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Matthew Harding

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Prof

Matthew Harding

 
Division
Law
 
Primary Interest
Equity and Trusts
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Prof

Matthew Harding

 

Matthew Harding joined the Law School as a lecturer in 2005.

Matthew graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1998 with first class honours degrees in law and in arts.

He also holds a Bachelor of Civil Law degree (with distinction) and a D.Phil from the University of Oxford. During his time as a postgraduate student in Oxford, Matthew held Chevening and Clarendon Fund Scholarships and, during 2002-3, a research fellowship funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation. His D.Phil thesis was on the moral foundations of fiduciary law. Prior to undertaking postgraduate study, Matthew also worked as a solicitor for Arthur Robinson & Hedderwicks (now Allens) in Melbourne.

Matthew has published widely on issues in moral and political philosophy, the theory and doctrines of equity, property law, judicial practice and precedent, and the law of charity. He is the author of Charity Law and the Liberal State (Cambridge University Press, 2014), the editor of Research Handbook on Not-for-Profit Law (Edward Elgar 2018), and the co-editor (with Professor Paul Miller) of Fiduciaries and Trust: Ethics, Politics, Economics, and Law (Cambridge University Press 2020), (with Professor Elise Bant) of Exploring Private Law (Cambridge University Press, 2010), and (with Professors Ann O'Connell and Miranda Stewart) of Not-for-Profit Law: Theoretical and Comparative Perspectives (Cambridge University Press, 2014). From 2012-2017 he was the Co-Director (with Professor Elise Bant) of the Melbourne Law School's Obligations Group. He is currently an editor of the Journal of Equity, the Chair of the Charity Law Association of Australia and New Zealand, and a member of the Law Council of ustralia's Charities Committee. Matthew has been a visiting scholar at the University of Toronto, Queen's University Belfast, the University of Otago, and the University of the Western Cape. In 2020 he was the Kwa Geok Choo Distinguished Visitor at the National University of Singapore.

Matthew has taught a number of subjects in legal theory and private law at the Melbourne Law School, in the LLB, JD and RHD programs. He has also taught at the University of Otago in New Zealand and at the National University of Singapore. Matthew currently supervises a number of PhD students working on a range of private law topics.

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Credentials

Positions


Professor

Law

Director

Australian Charity Law Association

Education


Doctor of Philosophy

University of Oxford

Bachelor of Civil Law (Distinction)

University of Oxford

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

University of Melbourne