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Law Academy Fellows

UNSW Law is proud that many of its Faculty members have been recognised as Fellows of the Australian Academy of Law.

Law Academy FellowsProfessor Mark Aronson, Emeritus Professor, UNSW Law, UNSW
I have been a member of the UNSW Law School teaching staff since 1973, with the exception of a 3 year period in the late 1980s, when I was the NSW Attorney General's senior policy advisor. I formally retired in 2006, but I remain actively involved in legal research, and I am also able to assume more supervisory functions for those students who undertake a post-graduate degree by research.

Law Academy Fellows Professor David Brown, Emeritus Professor, UNSW Law, UNSW
Emeritus Professor David Brown taught Criminal Law, Advanced Criminal Law, Criminal Justice, Crime Prevention, Community Corrections and Penology courses at the University of NSW in Sydney from 1974 to 2008. He is a co-author of the major and innovative Criminal Laws (1990), (2nd edn 1996) and (3rd edn 2001) (4th edn 2006) (5th edn 2011) (6th edn 2015) which has become the leading student teaching text in criminal law in universities in NSW.

Law Academy Fellows Professor Andrew Byrnes, UNSW Law, UNSW
Andrew Byrnes joined the UNSW Law Faculty as Professor of International Law in May 2005. Previously, he was Professor of Law at the Australian National University (2001-2005) and prior to that was Associate Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong, where he was Director of the Centre for Comparative and Public Law and Director of the Master of Laws in Human Rights until his departure in 2001. He served as President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law from 2009 to 2013. He is currently Chair of the Steering Committee of the Australian Human Rights Centre and a member of the Board of the Diplomacy Training Program. He served as external legal adviser to the Australian Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Right from November 2012 to September 2014.

Law Academy FellowsAssociate Professor Philip Chung, UNSW; Executive Director, AustLII
Philip Chung is Associate Professor of Law at UNSW Australia (The University of New South Wales). He is Executive Director of the Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII) and associated projects (including AsianLII, CommonLII and WorldLII). Philip manages the staff and resources of AustLII and jointly oversees the technical development of AustLII’s projects and system administration. He holds degrees in Economics and Law from the University of Sydney, with honours in Computer Science and Operations Research as well as a PhD in Law from UNSW. His research interests include legal research skills, intelligent legal information systems, and computerisation of law.

Law Academy FellowsProfessor Nicholas Cowdery AM QC
Visiting Professorial Fellow, UNSW Law, UNSW; Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Sydney; formerly Director of Public Prosecutions, New South Wales; formerly the President, International Association of Prosecutors.

Law Academy FellowsProfessor Megan Davis, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Indigenous), UNSW
Dr Megan Davis is a Professor of Law and an Acting Commissioner of the NSW Land and Environment Court. Professor Davis is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law and a member of the NSW Sentencing Council. Megan is the Chair and UN expert member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples and holds portfolios including Administration of Justice and Gender and Women and is the focal point for UN Women and UN AIDS.

Law Academy FellowsProfessor Simone Degeling, UNSW Law, UNSW
My research is about private law and its internal structures and architecture. My research is premised on the view that private law should be transparent and rational. Law should offer an acceptable degree of predictability of outcome and those who apply it should be accountable in part by the giving of defensible reasons. The development of a taxonomy by which we can understand private law assists in achieving and maintaining these objectives. It is therefore necessary to have a view of private law as an integrated whole rather than simply as a collection of discrete and sometimes merely contextual categories.

Law Academy FellowsProfessor Julian Disney AO, Director, Social Justice Project, UNSW Law, UNSW
Julian Disney is a part-time Professor and Director of the Social Justice Project at the University of New South Wales. He has previously been Professor of Public Law at the Australian National University and Director of its Centre for International and Public Law. He is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).

Law Academy FellowsProfessor Graham Greenleaf AM, Professor of Law & Information Systems, UNSW
I am appointed to a research position as Professor of Law & Information Systems. I specialise in the relationships between information technology and law, and research in the areas of cyberspace law, data protection and privacy, legal information systems and intellectual property.

Law Academy FellowsProfessor Prue Vines, UNSW Law, UNSW
I have been a member of the Law School since 1990. My major areas of research interest are torts, especially apologies in civil liability and succession law (especially the impact of succession laws on Indigenous people); I have been the Director of First Year Studies for some 15 years. I am the co-Director of the Private Law Research and Policy Group UNSW and Visiting Professor at Strathclyde University Law School, Glasgow, Scotland.

Law Academy FellowsScientia Professor George Williams AO, Dean, Anthony Mason Professor of Law & Foundational Director of the Gilbert + Tobin Centre for Public Law, UNSW Law, UNSW
George Williams AO is the Dean, the Anthony Mason Professor, and a Scientia Professor at UNSW Law. He has held an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship, and visiting positions at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Columbia University Law School in New York, and Durham University and University College London in the United Kingdom.

Adjunct Professor Robin Woellner, School of Taxation and Business Law, UNSW
Robin Woellner was Pro Vice-Chancellor (Law, Business and the Creative Arts), James Cook University, Townsville and prior to that the Foundation Dean of the Faculty of Law and Foundation Dean of the College of Law and Business at University of Western Sydney. He has also served in various executive positions including as Vice President of the Australian Business Deans Council. Robin is the lead author of Australia's pre-eminent tax textbook - Australian Taxation Law - now in its 23rd edition, has researched and published extensively, and is a respected commentator on all tax matters.