Dr John Eldridge

BA LLB(Hons) PhD (Adelaide) LLM (Camb)
Lecturer

F10 - Law School (Camperdown)
The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

John Eldridge’s research is principally concerned with the law of obligations. He has written extensively on contract codification, and is also interested in contractual interpretation and the rule against penalties. His current projects include a monograph on contractual penalties. His research has been published in leading journals in Australia and abroad, and he has held a Visitorship at the University of Cambridge Faculty of Law.

Prior to joining Sydney Law School in 2016, John served as a Tipstaff in the Equity Division of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. He is a graduate of the University of Adelaide and the University of Cambridge.

Research interests

  • Contract
  • Tort (especially the liability of public authorities in negligence)
  • Evidence
  • Criminal procedure

Teaching and supervision

Undergraduate and JD:

  • Contracts
  • Torts and Contracts II
  • Introduction to Property and Commercial Law

LLM:

  • Breach of Contract

Associations

  • Reporter - Australian Law Reports
  • Reporter – New South Wales Law Reports
  • Society of Legal Scholars
  • Lawyer of the Supreme Court of New South Wales
  • The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple

Awards and honours

  • University Medal and eight other academic prizes in law (University of Adelaide)
  • Mills and Reeve Prize (University of Cambridge)
  • Elected a Foundation Scholar of Queens' College, Cambridge

In the media

  • 12 March 2016: Why owning a house may not be such a great thing - quoted in the Herald Sun and Courier Mail regarding the comparative merits of rental contracts and mortgages.
  • 9 March 2016: Interviewed on 3AW Melbourne regarding mortgages, rental contracts and housing affordability

Selected grants

2018

  • The New Law of Penalties: Taking Stock; Eldridge J; Society of Construction Law Australia/Scholarship Support Fund.

Selected publications

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Edited Books

  • Eldridge, J., Pilkington, T. (2019). Sir Owen Dixon's Legacy (Forthcoming). Sydney, NSW: Federation Press.

Book Chapters

  • Eldridge, J., Pilkington, T. (2019). Introduction. In John Eldridge and Tim Pilkington (Eds.), Sir Owen Dixon's Legacy (Forthcoming). Sydney, NSW: Federation Press.
  • Eldridge, J. (2019). Sir Owen Dixon and the Law of Contract. In John Eldridge and Tim Pilkington (Eds.), Sir Owen Dixon's Legacy (Forthcoming). Sydney, NSW: Federation Press.

Journals

  • Eldridge, J. (2019). Codifying Contract Law: Cautionary Lessons from Australia (forthcoming). Edinburgh Law Review: an international forum for the discussion of law, 23.
  • Eldridge, J. (2019). Reforming the Australian Law of Contract: Some Practical Next Steps. Australian Law Journal, 93, 289-299.
  • Eldridge, J. (2018). 'Surrounding Circumstances' in Contractual Interpretation: Where are we Now? Commercial Law Quarterly, 32(3), 3-11.
  • Eldridge, J. (2018). Book Review: Defences in Contract. Journal of Contract Law, 35, 183-184.
  • Eldridge, J. (2018). Cherry v Steele Park. Australian Law Journal, 92, 249-256.
  • Eldridge, J. (2018). Contract Codification and 'Certainty'. Journal of Contract Law, 35, 146-168.
  • McEwen, R., Eldridge, J., Caruso, D. (2018). Differential or deferential to media? The effect of prejudicial publicity on judge or jury. International Journal of Evidence and Proof, 22(2), 124-143. [More Information]
  • Eldridge, J. (2018). Ivey v Genting Casinos. Australian Law Journal, 92, 27-29.
  • Eldridge, J. (2018). Lawful-Act Duress and Marital Agreements. Cambridge Law Journal, 77(1), 32-35. [More Information]
  • Eldridge, J. (2018). Morris-Garner v One Step (Support) Ltd. Australian Law Journal, 92, 345-348.
  • Eldridge, J. (2018). The New Law of Penalties: Mapping the Terrain. Journal of Business Law, 8, 637-651.
  • Eldridge, J. (2017). Book Review: Leading Cases in Contract Law. Journal of Contract Law, 34, 174-176.
  • Eldridge, J. (2016). 'Paperless Arrests': North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency v Northern Territory (2015) 326 ALR 16. Adelaide Law Review, 37(1), 283-293. [More Information]
  • Eldridge, J. (2016). Big End of Town Prevails in Paciocco Bank Fees Challenge. Law Society Journal, 2016 (26), 70-71.
  • Eldridge, J., Cameron, F. (2016). Don't bank on it: There is still uncertainty regarding the rule against penalties for commercial parties seeking to contract on contingent liabilities. Law Institute Journal, December, 42-45. [More Information]
  • McEwen, R., Eldridge, J. (2016). Judges, Juries and Prejudicial Publicity: Lessons from empirical legal scholarship. Alternative Law Journal, 41(2), 110-114. [More Information]
  • Eldridge, J. (2016). Tests for the implication of terms in fact. Bar News: The Journal of the NSW Bar Association, 2016 (Winter), 31-32. [More Information]
  • Eldridge, J. (2016). The law relating to penalties: Paciocco v Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited. Bar News: The Journal of the NSW Bar Association, 2016 (Spring), 28-31.
  • Eldridge, J. (2015). Admissibility of 'surrounding circumstances' in contractual interpretation: High Court's decision in Wright Prospecting. Law Society of South Australia Bulletin, 37(11), 42-43.
  • Eldridge, J. (2015). Revisiting the Penalty Rule. Bar News: The Journal of the NSW Bar Association, 2015 (Summer), 23-25.

Conferences

  • Eldridge, J. (2019). Contractual Interpretation and Surrounding Circumstances. Firm-Wide CLE Seminar, King & Wood Mallesons, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Eldridge, J. (2019). The New Law of Penalties: Mapping the Terrain. New South Wales Bar Association Seminar Series, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Eldridge, J. (2018). Contract Codification in the Common Law World. Society of Legal Scholars 109th Annual Conference 2018, London: Presentation.
  • Eldridge, J. (2018). Contract Codification: Debates and Directions. Edinburgh Centre for Private Law, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK: Presentation.
  • Eldridge, J. (2018). Relief Against Contractual Penalties - Resolving Controversies. Cambridge Private Law Centre, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK: Presentation.
  • Eldridge, J. (2018). Surrounding Circumstances in Contractual Interpretation. New South Wales Bar Association Seminar Series, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Eldridge, J. (2018). Surrounding Circumstances in Contractual Interpretation: Where are we Now? Commercial Law Association, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Eldridge, J. (2018). The New Law of Penalties. Australian Centre for Private Law, TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland, Brisbane: Presentation.
  • Eldridge, J. (2018). The New Law of Penalties: Mapping the Terrain. Melbourne Law School Obligations Group, Melbourne, Vic: Presentation.
  • Eldridge, J. (2018). The New Law of Penalties: Two Unanswered Questions. University of New South Wales Faculty of Law Staff Seminars Series, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Eldridge, J. (2018). The Rule Against Penalties: Resolving Controversies. Centre for Banking and Finance Law Seminar Series, National University of Singapore, Singapore: Presentation.
  • Eldridge, J., Douglas, M. (2018). Unlawful Means in Australia. Melbourne Law School Obligations Group Torts Conference, Melbourne, Vic: Presentation.
  • Eldridge, J. (2016). General Commentator. Symposium: Consumer and Contract Law Reform in Asia 2016 - Sydney Law School, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.

Magazine / Newspaper Articles

  • Eldridge, J. (2018). Judging Judges. Australian Book Review, No. 398. [More Information]
  • Eldridge, J. (2018). Trial by judge alone may not be the answer to giving high-profile defendants a fair hearing. The Conversation.
  • Matthews, T., Eldridge, J. (2018). Why Australia should face civil lawsuits over soldier misdeeds in Afghanistan. The Conversation. [More Information]
  • Eldridge, J. (2017). Besieged. Australian Book Review, No. 390. [More Information]
  • Eldridge, J. (2017). The Gap. Australian Book Review, No. 396. [More Information]
  • Eldridge, J. (2017). The pitfalls of Turnbull's halfway citizenship fix. Crikey. [More Information]
  • Eldridge, J. (2016). Brexit court case could claim some high-profile wigs. Crikey. [More Information]
  • Eldridge, J., McEwen, R. (2016). Judges, Juries and Prejudicial Publicity. Gazette of Law and Journalism.
  • Eldridge, J., McEwen, R. (2015). Marksmanship. Justinian. [More Information]
  • Eldridge, J. (2015). We all enter contracts every day, so why are they still so hard to understand? The Conversation. [More Information]

Other

  • Eldridge, J. (2017), Case Comment: Ivey v Genting Casinos UK Ltd t/a Crockfords [2017] UKSC 67. [More Information]
  • Eldridge, J., Matthews, T. (2017), The Right to Protest after Brown v Tasmania. [More Information]

2019

  • Eldridge, J. (2019). Codifying Contract Law: Cautionary Lessons from Australia (forthcoming). Edinburgh Law Review: an international forum for the discussion of law, 23.
  • Eldridge, J. (2019). Contractual Interpretation and Surrounding Circumstances. Firm-Wide CLE Seminar, King & Wood Mallesons, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Eldridge, J., Pilkington, T. (2019). Introduction. In John Eldridge and Tim Pilkington (Eds.), Sir Owen Dixon's Legacy (Forthcoming). Sydney, NSW: Federation Press.
  • Eldridge, J. (2019). Reforming the Australian Law of Contract: Some Practical Next Steps. Australian Law Journal, 93, 289-299.
  • Eldridge, J. (2019). Sir Owen Dixon and the Law of Contract. In John Eldridge and Tim Pilkington (Eds.), Sir Owen Dixon's Legacy (Forthcoming). Sydney, NSW: Federation Press.
  • Eldridge, J., Pilkington, T. (2019). Sir Owen Dixon's Legacy (Forthcoming). Sydney, NSW: Federation Press.
  • Eldridge, J. (2019). The New Law of Penalties: Mapping the Terrain. New South Wales Bar Association Seminar Series, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.

2018

  • Eldridge, J. (2018). 'Surrounding Circumstances' in Contractual Interpretation: Where are we Now? Commercial Law Quarterly, 32(3), 3-11.
  • Eldridge, J. (2018). Book Review: Defences in Contract. Journal of Contract Law, 35, 183-184.
  • Eldridge, J. (2018). Cherry v Steele Park. Australian Law Journal, 92, 249-256.
  • Eldridge, J. (2018). Contract Codification and 'Certainty'. Journal of Contract Law, 35, 146-168.
  • Eldridge, J. (2018). Contract Codification in the Common Law World. Society of Legal Scholars 109th Annual Conference 2018, London: Presentation.
  • Eldridge, J. (2018). Contract Codification: Debates and Directions. Edinburgh Centre for Private Law, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK: Presentation.
  • McEwen, R., Eldridge, J., Caruso, D. (2018). Differential or deferential to media? The effect of prejudicial publicity on judge or jury. International Journal of Evidence and Proof, 22(2), 124-143. [More Information]
  • Eldridge, J. (2018). Ivey v Genting Casinos. Australian Law Journal, 92, 27-29.
  • Eldridge, J. (2018). Judging Judges. Australian Book Review, No. 398. [More Information]
  • Eldridge, J. (2018). Lawful-Act Duress and Marital Agreements. Cambridge Law Journal, 77(1), 32-35. [More Information]
  • Eldridge, J. (2018). Morris-Garner v One Step (Support) Ltd. Australian Law Journal, 92, 345-348.
  • Eldridge, J. (2018). Relief Against Contractual Penalties - Resolving Controversies. Cambridge Private Law Centre, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK: Presentation.
  • Eldridge, J. (2018). Surrounding Circumstances in Contractual Interpretation. New South Wales Bar Association Seminar Series, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Eldridge, J. (2018). Surrounding Circumstances in Contractual Interpretation: Where are we Now? Commercial Law Association, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Eldridge, J. (2018). The New Law of Penalties. Australian Centre for Private Law, TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland, Brisbane: Presentation.
  • Eldridge, J. (2018). The New Law of Penalties: Mapping the Terrain. Melbourne Law School Obligations Group, Melbourne, Vic: Presentation.
  • Eldridge, J. (2018). The New Law of Penalties: Mapping the Terrain. Journal of Business Law, 8, 637-651.
  • Eldridge, J. (2018). The New Law of Penalties: Two Unanswered Questions. University of New South Wales Faculty of Law Staff Seminars Series, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Eldridge, J. (2018). The Rule Against Penalties: Resolving Controversies. Centre for Banking and Finance Law Seminar Series, National University of Singapore, Singapore: Presentation.
  • Eldridge, J. (2018). Trial by judge alone may not be the answer to giving high-profile defendants a fair hearing. The Conversation.
  • Eldridge, J., Douglas, M. (2018). Unlawful Means in Australia. Melbourne Law School Obligations Group Torts Conference, Melbourne, Vic: Presentation.
  • Matthews, T., Eldridge, J. (2018). Why Australia should face civil lawsuits over soldier misdeeds in Afghanistan. The Conversation. [More Information]

2017

  • Eldridge, J. (2017). Besieged. Australian Book Review, No. 390. [More Information]
  • Eldridge, J. (2017). Book Review: Leading Cases in Contract Law. Journal of Contract Law, 34, 174-176.
  • Eldridge, J. (2017), Case Comment: Ivey v Genting Casinos UK Ltd t/a Crockfords [2017] UKSC 67. [More Information]
  • Eldridge, J. (2017). The Gap. Australian Book Review, No. 396. [More Information]
  • Eldridge, J. (2017). The pitfalls of Turnbull's halfway citizenship fix. Crikey. [More Information]
  • Eldridge, J., Matthews, T. (2017), The Right to Protest after Brown v Tasmania. [More Information]

2016

  • Eldridge, J. (2016). 'Paperless Arrests': North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency v Northern Territory (2015) 326 ALR 16. Adelaide Law Review, 37(1), 283-293. [More Information]
  • Eldridge, J. (2016). Big End of Town Prevails in Paciocco Bank Fees Challenge. Law Society Journal, 2016 (26), 70-71.
  • Eldridge, J. (2016). Brexit court case could claim some high-profile wigs. Crikey. [More Information]
  • Eldridge, J., Cameron, F. (2016). Don't bank on it: There is still uncertainty regarding the rule against penalties for commercial parties seeking to contract on contingent liabilities. Law Institute Journal, December, 42-45. [More Information]
  • Eldridge, J. (2016). General Commentator. Symposium: Consumer and Contract Law Reform in Asia 2016 - Sydney Law School, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Eldridge, J., McEwen, R. (2016). Judges, Juries and Prejudicial Publicity. Gazette of Law and Journalism.
  • McEwen, R., Eldridge, J. (2016). Judges, Juries and Prejudicial Publicity: Lessons from empirical legal scholarship. Alternative Law Journal, 41(2), 110-114. [More Information]
  • Eldridge, J. (2016). Tests for the implication of terms in fact. Bar News: The Journal of the NSW Bar Association, 2016 (Winter), 31-32. [More Information]
  • Eldridge, J. (2016). The law relating to penalties: Paciocco v Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited. Bar News: The Journal of the NSW Bar Association, 2016 (Spring), 28-31.

2015

  • Eldridge, J. (2015). Admissibility of 'surrounding circumstances' in contractual interpretation: High Court's decision in Wright Prospecting. Law Society of South Australia Bulletin, 37(11), 42-43.
  • Eldridge, J., McEwen, R. (2015). Marksmanship. Justinian. [More Information]
  • Eldridge, J. (2015). Revisiting the Penalty Rule. Bar News: The Journal of the NSW Bar Association, 2015 (Summer), 23-25.
  • Eldridge, J. (2015). We all enter contracts every day, so why are they still so hard to understand? The Conversation. [More Information]

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