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Individual members of the Law and Social Justice Group in the Faculty of Law at UNSW include:

Prof. Ross Buckley has been a Professor at the University of New South Wales, since 2007. Before that he headed a research centre on global trade and finance issues at Bond University for six years. In the past Ross has consulted to banks, finance houses and government departments, including the U.S. SEC and Department of Justice, the Australian Tax Office, the Indonesian Ministry of Finance and the Vietnamese Ministry of Trade.  Ross is also an Honorary Consultant to World Vision and Jubilee Australia and since 2004 has been involved in the Australia21 Research Network. Special interests include: Australian and international banking law; Regional and global financial governance. For further details, see profile.

Phone: 02-9385-9627; Email:

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Anna Cody is an Associate Professor in the Law Faculty at the University of New South Wales and Director of Kingsford Legal Centre, where she has worked for over 15 years. She has also worked in international development work in East Timor and Indonesia,with the Centre for Economic and Social Rights in New York developing their program on the right to health and in community legal education in El Salvador. Anna has also worked with Indigenous women in Alice Springs establishing a domestic violence service. Special interests include: clinical legal education, human rights and community development.

Phone: 02-9385-9556; Email:

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John Corker  has been Director of Australia’s National Pro Bono Resource Centre based in the Law Faculty at the University of New South Wales, since January 2004. Previously he was a senior associate with national law firm Clayton Utz, General Counsel for the Australian Broadcasting Authority, corporate counsel for Imparja Television, and a barrister in the State of Victoria. John is also a Visiting Fellow in the UNSW Law School and teaches post graduate Communications and Media Law.

Phone: 02-9385-7371; Email:

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Prof. Megan Davis is both Director of the Indigenous Law Centre and a Professor in the Faculty of Law. Megan's published scholarship includes Indigenous issues in public law and international law, in particular, Indigenous peoples and Constitutional issues and Aboriginal women's issues in Australian democracy. Megan is also an Australian member of the International Law Association’s Indigenous Rights Committee.

Prof. Julian Disney AO is a part-time Professor and Director of the Social Justice Project in the Law Faculty at the University of New South Wales. He is convenor of TaxWatch, a research and information service based  at the University of New South Wales and Monash University. He is also National Co-Chair of Anti-Poverty Week and Chair of the Australian Press Council, the Community Tax Forum and the National Affordable Housing Summit. He is a former President of the Australian Council of Social Service and the International Council on Social Welfare. Special interests include: housing, taxation, social security, global governance and the media. For further details, see profile.

Phone: 02-9385-1275; Email:

Fran Gibson has been the Director of Experiential Studies at the Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales, since September 2010. She was previously Director of the Kingsford Legal Centre, which is affiliated with the Law Faculty, where she worked for 8 years. Special interests include: Access to legal services; Law and government policy relating to legal aid. For further details, see profile.

Phone: 02-9385-2230; Email:

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Helen Hodgson is a Senior Lecturer with Atax at the University of New South Wales and is currently enrolled in a PhD examining the family tax transfer system. Helen is a qualified accountant with specialised expertise and postgraduate degrees in Taxation. She was a Member of the Legislative Council in the Western Australian Parliament for four years, where she was active in legal reform including the debate on Native Title, Sexuality Law Reform and Prison Reform. She is also on the Reference Committee for UnitingJustice. Special interests include: Taxation of Trusts, Small Business Entities, Tax Policy and Professional Ethics. 

Phone: 02-9385-9560; Email:

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Cathy Sherry is a Senior Lecturer in the Law Faculty, University of New South Wales. She has lectured with the faculty from 1994 to 2000 and from 2005 to the present. Cathy is also the General Editor of the Property Law Review and regularly presents Continuing Legal Education seminars. Special interests include: strata and community title law particularly the effect of property law on urban planning and community well-being, and children and the law. For further details, see profile.

Phone: 02-9385-9659; Email:

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David Vaile is Executive Director of the Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre which is based in the Law Faculty at the University of New South Wales since 2002. His background includes data protection at the Privacy Commissioner's Office, legal research at Legal Aid NSW and pro bono, public interest and test case litigation at the Public Interest Advocacy Centre. He is a past member of the Information Security World Advisory Board, and current board member of the Australian Privacy Foundation. Special interests include: Law, IT and communications, including personal safety online, content regulation, copyright and digital IP.

Phone: 02-9385-3589; Email: