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Dr Paulina Fishman



Lecturer, Corporate Law


Faculty of Business and Law


Deakin Law School


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, University of Adelaide, 2023
Master of Studies in Legal Research, University of Oxford, 2018
Bachelor of Commerce, Monash University, 2013
Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Monash University, 2013

+61 3 924 68573


Paulina joined Deakin University as a Lecturer (Corporate Law) in January 2023. Her previous employment includes working as:

  • a solicitor in the litigation practice group of a commercial law firm;
  • a Judge’s Associate at the Supreme Court of Victoria;
  • a Sessional Teaching Associate at Monash University; and
  • a Legal Research Officer at the High Court of Australia.
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Research interests

Corporate law generally, with a particular interest in corporate insolvency law. In this space, Paulina is available to:

  • undertake research consultancy work; and
  • supervise Honours, Master's, and PhD theses

For a complete list of Paulina's publications, visit her ORCiD webpage


Academic member of:

  • INSOL International
  • Australian Restructuring Insolvency and Turnaround Association (ARITA)
  • American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI)

Units taught

In 2024:

  • MLC203 Corporations Law (Unit Chair)
  • MLP331 Corporate Law (Lecturer)

In 2023:

  • MLI714 Financial Advice Regulation (Intensive) (Unit Chair)
  • MLJ721 Advanced Legal Professional Practice (Unit Chair)
  • MLL331 Corporate Law (Lecturer)


  • Society of Corporate Law Academics (SCoLA) Annual Conference, 5 February 2024, University of New South Wales
  • Insolvency Academics' Network (IAN) Research Colloquium, 30 November 2023, University of Technology Sydney
  • Small Business Association of Australia (SBAA) International Small Business Summit, 21-22 September 2023, Deakin University
  • Society of Corporate Law Academics (SCoLA) Annual Conference, 5-7 February 2023, Swinburne University of Technology


  • Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence in 2023 (Adelaide Law School, University of Adelaide)
  • Bronze Medal in 2021 Prize in International Insolvency Studies for submission titled, "Insolvency Law To The Rescue – And Zombies Arise"


Paulina received a $5,000 grant in 2023 to develop an Open Educational Resource (OER) for use in teaching. The OER produced is an extensive set of lectures slides that everyone is welcome to download and use for free: Corporate Insolvency Law in Australia (2023) by Dr Paulina Fishman of Deakin University, licensed under CC BY 4.0.