Dr Sharon Erbacher



Senior Lecturer (Tort Law)


Faculty of Business and Law


BL Law


Geelong Waterfront Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2015
Master of Laws, University of Cambridge, 1994
Bachelor of Law(s), University of Queensland, 1990
Bachelor of Commerce, University of Queensland, 1987


Biography summary

Sharon Erbacher is a senior lecturer in the Deakin Law School and LLB Course Director.  Sharon teaches the units MLL213 Torts Law and MLL217 Misleading Conduct and Economic Torts at the Deakin Waterfront campus and off campus.  She has previously taught an elective unit on Restitution Law.  She has been the recipient of a number of teaching awards at the School, Faculty and University level, including a Deakin University Award for Teaching Excellence in 2010.

Sharon’s main research interests are Negligence Law, Defamation Law, Misleading Conduct, Product Liability and Restitution Law.  Sharon has published books in Restitution Law and Negligence and Illegality, and contributes three chapters to Mendelson, New Law of Torts, on Defamation, Deceit and Injurious Falsehood. She has co-authored the sixth edition of Clarke and Erbacher, Australian Consumer Law: Commentary and Materials (previously, Corones and Clarke, Australian Consumer Law: Commentary and Materials). The sixth edition will be published in June 2018.

Sharon obtained Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Law Degrees from the University of Queensland, and a Masters of Laws from Cambridge University. She completed a PHD through Deakin University on the topic  'Negligence and the Wrongdoing Plaintiff:  A Corrective Justice Analysis'. This has been published as a monograph with Hart Publishing (UK), entitled 'Negligence and Illegality'.

Prior to joining Deakin Sharon worked as an Associate to Justice  Brennan in the High Court of Australia and as an Associate to Justice Spender in the Federal Court of Australia.  She completed her Articles of Clerkship at Freehill, Hollingdale and Page before commencing as a lecturer in the Law Faculty at Griffith University.

Research interests

  • Restitution Law
  • Negligence Law
  • Defamation Law
  • Misleading Conduct

Teaching interests

  • Torts Law
  • Restitution Law
  • Product Liability
  • Misleading Conduct

Units taught

  • Torts Law
  • Misleading Conduct and Economic Tort
  • Restitution Law
  • Criminal Law

Knowledge areas

Torts Law, Restitution Law, Misleading Conduct, Product Liability

Professional activities

  • Member, Referee panel, Deakin University Law Review
  • Member, Referee panel, Melbourne University Law Review
  • Member, Torts, Jurisprudence, Econonics Hub – Deakin University


Deakin University, Teaching Excellence Award, 2010

Faculty of Business and Law, 'Lecturing Legends' Award 2011

School of Law, Teaching Excellence Award, 2013


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Negligence and illegality

S Erbacher

(2017), Portland, Or., A1


Another misstep in negligence and illegality

S Erbacher

(2017), Vol. 27, pp. 1060-1086, New Zealand universities law review, Wellington, New Zealand, C1


Causation in negligence : from anti-jurisprudence to principle - individual responsibility as the cornerstone for the attribution of liability

M Bagaric, S Erbacher

(2011), Vol. 18, pp. 759-772, Journal of law and medicine, Sydney, N.S.W., C1


Obesity and the right to sue: would you like fries with that?

S Erbacher, M Bagaric

(2006), Vol. 80, pp. 62-65, Law institute journal : the official organ of the Law Institute of Victoria, Melbourne, Vic., C1


Fat and the law: who should take the blame?

M Bagaric, S Erbacher

(2005), Vol. 12, pp. 323-339, Journal of law and medicine, Pyrmont, NSW, C1


Unsafe leased residential premises: a landlord's liability in negligence to injured occupants

S Erbacher

(2002), Vol. 13, pp. 134-144, Insurance law journal, Sydney, N.S.W., C1


An account of profits for a breach of contract (Attorney-General v Blake)

S Erbacher

(2001), Vol. 29, pp. 73-77, Australian business law review, Sydney, N.S.W., C1


Funded Projects at Deakin

No Funded Projects at Deakin found


Principal Supervisor

John Donnelly

Thesis entitled: Concepts and Principles in Unjust Enrichment: A Comparative Study

Doctor of Juridicial Science, School of Law