- Lisa Toohey
BA(Hons) LLB(Hons) Qld; LLM (Melb); Phd (Qld)
Lisa Toohey teaches and researches in the fields of international trade law and dispute resolution. She serves as the Associate Dean (Education) of UNSW Law and represents the Faculty on the Academic Board. She is a member of the Executive Council of the Society of International Economic Law, a member of the Asian WTO Research Network, and a founding member of the UNSW China International Business and Economic Law (CIBEL) Initiative. Prior to joining UNSW Law in 2010, Lisa was an academic at another Group of Eight university, and before academia practised commercial law in Australia at Corrs Chambers Westgarth and in Vietnam at Baker & McKenzie in litigation & dispute resolution, intellectual property, and trade and investment.
She has worked across East, Southeast, and Central Asia on dispute resolution and WTO projects funded by the Australian, US and Canadian governments, on projects that have developed WTO litigation capacity, mediation and arbitration capacity in developing countries. Lisa has taught as a visiting professor at the Centre Franco-Vietnamien de Formation à la Gestion at the National Economics University in Hanoi, Vietnam, at Naresuan University in Phitsanulok, Thailand, and at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.
Lisa has a particular interest in supervising research projects on Chinese trade and commercial law, on WTO Law generally, and dispute resolution in Australia and internationally. Her own research proejcts currently include trade capacity building in Australia and the Asian region; China’s engagement in international dispute settlement; the legal information experience in Australian dispute resolution; and on conflict in the student-supervisor relationship.
Areas of expertise
World Trade Organization (WTO);
Dispute resolution, particularly mediation;
International dispute settlement;
Asia-Pacific law, particularly Vietnam and China;
Access to justice.
Academic Board UNSW (Elected term 2015-2016)
Executive Council of the Society of International Economic Law (Elected term ongoing since 2014)
Board Member, South Eastern Community Connect (formerly South East Neighbourhood Centre)
Founding Member and past Co-Chair, Australasian Dispute Resolution Research Network
Member, Asian WTO Research Network (ongoing)
Member, Australasian Institute for Judicial Administration
Designated international arbitrator, Azerbaijan Arbitration and Mediation Centre
Past Chair of the International Economic Law Interest Group of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law (ANSZSIL)
Past Member, International Law and International Relations Committee of the Queensland Law Society
Past Member, International Humanitarian Law Committee of the Red Cross (Qld)
Founding committee member of the Lawyers Reform Association (Qld).
Current PhD supervision
Peter Blanchard (PhD Candidate) 'Government industry partnerships in WTO litigation - A comaparative analysis: Australia and the USA'
Rachel Harris (PhD Candidate) 'Labour Rights and the TPP'
Thuan Hoang (PhD Candidate) ' US Double Remedies and China: Practical Applications for Vietnam'
John Woodward (PhD Candidate) 'The development of an alternative dispute resolution culture in the legal community: an empirical study'
The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement: Implications for Australian Services Suppliers and China's Services Sector (with Weihuan Zhou, Colin Picker and Heng Wang) Shanghai Jiao Tong University/University of New South Wales Collaborative Research Fund (2015)
The Trans-Pacific Partnership: A Model for Economic Governance? (with Andrew Mitchell, Tania Voon and others) Melbourne University Major Collaborative Research Project Fund (2015)
The Embedded Liberalism Compromise Revisited: Twenty Years of Domestic Policy Under WTO Law, UNSW Law Workshop Support Scheme (2015)
Access of Australian Exporters to International Mechanisms for the Settlement of Trade Disputes, UNSW Law Faculty Research Grants Program (2014)
Access to Legal Information – A Pilot Study (with Helen Partridge, Rachael Field, Jonathan Crowe) Australian Institute of Judicial Administration Competitve Grant (2013-2014)
Law and Regulation beyond the WTO: China's Role in the International Economic Order (with Colin Picker) UNSW Law Workshop Support Scheme (2013)
Capacity Building in Vietnamese Legal Education (with Colin Picker and Brendan Edgeworth) University of New South Wales Office of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) Contestable Funding Round (2012-2013)
Comparative Legal Culture and International Economic Law: Building the Foundations in Asia (with Colin Picker) University of New South Wales Office of the Pro-Vice- Chancellor (International) Contestable Funding (2011)
Empirical Challenges to Legal Theory: A Pilot Study (with Jonathan Crowe) University of Queensland TC Beirne School of Law Contestable Research Funding (2008)
Dispute Resolution and Tenants in Community Title Schemes Queensland Government Legal Practitioners Interest on Trust Funds Grant (2007-2008)
Public-Private Interaction in WTO Jurisprudence University of Queensland New Staff Startup Grant (2005)
- Law of the World Trade Organisation (LAWS8972)
- Peaceful Settlement of International Disputes (LAWS8082)
- UNSW Law PG Internships (LAWS8173)
- Dispute Resolution: Principles, Processes and Practices (LAWS8314)
- Mediation (LAWS8078)
- International Law Competitive Moot (LAWS3086)
- Resolving Civil Disputes (JURD7271)
- Settlement of International Disputes (LAWS3188)
- Settlement of International Disputes (JURD7388)
- Dispute Resolution: Principles, Processes and Practices (JURD7314)
- Law of the World Trade Organisation (JURD7472)