Each year, UQ Law  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.

Dr Luca Castellani

Dr Luca Castellani is a legal officer in the Secretariat of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL).

After graduating in law in the University of Torino, he received a doctoral degree in comparative law from the University of Trieste and a master in international law from New York University.

He joined the Office of Legal Affairs of the secretariat of the United Nations in 2001 and the UNCITRAL secretariat in 2004, where he works in the areas of international sales and of electronic commerce. As secretary of UNCITRAL Working Group IV (Electronic Commerce), he oversaw the preparation of the UNCITRAL Model Law on Electronic Transferable Records. He is also active in the field of paperless trade facilitation and has contributed to drafting the Framework Agreement on Facilitation of Cross-border Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific.

From March 2012 to November 2013 he was assigned as first Head of the UNCITRAL Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific, located in Incheon, Republic of Korea.

He has published several articles and other materials on international trade law and comparative law, namely sale of goods, electronic commerce and trade law reform in developing countries.

Dr Luca Castellani will be teaching LAWS7723 Current Issues in International Law (Private): Law of International Sales and Electronic Contracting.


Dr Paul O'Shea

Dr Paul O'Shea BA (Hons) LLB (UQ), MSc (UO), PhD (UQ) GDLP (QUT) will be teaching LAWS5142 Consumer Law.

A solicitor for 30 years, Paul O’Shea is the principal of O’Shea Lawyers specialising in commercial and consumer law. Dr O’Shea was a Senior Lecturer at the TC Beirne School of Law at the University of Queensland. He is the author of Credit, Consumers and the Law published by Routledge of London which describes him as “One of Australia’s leading researchers in consumer law.” He  is the current author of the title “Mortgages and Securities” for Halsbury’s Laws of Australia and The Legal Environment of Business (Thomson Reuters, 2006) and numerous articles and book chapters on commercial and consumer law including a chapter on “Regulatory Consistency and Powers” in Consumer Law and Policy in Australia and New Zealand (Federation Press, 2014). He has also taught at Griffith University, Monash-Mt Eliza Business School in Melbourne and in Singapore, Brunei, Thailand and the Shanghai Institute for Foreign Trade in China. His project Simplification of Disclosure in Consumer Credit: Empirical Research and Redesign was the largest and most comprehensive experimental study into pre-contractual disclosure ever conducted in Australia. Its recommendations were the basis for reforms in the National Consumer Credit Protection Amendment (Home Loans and Credit Cards) Act 2011. His publications have been cited with approval in judgments of three state supreme courts.

He has conducted some of the leading cases in consumer credit law as well as advised governments, consumer groups, external dispute resolution schemes and industry on consumer credit and financial services law. He is a member of the Investment, Life Insurance and Stockbroking Panel of the Australian Financial Complaints Authority and both the Banking and Finance and Competition and Consumer Law Committees of the Queensland Law Society.

Ms Anne-Marie Rice

Anne-Marie Rice is a director of Rice Dispute Resolution and the principal mediator at Rice Mediations. With 20 years experience in Family Law, she is an accredited specialist in family law, a nationally accredited mediator and a registered FDRP and Arbitrator. Since 2012 Anne-Marie has been routinely recognised by her peers as one of Queensland’s best family lawyers and family law mediators.

The 2018 WLAQ Leneen Ford AC Woman Lawyer of the Year, Anne-Marie has been an executive member of some of Queensland’s and Australia’s leading legal organisations including the QLS Practice Management and Specialist Accreditation Committees and The Family Law Practitioners Association of Qld. She is the current Qld Solicitor representative on the Executive of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia.

Anne-Marie is committed to dispute resolution without recourse to trial and regularly trains practitioners around the country in mediation, arbitration and collaborative practice (a model in which she has consistently worked for over 10 years). Her focus is on the practical application of a “positive approach” to problem solving and her engaging presentations invite audiences to embrace the concept that conflict can be resolved without combat.

Anne-Marie regularly presents at local, national and international conferences and, as well as writing for both academic and industry publications on topics related to Family Law, Dispute Resolution and “Positive Problem Solving”, she is a consultant author to the CCH’s Family Law Service and the Master Family Law Guide.

Ms Anne-Marie Rice will be teaching LAWS5121/7121 Family Law and LAWS7851 Mediation and Conflict Management.


Professor John Swinson

John Swinson's principal interests are intellectual property law, Internet law and the application of law to new technologies.

John commenced as a part-time professor at the T.C. Beirne School of Law in November 2017. John is also a partner at King & Wood Mallesons. John graduated from the T.C. Beirne School of Law in 1998 with a University Medal. He also has a Bachelor of Arts majoring in computer science from The University of Queensland and a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School where he studied as a Fulbright Fellow and a Frank Knox Scholar. From 1999 until 2017, John was an adjunct professor at QUT.

John is currently Chairman of the auDA Policy Review Panel, which is making recommendations to the auDA Board to revise Australia's domain name policies.

Since 2000, John has been an arbitrator for the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) in Geneva, and has decided over 350 disputes regarding the ownership of domain names.

Professor John Swinson will be teaching LAWS5225 Special Topic C: Business, Law & Technology in a Borderless World.


Mr Malcolm Holmes QC

Malcolm Holmes QC is a Chartered Arbitrator at Eleven Wentworth Chambers in Sydney and an arbitrator member of chambers at 20 Essex Street, London and at Maxwell Chambers in Singapore.

After initially commencing an engineering degree at the University of NSW, he transferred to law at Sydney University, and obtained degrees in Arts and Law and then a Bachelor of Civil Law from Oxford University, UK.  He was admitted as a barrister in 1977, appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1991 and has had a broad based commercial and general practice as counsel.

He is an experienced arbitrator, senior counsel and academic exclusively involved in international and domestic arbitration and mediation.  He has acted as an arbitrator in a wide range of disputes including commercial, maritime, construction and sporting disputes. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Queensland in International Commercial Arbitration.

Mr Malcolm Holmes QC will be teaching LAWS7028 International Commercial Dispute Resolution and LAWS7868 International Commercial Arbitration Law.


Mr Tom Joyce

Tom Joyce is a law graduate of The University of Queensland. He also holds a Master of Laws from the London School of Economics where he specialised in intellectual property, and is admitted as a Barrister of the Supreme Court of Queensland. As the current University of Queensland Copyright and Library Lawyer Tom advises extensively on any aspect of copyright which affects the organisation.

Mr Tom Joyce will be teaching LAWS7708 Intellectual Property Law and LAWS 5206 Copyright Law.


Associate Professor Lee Aitken

Lee Aitken is an Associate Professor at the TC Beirne Faculty of Law, The University of Queensland and studied at ANU, Oxford and Columbia. He has previously taught at law schools in Canada, Hong Kong, and Australia as well as practising extensively as a solicitor and barrister. While at the Sydney Bar from 1994 to 2005 he specialized in property, banking, insolvency, and general commercial disputes. He appeared in several leading cases in the High Court of Australia including Reid v Howard (1995) 184 CLR, Garcia v National Australia Bank (1998) 194 CLR 395, Tanwar Enterprises Pty Ltd v Cauchi (2003) 217 CLR 315, and Palgo Holdings Pty Ltd v Gowans (2005) 221 CLR 249.

Associate Professor Lee Aitken will be teaching LAWS7725 Current Issues in Legal Practice.


Professor Jonathan Fulcher

Professor Jonathan Fulcher is one of Australia's Leading native title and cultural heritage Lawyers, and applies his extensive resources, native title and cultural heritage experience to mining, oil and gas transactions, infrastructure developments, joint venture arrangements, and asset and share sales and acquisitions across Australia and internationally.

Professor Jonathan Fulcher will be teaching LAWS7805 Natural Resources Law.


Michelle Healy

Michelle Healy is a Senior Counsellor in the Legal Affairs Division of the World Trade Organization, where she advises panelists who serve as arbitrators on WTO dispute settlement panels. Michelle joined the WTO in 2007, and spent approximately 10 years in the Rules Division of the WTO, where she worked on a number of disputes involving trade remedies, including the disputes over subsidies to the European and U.S. large civil aircraft sectors, and the analysis of their economic effects. She has worked on the negotiations on subsidies and countervailing measures and the negotiations on fisheries subsidies and regularly conducts training on trade remedies, the WTO dispute settlement system and WTO principles, as part of the WTO's technical assistance and training activities.

Michelle is from Brisbane, Australia. She obtained a Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Queensland, before working as an Associate to the Chief Justice of the High Court, Sir Anthony Mason. She also has a Master of Laws degree from Columbia Law School and a Diplome d'Etudes Approfondies (two-year Masters) degree in international relations, with a specialization in public international law, from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. Prior to working in international trade, Michelle spent several years in corporate legal practice at U.S. law firms in New York and London, followed by a period as a lecturer in corporations law and competition law at the University of Queensland. She is admitted to practice law in the New South Wales, the State of New York and England and Wales.

Michelle Healy will be teaching LAWS7853 Law of the World Trade Organisation.

Professor Frank Garcia

Frank J. Garcia is Professor of Law and Dean’s Global Fund Scholar at the Boston College Law School, and until recently the Associate Dean for Global Initiatives.

A Fulbright Scholar, he has lectured widely on globalization and international economic law in Europe, South America and the Asia/Pacific region, most recently at the University of Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne.

Professor Garcia has held various leadership positions within the American Society of International Law, and currently sits on the editorial board of the Journal of International Economic Law, where he is Chief Book Review Editor.  He is the author, most recently, of Global Justice and International Economic Law: Three Takes, published by Cambridge University Press.

Professor Frank Garcia will be teaching LAWS7987 International Law & Development.


Professor David Hodson OBE MICArb

Professor David Hodson is a family law dispute resolution specialist with a particular specialisation in international cases. He is an English solicitor, mediator, family arbitrator, Deputy (part time) District Judge at the Central Family Court, London and an Australian (NSW) solicitor and barrister. He deals with complex family law cases, often with an international element.

He is practising in London, England and Sydney, Australia. He is a partner and co-founder (2007) of The International Family Law Group LLP, www.iflg.uk.com, the world's first law firm specifically dedicated to serving international families and their children and families with international, foreign assets.

He was appointed OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in June 2014 for “services to international family law”.

Professor David Hodson will be teaching LAWS7723 Current Issues in International Law (Private): International Family Law.


Dr Paul Taylor

Dr Paul Taylor is a Senior Research Fellow at The University of Queensland. His principal academic interests are international human rights law and conflict of laws.

Before emigrating from the UK he was in private practice, initially at the criminal bar and then as a solicitor in prestigious law firms specialising in competition law and intellectual property (for more than a decade at partner level). During that time he also taught and wrote substantial texts on competition law, intellectual property and human rights.

Dr Taylor's most significant works include UK and EC Competition Law and Compliance (Sweet & Maxwell, 1999); and Freedom of Religion: UN and European Human Rights Law and Practice (Cambridge University Press, 2005). He was also responsible for the Halsbury's Laws of Australia, Civil and Political Rights title, Lexis Nexis update 2012-2016.

Dr Paul Taylor will be teaching LAWS7724 Current Issues in International Law (Public): The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in Focus.


Dr Serge Loode

Serge is a practitioner, trainer and academic working in conflict resolution and peacebuilding. Originally from Germany, Serge worked as a civil law lawyer before developing his conflict resolution practice. He has an LLM degree in Dispute Management Law and a PhD in Social Science, both from the University of Queensland.

Serge is an experienced facilitator, conflict resolution trainer and assessor, as well as a nationally accredited mediator under the National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS). Serge conducts workshops for understanding conflict, negotiation and mediation skills, group facilitation, intercultural conflict resolution and leadership and teamwork. He also facilitates dialogue and strategic planning workshops. Serge has mediated workplace disputes and community conflicts and has worked with a variety of clients, including local and state government, businesses, primary and secondary schools and community groups. He regularly trains mediators and conciliators from a number of Queensland government agencies and councils.

Internationally Serge has worked on conflict resolution, peacebuilding and development issues with people from the Philippines, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, South and South-East Asia and with participants from various African countries.

Dr Serge Loode will be teaching LAWS7841 Theories in Dispute Resolution.


Ms Anne-Marie Rice

Anne-Marie Rice is a director of Rice Dispute Resolution and the principal mediator at Rice Mediations. With 20 years experience in Family Law, she is an accredited specialist in family law, a nationally accredited mediator and a registered FDRP and Arbitrator. Since 2012 Anne-Marie has been routinely recognised by her peers as one of Queensland’s best family lawyers and family law mediators.

The 2018 WLAQ Leneen Ford AC Woman Lawyer of the Year, Anne-Marie has been an executive member of some of Queensland’s and Australia’s leading legal organisations including the QLS Practice Management and Specialist Accreditation Committees and The Family Law Practitioners Association of Qld. She is the current Qld Solicitor representative on the Executive of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia.

Anne-Marie is committed to dispute resolution without recourse to trial and regularly trains practitioners around the country in mediation, arbitration and collaborative practice (a model in which she has consistently worked for over 10 years). Her focus is on the practical application of a “positive approach” to problem solving and her engaging presentations invite audiences to embrace the concept that conflict can be resolved without combat.

Anne-Marie regularly presents at local, national and international conferences and, as well as writing for both academic and industry publications on topics related to Family Law, Dispute Resolution and “Positive Problem Solving”, she is a consultant author to the CCH’s Family Law Service and the Master Family Law Guide.

Ms Anne-Marie Rice will be teaching LAWS7851 Mediation and Conflict Management.


Professor Jonathan Fulcher

Professor Jonathan Fulcher is one of Australia's Leading native title and cultural heritage Lawyers, and applies his extensive resources, native title and cultural heritage experience to mining, oil and gas transactions, infrastructure developments, joint venture arrangements, and asset and share sales and acquisitions across Australia and internationally.

Professor Jonathan Fulcher will be teaching LAWS7908 Native Title Law and Practice.


Dr Paul O'Shea

Dr Paul O'Shea BA (Hons) LLB (UQ), MSc (UO), PhD (UQ) GDLP (QUT) will be teaching LAWS5136 Commercial Law.

A solicitor for 30 years, Paul O’Shea is the principal of O’Shea Lawyers specialising in commercial and consumer law. Dr O’Shea was a Senior Lecturer at the TC Beirne School of Law at the University of Queensland. He is the author of Credit, Consumers and the Law published by Routledge of London which describes him as “One of Australia’s leading researchers in consumer law.” He  is the current author of the title “Mortgages and Securities” for Halsbury’s Laws of Australia and The Legal Environment of Business (Thomson Reuters, 2006) and numerous articles and book chapters on commercial and consumer law including a chapter on “Regulatory Consistency and Powers” in Consumer Law and Policy in Australia and New Zealand (Federation Press, 2014). He has also taught at Griffith University, Monash-Mt Eliza Business School in Melbourne and in Singapore, Brunei, Thailand and the Shanghai Institute for Foreign Trade in China. His project Simplification of Disclosure in Consumer Credit: Empirical Research and Redesign was the largest and most comprehensive experimental study into pre-contractual disclosure ever conducted in Australia. Its recommendations were the basis for reforms in the National Consumer Credit Protection Amendment (Home Loans and Credit Cards) Act 2011. His publications have been cited with approval in judgments of three state supreme courts.

He has conducted some of the leading cases in consumer credit law as well as advised governments, consumer groups, external dispute resolution schemes and industry on consumer credit and financial services law. He is a member of the Investment, Life Insurance and Stockbroking Panel of the Australian Financial Complaints Authority and both the Banking and Finance and Competition and Consumer Law Committees of the Queensland Law Society.