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  • Advisory Board

    The Dean obtains advice from the Law Advisory Board (LAB). The LAB is a group of distinguished legal practitioners from across the spectrum of legal practice. The LAB currently comprises:

    Mr Robert Algie

    Robert has a broad legal practice and is a Partner in the Compensation Law Division at Carroll & O'Dea. He has worked on a large number of difficult negligence cases. In addition to his law degree, Robert has degrees in Applied Science and in Nuclear Medicine which position him well to conduct complex medical law litigation for plaintiffs.

    As well as being a member of the LAB, Robert is a member of Notre Dame's Medico-Legal Liaison Committee. He is regularly involved with the inter-school mock trial competition which is run by the Law Society. He is equally adept as both a plaintiff and defence lawyer and due to his broad practice, he does both types of work for clients of his firm.

    The Hon Justice Margaret Beazley

    Margaret Beazley attended the Sydney Law School graduating with Honours in Law in 1974 and was admitted to the New South Wales Bar on 14 March 1975. She was appointed a Queens Counsel in 1989. In 1993, her Honour was appointed as a judge of the Federal Court of Australia. In 1996 she was the first woman appointed to the New South Wales Court of Appeal and is currently the President of that Court. He Honour is one of the most senior women judges in Australia. She is Chairperson of the NSW Chapter of the Australian Institute of Administrative Law. Her Honour was made an Officer in the Order of Australia in the Queens' Birthday Honours List on 12 June 2006 for service to the judiciary and the law, particularly through contributions to professional and ethical standards and to the advancement of women in the legal profession and the community. In May 2008, her Honour was awarded Doctor of Laws honoris causa (Hon LLD) by the University of Sydney.

    Mr Michael Brennan

    Michael Brennan undertook a BA/LLB (Hons) at the University of Melbourne and was first admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Victoria in May 2001. Subsequently, Michael was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia in 2002. Michael obtained a principal's practising certificate in New South Wales in 2008.

    Between 2000 and 2007 Michael practised in the workplace relations group of the national firm, Corrs Chambers Westgarth and was promoted to Senior Associate in 2005. Michael joined TNT in February 2007 as Senior Legal Counsel and was promoted to General Counsel and Company Secretary in January 2008. In his present role, Michael has overall responsibility for the provision of legal services for TNT within Australia, New Zealand and Fiji and manages the Legal and Insurance teams. Michael is a member of the St Thomas More Society.

    Ms Marie-lyse Eliatamby

    Marie-lyse Eliatamby is Head of Legal and Compliance at Alleasing.

    Mr John Emmerig

    Since December 2012 John has been a partner of international firm, Jones Day. John has lectured at ANU and has guest lectured at Notre Dame speaking on class actions as part of the Civil Procedure unit. Jones Day was formed in the USA and has a very deep connection with Notre Dame there. It is a growing global presence in Australia. John mainly practices in class actions, commercial disputes, matters involving regulators and government and commissions of inquiry. Before joining Jones Day John was at Blake Dawson (now Ashurst) for more than 24 years.

    Ms Melissa Fisher

    Melissa Fisher is a commercial barrister specializing in administrative, building and construction, commercial, company, equity, insurance and reinsurance, property, trade practices and competition and in Royal Commission, statutory tribunal and appellate work. Melissa is a contributing author to Thomson Uniform Civil Practice and Procedure, the Moderator of the NSW Bar Association's Practice and Procedure Examination and is a member of the Examination Working Party. Melissa is regularly invited to speak on Practice and Procedure.

    Ms Lynne Harman

    Lynne joined the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) in June 2008 to provide support in the governance of the organisation and to coordinate and provide advice on legal issues. Her role includes taking responsibility for the conduct of Board Meetings and ensuring compliance with the GBCA Constitution and statutory requirements. Lynne is the point of contact for all legal and governance issues that arise across the organisation. Lynne has a BA LLM from the University of Sydney and worked at the commercial law firm, Allens for 20 years. She is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

    The Hon Dr Tricia Kavanagh

    The Hon Dr Tricia Kavanagh is a former Justice of the Industrial Court of New South Wales and former Deputy President of the NSW Industrial Relations Commission.

    Mr Matthew McLennan

    Matthew is a former partner of the Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice of Allens where he specialised in complex commercial disputes. Matthew is now Head of Litigation for Macquarie Group.

    The Hon Justice Anthony Meagher

    Justice Anthony (Tony) Meagher was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Court of Appeal, in August 2011. Before his appointment he practised for many years as a barrister. He holds Degrees in Commerce and Law from the University of New South Wales and a Master of Laws from London University (London School of Economics). He and his wife, Fran, are enthusiastic supporters of the Orchestra.

    Mr Andrew O'Connor

    Andrew O'Connor studied law and philosophy at Sydney University. His career has been spent in the public sector at both Commonwealth and State levels. He specialised in law enforcement, intelligence analysis and policy development at agencies including the Trade Practices Commission, the Independent Commission against Corruption and the NSW Ministry for Police. He is currently a Policy Manager in the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet. His portfolio responsibilities include major and organised crime, fraud, identity crime, drug and alcohol policy, indigenous justice, mental health and traffic law. Mr O'Connor is a member of various national and state working groups on such issues as organised crime and criminal asset forfeiture

    Mr Geoffrey Watson SC

    Geoffrey was called to the bar in 1984 and appointed an SC in 2002. He mainly practices in appellate work, building and construction, insurance, product liability, professional indemnity and in commissions of inquiry.

    Ms Catherine Osborne

    Catherine Osborne has over 20 years' experience in insurance and reinsurance law and commercial litigation and was a partner at the insurance specialist firm Ebsworth & Ebsworth for 10 years. In 2008 Catherine became a partner at Wotton+Kearney before taking her current appointment at specialist insurance firm Curwoods. As well as a BA (Mus) and an LLB (Syd) Catherine is a Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors. Catherine has been recognised by Who's Who of Australian Women and is ranked by Chambers Asia Pacific 2013 and 2014 as a leading individual. She is also a Non-Executive Director of Zurich Australian Superannuation Pty Ltd. Catherine has a particular commitment to pro bono work including asylum seeker/migration law.

  • Honorary Doctorates of Laws

    The University of Notre Dame Australia has conferred Honorary Doctorates of Laws to many highly distinguished men and women. These men and women have made significant contributions to many professions, including law, theology and politics.

    The list below includes the majority of the recipients of the Honorary Doctorate of Laws to date:

    • His Excellency The Honourable Kim Beazley AC
    • Rev Father William Beauchamp CSC
    • Brother Kelvin Canavan FMS
    • Sir William Deane AC KBE QC
    • Emeritus Professor John Finnis
    • Most Reverend Anthony Fisher OP
    • Professor John Haldane
    • Archbishop Barry James Hickey OAM
    • The Honourable John Howard OM AC
    • The Honourable Thomas Hughes AO QC
    • Rev Monsignor Michael Keating STL DCL
    • Professor Michael L'Estrange AO
    • Sister Cecilia Masterson SJG
    • Rev Fr John Neill OP
    • Professor Lowitja O'Donoghue AC CBE DSG
    • Barry O’Keefe AM QC
    • Dr Peter Tannock AM
    • Carolyn Woo
  • On the Case

    Written by academic staff, alumni and students of the Schools of Law of the University of Notre Dame Australia. On The Case provides readers with brief summaries of recent developments in the law.

    Current Issue: 24

    Past Issues: On the Case index

  • Honour Code

    Honour Code

    The legal profession and the wider community demand high ethical standards from lawyers. As part of the School's Catholic character, and our responsibility to provide a high quality legal education, we seek to instil ethics and professionalism in our students in all aspects and at all stages of their studies at Notre Dame.

    As a condition to their enrolment in the School of Law, students are required to sign an Honour Code which sets out the ethical standards expected of law students.

    Academic Integrity Policy

    In addition to adherence to the Honour Code, the School of Law expects an ethical and professional standard of conduct from its students in their academic activities. The Academic Integrity Policy outlines the definitions of academic misconduct and the penalties that the University may apply. All students should familiarise themselves with this policy.

  • Law Society

  • Intensive Short Summer Term Law Courses

    The School of Law Sydney  offers  intensive short term law courses for credit over the Summer Term that commences on  January 7 2019 and concludes at the end of the exam week on February 2 2019.

    Below is a list of courses offered. Please click on the links for further information on the course content.  Please contact the University Admissions Office on 02 8204 4430 to enrol or to find out further information.

    Course Code Course NameLecturer Draft Timetable
    LAWS3150 Bioethics & The Law Dr Greg Walsh 21 to 25 January
    Monday – Friday
    8:30am to 4:30pm
    LAWS3110 Indigenous Law Dr Peter Williams 14-18 January
    LAWS2300 Contemporary Legal Issues Dr Greg Walsh 14 to 18 January
    Monday – Friday
    8:30am to 4:30pm
    LAWS3390 Introduction to Canon Law Father Mark Podesta 21 to 25 January
    Monday – Friday
    9:00 am to 5:00 pm
    LAWS4030 Private International Law Professor Gabriel Moens 21 to 25 January
    Monday – Friday
    9:00 am to 5:00 pm
    LAWS1020 Legal History Dr Keith Thompson 21,22,29,30 and 31 January
    Monday – Friday
    9:00 am to 5:00 pm
    LAWS3730 Law in Context (Externship)
    (Contact Professor Gerard Ryan)
    Professor Gerard Ryan TBA
    LAWS4420 Directed Research Project (Contact Dr Keith Thompson) Dr Keith Thompson No Seminars
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