Honorary Professor Nadja Alexander

Nadja AlexanderNadja Alexander is an international conflict resolution scholar and consultant. She is engaged as a senior mediation expert by the World Bank Group and is listed in the International Who’s Who of Commercial Mediation. Nadja is a Director and Board member of the Singapore International Mediation Institute. She also holds appointments to the Hong Kong Mediation Steering Committee, the Hong Kong Financial Dispute Resolution Centre’s Appointments Committee, the Standards Commission of the International Mediation Institute, and the Advisory Board of the Indian International ADR Association (IIAA).  

A multi-award winning writer (New York 2011, 2007) and university teacher (Canberra 1998), Nadja has previously held professorial appointments in universities in Hong Kong and Australia, in addition to visiting appointments in Europe, the US, Asia and Africa. She is Humboldtian Scholar having held research fellowships at both the Max Planck Institute for International and Comparative Law (2014-2015) and at the Europe-Viadrina University (2006-2007) in Germany.

Nadja has published more than 10 books and 100 papers and her work has been translated into seven languages. Nadja is editor of the international book series, Global Trends in Dispute Resolution and co-editor of Tán Pàn the Chinese-English Journal on Negotiation and the Kluwer Mediation Blog. Her major legal work, International Comparative Mediation: Legal Perspectives, won the prestigious CPR Award for Outstanding ADR book (New York 2011).  She is a graduate of leading universities in Australia (Queensland), Germany (Tübingen) and Austria (Vienna).

Honorary Professor James Edelman

James EdelmanJames Joshua Edelman was appointed to the Supreme Court of Western Australia on 25 July 2011. He obtained his degrees of Bachelor of Economics (1995), Bachelor of Laws (first class honours 1996) from the University of Western Australia, a Bachelor of Commerce from Murdoch University (1997). He was Associate to his Honour Justice Toohey, of the High Court of Australia, in 1997 and completed his articles with Blake Dawson Waldron. He was admitted to practice in Western Australia in 1998.

Justice Edelman was awarded a Rhodes scholarship in 1998 and obtained a Doctor of Philosophy in Law (2001) from the University of Oxford. Justice Edelman took up a teaching position at Keble College, Oxford University in 2005, and was appointed Professor of the Law of Obligations at Oxford (2008). At Oxford he taught the subjects of restitution, commercial remedies, trusts, torts, contract and Roman law.

He practised as a barrister at the Chambers of Mr Malcolm McCusker QC in Perth from 2001, and at One Essex Court at the English Bar from 2008.

He has written or edited books on damages, unjust enrichment, interest awards, equity, and torts.

Honorary Professor Sir Ross Cranston

Sir Ross CranstonSir Ross Frederick Cranston retired from the High Court of Justice of England and Wales in March 2017, where he was appointed to the Queen’s Bench Division in October 2007. Prior to this he was an elected Member of Parliament for Dudley North since the 1997 general election, and served as Solicitor General from 1998 to 2001.

Sir Ross was born on 23 July 1948 in Brisbane, Australia. After attending Wavell State High School, he studied at The University of Queensland. He completed a Bachelor of Arts in 1969 and a Bachelor of Laws in 1970. In 1973, he gained his Master of Laws from Harvard Law School, and went on to Oxford University where he was awarded DPhil in 1976 and a DCL in 1998.

In 1991, he was appointed a Recorder. He was the academic consultant to Lord Woolf’s inquiry into access to justice and an assessor to Lord Justice Jackson’s review of civil litigation costs. He has held consultancies with UNCTAD, the World Bank, the IMF and the Commonwealth Secretariat to advise different countries on commercial, banking and securities laws. 

Sir Ross held the first chair of banking law in Britain, the Lubbock Chair at Queen Mary, University of London and was Cassel Professor of Commercial Law (and later Centennial Professor) at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has written extensively on banking, commercial and public law including Principles of Banking Law and How Law Works, both published by OUP. 

From 2005-2016 he undertook reviews for the European Commission of the legal systems of Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia and Turkey. He was a member of the legal advisory panel of the National Consumer Council in Britain and chair of trustees of the whistleblower’s charity, Public Concern at Work. He is a Fellow of the British Academy.

Sir Ross has returned to the LSE as a professor of law.

Honorary Professor Tony Lee

Reader in Law, University Of Queensland 1973-1989. Commissioner for Law Reform, Queensland, 1990 - 1996. Trustee, Viertel Foundation, 2002-2005. Then co-author with Professor H A J Ford of Principles of the Law of Trusts (continuing publication).

Honorary Professor Horst Klaus Lücke

LLB Adelaide, Dr Jur Cologne, MCJ New York

Horst Klaus LuckeProfessor, University of Adelaide Law School (1967–1984); Research Associate, Max-Planck-Institute for Foreign Private and Private International Law, Hamburg (1990–1998); Lecturer in Comparative Law, Adelaide Law School (1999–2005); Visiting Research Professor, University of Adelaide Law School (2005–2007). Academic interests: contract, comparative law, legal history, legal method.

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Honorary Professor David McLauchlan

David McLauchlanDavid McLauchlan joined the Law Faculty at Victoria University of Wellington in 1971 and has been Professor of Law since 1981. He is also Honorary Professor at The University of Queensland, an associate member of Stout Street Chambers in Wellington, and in 2008 he was the McWilliam Professor in Commercial Law at the University of Sydney.

David is the author of two books and has published more than 100 journal articles and book chapters, mainly in the areas of the law of contract and commercial law. His writings have been frequently cited in the judgments of leading Commonwealth courts and he has received University awards for excellence in teaching and in research. The students at Victoria have voted him best lecturer in the Law Faculty several times in recent years.

David’s recent research has focused on remedies for breach of contract and contract interpretation. In 2007 a New Zealand Supreme Court judgment paid tribute to his “impeccable scholarship” in the interpretation field, saying that “his work to bring some logic and cohesion into the task of contractual interpretation has been as outstanding as it has been tireless”.

Honorary Professor Robert Merkin QC

Robert MerkinProfessor Merkin is Lloyd's Professor of Commercial Law at the University of Exeter, and Special Counsel to DLA Piper.

He has published extensively and is a consultant to the English and Scottish Law Commissions for their project on insurance contract law reform. He co-authored with Ian Enright and Michael Kirby the fourth edition of Sutton’s Law of Insurance in Australia, published at the end of 2014. He has written numerous books on insurance and reinsurance law in England, Australia, Hong Kong and New Zealand.

Professor Merkin is Vice-President of the International Association of Insurance Law (AIDA) and Secretary of the AIDA Reinsurance Working Party. He co-edits Lloyd's Law Reports and sits on the arbitral panels of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre and the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre.

Honorary Professor Jim O'Donovan

Jim O'DonovanJim O’Donovan is one of Queensland’s many prodigal sons.  He graduated from the University of Queensland in Arts (1969) and Law (1972), with Honours.  He completed his Ph.D at the Australian National University in 1976 and returned to the University of Queensland in 1977 as a Senior Lecturer in Law.  He was elected as Dean of Law in 1981-1982 and was promoted to a Readership in Law in 1983.

In 1985 he was appointed as a Professor of Law at the University of Western Australia, where he served as Dean of Law and Head of the Department of Law from 1987-1989.  In 2004 the University of Queensland awarded him a Doctor of Laws in recognition of his scholarly publications over 30 years.  In 2014 he was appointed as an Honorary Professor of Law at the University of Queensland.

Jim O’Donovan has devoted over 40 years to research and publications on demanding topics.  His publications include: Company Receivers and Administrators (Thomson Reuters, 1980-2015); The Modern Contract of Guarantee, with Professor JC Phillips (Thomson Reuters, 1985-2015); The Modern Contract of Guarantee (with Professor JC Phillips) (English Edition) (Sweet & Maxwell 2003) Lender Liability (Thomson Reuters,2000); Lender Liability (English edition) (Sweet & Maxwell ,2004); Personal Property Securities Law in Australia (Thomson Reuters, 2009).

Jim O’Donovan has also published numerous articles and influential conference papers, including The Retreat from Yerkey v Jones: From Status Back to Contract; Lenders Behaving Badly; PPSA 2009: Coming Ready or Not; and Myths about Insolvent Trading.

Jim O’Donovan was an honorary consultant to the Harmer Committee in the ALRC’s General Insolvency Inquiry (1988) and he is an active member of the Australian Reconstruction Insolvency and Turnaround Association (ARITA) and Insol International.  He regularly presents seminar papers at conferences organised by ARITA or the Banking and Financial Services Law Association.

He is a member of the editorial boards of the Insolvency Law Journal, the Companies and Securities Law Journaland Receivers and Liquidators Quarterly (UK).

Jim O’Donovan is admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Courts of Queensland and New South Wales and as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Courts of Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.  He has appeared in several leading cases in the Federal Court and the Supreme Courts on insolvency and reconstruction law and has provided expert evidence to the English High Court of Justice on public examinations and managed investment schemes.

He has taught a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate units at Australian Universities but his main focus at the University of Queensland will be to maintain his suite of scholarly publications for the benefit of the legal and accounting professions and the business community.

Honorary Professor Patrick O'Keefe AO

Patrick O'KeefePatrick J. O'Keefe worked in the Australian Commonwealth Public Service for five years after graduating from the University of Queensland in 1968 and then taught for 17 years in the Faculty of Law, University of Sydney.  After moving to Paris in 1990, he spent 12 years as a consultant on cultural and natural heritage law and management to, among others, UNESCO, the Council of Europe, the World Bank, the Commonwealth Secretariat, ICOM and ICOMOS and various governments and private clients.  Retiring in 2002 and returning to Australia, he became Adjunct Professor, ANU from 2003 to 2008 and Honorary Professor, University of Queensland since 2006.  In 2008 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia.  He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, the Society of Advanced Legal Studies London; the Australian Academy of the Humanities and an Associate Fellow of the Institute for Indigenous Resource Management in Denver.  He was the Founding Chairman of the Cultural Heritage Law Committee of the International Law Association and held the position for 14 years before retiring.  He has been a member of the ICOM International Committee on Management and the ICOMOS Legal Administrative and Financial Committee and remains a member of both organizations.  He has a Ph.D. from the University of Sydney, an LL.M. from the ANU and a M.A. in Business Law from the City of London Polytechnic as well as a B.A. and LL.B from the University of Queensland. He is the author of five books; co-author of four others and has written over 200 articles, reports and other documents.  Among others he is the author of Trade in Antiquities: Reducing Destruction and TheftCommentary on the 1970 UNESCO Convention (3rd ed. pending);Shipwrecked Heritage: A Commentary on the UNESCO Convention on the Underwater Cultural Heritage (2nd ed. pending) and joint author of Cultural Heritage Conventions and Other Instruments: A Compendium with Commentaries.  He is on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Cultural PropertyArt Antiquity and Law and Public Archaeology.

Honorary Professor Lyndel Prott AO

Lyndel ProttLyndel Prott is an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Academy o Humanities, LL.D. (honoris causa) B.A. LL.B. (University of Sydney) and holds a Licence spéciale en Droit international (ULB Brussels), the degree of Dr. Juris (Tübingen) and is member of Gray’s Inn, London.  She is former Director of UNESCO’s Division of Cultural Heritage and former Professor of Cultural Heritage Law at the University of Sydney.  She has had a distinguished career in teaching, research and practice.

At UNESCO 1990-2002 she was responsible for the administration of UNESCO’s cultural heritage Conventions and standard-setting Recommendations on the protection of cultural heritage and also for the negotiations on the 1999 Protocol to the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict 1954 and for the Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage 2001.  She contributed as Observer for UNESCO to the negotiations for the UNIDROIT Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects 1995.

She has authored, co-authored or edited over 280 books, reports or articles, written  in English, French or German and translated into 9 other languages. She has taught at many universities including long distance learning courses on International Heritage Law.

Honorary Professor Susanne Reindl-Krauskopf

Susanne Reindl-KrauskopfSusanne Reindl-Krauskopf is Professor of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure and Criminology, Head of the Department of Criminal Law and Director of ALES-Austrian Center for Law Enforcement Sciences and was Associate Dean (2010-2014) of the School of Law at the University of Vienna, Austria.

Besides her academic career, Susanne has taken an active role in consultancies, e.g. she acted as representative of the Permanent Mission of The Holy See to the International Organisations during the preparations of the UN Convention on Transnational Crime in Vienna. She is currently member of the Advisory Board of the Section ‘Fundamental Rights and Interdisciplinary Exchange’ of the Austrian Judges‘ Association, of the Criminal Law Commission at the Austrian Chamber of Lawyers, of the Austrian Security Police Academy’s Advisory Board at the Austrian Ministry of the Interior and Corresponding Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Recently, she was appointed member of the Board advising the Austrian Minister of Justice in matters of ministerial instructions to be given to prosecution authorities.

Susanne’s main research fields within the area of criminal law, criminal procedure and police law are law enforcement and fundamental rights (esp. surveillance, interception and other data collection methods), tasks and responsibilities of the executive and the judiciary in law enforcement as well as selected areas of crime, eg smuggling of migrants, trafficking in human beings, computer- and cybercrime, corruption in the private and public sector, (fraudulent) abuse of social services, criminal organisations. She has published 14 books and more than 100 articles in these fields.