Dr Karen Fairweather

Lecturer
  Org Unit Law School
  Email karen.fairweather@adelaide.edu.au
  Telephone +61 8 8313 2584
  Location Floor/Room 3 10 ,  Ligertwood Building ,   North Terrace

After graduating with first class honours from the University of Birmingham, Karen Fairweather was awarded a Prince of Wales Scholarship by Gray's Inn and called to the Bar in 2007. Prior to joining Adelaide Law School, she worked at Durham University and the University of Queensland. Karen holds a PhD from the University of Exeter. She has taught the law of contracts, advanced private law, the law of trusts, remedies and consumer law. Her primary research interest is consumer law, particularly from historical and comparative perspectives. She has published widely in this area.

Before reincarnation as a lawyer, Karen was a classical pianist. She studied at the Royal Northern College of Music (GRNCM, PGDipRNCM, PPRNCM) and the Royal Conservatory of the Hague. She won numerous national and international prizes and performed extensively throughout Europe. Music remains her life-long passion.

Diploma in German Law, University of Bayreuth, Germany (2005)

LLB (Hons) First Class (Law with German), University of Birmingham (2006)

Postgraduate Diploma in Vocational Training for the Bar, BPP Law School, London (2007)

PhD, University of Exeter (2016)

Barrister (England and Wales - non-practising)

TC Beirne School of Law (University of Queensland) award for excellence in the teaching of a compulsory undergraduate course, 2015

Prince of Wales Scholarship, Gray's Inn, 2006

Sir Henry Barber Law Scholarship, 2006

CCH Tax Prize, 2006

Winner, Oxford International Intellectual Property Moot, 2005

Charles McDowell Prize for Equity, 2004

Shakespeares' Prize, 2004

Sweet and Maxwell Law Prize, 2003

Lady Barber Prize, 2003

Consumer Law

Financial Services

Contract Law

Trusts and Equity

Private Law Remedies

Foundations of Law

 

PhD Supervision

Henry Kha, 'Family Law in Victorian England' (University of Queensland)

Consumer Law

Financial Services

Contract Law

Equity

Legal History

Comparative Law

'Responsibility and Safety in Consumer Credit: A Comparative Perspective.'  University of Queensland ($11,933)

Books

Karen Fairweather, Paul O'Shea and Ross Grantham (eds), Credit, Consumers and the Law: After the Global Storm (Routledge, 2016)

Kit Barker, Simone Degeling, Karen Fairweather and Ross Grantham (eds), Private Law and Power (Hart Publishing, 2017)

Kit Barker, Karen Fairweather and Ross Grantham (eds), Private Law in the 21st Century (Hart Publishing, 2017)

 

Book Chapters

Karen Fairweather, 'Redressing Inequality in Personal Credit Transactions: 1700-1974' in Kit Barker, Simone Degeling, Karen Fairweather and Ross Grantham (eds), Private Law and Power (Hart Publishing, 2017)  53-82

Karen Fairweather, 'Apples and Oranges? Responsible Mortgage Lending in the UK and Australia' in Karen Fairweather, Paul O'Shea and Ross Grantham (eds), Credit, Consumers and the Law: After the Global Storm (Routledge, 2016) 153-182

Karen Fairweather, Paul O'Shea and Ross Grantham, 'Consumer Law: Paternalism, Fragmentation and Centralised Enforcement' in Karen Fairweather, Paul O'Shea and Ross Grantham (eds), Credit, Consumers and the Law: After the Global Storm (Routledge, 2016) 3-16

Karen Fairweather, 'The Development of Responsible Lending in the UK Consumer Credit Regime' in James Devenney and Mel Kenny (eds), Credit, Investment and Consumer Protection in Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2012) 84-110

Warren Swain and Karen Fairweather, 'The Legal Regulation of Pawnbroking in England, A Brief History' in James Devenney and Mel Kenny (eds), Credit, Investment and Consumer Protection in Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2012) 142-159

Warren Swain and Karen Fairweather, 'Usury and the Judicial Regulation of Financial Transactions in Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century England' in James Devenney, Mel Kenny and Lorna Fox-O'Mahony (eds), Unconscionability in European Private Financial Transactions: Protecting the Vulnerable (Cambridge University Press, 2010) 147-165

 

Articles

Warren Swain and Karen Fairweather, 'Usury, Statutory Avoidance and the Court of Chancery, 1680-1800' (2009) Amicus Curiae Journal of the Society for Advanced Legal Studies 17-19

 

Conference Contributions/Seminars

'Apples and Oranges: Responsible Lending in the UK and Australia', Symposium on Consumer Credit, 'Consumers Credit and the Law', Brisbane , July 2013

'The Usury Laws Repeal Act 1854: A Revisitation', 14th International Association of Consumer Law Conference, University of Sydney, July 2013

'New Horizons in Consumer Credit Law', Research Seminar Series, School of Law, De Montfort University, Leicester, June 2012

'A Comparative Perspective on Responsible Lending', Research Seminar Series, School of Law, University of Exeter, June 2012

'Equitable Fraud Prior to 1800', Cambridge Legal History Colloquium, University of Cambridge, July 2010

'Equitable Fraud and Undue Influence Prior to 1800', Institute of Commercial and Corporate Law, Durham University, March 2010

'Responsible Lending: Neither Borrower nor Lender be', duo-colloquium, 'Consumer Protection in Europe: Theory and Practice', University of Leeds, December 2009

 'Usury and the Judicial Regulation of Financial Transactions in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries' (with Warren Swain), 'Conceptualising Unconscionability in Europe', Durham University, September 2008

 

PhD Thesis

'The Historical Development of the Protection of Borrowers in Personal Credit Transactions: 1700-1974' (University of Exeter, 2016)

Fellow, Australian Centre for Private Law

Australian Law Teachers' Association

Barrister (England and Wales - non-practising)

Member of the Honourable Society of Gray's Inn

 

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