Each year, the TC Beirne School of Law is pleased to welcome several leading academic and professional visitors to the school.

Our visitors are selected for their expertise and/or established research profiles. Students are encouraged to take advantage of their presence in the school by enrolling in the courses listed below.


Anne-Marie Rice

In Semester 1, 2018, Anne-Marie Rice will teach:

LAWS5121/LAWS7121 Family Law

This course is an intermediate level consideration, examination of, and reflection upon, the legal issues, legislation, case law, theory, practice, social context and key features of what is commonly known as "family law" in Australia. The course seeks to develop students' knowledge of the law relating to the breakdown of interpersonal relationships; awareness of the application of the relevant principles set out in the Family Law Act (and other related legislation including the Domestic and Family Violence Act) in both a legal and wider social context; and ability to identify and critically consider legal issues in the midst of complex inter-personal issues.

Adjunct Professor John de Groot

In Semester 1, 2018, Dr de Groot will teach:

LAWS7703 Estate Planning

Estate planning is essential for protecting and allocating assets in accordance with the wishes of an estate owner, as well as ensuring that they themselves are medically and financially cared for in the event that they no longer have the capacity to make their own decisions.

This course is an advanced level examination of the regulation, management and planning of wealth creation, wealth preservation, and wealth transfer in Australia. It aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills required to practise in estate planning, and to understand the ethical and practical issues that can arise.

Successful completion of the course should enable students to articulate clearly and coherently the legal and policy issues in relation to estate planning; formulate and investigate problems; create solutions; and innovate and suggest reform improvements in relation to the law.

Mr Tom Joyce

In Semester 1, 2018, Mr Joyce will teach courses:

LAWS7708 Intellectual Property Law

In a period of unprecedented technological change and global economic development, a solid understanding of intellectual property has never been more important.

Whether it be issues relating to copyright in an age of unfettered electronic commerce and communication or the role to be played by patenting in DNA testing, the issues are dynamic and make the study of intellectual property especially rewarding.

The primary focus of the course will be on copyright, trademarks, patents and registered designs, but the course will also examine confidential information, passing off, plant breeders' rights, circuit layout protection and database protection. The course will focus on Australian legislation and caselaw, while placing that within a contemporary international context.

By successfully completing the course, a student will obtain a useful 'toolkit' upon which they can build in-practice expertise in one or more areas, or the foundations for detailed future study.

Professor Suri Ratnapala

In Semester 1, 2018, Professor Ratnapala will teach:

LAWS7801 Constitutional Government and Public Power

The course investigates the sources and nature of public power and the constitutional devices that militate against the abuse of power. It will introduce students to theoretical advances in the relevant fields; cultivate their research skills; and promote original research on questions raised during the course. Students are encouraged to share with the group, their knowledge and experience of the constitutional systems of their own countries.

Professor Ratnapala teaches and researches in constitutional law and jurisprudence at the TC Beirne School of Law. He is widely published and has received fellowships from numerous international institutions.

Prior to entering academia, Suri worked as Senior State Counsel in Sri Lanka and has consulted for the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and AusAid in institutional capacity building projects in Asia. In 2003 Suri was awarded a Centenary of Australian Federation Medal for his contribution to Australian society through research in law and economics.

Pat Cavanagh

In Semester 1, 2018, Pat Cavanagh will teach:

LAWS7851 Mediation

LAWS7851 involves the study of mediation theory and practice. By the end of the course, students should understand the role of mediation as a dispute management process. They should also possess the basic skills necessary to conduct an effective mediation in a legal context.

This course aims to provide a grounding in mediation theory, policy and practice.

Content should assist potential users of mediation services, advocates and supporters in mediation, lawyers, as well as mediators and other dispute resolution professionals, and academics.

Peter Blanchard

In Semester 1, 2018, Peter Blanchard will teach:

LAWS7853 Law of the World Trade Organization

This course will introduce the international legal rules, principles and institutions of the World Trade Organization. Students who undertake this course will gain an understanding of the WTO legal regime through the major WTO Agreements as well as of substantive WTO law, drawing heavily on reports of the WTO Appellate Body and panels. The course will cover the basic principles relating to trade in goods and trade in services, as well as some of the more specialised WTO Agreements. These will be examined through a consideration of the WTO Agreements and the legal disputes that have arisen under those agreements. Students will be asked to think critically about the effect of the WTO’s legal regime on Australia, and on developing countries. Although not a prerequisite, students are advised that some knowledge of international law, international relations and/or economics would be a distinct advantage.

Mr Malcolm Holmes QC

In Semester 1, 2018, Mr Holmes will teach:

LAWS7868 International Commercial Arbitration Law

This course is concerned with an international process. The course first analyses the basic concepts in international commercial arbitration and considers how it has developed into the coherent system of choice to resolve disputes in cross border transactions. The nature and history of the major international instruments governing international arbitration are explained. The legal environment of an international commercial arbitration and the resulting award is considered. The course then addresses the practice and procedure of an international arbitration from the viewpoint both of legal representatives of the parties and of the members of an arbitral tribunal from the time of the dispute up to the making of the award. The course also includes a comparative introduction to investment treaty arbitration and an explanation of the issues involved in drafting an international arbitration agreement. 

Professor Nadja Alexander

In Semester 1, 2018, Professor Alexander will teach:

LAWS7930 Special Topic C – Conflict Coaching

This course will introduce you to the conflict coaching process and its skills. It will provide you with the models, techniques and skills to manage workplace conflicts in an effective and constructive manner through conflict coaching techniques. It will also show you how to encourage a positive culture around conflict and change.

Conflict can occur in any number of situations including within our private sphere of family and friends as well as professional contexts and the workplace. Yet despite the significant time investment we make in disagreements and disputes, many of us are ill-equipped to engage with conflict constructively and confidently. The course will address this issue.

Mr Ken Horsley

LAWS5139/7139 Insurance Law

The course focuses on the statutes and common law principles regulating insurance law. The aim of the course is to familiarise students with legislation such as the Insurance Contracts Act 1984 (Cth) and compulsory third party motor vehicle workers compensation legislation as well as the common law principles applicable to insurance contracts.

Associate Professor Emily Hudson

LAWS5206/7206 Copyright Law

This course provides an in depth examination of copyright law. It seeks to develop students' knowledge of the nature and significance of copyright (including moral rights) in Australia, and compare Australian law with that in jurisdictions including the UK/Europe, the US and Canada. It will pose normative questions about the appropriate scope of copyright protection.


Mr Michael Creedon

LAWS5225/7225 Special Topic C - Construction Law 

The course will provide an introduction to and examination of contracts and law related to the construction industry in Australia.  The course will examine: standard form contracts; performance obligations and usual contractual provisions related to time, cost and quality; insurance; legislation related to the construction industry; torts in relation to construction work; and dispute resolution processes used in construction contracts.

The construction industry is a significant driver of economic activity in Australia.  The estimate for total construction work done in Australia annually is approximately $200 billion.  Construction contracts provide the underlying commercial framework for this work.
This course has been tailored by practicing construction lawyers who are pre-eminent in their fields to provide an introduction to construction law.  It will provide specialised legal knowledge and give students a unique opportunity to gain an introductory understanding of this area of law and its interaction with the construction industry.

The course is suitable for students with an interest in construction law and the construction industry.


Mr Serge Loode

LAWS7841 Theories in Dispute Resolution

Specific forms of dispute resolution such as negotiation, mediation, conciliation, mini-trial, case appraisal, arbitration and private judging will be critically and comparatively considered with respect to their purpose and justification as well as the consequences and results of their application. More generally, the course will also examine emerging and significant theories of dispute resolution within community and political contexts.


Mr Pat Cavanagh

LAWS7851 Mediation

LAWS7851 involves the study of mediation theory and practice. By the end of the course, students should understand the role of mediation as a dispute management process. They should also possess the basic skills necessary to conduct an effective mediation in a legal context.

This course aims to provide a grounding in mediation theory, policy and practice.

Content should assist potential users of mediation services, advocates and supporters in mediation, lawyers, as well as mediators and other dispute resolution professionals, and academics.



Mr Gerard Mullins and Richard Douglas QC

LAWS7849 Special Topic A – Advanced Civil Liability

Gerard Mullins

Gerard Mullins is a Barrister.  He was admitted to practice in Queensland in 1988 and has practiced at the private Bar since that time. 

He has a Bachelor of Laws from the Queensland Institute of Technology (QIT) and a Master of Laws from the University of Queensland.  He lectured and tutored in tort law in the Bachelor of Law course at QUT between 1991 and 1998 and lectured in the Masters program at QUT after that time. 

He has contributed to several publications on tort related issues, including the Workers’ Compensation Law Manual of Queensland (Law Book Company), the Motor Vehicle Law Service in Queensland and the Annotated Civil Liability Act, 2003 (Lexis Nexis).  He is co-author of the loose-leaf service Civil Liability in Australia (Lexis Nexis) published in 2006.

He is a past President of the Queensland Branch of the Australian Lawyers Alliance.  He was an International Governor on the Board of Governors of the American Association for Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America) between 2001 and 2007.  He has served as a part-time member of the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Tribunal.  He was Chair of the Australian Consumer Law Committee of the Law Council of Australia between 2009 and 2013.

In 2002, he worked with the Queensland Government Insurance Taskforce for the review of tort law and the affordability of insurance.  Between 2002 and 2006 he worked closely with the Queensland Government on tort reform issues, including the drafting of procedural and substantive tort reform statutes.


The Hon J L B Allsop, Mr D James and Mr Peter McQueen

LAWS7865 Maritime Law

As over 90% of Australian trade is transported by sea the law governing ships is of immense commercial importance. This course examines a broad range of maritime legal issues, such as the ownership and flagging of ships, salvage and wreck law, and liabilities arising from incidents such as collisions at sea and marine pollution.

Maritime Law is designed for lawyers and professionals who work for and within the maritime industry and those who wish to pursue an international career in the private or government sector, or in international trade. Participants who successfully complete the course will acquire the knowledge and skills to enable them to critically evaluate the fundamental principles which underpin maritime law, its enforcement and any current or future need for reform. These skills could be transferable to almost any jurisdiction in the world.

Professor Frank Garcia

LAWS7987 International Law and Development

This course is designed to introduce students to the challenges of development in a globalizing world.  In this course students will critically examine the phenomenon of globalization, and the related changes currently underway in contemporary international relations and international economic law, with an emphasis on how they affect the possibility of development. A particular focus of the course is on the role of international economic law institutions such as the WTO, IMF and World Bank.  These institutions play key roles in development, yet face enormous internal and external challenges as they grapple with the many new issues which globalization has thrust onto their agendas.  Throughout the course we consider whether development is even possible, what it means, and whether we might have to reform or transcend the idea of development itself if we are to make any progress.  Development is thus yet another site for us to consider how globalization is changing the nature of international law, international society and global governance.

Ms Anna MacGillivray

LAWS5179 Advanced Legal Drafting

Drafting is a skill used daily by most legal practitioners.  It is relevant across almost all practice areas.  A practitioner needs to know how to draft a legal document that not only protects their clients’ interests, but is able to be understood by the client and others who read it.  This course teaches students the skills needed to produce effective, clear and comprehensive legal documents, particularly in the context of legal advices and common commercial transaction documents.  This is a practical course taught in a workshop format with a strong plain language focus.  The first part of the course examines general drafting principles and the second part of the course applies those skills in the context of common clauses and transactions.

Dr Luca Castellani

LAWS7723 Current Issues in International Law (Private) – Law of International Sales and Electronic Contracting

Details of this course will be displayed when they become available.