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Nick Sinanis is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Monash University. 

Before joining Monash, Nick was a Peter Birks Scholar at University College London. His doctoral thesis offers a history of the theoretically controversial award of exemplary (or punitive) damages at English common law from the seventeenth to the mid-twentieth century.

Building on his doctoral research, Nick's current research centres on deepening theoretical understandings of modern private law doctrines (particularly remedial doctrines) through greater recourse to the history of the common law. He is also interested in the civil jury's historical adjudicative role, especially in determining the nature and extent of remedies in common law actions.

Nick holds a PhD from University College London with a thesis entitled 'Exemplary Damages: A Critical History.' He 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. He currently teaches Equity in the Monash LLB program, Principles of Equity in the JD program, and Commercial Equity in the LLM program.

Forthcoming publications:

N Sinanis, 'Punishment in Tort: The Context of Ideas in Rookes v Barnard' (2022) 15 Journal of Tort Law (forthcoming)

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)

Monash teaching commitment

LAW3111 - Equity

LAW3402 - Property B

LAW5008 - Principles of Equity

LAW5445 - Commercial Equity

External positions

Academic Teaching Fellow, University College London

Oct 2017May 2019

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

Sep 2016Dec 2018


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