The TC Beirne School of Law is committed to close engagement with the legal profession, government, industry and the wider community. The appointment of distinguished lawyers and judges as Adjunct Professors in the School enriches its teaching and research programs. Many teach in our law courses either as the principal lecturer or as a guest lecturer. In this role, they connect legal practice with the academic study of the law. Other Adjunct Professors support the School's clinical legal education program and the mooting program. Their contribution to the School is highly valued.

Adjunct Professors

The Honourable Chief Justice James Allsop AO

From 1981 to 2001 Chief Justice Allsop practised at the Bar in New South Wales and elsewhere in Australia. He was appointed Senior Counsel in New South Wales in 1994 and Queen’s Counsel in Western Australia in 1998.

From 7 May 2001 to 1 June 2008 he served as a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia, undertaking the roles of trial and appellate judge on a full range of Federal Court work. From 2 June 2008 to 28 February 2013, Chief Justice Allsop was President of the New South Wales Court of Appeal. He was appointed Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia as of 1 March 2013.

From 1981 to 2014 Chief Justice Allsop taught part-time at the University of Sydney as a tutor and lecturer in property, equity, bankruptcy, insolvency, corporate finance and maritime law. He currently teaches part-time in maritime law at the University of Queensland. From 2005-2009, he was a member of the board of World Maritime University in Malmö, Sweden. From 2008 to 2011 he was a member of the Board of the Australian Maritime College. On January 2010, he was elected as an Honorary Bencher of the Middle Temple. On 19 March 2013 he was elected a member of the American Law Institute.

Mrs Margaret Brown

BA, LLB (Hons) Qld

Partner, Minter Ellison Lawyers, Brisbane; Member, The Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for the State of Queensland; Trade Practices Committee for the Law Council of Australia; Advisory Committee to the Board of the Mater Medical Research Institute; past Chairman, ATUG Queensland Branch Committee; Advisory Committee to the State Minister under Credit Societies Act. Delivered a series of seminars on behalf of IP Australia (the Commonwealth Trademarks and Patents Office) to major universities in Queensland on Intellectual Property Protection, Management and Commercialisation.

The Honourable Mr Ian Callinan AC QC

LLB Qld.

Former Justice of the High Court of Australia (1998-2007); admitted Queensland Bar 1965 (QC 1978); President Queensland Bar Association (1984-87); President Australian Bar Association (1984-85).

Mr Pat Cavanagh

LLB, LLM (Hons) Akld.

Mr Cavanagh has extensive experience in the field of corporate negotiation and dispute resolution. A Barrister in the High Court of New Zealand, he has held a number of senior positions as a negotiator in Australia and overseas and has been involved with more than 500 mediations.

As Co-Director of Bond University’s Dispute Resolution Centre (1990-2013), Mr Cavanagh taught more than 350 programs on negotiation, mediation and arbitration skills in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, England, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and India. He also taught Advanced Commercial Mediation and Negotiation, Torts, Business Law, Business Associations, Construction Law and Dispute Resolution.

The Honourable Mr Geoffrey Davies AO

BA, LLB Qld.

Former inaugural judge, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of Queensland, Chairman, Litigation Reform Commission, Solicitor-General (Qld), President, Queensland Bar Association, President, Australian Bar Association, Vice-President, Law Council of Australia, Member, Organizing Committee and Academic Program Committee, XVI Congress of the International Academy of Comparative Law, Member, Family Law Court Committee on Self-Represented Litigants, Consultant, Committee of the Review of the Law of Negligence, Member, Council of the Australian Institute Judicial Administration, Member, Advisory Group, Australian Institute Judicial Administration, Appellate Case Management Research Project, Consultant, Review of the Civil Justice System in England and Wales (The Woolf Report), Consultant, Review of the Civil Justice System in Northern Ireland, Acting Chairman, Advisory Board of the Centre for Legal Process, New South Wales, Member, Advisory Group, Civil Justice Review Project, Department of Justice, Victoria, Member, Advisory Group, Australian Law Reform Commission, Chairman, Queensland Bar Practice Centre Member, Legal Aid Commission, Officer of the Order of Australia.

Prof Iyla Davies


Admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1983.  Iyla worked in family law and personal injuries before becoming an academic for 23 years, eventually specializing in mediation and dispute resolution.  Her last role at QUT was as Assistant Dean, International, Commercial and Community Engagement in the Law Faculty.

She is currently the Head of College and Chief Executive of The Women's College within the University of Queensland.  She is also a Director of the Legal Aid Board Queensland; National President of University Colleges Australia; Executive Committee Member of Women’s Education Worldwide and Chair of the All Hallows’ School Board.

Previously she held community leadership roles as National and Queensland President of Relationships Australia, a member of the Specialist Accreditation Board of the Queensland Law Society and National Coordinator of Family Law Interest Group of the Australasian Law Teachers’ Association.

Dr John de Groot

BA, LLB, PhD Qld.

Special counsel, de Groot Wills & Estate Lawyers, Chair, Succession Law Special Accreditation Advisory Committee of Queensland Law Society; former Director of Legal Practice, Queensland University of Technology; former Equity Partner, Morris Fletcher Cross (now Minter Ellison).

Mr Randal Dennings

BA, LLB(Hons) Qld.

Randal Dennings was the lead partner of national law firm Clayton Utz's Governance and Compliance Division, Brisbane Pro Bono partner and a member of their regulatory, banking and financial services groups. He was awarded an honorary fellowship by the GRC Institute in 2006 for his contribution to the development of the compliance profession, been appointed as a Fellow of the Governance Institute and has been included in the "Best Lawyers" rankings as the Brisbane Lawyer of the Year in Regulatory Practice (2017) and Banking and Finance (2013). Since his retirement as a partner of Clayton Utz in 2015, he has been actively involved in the life of UQ law and in particular its Pro Bono Centre.

The Honourable Justice Roger Derrington 

BA Qld., LLB Qld.

Justice Derrington graduated from The University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Arts in 1984 and a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) in 1986. He was called to the Bar in 1986. Having graduated first in his year in Law, His Honour was awarded the Sir Robert Menzies Scholarship in Law in 1987. At that time the Menzies’ Scholarship in Law had not previously been awarded to a student from Queensland. In the period from 1987 to 1989 he read for the degree of Bachelor of Civil Laws at Worcester College, Oxford.

While at the Bar, his Honour was a co-convenor of the Commercial Law Sub-committee of the Queensland Bar Association, a member of the Professional Conduct Committee of the Bar Association and a member of the Commercial Litigation Accreditation Committee of the Queensland Law Society. From 2009 till his appointment, his Honour was also the editor of the Queensland Law Reports as well as the editor of the Queensland Law Reporter. He has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland since 2005 where he has lectured in various courses including commercial law, insurance law, trusts, pleadings and legal practice, leadership and the law, and resources law.

His Honour was sworn in as a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia on 29 March 2017.

The Honourable Justice Andrew Greenwood

BA Qld., LLB Qld.

Judge, Federal Court of Australia; Deputy Chair, Queensland Transmission and Supply Corporation; Chair, Audit Committee (QTSC); Deputy Chair, Stanwell Corporation Limited; Chair, Risk Management Committee (Stanwell); Chair, SunWater (a government owned corporation responsible for the ownership and management of Queensland's water assets); Director, National Institute for Law Ethics and Public Affairs; Member Advisory Board, Mater Medical Research Institute; Deputy Chair, Qld Writers' Festival; Member, Governing Council, Brisbane Boys College.

Dr Clive Harfield

Clive Harfield has academic, policy and practitioner expertise in the governance and ethics of covert investigation. In addition to his appointment as an Adjunct Professor at the TC Beirne School of Law, he is a Visiting Research Fellow in Criminology & Policing at Bath Spa University, UK; and a Research Fellow with iDcare, The Centre for Human Factors & Sociotechnical Systems, University of Sunshine Coast, Qld, as part of the project team awarded Australian Research Council Linkage Grant LP160100277. His previous positions include Associate Professor of Law at the University of Wollongong, NSW, and Special Advisor to the Commonwealth Ombudsman in relation to law and justice capacity building in Papua New Guinea and the South Pacific region. 

Mr John McKenna QC

BA, LLB (HonsQld, BCL Oxon.

Barrister; President, University of Queensland Law Graduates Association; Chairman, Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for the State of Queensland; Chairman, History and Publications Sub-Committee of the Supreme Court of Queensland Library; Hon Secretary (Qld), Association of Rhodes Scholars in Australia; Editor Queensland Legal Yearbook (from 2011); Author Supreme Court of Queensland: A Concise History (2012, UQP).

Ms Kathryn McMillan QC

BA, LLB (Hons).

Ms Kathryn McMillan QC is a UQ graduate (BA/LLB with Honours) and a barrister at Quay 11 Chambers in Brisbane. Since her admission to the Bar in 1987, Kathryn has practised primarily in the areas of alternative dispute resolution, civil & human rights/discrimination, family law and child protection law, but also maintains a practice in Coronial Inquests and undertakes work on behalf of APHRA and the medical and other statutory boards in QCAT and QCATA. She has appeared on numerous occasions in the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court in matters related to statutory appeals, and as Counsel in two Commissions of Inquiry: the Public Hospitals Inquiry of 2005 for the Medical Board; and as Senior Counsel Assisting the Child Protection Commission of Inquiry. Kathryn has a particular interest in bio-ethical issues having completed a Master of Laws in BioEthics in 2003. In addition to her court work, Kathryn is an accredited mediator with an expansive mediation practice; both as a mediator and acting for litigants. Kathryn took silk in 2006.

Mr Peter McQueen

University Marseilles/Arbitrator

Peter provides arbitration, mediation and facilitation services globally in respect of commercial disputes, in particular cross-border disputes relating to trade and transport matters.

He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a Director and Fellow of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA) and inaugural Chair of the Australian Maritime and Transport Arbitration Commission (AMTAC).

Since 2010 Peter has acted as an independent arbitrator in ad hoc and institutional arbitrations, including those conducted under the auspices of ACICA, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA) and the Singapore International Arbitration Commission (SIAC). He is an arbitration panel member of arbitration institutions in Australia, China, Hong Kong and Singapore.

He lectures in international commercial arbitration and maritime law at universities in Australia and France.

Peter has practised as a dispute resolution lawyer for over 35 years, in particular in trade and transport disputes.

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Mr Robert Milbourne

Robert Milbourne is a mining and resources corporate lawyer with global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright, and an Adjunct Professor at the TC Beirne School of Law.

Named one of the top 40 lawyers in Australia and New Zealand by the Australasian Legal Business Journal in 2012, Robert advises mining and resources companies on matters across the project life cycle. He has acted on many landmark transactions, including the development of the Moatize coal mine in Mozambique, and the development of a major longwall underground coal mining operation in Queensland.

Robert recently advised the PNG Government on mineral sector developments, and is advising the Government of Myanmar on the development of its mineral sector regulations.

Mr Alan Millhouse

BCom Qld., LLB (Qld), LLM (Hons) Lond.

Partner, Allens Arthur Robinson, Brisbane; Director and Past President of the Banking and Financial Services Law Association; Past Chairman, Infrastructure Association of Queensland Inc; Lecturer in Infrastructure Law; Author Foreign Investment in Australia; Author Joint Venture Laws of Australia.

Ms Clare Pullar

B.A., Dip. Ed., MACE

Clare Pullar is an expert in the practice of philanthropy.  She has assisted educational institutions and cultural organisations, over 30 years, to diversify their funding through effective engagement with the community and philanthropies.  For the last seven years she has served as Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Advancement) in the University of Queensland.   During this time alumni and community engagement grew substantially and philanthropic growth grew from under $10 million annually to over $60million. She has chaired the Go8 Chief Advancement Officers Group, served the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) as a speaker at international conferences and fundraising institutes.  She currently serves as a Board member of the Australian Youth Orchestra and is a philanthropic mentor to the Queensland Theatre Company.

Dr Michael White OAM QC

BCom Qld., LLB Qld., Grad Cert.Higher Ed Qld, PhD Bond., LLD Qld.

Previously, Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Australian Navy. Graduated B.Com. (1973 Qld) and LLB (1974 Qld), PhD (Law) (1994, Bond), Grad.Cert.Higher Ed,(Qld), LLD (2016, Qld). Barrister for 24 years in Brisbane, and made Queen's Counsel in 1988. Full time academic at UQ from 1999 – 2004 at TC Beirne School of Law, foundation Executive Director of The Centre for Maritime Law, now The Marine & Shipping Law Unit. Has published widely in maritime law and history and has held various offices in maritime and other organizations. Awarded OAM in the Australian Honours List January 2016 for contribution to maritime law and naval history.

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The Honourable Dr Glen Williams AO QC

BA (Hons) Qld., LLB (Hons) Qld.

Judge, Queensland Court of Appeal (2000-08); President, Industrial Court of Queensland (1998-99); Judge, Solomon Islands Court of Appeal (1993-); Judge, Supreme Court of Queensland (1982-2000); Acting Judge, Supreme Court of Queensland (1982).