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    3145 Caulfield East, VIC

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Dr. Benjamin Hayward is a legal academic working in the Department of Business Law and Taxation at the Monash Business School, Monash University. Dr. Hayward completed his PhD studies relating to private international law in international commercial arbitration in the Faculty of Law at Monash University - with his research now published by Oxford University Press (in the Oxford Private International Law Series) as 'Conflict of Laws and Arbitral Discretion: The Closest Connection Test'. Dr. Hayward is admitted to practice as an Australian Lawyer in the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Dr. Hayward has published on a range of private law and public law topics in Australian and international journals, and has presented his research at conferences in Australia and beyond. Dr. Hayward has also given guest lectures on topics relating to his teaching and research interests at Australian universities, and was recognised with a Commendation in the Monash Business School's 2018 Dean's Award for Excellence in Research by an Early Career Researcher.

Research interests

Dr. Hayward's research interests lie in private international law, the international sale of goods, international commercial arbitration, and Australian contract, commercial, sales, and consumer law. His teaching at the Monash Business School helps students understand the law's importance for work in a variety of business disciplines. Dr Hayward's teaching interests lie in Australian contract, commercial, sales, and consumer law, international commercial law, statutory interpretation, the doctrine of precedent, and mooting (and other legal skills). Dr. Hayward is a co-director of the International Trade and International Commercial Law research group, and is a member of the Corporate Law, Organisation and Litigation research group in the Department of Business Law and Taxation, and the Commercial Disputes Group in the Faculty of Law.

Supervision interests

Dr. Hayward is interested in supervising HDR students in areas relating to private international law, the international sale of goods, and international commercial arbitration.

Research area keywords

  • private international law
  • commercial law
  • consumer law
  • contract law
  • sales law
  • international sale of goods
  • arbitration law
  • international commercial arbitration
  • domestic commercial arbitration
  • commercial arbitration


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