Jason Varuhas

Research Visitor, Michaelmas Term 2019


Dr Jason N E Varuhas (BA LLB (Hons) VUW, LLM UCL, PhD Cambridge) is a Professor of Law at the University of Melbourne, and Co-Director of Studies for the Government Law and Public and International Law programmes on the Melbourne Law Masters. He is also an Associate Fellow of the Centre for Public Law at the University of Cambridge. Professor Varuhas has previously held the positions of Junior Research Fellow at Christ’s College, University of Cambridge, Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales, Associate Professor at Melbourne Law School, and has been a Fox International Fellow at Yale University, Watts Visiting Fellow at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, London, and Bye-Fellow of Downing College and Christ’s College, Cambridge. In 2019 he will be the Robert S Campbell Visiting Fellow in Law at Magdalen College, Oxford, the Allan Myers Visitor at the University of Oxford Law Faculty, a Visiting Scholar at McGill University Faculty of Law, and a Visiting Fellow at Victoria University of Wellington Faculty of Law. He was formerly Judge’s Clerk to Justice Mark O’Regan, New Zealand Court of Appeal (now of the New Zealand Supreme Court), and is a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.

Professor Varuhas’s research and teaching interests cross the public law-private law divide; his specialisms lie in administrative law, the law of torts, the law of remedies, and the intersection of public and private law. He has published on topics in private and public law in leading international journals including the Cambridge Law Journal, Law Quarterly Review, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies and Modern Law Review, and in edited collections, has presented at international conferences across the common law world, and authored policy reports, including a major policy paper for a leading UK think-tank, Judicial Capture of Political Accountability (London 2016). He has been consulted by government, think-tanks and the media, as well as on litigation.

Professor Varuhas is the author of Damages and Human Rights (Hart Publishing, 2016), a major work on damages for breaches of basic rights, which was awarded the UK Society of Legal Scholars Peter Birks Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship 2016 and the 2018 Inner Temple New Authors Book Prize. The book has been cited by the UK Supreme Court in Lee-Hirons v.