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Vanessa Johnston


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Vanessa Johnston was appointed to the Law Faculty in 2015. She is a solicitor, who is admitted to practice in Victorian and Commonwealth jursidictions. Prior to her appointment to Monash University, Vanessa worked in private practice at small and mid sized law firms, primarily in the areas of property, commercial, and tax law.


Vanessa completed her PhD with Monash University in the area of climate change law. Her thesis examined how Australia should use tax laws to encourage mitigation of road transport GHG emissions, based on a comparison between Australian and German law.


Vanessa teaches in core property law subjects, and also in electives such as climate change law. Her key research interest relates to regulatory aspects of climate change in Australia, and also carbon pricing, and how these relate to real property, and also transport.


WHile much of her work focuses on Australia, she also has experence with comparate legal research between 2 or more jurisdictions, and also working on interdisciplinary projects involving colleagues from other university faculties, external industry and government partners.  

Monash teaching commitment


LAW 2112 Property A S1 (Lecturer)

LAW5018 Advanced Property Law T2 (Chief Examiner)

LAW4679/LAW5389 The Law of Climate Change (Chief Examiner) (Winter Intensive, Sunway Campus, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

Research interests

Property Law

Enviornmental Law



International Environmental Law

Research area keywords

  • Climate change
  • Environment law
  • International and Comparative Law
  • Property law
  • Tax law
  • Transport

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Projects 2019 2019

Research Output 2013 2019

An environmental take on Australia's traffic congestion 'crisis': using road pricing to achieve sustainable transport

Johnston, V., 2019, Environmental Fiscal Challenges for Cities and Transport. Villar Ezcurra, M., Milne, J. E., Ashiabor, H. & Skou Andersen, M. (eds.). 1st ed. Cheltenham UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, p. 139-153 15 p. (Critical Issues in Environmental Taxation; vol. XXI).

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

Implications of climate change for Western concepts of ownership: Australian case study

Johnston, V. & France-Hudson, B., 2019, In : University of New South Wales Law Journal. 42, 3, p. 869-898 30 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

How market-based mechanisms affect private property in Australia

Johnston, V., 2018, Innovation Addressing Climate Change Challenges: Market-Based Perspectives. Hymel, M., Kreiser, L., Milne, J. E. & Ashiabor, H. (eds.). 1st ed. Cheltenham UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, p. 67-80 14 p. (Critical Issues in Environmental Taxation; vol. XX).

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

Victoria: part performance: when it's the context that counts: Vlahos Pty Ltd v James Vlahos [2017] VSCA 166

Johnston, V. (ed.), 2018, In : Property Law Review. 7, 2, p. 150-154 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOtherpeer-review

An Australian road transport carbon price: A comparative analysis

Johnston, V. L., 2017, 1st ed. Australian Tax Research Foundation. 298 p. (Research Study; vol. 50)

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review