Mark Giancaspro

Dr Mark Giancaspro

Senior Lecturer

Adelaide Law School

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

Dr Mark Giancaspro is a Senior Lecturer and practising commercial lawyer at the University of Adelaide Law School. He holds an honours degree in Laws and Legal Practice from Flinders University and a PhD from the University of Adelaide. His legal employment background and research interests are primarily commercial, with issues in contract law and its applications being his principal theme. Mark teaches in contract and consumer law, commercial law, operational commercial law and sports law, and has published widely on matters including issues with the formation and renegotiation of contracts, the doctrine of consideration, and smart contracts. He has provided training to international commercial law firm LK Law’s Accessible Justice Project on commercial and consumer law. He is a member of the Law Council of Australia (Business Law Section, Digital Commerce Committee), the Australian Commercial Law Association, the International Association of Consumer Law, and the Adelaide Law School’s Research Units on the Regulation of Commerce, Corporations, Insolvency and Taxation (ROCCIT) and Military Law and Ethics (RUMLAE).

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2023 - ongoing Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide
    2015 - ongoing Lecturer University of Adelaide
    2014 - 2014 Access to Information Legal Officer WorkCover SA
    2013 - 2013 Associate Lecturer University of Adelaide
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    Flinders University Australia Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice (Hons.)
    University of Adelaide Australia Doctor of Philosophy (Law)
  • Postgraduate Training

    Date Title Institution Country
    Contract Attorneys Course Judge Advocate General's School (US Army) United States
  • Research Interests

  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2024 Giancaspro, M. (2024). Lowering the Privity Bar: Explaining the Effect of Hobart International Airport Pty Ltd v Clarence City Council. InHouse Counsel, 27(7-8), 86-88.
    2023 Giancaspro, M., & Babie, P. T. (2023). Cryptocurrency, Crypto-Tokens and Crypto-Assets as "Data Objects" A Novel Form of Property. U. of Adelaide Law Research Paper, (2022).
    2023 Giancaspro, M. (2023). "Please Watch this Ad ... Or Else": Could Advertisements Requiring User Focus or Response be "Coercive" under the Australian Consumer Law?. Australian Business Law Review, 51(1), 36-51.
    2023 Giancaspro, M. (2023). Pretty, Pricy, Perilous? Demystifying Non-Fungible Tokens and Highlighting Some Key Legal Concerns. Australian Law Journal, 97, 457-467.
    2023 Golding, G., & Giancaspro, M. (2023). ‘WHY CAN’T I BE PAID IN PIZZA?’—COMPARING S 323 OF THE FAIR WORK ACT 2009 (CTH) AND CONSIDERATION AT COMMON LAW. University of Western Australia Law Review, 50(2), 1-25.
    2023 Giancaspro, M. (2023). Evaluating the Capacity for the Unconscionability Provisions in the Consumer Laws of Australia and New Zealand to Protect Indigenous Consumers. Competition and Consumer Law Journal, 30, 117-137.
    2023 Hess, N., Giancaspro, M., & Plater, D. (2023). Law beyond the glass skyscrapers: Encouraging law students to embrace regional life and practice. Alternative Law Journal, 7 pages.
    2023 Golding, D. G., & Giancaspro, M. (2023). Why Can't I Be Paid in Pizza? Comparing s 323 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) and Consideration at Common Law. U. of Adelaide Law Research Paper, (2022).
    2022 Villios, S., Giancaspro, M., & Graves, C. (2022). A Qualitative Study of the use of Discretionary Trusts in Small Business and Family Enterprise. Australian Tax Law Bulletin, 6(3).
    2022 Price, L., Richards, E., Villios, S., & Giancaspro, M. (2022). BETTER TOGETHER: MICROBOARDS AND SUPPORTED DECISION-MAKING IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA. Adelaide Law Review, 43(1), 131-166.
    2022 Giancaspro, M. (2022). Cryptocurrency and the Consideration Conundrum: Does Crypto Have Legal Value under Contract Law?. Journal of Banking and Finance: Law and Practice, 33(1), 3-20.
    2022 Giancaspro, M. (2022). 'I, Contract': Evaluating the Mistake Doctrine's Application Where Autonomous Smart Contracts Make 'Bad' Decisions. Campbell Law Review, 45(1), 53-86.
    2022 Giancaspro, M. (2022). Rubbing Salt Into the Wound: Could Unsolicited Emergency Ambulance Fees Fall Foul of the Australian Consumer Law?. Competition and Consumer Law Journal, 29(3), 253-271.
    2021 Giancaspro, M. (2021). Perilous Fires, Pandemics and Price Gouging: The Need to Protect Consumers from Unfair Pricing Practices During Times of Crisis. University of New South Wales Law Journal, 44(4), 1458-1481.
    2021 Plater, D., Price, L., Richards, E., & Giancaspro, M. (2021). "New Avenues of Providing Effective Care: the Role of Microboards" By Dr David Plater, Lukas Price, Esther Richards & Dr Mark Giancaspro. The Bulletin: The Law Society of SA Journal, 43.
    2021 Golding, G., & Giancaspro, M. (2021). Steering Statutory Unconscionability Out of a Jam at Last: Stubbings v Jams 2 Pty Ltd. Law Society Bulletin (SA), 48(3), 42.
    2021 Koch, C., Castles, M., Giancaspro, M., Stubbs, M., Nosworthy, B., & Olijnyk, A. (2021). Innovation in Education: Adelaide Law School. The Bulletin - Law Society of South Australia, 43(1), 10.
    2020 Giancaspro, M. A. (2020). Picture-Perfect or Potentially Perilous? Assessing the Validity of ‘Comic Contracts'. The Comics Grid : Journal of Comics Scholarship, 10(1), 1-27.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS2
    2020 Giancaspro, M. A., Richard, A., Alberto, D. F., Geraint, H., Lete, J., Lei, C., . . . Wilhelmsson, T. (2020). Consumer Law and Policy Relating to Change of Circumstances Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Journal of Consumer Policy, 43(3), 437.
    DOI Scopus14
    2020 Brown, D., & Giancaspro, M. (2020). Can Tenants Turn Frustration to Their Advantage During COVID-19?. SSRN Electronic Journal.
    2020 Alderman, R. M., De Francesci, A., Giancaspro, M., Howells, G., Chen, L., Lete, J., . . . Wilhelmsson, T. (2020). Consumer Law and Policy Relating to Change of Circumstances Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, COVID-19 - Consumer Law Research Group. Journal of Consumer Policy: consumer issues in law, economics and behavioral sciences, 43, 437-450.
    2020 Grieger, J., Giancaspro, M., & Richards, B. (2020). Consumer Law, Technology and Health Care: A Shift in Focus, a Panacea or a Confounder?. Journal of Law and Medicine, 28(1), 54-67.
    Scopus2 WoS1
    2020 Giancaspro, M. (2020). Alexa, Call My Lawyer! Determining Liability for Unauthorised Purchase Made on Voice-Based Virtual Assistants’. West Virginia law review, 123(1), 117-145.
    2020 Giancaspro, M. A. (2020). The Consideration Myth About Smart Contracts. Australian National University Journal of Law and Technology, 1(1), 35-44.
    2020 Golding, G., & Giancaspro, M. (2020). To Moral Obloquy or Not to Moral Obloquy? That is the Judicial Confusion Surrounding Statutory Unconscionable Conduct. Commercial Law Quarterly, 34(1), 3-17.
    2020 Giancaspro, M. A. (2020). Testing the boundaries of the consideration doctrine: can you contract to buy and sell a ghost?. Alternative Law Journal, 45(4), 107-113.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS1
    2020 Babie, P. T., Brown, D., Giancaspro, M. A., & Catterwell, R. (2020). Cryptocurrency and the property question. Oxford Property Law Blog.
    2020 Babie, P., Brown, D., Catterwell, R., & Giancaspro, M. A. (2020). Cryptocurrency as property: Ruscoe v Cryptopia Ltd (in liq) [2020] NZHC 728. Australian Property Law Journal, 28, 106-122.
    2020 Babie, P. T., Brown, D., Catterwell, R., & Giancaspro, M. (2020). Cryptocurrencies as Property: Ruscoe and Moore v Cryptopia Limited (In Liquidation) [2020] NZHC 728. U. of Adelaide Law Research Paper, (2020).
    2019 Giancaspro, M. A. (2019). Quantifying Damages in Cases of Advantageous Breach: The Curious Case of McDonald’s Milkshakes. Stetson Law Review, 48, 69-106.
    2019 Giancaspro, M. (2019). Termination for Convenience, the Doctrine of Executive Necessity and Government Contracting: Implications for Commonwealth Agencies such as Defence. University of Tasmania Law Review, 37(1), 1-25.
    2018 Giancaspro, M. A. (2018). Unfair Contract Terms and Small Business Contracts: Insights from ACCC v JJ Richards & Sons Pty Ltd, and the Case for Small Business Protection. Competition and Consumer Law Journal.
    2017 Giancaspro, M. A. (2017). ‘I Now Pronounce You…In a State of Uncertainty’: Contemporary Treatment of the Wives’ Special Equity and a Plan for the Future. Journal of Equity, 11(1), 80-211.
    2017 Giancaspro, M. A. (2017). Is a ‘Smart Contract’ Really a Smart Idea? Insights from a Legal Perspective. Computer Law and Security Review, 33(6), 825-835.
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    2017 Langos, C., & Giancaspro, M. (2017). Empowering Workers: Avenues of Legal Redress for Victims of Workplace Cyberbullying. Australian Business Law Review, 45(6), 448-466.
    2017 Toews, M., Giancaspro, M., Richards, B., & Ferrari, P. (2017). Kidney paired donation and the "valuable consideration" problem: The experiences of Australia, Canada, and the United States. Transplantation, 101(9), 1996-2002.
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    2016 Giancaspro, M. (2016). Do lockout laws curb alcohol related violence?. Law Society of South Australia Bulletin 2016.
    2016 Giancaspro, M. A. (2016). Do Workplace Policies Form Part of Employment Contracts? A Working Guide and Advice for Employers. Australian Business Law, 44, 1-16.
    2016 Giancaspro, M. (2016). Buy-out clauses in professional football player contracts: questions of legality and integrity. International Sports Law Journal, 16(1-2), 22-36.
    2015 Langos, C., & Giancaspro, M. (2015). Does cloud computing lend itself to cyberbullying?. IEEE Cloud Computing, 2(5), 70-74.
    DOI Scopus3 WoS3
    2015 Giancaspro, M. (2015). Late Night Lockout Laws: evaluating responses to alcohol-fuelled violence. Alternative Law Journal, 40(2), 118-122.
    DOI Scopus2
    2014 Giancaspro, M. (2014). Reproductive tissue and contract. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 11(2), 131-134.
    DOI Scopus1 Europe PMC1
    2014 Giancaspro, M. (2014). Should the practical benefit principle extend to contract formation?. Australian Business Law Review, 42, 389-398.
    2014 Giancaspro, M. (2014). The rules for contractual renegotiation: a call for change. The University of Western Australia Law Review, 37(2), 1-30.
    2013 Toole, K. L., Giancaspro, M., & Walding, C. (2013). Students open up about mental health and well-being. Law Society Bulletin.
    2013 Giancaspro, M. (2013). Practical benefit: an English anomaly or a growing force in contract law?. Journal of Contract Law, 30(1), 12-32.
    2009 Giancaspro, M. A. (2009). Facing the Unseen Truth: The Legal Implications of Using Social Networking Site Facebook. Law Society Bulletin, 31(4), 26.
    - Giancaspro, M. (n.d.). Still Jammed! Lingering Questions About the Statutory Unconscionability Doctrine Post Stubbings v Jams 2 Pty Ltd (2022) 399 ALR 409. Bond Law Review, 35(1).
  • Books

    Year Citation
    2023 Giancaspro, M., Golding, G., Nosworthy, B., Brown, D., Viven-Wilksch, J., Wawryk, A., . . . Zito, P. (2023). Contemporary Australian Business Law. Cambridge University Press.
    2021 Giancaspro, M., & Langos, C. (2021). Contract Law: Principles and Practice. LexisNexis.
    2020 Thampapillai, D., Bozzi, C., Giancaspro, M., & Tian, G. Y. (2020). Australian Commercial Law. Cambridge University Press.
    2016 Giancaspro, M., & Langos, C. (2016). Understanding Contract Law a Practical Guide.
  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2022 Golding, G., & Giancaspro, M. (2022). Not Up to the Job: Why Smart Contracts are Unsuitable for Employment. In J. G. Allen, & P. Hunn (Eds.), Smart Legal Contracts: Computable Law in Theory and Practice (pp. 383-396). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
    2021 Giancaspro, M. A. (2021). Testing Stewart Macaulay’s Theory Down Under: A Study of Australian Small to Medium-Sized Enterprises’ Understandings of, and Experiences with, Contract Law. In T. Pilkington, & J. Eldridge (Eds.), Australian Contract Law in the 21st Century. Australia: Federation Press.
    2019 Langos, C., & Giancaspro, M. (2019). Cyberbullying in the Australian University Context: The Shades of Harm and Implications for Law and Policy. In W. Cassidy, C. Faucher, & M. Jackson (Eds.), Cyberbullying at University: A Cross-Jurisdictional, Multi-Disciplinary Perspective (pp. 181-197). New York, NY; USA: Routledge.
    DOI Scopus7
  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2022 Giancaspro, M. (2022). Safeguarding Vulnerable Market Participants: Unconscionability and Indigenous Consumers. In N/A. Victoria University of Wellington.
    2020 Giancaspro, M. (2020). On whose terms? Contracting issues in the gig economy. In N/A. Online.
    2020 Giancaspro, M., & Henderson, S. (2020). Law Focussed Research Projects. In N/A. Prince Alfred College, Adelaide.
    2019 Giancaspro, M. (2019). Smart Contracts and the Rise of AI in Insurance. In N/A. Auckland.
    2018 Giancaspro, M., Castles, M., Nosworthy, B., Olijnyk, A., & Viven-Wilksch, J. (2018). A Collegiate Approach to Best Practice Group Work in Law. In N/A. University of Adelaide.
    2017 Giancaspro, M. A. (2017). Teaching Sport in the Law: Why it’s Worth a Punt. In N/A. University of Adelaide Law School.
    2017 Giancaspro, M. A., & Walding, C. (2017). From Co-Curricular Activities to Curriculum Review: Lex Salus’ Evolution. In N/A. University of Adelaide.
    2016 Giancaspro, M. A., Toole, K., & Walding, C. (2016). Key Stressors and Possible Solutions: The Adelaide Law Student Experience. In N/A. College of Law, Sydney.
    2016 Giancaspro, M. A. (2016). Social Media: A Malaise for Youth?. In N/A. University of South Australia.
    2015 Giancaspro, M. A. (2015). The Weird and Wonderful World of Torts: Using the Unorthodox to Invigorate the Student Learning Experience. In N/A. Parliament House SA.
    2014 Toole, K., Walding, C., & Giancaspro, M. A. (2014). Lex Salus – Reconciling Law and Wellbeing. In N/A. Queensland University of Technology.
    2013 Giancaspro, M. (2013). Practical Benefit: An English Anomaly or a Growing Force in Contract Law?. In Journal of Contract Law. Adelaide.
  • Conference Items

    Year Citation
    2015 Giancaspro, M. (2015). Disney and Contract: The Law’s Unspoken Complicity in Fantasy Film Narratives. Poster session presented at the meeting of N/A. University of Technology, Sydney.
  • Report for External Bodies

    Year Citation
    2021 Graves, C., Steffens, P., Villios, S., Giancaspro, M., & Gordon, S. (2021). An Investigation into the Performance of the MSME Sector in South Australia and the Utility of Government Programs Aimed at Supporting the Sector. Adelaide.
  • Datasets

    Year Citation
    - Giancaspro, M. (n.d.). Survey Questions.pdf.
Year Institution Project Title/Description Amount
2016 University of Adelaide Learning Law: Improving the Learning Experience for Chinese Students $4,932
2015 Law Foundation SA Cyberbullying: Associated Harm and Awareness of Applicable Laws and University Policies $3,176
2015 University of Adelaide Lex Salus – Improving the Adelaide Law Student Experience: A Focussed Approach for a Unique Discipline $2,400



Active teaching areas

Commercial Transactions

Contract Law

Company and Business Law

Sports Law

Previous teaching areas

Tort Law

Introduction to Law

Introduction to Business Law

Introduction to Australian Law

Moot Court (Advocacy)

  • Board Memberships

    Date Role Board name Institution name Country
    2019 - ongoing Director Executive Board Sport SA Australia
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2019 - 2022 Representative Outreach Coordinator Adelaide Law School Australia
    2017 - ongoing Member Faculty Work Health and Safety Committee The University of Adelaide, School of Law Australia
    2013 - ongoing Member Lex Salus (Health and Wellbeing) Committee Adelaide Law School Australia
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2019 - ongoing Member International Association of Consumer Law Australia
    2019 - ongoing Member Commercial Law Association of Australia Australia
    2016 - ongoing Member Research Unit for Military Law and Intelligence (RUMLAE) Australia
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2015 - ongoing Editor Alternative Law Journal University of Adelaide Australia
  • Position: Senior Lecturer
  • Phone: 83130879
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  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Ligertwood, floor 3
  • Org Unit: Adelaide Law School

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