Staff profile - Jason Taliadoros

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Dr Jason Taliadoros

Position: Senior Lecturer
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Business and Law
Department: BL Law
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 924 68182 +61 3 924 68182



Jason Taliadoros holds undergraduate degrees in law, arts, and history (with honours), as well as a PhD from the University of Melbourne. More recently Jason was awarded a Graduate Certificate of Higher Education from Deakin University. 

Prior to joining the Deakin School of Law in 2011, Jason held a three-year ARC postdoctoral research fellowship at Monash University in history during which time he was a sessional tutor and lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Monash University. He has held fellowships from the Convivium Interdisciplinary Centre at Siena College (USA) in 2004-2005, and was a visitor to the Stephan Kuttner Institute for Medieval Canon Law in Munich in 2010 and 2014.

Jason practiced as a solicitor in insurance litigation with Herbert Geer & Rundle (as it then was) in commercial litigation, with other commercial law firms, and as a paralegal. Jason also worked as an in-house solicitor with Monash University.

Jason has a developed profile in researching the history of legal ideas in their historical and religious contexts, particularly the European High Middle Ages of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. He has authored articles in these areas for journals such as the Cleveland State Law Review, Haskins Society Journal, Zeitschrift der Savigny-Stiftung für Rechtsgeschichte-Kanonistische Abteilung, Sortuz (Oñati Journal of Emergent Socio-legal Studies), and the Journal of Religious History; he has also written book chapters on these topics in the Europa and Disputatio Brepols series. His book, Law and Theology in Twelfth-Century England (Brepols, 2006) re-appraised the role of law as a discipline that merged and intersected with theology, through a systematic study of the works of one of England’s most influential canon and Roman lawyers of the twelfth century. His ARC-funded research project centred on tracing antecedents of modern conceptions of ‘human rights’ in the works of twelfth-century canon lawyers and ecclesiastical writers.


  • Bachelor of Law(s), University of Melbourne, 1995
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Melbourne, 1997
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne, 2004
  • Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Deakin University, 2012


ANZLHS (Australian & New Zealand Law & History Society)

ANZAMEMS (Australian & New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern History)

Iuris Canonici Medii Aevi Consociatio (ICMAC) (Association for Medieval Canon Law)

Professional activities

2011- Review Co-editor for the Journal of Religious History

2013- Secretary, ANZLHS (Australian & New Zealand Law & History Society)


Teaching Interests


Personal Injuries Compensation Schemes


Subjects and units currently teaching

MLL213 Torts

MLL315 Personal Injuries Compensation Schemes

MLL326 Restitution

Expertise categories

Knowledge areas

  • history of legal and religious ideas in the pre-modern period
  • personal injuries compensation schemes
  • torts, including punitive damages

Related Links

Australian and New Zealand Law and History Society:

Iuris Canonici Medii Aevi Consociatio | International Society of Medieval Canon Law:

Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies: 

Religious History Association:


Research interests

History of law and religion in the Middle Ages

Personal injuries compensation schemes

Punitive damages

Research grants

Primary Australian PostDoctoral Fellow (APD), ARC Grant - Discovery Project DP0880458 'Sacred Rules, Secular Revelations: the Conceptions of Rights in pre-Modern Europe'

  • 2008-2010, Monash University ($267,107)
  • 2011, Deakin University ($1,593)

Research groups

Torts, Jurisprudence & Medical Law Research Hub, School of Law, Deakin University

Research page




With Sharon Erbacher, Restitution: The Laws of Australia (Sydney: Thomson Reuters, 2014).

Law and Theology in Twelfth-Century England: The Works of Master Vacarius (c.1115/20 - c.1200), Disputatio 10 (Turnout: Brepols, 2006). 

‘The Roots of Punitive Damages at Common Law: A Longer History’, Cleveland State Law Review 64.2 (2016) 251-302.

‘A Way Through the Dark and Thorny Thickets? The Adjudication of ‘Serious Injury’ under the Narrative Tests in the Transport Accident Act 1986 (Vic) and the Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2013 (Vic)’, Journal of Law and Medicine 23.1 (2015) 243-264.

With Kriston Rennie, ‘Why Study Medieval Canon Law?’, History Compass 12/2 (2014): 133–149.

‘Law, Theology, and Morality: Conceptions of the Rights to Relief of the Poor in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries’, Journal of Religious History, 37.4 (2013) 474-493. 

‘Sacred Rules, Secular Revelations: The Conceptions of Rights in Pre-Modern Europe’, Sortuz, 3.2 (2009), 78-94.

‘Synthesizing the Legal and Theological Thought of Master Vacarius’, Zeitschrift der Savigny-Stiftung für Rechtsgeschichte. Kanonistische Abteilung, 95 (2009), 48-77.

‘Law and Theology in Gilbert of Foliot’s (c. 1105/10 1187/88) Correspondence’, Haskins Society Journal, 16 (2006), 77-94.

‘“Christianised Reason”? Abelard, his Peers and their Jewish-Christian Dialogues’, Melbourne Historical Journal, 27 (1999), 50-68.


‘The Use of Scripture in Ricardus Anglicus’s Distinctiones decretorum’, Proceedings of the 14th International Congress of Medieval Canon Law, 2012, Toronto ed. by J. Goering, A. Thier, K. Cushing, and S. Dusil (Vatican City: BAV, forthc. 2016). 

‘Magna Carta and Ius Commune: A Consideration of the Scholar-Administrators of the Twelfth- and Thirteenth Centuries’, in From Learning to Love: Essays on Schools, Law and Pastoral Care ... (Toronto: PIMS, forthc. 2016/2017).

Update for Thomson The Laws of Australia online legal commentary service (Thomson Reuters), chapter ‘29.1 Restitution’. 2014.

‘Communities of Learning in Law and Theology: The Later Letters of Peter of Blois (1125x30-1212)’, in Communities of Learning: Networks and the Shaping of Intellectual Identity in Europe 1100-1500 ed. by Constant J. Mews and John N. Crossley (Turnhout: Brepols, 2011), pp. 85-107.

‘Bartholomew of Exeter’s Penitential: Some Observations on his Personal dicta’,  Proceedings of the 13th International Congress of Medieval Canon Law Esztergom, 2008, ed. P. Erdö and Sz. A. Szuromi,  (Vatican City: BAV, 2010), pp. 457-473.

‘The Lombard, Bandinus, and Vacarius: Christological Nihilianism and the Anglo-Norman Realm’, in Mind Matters: Studies on Medieval and Early Modern Intellectual History in
Honor of Marcia Colish, ed. by Cary J. Nederman, Nancy Van Deusen, and Ann Matter, Disputatio 21 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2009), pp. 133-156.

‘Master Vacarius, Speroni, and Heresy: Law and Theology as Didactic Literature in the Twelfth Century’, in What Nature Does Not Teach: Didactic Literature in the Medieval and Early-Modern Periods, ed. by J. Ruys, Disputatio 15 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2008), pp. 345-375.

‘The Notion of Human Rights in the Twelfth Century: Tierney’s Thesis Reconsidered’, in Rule Makers and Rule Breakers: Proceedings of a St. Michael’s College Symposium (1-2 October 2004), ed. by Joseph Goering, Francesco Guardiani, and Giulio Silano, St. Michael’s College Series, vol. 8 (New York, Ottawa: Legas, 2006), pp. 223-38.

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