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.

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

Anna McGilllivrayLAWS5179 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

Luca CastellaniLAWS7723 Current Issues in International Law (Private) – Law of International Sales and Electronic Contracting

Cross-border commercial exchanges are the economic engine of the global economy.  International supply chains are increasingly complex, covering not only the transfer of goods but also services, and financing and logistics. That complexity gives rise to a number of interesting legal issues, ranging from the identification and choice of the applicable law, to the adequate management of the contract for sale of goods and to the legal status of new business practices and methods.  

This course offers an advanced study of the law of international sale of goods, with a focus on the use of uniform laws and international treaties. During the course students will become acquainted with the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) and its complementary texts, including UNCITRAL texts on electronic commerce.  Emerging issues such as smart contracts and the use of distributed ledger technology (blockchain) will also be discussed.

Topics covered include:

  • Supporting contracts in the international supply chain: carriage, financing, dispute resolution etc.
  • CISG: scope of application, general principles, formation of contract, obligation of the parties.
  • Case law analysis on CISG
  • CISG complementary texts: Hague Principles on Choice of Law for International Contracts, Limitation Convention, Unidroit Principles, Incoterms
  • Uniform law on electronic commerce:  the UNCITRAL Model Laws and the UN Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts
  • Enactment and application of the uniform law on sales and electronic commerce in East Asia and the Pacific
  • Perspectives for innovation: smart contracts and the use of distributed ledger technology (blockchain)