Ellen's areas of research interest include government accountability and liability, with a particular focus on the legal and non-legal mechanisms that can be used to hold Australian government officials and entities accountable. She completed her PhD through the ANU, exploring the concepts of accountability deficits and overloads in her thesis. Before moving to academia, Ellen worked for a number of years in private practice as a litigation lawyer at Corrs Chambers Westgarth. Ellen teaches Administrative Law at UTS, and enjoys drawing on her practical experience and research interests in her teaching.
- Government accountability
- Judicial review of administrative and legislative action
- Government liability in tort
- Administrative Law
Rock, E, Weeks, G & Boughey, J 2019, Government Liability: Principles and Remedies, LexisNexis Butterworths, Sydney.
The rationale for the tort of misfeasance in public office remains the subject of academic speculation. This article adopts the concept of accountability as the tort's guiding rationale, analysing it within the accountability framework: who is accountable to whom, for what, and how? Within this framework, it is possible to identify various points of tension between aspects of the tort, as it pulls at different times towards the disparate goals of restoration, desert and deterrence. Characterising the tort as an accountability mechanism allows us to view it as reflecting a compromise between these accountability goals, and also helps explain why the tort continues to draw interest in public and private law circles, notwithstanding its low rate of success in practice.
Rock, E & Weeks, G 2018, 'Monetary Awards for Public Law Wrongs: Australia's Resistant Legal Landscape', University of New South Wales Law Journal, vol. 41, no. 4, pp. 1159-1186.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Rock, E 2018, 'Locating the Courts within the Australian Accountability System', The Frontiers of Public Law, University of Melbourne.
Rock, E 2018, 'Misfeasance in Public Office: A Tort of Substance', Obligations IX, University of Melbourne.
Rock, E 2016, 'Accountability in Australian Public Law', 2016 Postgraduate Workshop in Public Law, Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law, University of New South Wales.
Rock, E 2016, 'What were they thinking? The role of fault in public law and accountability as a unifying theme', The Unity of Public Law, Cambridge University.