Interpretation: English and French Law Compared' Lloyd's Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly (forthcoming in May 2020 volume)
'Review of A Burrows, Remedies for Torts, Breach of Contract, and Equitable Wrongs (4th edn 2019 OUP)’, Modern Law Review (forthcoming in May 2020 volume)
'The Reform of French Contrat Law: the Struggle for Coherency' in TT Arving and J Steele (ed) Contract Law and the Legislature (2020 Hart Publishing) (forthcoming)
'The "Legitimate Interest in Performance" in the Law on Penalties' Cambridge Law Journal (2019) pp. 1-27
Book Review of Comparative Law in Practice: Contract Law in a Mid-Channel Jurisdiction by D Fairgrieve (Hart Publishing 2016) International & Comparative Law Quarterly (2018) pp 474-475
'La Résolution du Contrat Pour Inexécution' in J Cartwright and S Whittaker (eds) La Réécriture du Code Civl. Le Droit Français des Contrats après la Réforme de 2016 Société de Législation Comparée (2018), pp 337-359
Book Review of An Introduction to the English Law of Contract for the Civil Lawyer by John Cartwright (Hart Publishing 2017) Revue Trimestrielle de Droit Civil, 2018, pp 932-934
'Cost of Cure Damages and the Relevance of the Injured Promisee's Intention to Cure' Cambridge Law Journal (2017) pp.616-641
'Termination for Contractual Non-Performance' in J Cartwright and S Whittaker (eds) The Code Napoléon Rewritten: French Contract Law after the 2016 Reforms (Hart Publishing 2017) 317
'The new French law of contract' International & Comparative Law Quarterly (2017)
'Resisting Termination: Some Comparative Observations' in A Dyson, J Goudkamp, F Wilmot-Smith (eds) Defences in Contract (Hart, Oxford 2017) 163.
'Conditions – Art 5.3.1-5.3.5' in S Vogenauer (ed), Commentary on the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts (Oxford University Press, 2015)
'Moral Damages – Report on French Law' in V Palmer (ed), The Recovery of Non-Pecuniary Loss in European Contract Law (Cambridge University Press, 2015)
'Fault and Breach of Contract: a Comparative Analysis' European Business Law Review (2011) 22 (4) pp.467-493
'Reflections on the Introduction of Punitive Damages for Breach of Contract' Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, 2010, pp. 495-517
'For the Recognition of Remedial Terms Agreed Inter Partes' Law Quarterly Review, 2010, pp. 448-475
'La Nouvelle Limite Posée à l'Exécution Forcée en Nature par l'Avant-Projet de la Chancellerie' Revue de l'Université Panthéon-Assas, 2010 , pp.81-84
'L'Introduction des Dommages et Intérêts Punitifs en Droit Français : Etude Comparative' in John Cartwright, Stefan Vogenauer, Simon Whittaker Regards Comparatistes sur l'Avant-Projet de Reforme du Droit des Obligations et de la Prescription (Société de Législation Comparée: 2010) pp. 353-374
'Comparative Observations on the Introduction of Punitive Damages in French Law' in J Cartwright, S Whittaker & S Vogenauer (Ed), Reforming the French Law of Obligations (Hart: 2009), pp.325-344
'Protecting Contractual Expectations: an Australian Perspective' Cambridge Law Journal, 2009, p. 276- 278
'Mitigation of Damage: A French Perspective' International & Comparative Law Quarterly, 2006, pp.205-218
Please note, only a small selection of recent publications and activities are listed below.