Speeches/Articles by Justice Edelman


The Fourteenth Sir Harry Gibbs Memorial Oration, The Thirty-Fourth Conference of The Samuel Griffith Society, Gold Coast, 25 May 2024, "Overturning Al-Kateb v Godwin: Unanswered Questions about the Rules of Precedent" – (PDF)

Book Review by Justice James Edelman of Robert Stevens, "The Laws of Restitution", (2024) 140 Law Quarterly Review 321, published by Thomson Reuters, trading as Sweet & Maxwell, 5 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5AQ - (PDF)



Chapter 13 "Direct and Vicarious Liability of Corporations", by Justice James Edelman in Edwin Peel and Rebecca Probert (eds), "Shaping the Law of Obligations: Essays in Honour of Professor Ewan McKendrick KC" (Oxford University Press, 30 November 2023) - (PDF)

Chapter 8 "Equitable Damages", by Justice James Edelman in Ben McFarlane and Steven Elliott KC (eds), "Equity Today 150 Years After the Judicature Reforms" (Hart Publishing, 29 June 2023) - (PDF)

Book Foreword in Timothy Liau, "Standing in Private Law: Powers of Enforcement in the Law of Obligations and Trusts" (Oxford University Press, 21 July 2023) - (PDF)

Book Foreword in Professor Warren Swain and Dr Sagi Peari (eds), "Rethinking Unjust Enrichment: History, Sociology, Doctrine, and Theory" (Oxford University Press, 21 April 2023) - (PDF)



Book Review by Justice James Edelman and Susanna Connolly of Paul Daly, "Understanding Administrative Law in the Common Law World", (2022) 29 Australian Journal of Administrative Law 215- (PDF)

Book Foreword in Paula Giliker (ed), "Vicarious Liability in the Common Law World" (Hart Publishing, 20 October 2022) - (PDF)

Spigelman Public Law Oration, Supreme Court of New South Wales, 21 April 2022; "Implications", (2022) 96Australian Law Journal 800- (PDF) 

"Mutual Borrowing and Judicial Dialogue between the Apex Courts of Australia and the United Kingdom", by Mary Arden and Justice James Edelman, (2022) 138Law Quarterly Review 217- (PDF)

Speech "Menzies and the Law" given at the Robert Menzies Institute Conference, The University of Melbourne, 18 November 2021; Chapter 3 "Menzies and the Law", by Justice James Edelman and Angela Kittikhoun in Zachary Gorman (ed), "The Young Menzies: Success, Failure, Resilience 1894-1942" (Melbourne University Press, 29 November 2022) - (PDF)



Original Constitutional Lessons: Marriage, Defence, Juries, and Aliens' (2021) 47(3) Monash University Law Review 1 – (PDF)

Chapter in Andrew Dickinson and Edwin Peel (eds), A Conflict Of Laws Companion (Oxford University Press, 17 June 2021) - (PDF)



Foreword to Janina Boughey and Lisa Burton Crawford (eds), Interpreting Executive Power (The Federation Press, 20 January 2020). - (PDF)

The Interpretation of Written Contracts, Mr Justice Russell Brown Law Lecture Series, January 9, 2020, University of Alberta (Published in C Mitchell and S Watterson (eds), The World of Maritime and Commercial Law: Essays in Honour of Francis Rose (Oxford, Hart Publishing, 2020)). - (PDF)

Foreword to Bant, Barker and Degeling (eds), Research Handbook on Unjust Enrichment and Restitution, (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2019) - (PDF)



The future of the Australian business corporation: a legal perspective, Supreme Court of New South Wales Corporate and Commercial Law Conference, 29 October 2019 - (PDF)

Foreword to Nicholas A Tiverios, Contractual Penalties in Australia and the United Kingdom - History, Theory and Practice (The Federation Press, 3 September 2019). - (PDF)

The evolution of bankruptcy and insolvency laws and the case of the deed of company arrangement, 2019 Oxford Law and Finance Distinguished Speaker Series, University of Oxford, 14 January 2019 - (Published in Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly). - (PDF)

Foreword to Issue 42(3) of the University of New South Wales Law Journal entitled ‘Conceptions of Ownership’- (Published in the University of New South Wales Law Journal, [2019] UNSWLawJl 28; (2019) 42(3) UNSW Law Journal 785). - (PDF)



Constitutional Interpretation, 2018 Winterton Lecture, University of Western Australia, 26 March 2018 - (To be published in University of Western Australia Law Review) - (PDF)



Hadley v Baxendale, 2017 FW Guest Memorial Lecture, University of Otago, 1 November 2017 - (To be published in University of Otago Law Review) - (PDF)

The Equity of the Statute, Philosophical Foundations of Equity Law, King's College London, 29-30 June 2017 - (To be published in Klimchuk, Samet, and Smith (EDS), Philosophical Foundations of The Law of Equity (Oxford, OUP)) - (PDF)



Chief Justice French, Judicial Power and Chapter III of the Commonwealth Constitution, WA Bar Association Colloquium to honour the retirement of French CJ, 24 November 2016 (Published in H Jackson (ed), Essays in Honour of Chief Justice French (The Federation Press, 2019)) (PDF)