David McLauchlan

Professor School of Law


Teaching in 2017

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LLM Well


David joined the Faculty of Law in 1971 and has been Professor of Law since 1981. He is also Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Honorary Professor at the University of Queensland, an associate member of Stout Street Chambers in Wellington, and in 2008 he was the McWilliam Professor in Commercial Law at the University of Sydney.

David is the author of two books and has published many book chapters and journal articles, mainly in the areas of the law of contract and commercial law. He has received University awards for excellence in teaching and in research.

David’s recent research has focused on remedies for breach of contract and contract interpretation. His writings have been frequently cited in the judgments of leading Commonwealth courts.

Research interests

  • Law of Contract
  • Remedies

Areas of supervision (PhD and LLM)

  • Law of Contract

Current research

Damages for breach of contract.

Selection of publications

"Refining Rectification" (2014) 130 Law Quarterly Review pp83–111 SSRN.

"The Uncertain Basis of the Postal Acceptance Rule?" (2013) 30 Journal of Contract Law pp 33-51.

"The Entire Agreement Clause: Conclusive or a Question of Weight?" (2012) 128 Law Quarterly Review pp 521-540 SSRN.

"A Construction Conundrum?" [2011] Lloyds Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly pp 428-448 SSRN.

"Reliance Damages for Breach of Contract" in Jeffrey Berryman and Rick Bigwood The Law of Remedies: New Directions in the Common Law (Irwin Law, 2010) pp 33-76.

"Remoteness Re-invented?" (2009) 9 Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal pp 109-139 SSRN.