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Holding an LLB (1st class), B.Com and PhD (Law), Lisa is a recipient of the Holman Medal, an APA Scholarship, and Supreme Court Prizes. Lisa practiced at Minter Ellison in insolvency and banking law, and now lectures at Monash University. 

Besides papers and book chapters, her major work CISG Exclusion and Legal Efficiency was published by Kluwer (2014). Her latest work on Arts 14-24 CISG will appear in a German seriesby Matthias Lehmann and Reiner Schulze (Eds), Commentaries on International and European Business Law (Nomos, 2017). Her works have been cited by High Court, Federal Court and Supreme Court judges (extra-curially), a Dutch Court (the Rechtbank Den Haag), the Federal Attorney General’s Department Discussion Paper on contract law reform in Australia, and an EU Parliamentary Briefing Note. She was Rapporteur for the CISG Advisory Council Opinion No 16 on Exclusion of the CISG under Article 6.


A selection of Dr Spagnolo's publications is available to download at:

Research interests


Commercial and consumer contracts

Comparative contract law

Good faith

Insolvency law

International commercial law

International private law

International sales law

Pre contract liability

Property law

Monash teaching commitment

LAW 5151 Vis arbitration moot 506 SEM/T1

LAW 2102 Contract B SEM2/T3

LAW 3402 Property B SEM2/T3

External positions

Director, United Nations Co-ordination Committee of Australia (UNCCA)

1 May 2016 → …

Projects 2013 2013

Research Output 2005 2016

Contract Interpretation

Spagnolo, L. 2016 International Sales Law: Contract, Principles & Practice. DiMatteo, L. A., Janssen, A., Magnus, U. & Schulze, R. (eds.). 1st ed. Germany: Nomos, p. 713 - 782 70 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

CISG Exclusion and Legal Efficiency

Spagnolo, L. 2014 The Netherlands: Kluwer Law International. 360 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

The CIGS as soft law and choice of law: Goju ryu?

Spagnolo, L. 2014 International Sales Law: A Global Challenge. DiMatteo, L. A. (ed.). New York USA: Cambridge University Press, p. 154 - 175 22 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Law wars: Australian contract law reform vs. CISG vs. CESL

Spagnolo, L. 2013 In : Villanova law review. 58, 4, p. 623 - 644 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

State of Play: The 3rd Annual MAA Schlechtriem CISG Conference

Schwenzer, I. & Spagnolo, L. 2012 1st ed. The Hague Netherlands: Eleven International. 129 p.

Research output: Book/ReportEdited BookOther