Dr Ben Chen

BEc (Hons) LLB (Hons) PhD (Econ) ANU, LLM Columbia
Lecturer

F10 - Law School (Camperdown)
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 8627 6887
Fax +61 2 9351 0200

Website Social Science Research Network

Biographical details

Ben joined the Law School in 2018. He is a doctoral candidate at Columbia University School of Law, and recently completed a PhD in economics at the Australian National University. His legal research focuses on mental incapacity in private law, using behavioural-economic and historical approaches. His economics research develops contest theory (a branch of game theory) to capture behavioural biases and social preferences, and then applies it to model civil litigation.

In his final year of undergraduate studies, Ben served as Tipstaff to Justice Lindsay of the NSW Supreme Court. He later worked as a judge’s associate at the ACT Supreme Court (in 2013-14) and a sessional academic at the Australian National University (in 2014-16). While at Columbia, he worked as a researcher for Professor Elizabeth S Scott, the chief reporter for Restatement of Children and the Law.

Ben is a loyal member of the Francis Forbes Society for Australian Legal History. He has published in legal history and helped organise legal history tutorials for members and friends of the Society.

Research interests

  • Equity and Trusts
  • Contracts
  • Civil Procedure
  • Private International Law
  • Game Theory
  • Behavioural Law and Economics

Teaching and supervision

  • Private International Law A
  • Equity

Current projects

  • Mental incapacity in private law
  • Interpretive formalism in private law
  • Behavioural-economic foundations of equity
  • Behavioural contest theory
  • Contest-theoretic foundations of civil procedure

Associations

Barrister and Solicitor, ACT (admitted 2014, non-practising)

Awards and honours

  • Herman N. Finkelstein Memorial Fellow (Columbia University)
  • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar (Columbia University)
  • Australian Postgraduate Award (Australian National University)
  • Commonwealth Treasury Scholarships (Australian National University)
  • Burgmann College Scholarships (Australian National University)

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Chen, B., Scott, E. (2018). Fiduciary Principles in Family Law (forthcoming). In Evan J. Criddle, Paul B. Miller, Robert H. Sitkoff (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Fiduciary Law. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Journals

  • Chen, B. (2018). Issues in Law and Economics, by Harold Winter (Chicago University Press, Chicago, IL, 2017), pp. 233. Economic Record, 94:304, 101-114. [More Information]
  • Chen, B. (2014). Historical foundations of choice of law in fiduciary obligations. Journal of Private International Law, 10(2), 171-203. [More Information]
  • Chen, B. (2013). Diminution and secularisation of oaths in Australian courts. Australian Bar Review, 291.

2018

  • Chen, B., Scott, E. (2018). Fiduciary Principles in Family Law (forthcoming). In Evan J. Criddle, Paul B. Miller, Robert H. Sitkoff (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Fiduciary Law. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • Chen, B. (2018). Issues in Law and Economics, by Harold Winter (Chicago University Press, Chicago, IL, 2017), pp. 233. Economic Record, 94:304, 101-114. [More Information]

2014

  • Chen, B. (2014). Historical foundations of choice of law in fiduciary obligations. Journal of Private International Law, 10(2), 171-203. [More Information]

2013

  • Chen, B. (2013). Diminution and secularisation of oaths in Australian courts. Australian Bar Review, 291.

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