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Eileen Webb

Professor Eileen Webb

Law School

Contact details
Law School
The University of Western Australia (M253)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 2947
+61 8 6488 1045
BA Griff., LLB LLM Qld UT, DipEd Qld, PhD W.Aust.
Eileen is a Professor in the Faculty of Law. She is Co-Director of the Consumer Research Unit and a former Associate Dean of the Faculty.

In 2014, Eileen designed and implemented the Faculty of Law's Experiential learning program, Legal Internship: Eileen shares coordination of Legal Internship with Associate Professor Aviva Freilich.

Key research
Real Property Law (including housing and accommodation law; retail and commercial leasing law and, more recently, theoretical studies into the notion of home);
Australian and International Consumer Law (including statutory unconscionability and unfair contract terms);
Seniors and the Law (including housing and accommodation; financial issues; family accommodation arrangements and the plight of vulnerable older people); and
Experiential Learning in Australian and international law schools.
Scholarly Books

1.R Honey, J Mugambwa and E Webb, Real Property Law in Western Australia, Thomson (Forthcoming December 2015).

2.Freilich, Levine, Travia and Webb (Lead author) Security of Tenure for the Ageing Western Australian Population a significant report commissioned by COTAWA and funded by LotteriesWA:

3.Eileen Webb and Margaret Stephenson, Focus – Land Law 4rd Edition, 2015 LexisNexis Sydney (12/22 chapters)

4.Aviva Freilich, Lynden Griggs, Eileen Webb, Consumer Protection Law, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 2008 (4/10 chapters)

Scholarly Book Chapters

5.Teresa Somes and Eileen Webb, What role for the law in regulating older peoples’ property and financial arrangements with adult children? The case of family accommodation arrangements’ in Barry Kozak and Ralph Reubner (eds) International Perspectives on the Rights of Older Persons (Vandeplas Publishing, 2015)

6.Nyuk Nahan and Eileen Webb Unfair contract terms, J.Malbon and L.Nottage (eds) Consumer Protection Law and Policy in Australia 2013 Federation Press.

7.Nyuk Nahan and Eileen Webb Curbing unfair and oppressive conduct in consumer and business transactions - Unconscionable conduct J.Malbon and L.Nottage (eds) Consumer Protection Law and Policy in Australia 2013 Federation Press.

8.Eileen Webb Extending responsible lending to small business - a 'consumer' catagorization? in T. Wilson (ed) International Responses to Crisis - Credit, Over-indebtedness and Insolvency,2013 Ashgate, UK.

9.Eileen Webb, The Response of the Australian Courts to Real Property Mortgages Involving Predatory Lending Practices, Chapter 6, Edgeworth, Moses & Sherry, Property and Securities: Selected Essays, Thomson 2010.

Refereed journal articles

10.Eileen Webb, Meredith Blake and Robyn Carroll, An Ageing Australia: critical decisions for families about health, wealth and hearth and the law (to be published in special issue of Law in Context mid-2015)

11.Teresa Somes and Eileen Webb Close to home: Legal dilemmas surrounding family care and accommodation arrangements (to be published in special issue of Law in Context mid-2015)

12.Eileen Webb I never believed this could happen to me: Older Australians and homelessness. (to be published in special issue of Law in Context mid- 2015)

13.Alicia Snyders and Eileen Webb Problems encountered with telecommunication sales and service to refugees and humanitarian migrants in Perth’s northern suburbs – the tip of the iceberg? (2014) 21 CCLJ 205

14.Aviva Freilich and Eileen Webb Small Business – Forgotten and in need of protection from unfairness? (2013) University of Western Australia Law Review 141

15.Eileen Webb Teaching Consumer Credit Law in an Evolving Australian Economy The Consumer Credit Law Practicum, 2012 Journal of Consumer & Commercial Law, 17.

16.Lynden Griggs and Eileen Webb, Section 22 Unconscionability - A Sauropod in Need of Life Support, (2011) 11 Queensland University of Technology Law and Justice Journal, 1.

17.Luke Villiers and Eileen Webb, Using relational contract principles to construe the landlord-tenant relationship: Some preliminary observations (2011) 1 Property Law Review 21

18.Aviva Freilich, Lynden Griggs and Eileen Webb, Challenging the notion of a consumer: Time for change? (2011) 19 CCLJ 12

19.Eileen Webb Considering unfairness in retail leases — A bridge too far or justifiable extension? (2010) 19 APLJ 58

20.Eileen Webb, ACCC v Dukemaster: A recognition of acoustic segregation in Australian retail leasing? (2010) 18 Australian Property Law Journal 48.

21.Eileen Webb, The Productivity Commission Inquiry Report: The market for retail tenancy leases in Australia (2009) 16 Australian Property Law Journal 219

22.Aviva Freilich & Eileen Webb, The 2009 Review of Australian Consumer Law: An opportunity to clarify the rationale and scope of s 51A Trade Practices Act 1974 (Cth) (2009) 17 Competition and Consumer Law Journal 1

23.Aviva Freilich & Eileen Webb, The Incorporation of Contractual terms in Unsigned Documents: Is it Time for a Realistic, Consumer‐Friendly Approach? (2009) 34 University of Western Australia Law Review 261

24.Neil Crosby, Sandi Murdoch and Eileen Webb, Landlords and Tenants Behaving Badly? The Application of Unconscionable and Unfair Conduct to Commercial Leases in Australia and the United Kingdom, (2007) 33 University of Western Australia Law Journal 207

25.Eileen Webb, Taking the Bait – Price ranges and other unfair tactics in real estate advertising, (2006) 12 APLJ 181

26.Eileen Webb, Houses with a history — Disclosure obligations and ‘psychologically stigmatised’ property (2006) 13 APLJ 67

27.Eileen Webb, Almost a decade on — A (Reid) report card on retail leasing (2006) 13 APLJ 240

As State Editor for the Australian Property Law Bulletin and the Property Law Review Eileen has written in excess of 40 short articles and notes (100-2500 words). A full list of these publications can be provided on request.

The Conversation

Building funds cut even as older women swell ranks of homeless (1 May 2014)

Affordable housing is a problem for older Australians, too 23 December 2013

Close to home: financial hazards for older people in family accommodation (11 August 2013)

The mistreatment of older people: is it time to legislate against abuse? (7 June 2013)

Oxford Human Rights Hub

Older homeless women in Australia (27 April 2014)
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
Eileen has completed consultancies for public and private organisations including the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, the Western Australian Small Business Development Corporation, the Western Australian Department of Commerce and the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). She is regularly invited to present her research at local, national and international conferences. Eileen contributes regularly to continuing legal and community education programs.
Future research
Eileen plans to pursue her research interest in housing and accommodation issues, particularly in relation to older people and vulnerable communities. A focus will be on older CALD and LGBTIQ seniors; Seniors living in rural and regional areas and older homeless women.

Upcoming research projects:

Eileen Webb (with Professor Wendy Lacey and Dr Susannah Sage-Jaconsen) Single Ageing Women and Housing Security: A Pilot Project in the Cities of Unley and Salisbury, Office for the Ageing SA Health

Dr Eileen Webb (with Associate Professor Aviva Freilich and representatives from the UWA School of Indigenous Studies) Security of tenure for the ageing population of Western Australia: Indigenous Housing Issues, Lotteries W.A.

Sanetta du Toit et al WUN - Global initiative promoting meaningful engagement of persons ageing in supported living environmentsWorldwide Universities Network (WUN)

(Submitted) Flatau, Heeney,North and Webb Affordable Housing for Australian Seniors: Private Sector Financing Opportunities ARC Discovery Application March 2015.

(Submitted) Flatau et al Existing homelessness - An individualised funding approach to providing social support and housing in the homeless Department of Social Services2014

Funding received
Eileen Webb (with Professor Wendy Lacey and Dr Susannah Sage-Jaconsen) Single Ageing Women and Housing Security: A Pilot Project in the Cities of Unley and Salisbury, Office for the Ageing SA Health, $29,900

Externally led WUN - Global initiative promoting meaningful engagement of persons ageing in supported living environmentsWorldwide Universities Network WUN2014$12,500.00

Eileen Webb, Seniors Downsizing on Their Own Terms - Overcoming Planning Legal & Policy Impediments to the Creation of Alternative Retirement CommunitiesNational Seniors Australia Productive Ageing Centre2014$30,100.00

Associate Professor Eileen Webb, Associate Professor Aviva Freilich 2012, 'The Impact of Legislation on Housing Security for Seniors in Western Australia', Lotterywest ($225,000).

Associate Professor Eileen Webb, Assistant Professor Aviva Freilich, Dr Deborah Hindley 2008, 'A Review Of Existing International Practices In Relation To Unconscionable Conduct And Renewal Of Licences In The Franchising Industry', Small Business Development Corporation, Funds Approved: $27,000.00.

Associate Professor Eileen Webb 2006, 'Seed Funding - Centre for Advanced Consumer Research', Department of Consumer & Employment Protection, Funds Approved: $136,364.00.
Conversational Japanese and German
2003 -2005 Foundation member of the West Australian Consumer Advisory Council
Board Member ShelterWA
Member WA Advisory Committee on Homelessness
Member - Western Australian Consumers Association
Member - Management Committee - Consumer Credit Legal Service (WA)
Member - Australian Consumer Research Network
Member - International Association of Consumer Lawyers
State Editor – Australian Property Law Bulletin
Editorial Board - Competition and Consumer Law Journal
Editorial Board - Property Law Review
Honours and awards
Eileen has been the recipient of two University Excellence in Teaching Awards, one in the Individual category and the other for Inclusivity in her approach to teaching. She is also a recipient of the UWA/PCB Professional Development Award.
Legal Internship
Seniors and the Law
Consumer Law
Current Issues in Consumer Law and Policy
Property Law
Research profile
Research profile and publications

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