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Mr Nicholas Tiverios
  • Teaching Fellow
  • Faculty of Laws

In 2015 Nicholas completed graduate legal studies at University College London (Master of Laws with distinction and ranked first in the cohort overall). Prior to that time, he served as the High Court of Australia’s Legal Research Officer and also practised as a solicitor in Melbourne, Australia. In 2011 he completed a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Western Australia where he graduated with first class honours and a number of academic prizes.

Research Summary

My principal research and teaching interests are in the areas of contract law, equity and trusts, commercial law and private law remedies. I also have interests in modern (i.e. post-Restoration) legal history, the interaction between private law and public law (i.e. the application of private law principles to state action) and legal philosophy. 

I am currently completing a PhD on contractual penalties at UCL as the inaugural Peter Birks Memorial Scholar (commenced in 2015). My doctorate is titled: Relief Against Contractual Penalties: History, Theory and Practice. The thesis seeks to provide: (i) an overview of the historical development of the rule against penalties; (ii) an analytical restatement of the rule; (iii) an assessment of the various moral justifications proffered to support the rule; and (iv) a comparative analysis of English and Australian law (given that there have been some sharp divergences between the High Court of Australia and Supreme Court of the United Kingdom as to the correct reading of legal history in this area and, as a consequence, how the penalties doctrine ought to function in practice). 


Teaching Summary

I am currently teaching Property II  (LAWS2002) and Jurisprudence (LAWS2004) (select seminars on Wesley Newcomb Hohfeld, Fundamental Legal Conceptions as Applied in Judicial Reasoning).

Academic Background
2015 LLM Master of Laws – Law University College London
2012 GCERT Graduate Diploma – Law Australian National University
2011 LLB Bachelor of Laws – Law University of Western Australia
2007 BSc Bachelor of Science – Environmental Biology Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia
2007 BSocSci Bachelor of Social Science – Political Science Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia
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