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.


Ms Rebecca Wallis

In Semester 2, 2017, Ms Wallis will teach:

LAWS1110 Law in the Criminal Justice System

This course will give students foundational knowledge in the structure of the Australian legal system, with a focus on the historical and foundational principles underpinning the criminal justice system and examine differences between civil and criminal law. Students will gain fundamental knowledge and develop essential skills in relation to legal reasoning, case analysis, precedent, understanding statutes and relationships to common law; legal research and legal writing.


Dr John de Groot

In Semester 2, 2017, Dr de Groot will teach:

LAWS5130/7130 Succession Law

This course is an introductory level examination of law, legal issues, regulation, legislation, case law, and practice of succession in Australia, and in some overseas jurisdictions. The course seeks to develop students' knowledge of succession law and the ability to solve complex legal problems whilst examining proposals for reform.



Samantha Traves and Alex Psaltis

In Semester 2, 2017, Samantha Traves and Alex Psaltis will teach:

LAWS5136/7136 Commercial Law

Commercial law addresses some of the issues which arise in commercial law practice such as agency, sale of goods, bailment, insurance, and business to business trade practices law.



Professor Bruce Western

In Semester 2, 2017, Professor Western will teach:

LAWS5182 Special Topic A

Bruce Western is the Distinguished Visiting Professor at the TC Beirne School of Law at The University of Queensland. He is also Professor of Sociology and the Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Professor of Criminal Justice Policy at Harvard University where he directs the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy and chairs the  Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Western's research broadly studies the relationship between political institutions and social and economic inequality. He has longstanding interests in criminal justice policy, incarceration, and the effects of incarceration on poor communities. His research on economic inequality has analyzed labor unions and their effects on income inequality, and trends in income inequality and mobility in the United States. In his work on quantitative methods, Western has also developed applications of Bayesian statistics to sociology.

In recent projects, Western served as the Vice Chair of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on the Causes and Consequences of High Incarceration Rates in the United States, and he is the principal investigator on the Harvard Executive Session on Community Corrections, sponsored by the National Institute of Justice. He is also the principal investigator of the Boston Reentry Study, a longitudinal study of formerly-incarcerated men and women returning to the Boston area. 

Western received his B.A. with first class honors in government from The University of Queensland, Australia in 1986, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1993. Before moving to Harvard, he taught at Princeton University from 1993 to 2007. Western has been a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute, a Guggenheim Fellow, a fellow of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. His book Punishment and Inequality in America won the 2007 Albert J. Reiss Award from the Crime Law and Deviance Section of the American Sociological Association and the 2008 Michael J. Hindelang Award for the most outstanding contribution to research on criminology from the American Society of Criminology.



Mr Shane Roberts and Mr Matthew Broderick - visiting practitioners

In Semester 2, 2017, Mr Roberts and Mr Broderick will teach:

LAWS5220/7220 Personal and Corporate Insolvency

A study of the law of insolvency as applied to individuals & corporate bodies. The course will explore the rationale for, & core principles of, insolvency, the law regarding the identification of the assets of the insolvent, the avoidance of pre-insolvency transactions & the order of distribution and winding up. The course will also explore alternatives to insolvency.



Kathryn McMillan QC

In Semester 2, 2017, Kathryn McMillan QC will teach:

LAWS5225 Special Topic C

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 Tom Joyce

In Semester 2, 2017, Mr Joyce will teach:

LAWS7814 International & Comparative Copyright Law

An advanced treatment of topical areas of international and Australian Copyright Law, including the Internet Service Provider and internet user liability; ownership of commissioned works; the copyright/designs overlap; remedies; moral rights; interface with trade practices law.

Mr Tom Joyce is a UQ law graduate. He also holds a Master of Laws from the London School of Economics, where he studied intellectual property. He is admitted as a Barrister of the Supreme Court of Queensland. He is the University Copyright and Library lawyer and advises extensively on all aspects of copyright as they affect the University.


Dr Serge Loode - visiting academic

In Semester 2, 2017, Dr Loode will teach:

LAWS7841 Theories in Dispute Resolution

This course provides an introduction to alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and an overview of ADR processes including negotiation, mediation, conciliation, case appraisal and arbitration. These processes are analysed with respect to their roles within the Australian legal system and their comparative advantages and disadvantages. Students also examine the theories underlying dispute resolution and conflict analysis, and how they apply in practice. Issues such as neutrality of dispute resolution practitioners, cultural issues in dispute resolution and the ethics of dispute intervention are discussed.

Additionally, the course provides a critical response to traditional Western legal concepts such as the rule of law and the adversarial justice system. Designed to better equip legal practitioners with knowledge and skills for their roles as dispute resolvers and advisers, the course features a variety of learning activities but is not an alternative to a dedicated mediation course.



Professor Ben McFarlane - visiting academic

In Semester 2, 2017, Professor McFarlane will teach:

LAWS7850 Special Topic B – Equity in Commercial Law: An International Perspective



Mr Pat Cavanagh - visiting practitioner

In Semester 2, 2017, Mr 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.



The Hon Chief Justice James Allsop AO and Mr Peter McQueen

In Semester 2, 2017, The Hon Chief Justice James Allsop AO and Mr Peter McQueen will teach:

LAWS7865 Maritime Law

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.



The Hon Dr Glen Williams AO and Mr John McKenna SC - visiting practitioners

In Semester 2, 2017, The Hon Dr Glen Williams AO and Mr John McKenna SC will teach:

LAWS7884 Civil Litigation

The course considers at an advanced level the conduct of civil litigation in the federal and state courts, the impact of the policy objectives of the rules on the conduct of litigation, pleadings, trial preparation, evidence, settlement procedures, disclosure and preservation of evidence, service and jurisdiction, appeals.



Professor Frank Garcia - visiting academic

In Semester 2, 2017, Professor Garcia will teach:

LAWS7987 International Law and Development

This course will examine the role of international law in the growth and economic evolution of developing states. Issues of international investment, international trade and trade finance, the environment, and human rights will be considered.



Dr Geoff Airo-Farulla

In Semester 1, 2017, Dr Airo-Farulla will teach:

LAWS7977 Advanced Administrative Law

Administrative law is central to the functioning of Australian governments. This course is aimed at students who practice, or are interested in practicing, in administrative law, whether in the private profession, as government lawyers, in or the not-for-profit sector. It is organised around four themes:

  • Administrative law's definition, role, values and impact;
  • 'Internal' administrative law - the foundations of governance of administrative agencies;
  • recent developments in administrative law; and
  • investigation in detail of some key doctrinal principles.

Geoff Airo-Farulla is Director, Operations North and FOI in the Commonwealth Ombudsman's Office, where he has worked since 2004. Prior to this, he served as senior lecturer in the Griffith Law School and Director of the Governance and Regulation program within the Socio-Legal Research Centre, Griffith University. He has also served terms on the Social Security Appeals Tribunal and the Queensland Gaming Commission.



Honorary Professor Nadja Alexander

In Semester 1, 2017, 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.



Pat Cavanagh

In Semester 1, 2017, 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.



Michelle Healy

In Semester 1, 2017, Michelle Healy 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.

This course will be taught by Ms Michelle Healy. After graduating from the University of Queensland in 1990, Michelle worked as an Associate to the Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, Sir Anthony Mason. She completed an LL.M. degree at Columbia University in 1993 before spending several years working as a corporate attorney at U.S. law firms in New York and London. She returned to the TC Beirne school of law in 2002 and 2003, lecturing in competition and company law, before moving to Switzerland to undertake postgraduate studies. She is currently a Counsellor with the WTO Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland, in the area of disputes between Member states relating to subsidies, safeguards and the imposition of anti-dumping duties.



Sarah Holland

In Semester 1, 2017, Ms Holland will teach:

LAWS5131/7131 Planning Law

The course consists of a detailed study of the Integrated Planning Act, 1997 including the Integrated Development Assessment System (IDAS) established under the Act. Specific topics include the role and legal status of plans, the centrality of environmental concerns and the jurisdiction of the Planning and Environment Court.



Mr Malcolm Holmes QC

In Semester 1, 2017, 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. 



Dr John de Groot

In Semester 1, 2017, Dr de Groot will teach:

LAWS7704 Estate Litigation

This course is an advanced level examination of the regulation and practice of litigating disputes over estates in Australia, including family provision claims, disputes about testamentary capacity, suspicious circumstances, and the use of mediation in the context of estate litigation. The course seeks to develop students’ ability to articulate clearly and coherently the legal and policy issues in relation to estate litigation, formulate and investigate problems, create solutions, innovate and suggest reform improvements in relation to the law.



Matthew Osborne

In Semester 1, 2017, Matthew will teach:

LAWS7711 Laws of War

This course will focus on selected topics in the law of war (or international humanitarian law). This body of law centres on the four Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their two Additional Protocols of 1977. We will examine issues such as the definition of armed conflict, the doctrine of military necessity, the significance of prisoner of war status, the relationship between international humanitarian law and human rights standards, and issues concerning implementation and enforcement. The course will consider the challenges posed to international humanitarian law by the changing character of armed conflict, the fragmentation of international law, and the evolving character of international relations. We will consider historical and current case studies to examine how humanitarian rules operate in practice.



Mr Tom Joyce

In Semester 1, 2017, 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 Rob Merkin QC

In Semester 1, 2017, Prof Merkin will teach:

LAWS7951 Marine Insurance Law

The course will outline the legal principles relating to marine insurance, the marine insurance market and the special rules which distinguish marine insurance from other forms of insurance. The course is suitable for postgraduate students and for practitioners.



Ms Anne-Marie Rice

In Semester 1, 2017, Ms Rice will teach the following elective course in the Bachelor of Laws program:

LAWS5121 Family Law

Family Law is a complex and broad jurisdiction and this course aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the relevant issues covered by the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) and associated legislation. The course primarily deals with the laws relating to marriage and de facto relationships and particularly the consequences of relationship breakdown (divorce; parenting arrangements; property settlements; maintenance; child support) and the means of resolving inter-personal disputes (mediation, ADR, litigation). The extent to which family law intersects with aspects of other LLB courses (including criminal law, contract, equity and trusts, property, tax, corporations and partnership law and jurisdictional/conflicts of laws) will be explored. The course also considers the application of the law to the changing face of families and examines the relevance of the social sciences (psychology, social work) in resolving interpersonal disputes and particularly the impact of parental conflict on children.


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