Michael teaches and researches in the fields of property law, restitution, remedies, equity and trusts, with a particular interest in the philosophical and economic underpinnings of these doctrines.
His book, An Expressive Theory of Possession (Hart, 2020) uses insights from economics and philosophy to explain why simple acts of possession impose non-consensual duties on others. Michael is also the co-editor of, and contributor to, Justifying Private Rights (Hart, 2021), a collection of essays on contemporary private law theory. Michael's work has also appeared in the Melbourne University Law Review, the Journal of Equity and the Law Quarterly Review.
Michael holds a BA/LLB (Hons 1), Grad Dip of Taxation Law and PhD from the University of Melbourne and a BCL from the University of Oxford. Prior to commencing postgraduate study, Michael was a solicitor at Mallesons, Stephen Jaques (now King and Wood Mallesons).