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Dr Liron Shmilovits


Subject: Law

My main field of research is private law, especially contract and torts. My doctoral thesis concerns legal fictions in private law. A secondary area of interest is intellectual property.
Richard Fellingham College Lecturer and Research Fellow in Law; Director of Studies
Affiliated Lecturer

I was born in Israel and moved to Australia at the age of 15. I studied Law and Commerce, as separate bachelor's degrees, at the University of New South Wales, finishing both in 2010. I then qualified as a solicitor and practised law in Sydney, Australia for two years (2011-2013). I was admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia. My main area of practice was commercial law, both litigated and transactional.  

After two years in private practice, I read for the LLM at the University of Cambridge (Downing College), graduating in 2014. I subsequently stayed in Cambridge to pursue a PhD on legal fictions under the supervision of Professor David Ibbetson (graduation expected in November 2018).

During my PhD, I supervised three papers in the Law Tripos: Law of Contract, Intellectual Property and Legal History. I also conducted some graduate seminars for the LLM Intellectual Property paper.  

In the academic year 2017-2018, I served as a College Teaching Associate, co-Director of Studies in Law and Bye-Fellow of Downing College, Cambridge.

I became a College Teaching and Research Fellow in Law at St Catharine's College, Cambridge in 2018. 

  • Liron Shmilovits, ‘The Declaratory Theory’ [2020] 31 KLJ 59.
  • Liron Shmilovits, ‘Harassment: An Elephant in the Corner’ [2019] 135 LQR 27.
  • Liron Shmilovits, ‘Legal Fictions in Theory and Practice’ [2017] 76 CLJ 683.
  • Liron Shmilovits, ‘Amending a Contract contrary to its own Provisions’ [2016] LMCLQ 363.
  • Liron Shmilovits, ‘Testing the Limits of Interpretation’ [2016] LMCLQ 20.
Wright Rogers Scholarship (Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge); Scholar of Downing College, Cambridge; Harris Scholarship (Downing College, Cambridge); Kathryn Wilsey & Keith W Lerch Book Prize for Law (Downing College, Cambridge)