Conference: The Future of Australian Legal Education

 Keynote Speaker

 Professor Martha Nussbaum

Professor Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, appointed in the Law School and Philosophy Department of the University of Chicago. She is also an Associate in the Classics Department, the Divinity School, and the Political Science Department. She has received honorary degrees from fifty-six colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Asia, Africa, and Europe. She is an Academician in the Academy of Finland, a Fellow of the British Academy, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. Among her many books are The Fragility of Goodness, Sex and Social Justice, Upheavals of Thought: the Intelligence of Emotions, Hiding from Humanity: Disgust, Shame and the Law, Creating Capabilities: the Human Development Approach, and Anger and Forgiveness.



 Session Chairs
  The Hon Chief Justice James Allsop AO

1981-2001 Chief Justice Allsop practised at the Bar in New South Wales. 7 May 2001-1 June 2008 he was a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia. On 2 June 2008, Chief Justice Allsop was appointed as President of the New South Wales Court of Appeal. He has been appointed as Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia as of 1 March 2013. From 1 July 2016 Chief Justice Allsop was appointed Adjunct Professor by the School of Law, The University of Queensland (UQ), for a period of 3 years.





  Dr Nuncio D'Angelo

Dr Nuncio D'Angelo is a partner and Head of Banking & Finance Australia at Norton Rose Fulbright. He has been in practice for over 20 years. He has been actively involved in building and delivering continuing legal education modules and syllabuses throughout his professional career. He is also an Honorary Associate of the Sydney Law School where he lectures in several subjects (at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels), and is widely published in fields related to banking & finance law and commercial trusts. In 2014 Nuncio was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law.



   Stuart Clark AM

Stuart Clark is a litigator whose practice focuses on the defence of class actions, complex litigation and the representation of clients in royal commissions, inquiries and regulatory investigations. He was a member of the Clayton Utz senior leadership team from 2004 to 2015 and served as President of the Law Council of Australia in 2016. Stuart writes and lectures, both in Australia and overseas, on class actions, multi-jurisdiction litigation and the Australian legal profession.  He is an Adjunct Professor at Macquarie University Law School. Stuart graduated BA/LLb (Hons) from Macquarie University in 1980. He is married to Narelle Clark with whom he has two sons, Andrew a lawyer and Richard a law student.



  Emeritus Professor Michael Coper

Emeritus Professor Michael Coper was Dean of the ANU College of Law, Australian National University, from 1998-2012. His most recent book is The Tasmanian Dam Case 30 Years On: An Enduring Legacy (Federation Press 2017, ed with Heather Roberts and James Stellios). Professor Coper has also written extensively about legal education, with particular emphasis on the aspirational goals, values and purposes that should inform law schools. He was Chair of the Council of Australian Law Deans from 2005-2007, Vice President of the International Association of Law Schools from 2011-2014, and is a Foundation Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law.



   Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM FRSA FACLM

Emeritus Professor Croucher was appointed to the ALRC in February 2007, and in December 2009 as President. She has lectured and published extensively, principally in the fields of equity, trusts, property, inheritance and legal history. In 2011 she was recognised as one of the 40 ‘inspirational alumni’ of UNSW, where she gained her PhD. In 2014 Croucher was acknowledged for her contributions to public policy as one of Australia’s ‘100 Women of Influence’ in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac awards; and for her ‘outstanding contribution to the legal profession’ was awarded the Australian Women Lawyer’s award. In 2015 she was made a Member of the Order of Australia for ‘significant service to the law as an academic, to legal reform and education, to professional development, and to the arts’; and in 2016 Macquarie University conferred on her the title of Emeritus Professor.

  Professor Simone Degeling

Simone Degeling is a Professor of Law at UNSW Sydney. She specialises in equity & trusts, remedies, restitution and unjust enrichment and the intersection of civil procedure and private law doctrine.  Simone is a Fellow of The Australian Academy of Law, the General Editor of the Journal of Equity and the Private Law Research Leader of the IMF Bentham Class Actions Initiative at UNSW Law. She is also a Fellow of The Australian Centre for Private Law, University of Queensland and a member of the Academic Committee of the Banking and Financial Services Law Association.





   The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG

When he retired from the High Court of Australia on 2 February 2009, Michael Kirby was Australia’s longest serving judge. He was first appointed in 1975 as a Deputy President of the Australian Conciliation & Arbitration Commission.  Soon after, he became inaugural Chairman of the Australian Law Reform Commission (1975-84).  Later, he was appointed a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia, then President of the New South Wales Court of Appeal (1984-96) and, concurrently, President of the Court of Appeal of Solomon Islands (1995-6).  His appointment to the High Court of Australia came in 1996 and he served thirteen years. In addition to his judicial duties, Michael Kirby has served on three university governing bodies and has also served on many national and international bodies. Following his retirement from the High Court, Michael Kirby was elected President of the Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia from 2009-2010. In 2010, he was appointed to the Australian Panel of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (World Bank).  He has been appointed Honorary Visiting Professor by twelve universities and has been awarded a number of honorary doctorates at home and abroad.  He also serves as Editor-in-Chief of The Laws of Australia (2009 - ). In December 2015 Michael Kirby was appointed by the UN Secretary-General to be a member of the United Nations High Level Panel on Health Technology Innovation and Access. He was awarded the Gruber Justice Prize in 2010 and has been Patron of the Kirby Institute on Blood Borne Diseases in UNSW Sydney, Australia since 2011.

The Hon Justice François Kunc 

The Honourable Justice François Kunc was appointed to the Supreme Court of New South Wales in April 2013 and sits in the Equity Division.  He graduated with degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Sydney. He then practised as a solicitor with Allen Allen and Hemsley from 1986.  He was called to the Bar in 1992 and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2007.  He is the General Editor of The Australian Law Journal and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law.






   The Hon Kevin Lindgren AM

Kevin Lindgren practiced as a solicitor, academic and barrister before becoming a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia in 1994. He retired from the Court in 2010 when reaching the mandatory retirement age for federal judges. He has been President of the Australian Academy of Law since 2011. In addition, his ‘post-retirement’ activities include ADR work and writing.






   Fiona McLeod SC

Fiona McLeod SC is the President of the Law Council of Australia and practises at the Victorian Bar, appearing in trials and appeals in public law and commercial matters. She has practised at the Victorian Bar since 1991 and was appointed senior counsel in 2003. Ms McLeod is a Past President of the Australian Bar Association and was the Chair of the Victorian Bar in 2013. Ms McLeod has been recognised with numerous awards for excellence and leadership, for her work in supporting diversity and equality and her work in pro bono and human rights matters including human trafficking. Ms McLeod was inducted onto the Victorian Honour Roll for Women in 2014 and is a recipient of a prestigious inaugural Commonwealth Government Anti-Slavery Australia Freedom Award. 




   The Hon Judge Matthew Myers AM

Judge Matthew Myers AM is a Judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia and was appointed as an ALRC Commissioner in February 2017 to lead the inquiry into the incarceration rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Judge Myers was awarded the NSW Law Society President’s medal in 2011 and received the award of Member of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2013. Judge Myers holds memberships that include Board of Family and Relationship Services Australia, CatholicCare Advisory Council (Broken Bay Diocese), NSW Law Society Indigenous Issues Committee, Federal Circuit Court of Australia Indigenous Access to Justice Committee, Co-Chair of the Aboriginal Family Law Pathways Network, Central Coast Family Law Pathways Network Steering Committee, Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council, New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council, National Congress of Australia's First Peoples, the Royal Australian Air Force Specialist Reserves and holds the Commissioned Officer rank of Squadron Leader. 


   Professor Brian Opeskin

Brian Opeskin is a Professor of Law and Associate Dean (Research) at the University of Technology Sydney. He previously held positions as Professor of Legal Governance at Macquarie University; Head of the Law School at the University of the South Pacific in Vanuatu; Deputy President of the Australian Law Reform Commission; Associate Professor at Sydney University; and Associate to Justice Mason at the High Court of Australia. He researches in the broad field of public law and has written widely on constitutional law; courts, judges and jurisdiction; and international migration law. He is a Fellow and Director of the Australian Academy of Law.





   Professor Joellen Riley

Joellen Riley holds degrees in Arts and Law from the Universities of Sydney  and  Oxford. She joined the academy in 1998 after some time in commercial legal practice. Prior to becoming Dean of Law (in 2013) she consulted with specialist employment law firm, People+Culture Strategies. Her publications include Employee Protection at Common Law (Federation Press, 2005), The Law of Work (OUP, 2007 and 2011) (with Rosemary Owens and Jill Murray), contributions to the 7th and 8th editions of Macken’s Law of Employment (2011 and 2016) and a number of books on federal workplace legislation.





   The Hon Justice Alan Robertson

 Justice Alan Robertson is a graduate of the ANU. He was admitted in 1980 as a legal practitioner of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory. From 1981 to 1983, he worked as assistant to the Commonwealth Solicitor-General, Sir Maurice Byers. In 1983, Justice Robertson joined the New South Wales Bar and, in 1995, was appointed Senior Counsel. His area of specialisation was public law, including constitutional and administrative law, revenue law, competition law and appeals. He was for many years convenor of the Constitutional and Administrative law section of the New South Wales Bar Association. He was a part time member of the Administrative Review Council between 1992 and 1997. He was appointed a judge of the Federal Court in April 2011, based in Sydney. He has been appointed to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and to the Australian Competition Tribunal.





  Speakers and Presenters

   Associate Professor Gabrielle Appleby

Gabrielle Appleby researches and teaches in public and constitutional law, particularly focussing on questions about the role, powers and accountability of the Executive government, the role and ethics of government lawyers, and the independence and integrity of the judicial branch. She is the Director of the Judiciary Project at the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law and the Blog Coordinator and Joint Editor (Academic) of AUSPUBLAW. Among Gabrielle's book publications is The Role of the Solicitor-General: Negotiating Law, Politics and the Public Interest (2016). 






   The Hon Justice John Basten

Justice Basten is currently serving on the NSW Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of New South Wales.  He studied law at Adelaide and Oxford Universities, taught for a year at the University of Chicago and for some 7 years at the University of NSW.  Prior to his current appointment he was a Queens Counsel practising in Sydney and has also been a part-time Commissioner of the New South Wales Law Reform Commission responsible in 1999 for a Review of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW). Justice Basten was a Robert S Campbell Visiting Fellow at Magdalen College, Oxford University, from October 2010 until March 2011.






   Emeritus Professor David Barker AM

David Barker AM, is Emeritus Professor of Law at UTS and has recently been awarded a PhD in Law by Macquarie University. He is Secretary and a Foundation Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, Secretary of the Australasian Law Teachers Association (ALTA) and Editor of the Legal Education Digest. He has held many other positions, including Chair and President of ALTA, Former Chair of CALD, Member NSW LPAB, Editor Cavendish Essential Law Series, Law Asia  and the Local Government Barrister (UK); Dean, Faculties of Law at UTS and University of Westminster (UK) and is a Past President (2009) of the City of Sydney Law Society. 


   The Hon Michael Black AC QC

Michael Black is a graduate of Melbourne University, LLB, LL.D (honoris causa).He practised at the Bar from 1964 until his appointment as Chief Justice of the Federal Court in 1991.  He served in that office until 2010. He has a long-standing involvement with legal education and as Chief Justice was also involved with overseas judicial training and cooperation, particularly in South East Asia and the South Pacific. He is Chair of the Australian Law Schools Standards Committee.


   Associate Professor Sean Brennan

Sean Brennan is the Director of the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law and teaches and writes mainly in the areas of constitutional law, native title and Aboriginal land rights. He is an author and editor of several books in these areas including of Native Title from Mabo to Akiba: A Vehicle for Change and Empowerment? (2015) and Blackshield & Williams Australian Constitutional Law and Theory (6th ed, 2014). 







   Associate Professor Lyria Bennett Moses

Lyria's research explores issues around the relationship between technology and law. Lyria is currently a Key Researcher and Project Leader on the Data to Decisions CRC, exploring legal and policy issues surrounding the use of data and data analytics for law enforcement and national security. Lyria is also Chair of the Australia Chapter of the IEEE Society for the Social Implications of Technology, Academic Co-Director of the Cyberspace Law and Policy Community, Chair of the Law, Technology and Innovation Research Network at UNSW Law and a PLuS Alliance Fellow.




   Jenny Buchan

Jenny Buchan joined the UNSW Business School in 2002. Prior to becoming an academic she worked as a commercial lawyer in private practice.  Her teaching and research focuses on domestic and international franchise law and policy and its intersection with insolvency. Jenny is the academic lead on the Business School MOOC ‘International Franchise law: The World is Yours’, for which her team was awarded the UNSW Business School Team teaching Award and UNSW Vice-Chancellor Awards for Teaching Excellence for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in 2016.



   Alan Cameron AO

Chairman NSW Law Reform Commission.

Former Chair, ASIC, and former Deputy Chancellor, University of Sydney.

Former Managing Partner, Dawson Waldron and later Blake Dawson Waldron.




  Neville Carter

Neville Carter has served as the Group Managing Director and now Chief Executive Officer of The College of Law since 1995. He has extensive experience in the design and management of large professional education programs as well as a strong background in business and management training for the legal profession. His previous positions include National Director, Institute of Professional Legal Studies, New Zealand; Associate Professor and Head of School of Legal Practice, UTS; Senior Lecturer and Head Professional Practice, University of Technology (MARA, Shah Alam, Malaysia); and partner in a three partner Sydney law firm.



   Susan Carter 

Susan Carter is the Director of the Law Extension Committee, University of Sydney. She has taught in the programme for a number of years, and developed and teaches their statutory interpretation elective. Susan has taught law at undergraduate and postgraduate levels at the University of Sydney and Macquarie Law School, drawing on her experience in practice as a commercial solicitor where she worked both for a large commercial firm, and then later as in-house counsel for a media organisation. Susan is a member of the Examinations Committee of the Legal Profession Admission Board, and also served as a member of the State Parole Authority/





  Emeritus Professor Sandford Clark AM

Melbourne Law School 1962 – 2005; Dean 1974 – 78; Harrison Moore Professor 1974 – 1993; Blake Dawson Waldron Professorial Fellow 1993 – 2005. Counsel, Ashurst  1991 to present. Member, Victorian Council of Legal Education 1974 – 2014. Member, Law Admissions Consultative Committee 1984 to present; Chairman since 2006. Inaugural Chair, Legal Services Council  Admissions Committee, 2014 to present.




   Dr Leela Cejnar

Dr Leela Cejnar is a Senior Lecturer at the Thomas More Law School, Australian Catholic University, Sydney.  Prior to joining ACU, Leela was an academic at UNSW (2010-2016) and Macquarie University (2008-2009). Before becoming an academic, Leela enjoyed a twenty-year legal career working for major commercial firms, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  Leela holds a PhD in competition law and her research focuses on this area of law.  She also researches and publishes about her teaching and has received awards for her contributions to student learning, including for her work on the UNSW Business School MOOC team.




   Associate Professor Penny Crofts

Dr Penny Crofts is an Associate Professor and Director of Academic Programs at the Faculty of Law, UTS. Crofts won an Australian Award for University Teaching Citation in 2015 in recognition of her innovative community based assessments. Crofts has also developed teaching materials for Criminal Law.





   Christina Do

Christina Do is a Lecturer at the Curtin Law School. She has over ten years’ experience in the tertiary education sector. Christina has established an expertise teaching and developing first year law units. Her teaching has been recognised in the form of three University teaching awards and two student Guild honourable mentions. Christina has a particular research interest in the area of legal education.






   Dr Christian Duperouzel

Dr Christian Duperouzel is a Lecturer at the Curtin Law School, and teaches Business Law to a large group of first year business students. After graduating from Curtin University with a Commerce degree in 2003, Christian completed a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Notre Dame. After practicing law in the area of commercial litigation, he returned to Curtin University as a full-time academic in 2010. Recently, Christian completed his PhD which looked into the role of a lived calling in driving leadership behaviour. This study generated significant insights into the relationship between a calling / vocation and leadership.



  Angela Dwyer

Angela Dwyer Is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of Technology Sydney and is currently the UTS Student Ombud. Angela has extensive teaching experience and a commitment to equity and access in the delivery of tertiary education.





   Maxine Evers

Maxine Evers is the Associate Dean (Education) in the Faculty of Law at the University of Technology Sydney. Her teaching and research has a focus on the philosophy and practice of ethics, including the connection between legal education and ethics.





   Professor John Farrar

Dean of three Law Schools.

Practiced as Solicitor in City of London.

Barrister New Zealand and Australia.




   Annette Gainsford

Annette Gainsford is Wiradjuri woman from Bathurst, NSW. Annette is a Lecturer in Law and Justice and has a background in social justice education. Annette’s experience of planning and delivery of Indigenous perspectives in curriculum content and implementing Indigenous pedagogies to assist tertiary teaching is founded from work as an Academic and Indigenous Educational Designer. Annette has a particular interest in the social and political factors that affect successful outcomes for Indigenous Australians and has experience in advising on a range of policies. Annette’s current research focuses on Indigenous teaching models and the contextualisation of curriculum to motivate social change.



  Dr Alexandra George 

Dr Alexandra George joined UNSW Law in 2007, following academic appointments in the UK and Italy. She has practised as a lawyer and was a judge’s Associate in the Federal Court of Australia. Alexandra’s work focuses on intellectual property law. Her book Constructing Intellectual Property (Cambridge University Press, 2012) examines how the legal system creates and regulates intellectual property. In 2013, Alexandra received a UNSW Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence. In 2016, she was awarded 'Academic of the Year' at the national Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards, and a Pro Bono Award for her work for The Arts Law Centre of Australia.



   Associate Professor Alison Gerard

Alison Gerard is the Associate Professor in Law at Charles Sturt University. Alison's research focuses on social justice issues and has been included in international journals such as the British Journal of Criminology, Journal of Refugee Studies, and Criminology and Criminal Justice. Alison's current research projects focus on the criminalization of asylum seekers in Hong Kong, the over-representation of young people in out-of-home care in the criminal justice system, and embedding Indigenous cultural competence in law curriculum. Her fifth book, an edited international collection entitled Entrapping Asylum Seekers, will be published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2017.



  Svetlana German

 Svetlana German is a Lecturer at UNDA and a barrister at 10th Floor Selborne Wentworth Chambers. Prior to being called to the bar in 2013, Svetlana worked as a lawyer at Allens Arthur Robinson in Sydney and as a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group. Svetlana holds a BSc/LLB from the University of New South Wales and an LLM from Columbia University (New York). Svetlana is currently undertaking a Ph.D. at Monash University in the area of alternative dispute resolution and is a nationally accredited mediator and Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner.




   Justin Gleeson SC

Justin Gleeson SC is the former Solicitor-General of the Commonwealth. He led the Australian legal team in proceedings in the International Court of Justice and the Permanent Court of Arbitration, as well as in the High Court of Australia. In 2017 he has returned to private practice, specialising in international law and arbitration, constitutional law, appellate law and select commercial cases. He acts as counsel, advisor or arbitrator, in domestic and international matters. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and of ACICA, and an Australian Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration.



  Dr Laura Griffin

Laura Griffin is a Lecturer at La Trobe School of Law. She was awarded her PhD from the University of Melbourne in 2011. Laura’s current research focuses on the ways in which pregnancy, reproductive loss and birth have been regulated and shaped through registration laws. Laura teaches Introduction to Business Law and Ethics, and co-authors First Principles of Business Law (Oxford University Press, with Michael Lambiris).






  The Hon Nicholas Hasluck AM QC 

Nicholas Hasluck AM, QC studied law at UWA, then Oxford, before practising in Perth. He became a Judge of the Supreme Court of Western Australia. He served also on the Australia Council and as Chair of the Literature Board, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Art Gallery of Western Australia. In addition to Legal Limits on law and literature he has written 13 novels, including Dismissal and The Bellarmine Jug (Age Book of the Year). His latest novel The Bradshaw Case concerns a native title claim in the Kimberley affected by Aboriginal rock art.






   Andrew Henderson

Andrew Henderson is a sessional academic at the University of Canberra and the Australian National University.  Before moving to teaching, Andrew worked in a number of different roles including commercial litigation, as Research Assistant to the former Chief Justice of Western Australia and the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department before retraining as a classroom teacher.  Andrew’s experience in practice and in education has encouraged a passion for exploring different methods of engaging students and developing different approaches to delivering legal education. 



   Dr Sarah-Jane Hiller

Dr Sarah Hiller has over 15 years’ experience as a legal practitioner in litigation and as a lecturer for UTAS. She has specialised in family law (child support), tenancy law and general practice for private practices, government and community legal centres. Her teaching experience includes teaching law face to face, intensively and by intensively by distance. She has also taught post graduate students across disciplines by distance. She completed her PhD thesis in enhancing legal education in undergraduate legal education: teaching ethics, professionalism and critical reflection to law students in the foundation year of law.




  Professor Nick James

Professor Nick James is the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Law at Bond University. He is a former commercial lawyer, and has been practising as an academic since 1996. His areas of teaching expertise include business and commercial law, law in context, legal theory, and company law. He has won numerous awards for his teaching including a National Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, and he is the author of three textbooks: Business Law, Critical Legal Thinking and The New Lawyer (with Rachael Field). He has written numerous journal articles, book chapters and conference papers in the areas of legal education, critical thinking and critical legal theory. Professor James is the Director of the Bond University Centre for Professional Legal Education, Editor-in-Chief of the Legal Education Review, and Chair of the Legal Education Standing Committee of the Council of Australian Law Deans.




   Professor Patrick Keyzer

 After working as associate to Sir Gerard Brennan, Patrick was called to the Bar and participated in a number of administrative, constitutional, industrial law and human rights matters, mainly appeals. In 2010 he was shortlisted for an Australian Human Rights Award for his work representing prisoners in the UN Human Rights Committee.  Patrick has written or edited 28 books and written or co-written over fifty refereed journal articles and book chapters. His recent research has focused on preventive detention and risk management. Currently he is co-writing a history of disability services in NSW. 




   Associate Professor Michael Legg 

Michael Legg is an Associate Professor at UNSW Law. Michael is a member of the Law Society of NSW's Future Committee and sat as a panellist on a number of the Society’s public hearings into the future of the legal profession.  Michael specialises in civil dispute resolution, including class actions, commercial and regulatory litigation. He is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of NSW (1998), Federal Court of Australia, High Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of New York (2002). 




  Tania Leiman

Tania Leiman is Associate Dean (Teaching & Learning) at Flinders Law School, where she teaches tort law, legal analysis and problem solving. She is a member of Flinders Legal Advice Clinic’s management team with a focus on clinical legal curriculum. She has received individual and team university teaching excellence awards, an individual ALTC citation and a team AAUT citation. Current research interests include disruption in the legal profession, automated vehicles, blockchain, artificial intelligence, and legaltech. She is co-convener of the Flinders Blockchain Alliance, and leads the legal subgroup of ADVI [Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative]’s Policy & Risk Group.




  Professor Andrew Lynch

Andrew Lynch teaches and researches in the field of Australian constitutional law, with a concentration on the topics of judicial dissent, judicial appointments reform, federalism, and legal responses to terrorism. He is an author of Blackshield & Williams Australian Constitutional Law and Theory (6th ed, 2014) and his most recent book is the edited volume, Great Australian Dissents (2016).







  Professor William MacNeil

 Professor William MacNeil is The Honourable John Dowd Chair in Law, as well as the Dean and Head of the School of Law and Justice, Southern Cross University. Previously, Professor MacNeil taught at Griffith University, the University of Hong Kong and the London School of Economics. A scholar of jurisprudence and cultural legal studies, MacNeil is the author of Lex Populi: The Jurisprudence of Popular Culture (Stanford, 2007) and Novel Judgements: Legal Theory as Fiction (Routledge, 2012). Currently, Professor MacNeil is the Chair of the Council of Australian Law Deans.




  Kristy McPhee

Kirsty McPhee is the Practice Manager at Tottle Partners, responsible for library and knowledge services, the firms professional development program, administrative functions and IT, with a strong focus on firm wide innovation and continuous development. Kirsty is a former director of the Australian Law Librarians’ Association Board and the National President for 2013/2014 and is currently a member of the Law Council of Australia’s Practice Management Committee. Kirsty has completed a Master’s in Business Leadership (MBL): she has studied law and holds an undergraduate degree in librarianship and corporate information records management.






  Terri Mottershead

As the  Director of the Centre for Legal Innovation at the College of Law (Australia, New Zealand and Asia), Terri works internationally with legal industry leaders and legal professionals to collaboratively develop practical solutions that support them and their organisations as they navigate the disruption and new technologies transforming the industry. Terri is a frequent speaker at legal industry events and contributes regularly to publications on the future of legal profession, practical legal education and law firm talent management. Most recently, Terri acted as the general editor/contributing author for “The Art and Science of Strategic Talent Management in Law Firms” (West, 2010) and “Innovating Talent Management in Law Firms” (NALP, 2016).



  Marina Nehme

Dr Marina Nehme is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. She is currently the director of Learning and Teaching. Marina has received in 2011 a Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council. Her research is in the area of corporate law. As part of the research she has been conducting into crowd equity funding, she has been invited to present expert evidence to the Senate Economics Legislation Committee and the Commonwealth Treasury regarding crowd equity funding legislation.




  Bronwyn Olliffee

Associate Professor Bronwyn Olliffe is an academic in the Faculty of Law at the University of Technology Sydney. Bronwyn has extensive professional and academic experience in legal education.






  Emeritus Professor Dennis Pearce AO 

Emeritus Professor Dennis Pearce, AO, FAAL, LLB (Adelaide), LLM (ANU), PhD (ANU).  ANU College of Law: Lecturer 1968. Professor 1981. Dean 1982-84, 1991–1993. Emeritus Professor 1996. Public positions include Chair of CTEC Review of Australian Law Schools 1986-87; Commonwealth Ombudsman 1988-1990; Chairman, Australian Press Council 1997-2000; Member and later Chair, Copyright Law Review Committee 1983-2000; foundation President, ACT Racing Appeals Tribunal 2001-2004; first Chair, Defence Force Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal 2008-2011. Consultant, HWL Ebsworth, Lawyers. Publications: Statutory Interpretation (with RS Geddes) 8th ed, 2014; Delegated Legislation (with S Argument) 5th ed, 2017; Administrative Appeals Tribunal 4th ed, 2015.





  Robert Pelletier

 Robert is a lecturer at the University of Notre Dame and the Executive Officer of Macarthur Legal Centre. He has extensive experience in conducting civil litigation in New South Wales and in Federal courts. He teaches Civil Procedure at Notre Dame and UTS.





  Professor Simon Rice OAM

Professor Rice has worked and researched extensively in anti-discrimination and human rights law, access to justice and legal education issues. He has recently been chair of the ACT Law Reform Advisory Council and adviser to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights.






  Justine Rogers

Dr Justine Rogers is a lecturer at UNSW Law. She is responsible for the design and running of the core legal ethics course, a course which involves blended and group-based learning. Justine’s research focuses on the changes to the legal professions, legal ethics and ethical decision-making, and lawyers' identities and work. She is currently chief investigator in an Australian Research Council Linkage grant on the meanings of professionalism and its uses as a regulatory strategy in the 21st Century. Justine holds a DPhil from the University of Oxford, for which she conducted an ethnographic study of London barristers and pupillage.



  Professor David Rolph

Dr David Rolph is a Professor of Law at the University of Sydney. He is the author of several books, including Defamation Law (Thomson Reuters, 2016) and Reputation, Celebrity and Defamation Law (Ashgate, 2008), as well as many journal articles and book chapters. His principal areas of research expertise are tort law, defamation law and privacy. From 2007 and from 2008 to 2016, Dr Rolph was the editor of the Sydney Law Review.




  Dr Phillippa Ryan   

Dr Pip Ryan is a barrister and lecturer in the Faculty of Law at UTS. Her doctoral thesis explored the classification of accessorial liability in breaches of trust. Her current research explores fiduciary and trust obligations arising in cryptocurrency transactions enabled by Blockchain technology. Pip teaches Civil Practice, Commercial Equity, and Disruptive Technologies and the Law. She is a member of Standards Australia’s Blockchain technical committee and she is on the advisory board of the Australia Digital Commerce Association. She is also a member of Women in Payments. Pip facilitates the Allens Neota UTS Law Tech Challenge for Social Justice.




  Dr Cathy Sherry

Cathy Sherry is the author of Strata Title Property Rights: Private governance of multi-owned communities (Routledge, 2017), the first extended, in-depth analysis of Australian strata title law. She advises governments and the private sector on the complexities of multi-owned land. Cathy has been teaching property for over 20 years, and is a recipient of a Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Award, as well as a DET and College of Australian Educators’ award. Her online land law sites won a Legal Innovation Index Award in 2015. Cathy is an inaugural UNSW Scientia Education Academy Fellow.



  Professor Alex Steel

Alex Steel researches and teaches in criminal law and legal education. His legal education publications range across the pedagogy and regulation of legal education, curriculum design, assessment practices and student wellbeing.  He is member of the nationally funded Smart Casual online professional development project (; a Consultant to the Australian Law School Standards Committee and was a co-convenor of the Legal Education Associate Deans Network. Alex is an inaugural UNSW Scientia Education Fellow.  His teaching awards include a Commonwealth Government Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (2015) and the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence (2008). He was Associate Dean from 2009-2016.  




   Dan Trevanion

Dan Trevanion is President of the Australian Law Students’ Association (ALSA). ALSA is the peak representative body of law students in Australia and comprises 37 law student societies. Dan is a final-year Bachelor of Law (Honours) student at the Australian National University. Dan currently represents ALSA on the Law Council of Australia’s Young Lawyers Committee, The Law Society of New South Wales’ Special Committee for Law Students’ Societies and overseas at the Asian Law Students’ Association Conference and New Zealand Law Students’ Association Conference.






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