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Nick's research interests broadly lie at the intersection of legal history and modern private law theory. Building on his doctoral research, his current research involves exploring the origins and growth of private law doctrines, particularly those that attract theoretical controversy. In doing so, he is particularly interested in the historically important role of civil juries in adjudicating actions at common law.

Nick holds a PhD from University College London with a thesis entitled 'Exemplary Damages: A Critical History', which he undertook as a Peter Birks Scholar. His thesis presents a history of the remedy of exemplary (or punitive) damages at English common law from the early seventeenth to the middle of the twentieth century. His doctoral supervisors were Professor Paul Mitchell and Associate Professor Ian Williams.

Nick also holds an LLM from the University of Melbourne, where his minor research thesis theorised the doctrine of remoteness of loss in terms of distributive rather than corrective justice. He also holds an LLB (Hons) and a BA (Classics) from the University of Adelaide.

Before joining Monash, Nick taught Tort Law at University College London. Although he has taught Property Law, he currently teaches Equity in the Monash LLB program and Principles of Equity in the JD program. In 2022, he is contributing to Commercial Equity in the LLM program.

Forthcoming publications:

N Sinanis, ''Damages, One Farthing': Under-Compensation in Nineteenth-Century Tort' in F Bettini, C Mitchell, P Saprai and M Fischer (eds), New Directions in Private Law Theory (London, UCL Press, forthcoming 2022)

N Sinanis, 'The North Briton No. 45 and the Doctrinal Origins of Exemplary Damages', Cambridge Law Journal (forthcoming, 2023). 

Monash teaching commitment

LAW3111 Equity

LAW5008 Principles of Equity

LAW5445 Commercial Equity (teaching led by his Honour Mr Geoffrey Nettle AC QC, former justice of the High Court of Australia, and Mr Angus Willoughby).

External positions

Academic Teaching Fellow, University College London

Oct 2017May 2019

Editorial Board Member, UCL Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, University College London

Sept 2016Dec 2018

Research area keywords

  • Legal history
  • Private law
  • Remedies
  • Damages
  • Punishment
  • Civil jury

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