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Dean of Law

Professor Anna Cody

Anna Cody is the Dean of the School of Law, Western Sydney University.  Anna Cody has a Masters in Law from Harvard University and Bachelor of Arts and Law from University of New South Wales.  She was previously an Associate Professor and Director of Kingsford Legal Centre, University of New South Wales.  She worked at the Centre for over 20 years which is a leader of Australian clinical legal education.  Anna is the winner of the 2016 Human Rights Commission Law award and 2007 Community lawyer award from the Women Lawyers Association NSW.  She has also won numerous teaching awards including a 2010  Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council.  During her time at UNSW the Centre won various awards including the 2001 Australian Awards for University Teaching, Law and Legal Studies and the UNSW ViceChancellor’s award for teaching.  From 2011 to 2013 Anna was the Chair of CLCNSW and member of the Board of Law Access.  She was also the Deputy Chair of the NSW Legal Assistance Forum. She is currently a Board member of the National Association of Community Legal Centres and the NSW Legal Aid Commission.  Her areas of research are in legal education, particularly clinical legal education as well as human rights and discrimination law. She has made numerous submissions to United Nations human rights committees when they have reviewed Australia’s fulfilment of its human rights obligations.

She has also worked in human rights in Mexico, specialising in disability and migrant rights, in international development work in East Timor and Indonesia, and for 2 years with the Center for Economic and Social Rights in New York developing their program on the right to health, focussing on mining and human rights issues.  Anna has previously worked with Indigenous women in Alice Springs establishing a domestic violence service, and in community legal education in El Salvador.


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Deputy Dean of Law

Mr John Juriansz

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John Juriansz joined the faculty of the Western Sydney University, School of Law in 2006 where he is the Director Academic Program, LLB and lectures in Remedies, Contract Law and Moot Court. John has also lectured in Administrative Law, Introduction to Law and Law of Business Organisations.

John is admitted as a Legal Practitioner of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and of the High Court of Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (History and Political Science) from the University of Western Ontario, a Graduate Diploma in Social Science from the University of New England, a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) from the Western Sydney University and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Sydney. John is currently pursuing a PhD at the University    of Sydney.  In February 2012, John was a Visiting Researcher at the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada

Director of Academic Program

Ms Elen Seymour

Following graduation with a double degree in Arts and Law from the University of Sydney, Elen commenced work with the Australian Taxation Office in their Graduate Program. After completing the Graduate Program, Elen was promoted to a position in the International Tax team in the Sydney office.  Elen worked in the Transfer Pricing team on the Transfer Pricing Record Review audit team and assisted the High Wealth Individual Trust review team.  Elen was subsequently recruited as a tax consultant by PricewaterhouseCoopers Sydney Australia to work in their Transfer Pricing team predominantly in audit defence work.  Elen later transferred to PricewaterhousCoopers Ottawa, Canada as a Senior Associate in their International Tax continuing to specialise in Transfer Pricing issues and worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers Montreal and Toronto on several projects.

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Associate Dean (Research)

Ms Liesel Spencer

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Liesel Spencer joined the School of Law at UWS in 2007.  Her research interests are in public health law and food systems governance. She is in the final year of a PhD at the University of Sydney.  Liesel’s PhD dissertation is a comparative law and legal geographical analysis of the food security and public health impacts of Australia’s place-based income management trial, and the US suite of food welfare law and policy.  Liesel has also published research on the public and environmental health implications of urban agriculture, and on aspects of local government law as public health regulation.  Liesel is admitted as a lawyer in the Supreme Court of New South Wales (but is not currently practising).  She is a first-year teaching specialist and the recipient of multiple student-selected teaching awards, and has taught, coordinated and written curriculum for Torts Law, Introduction to Law, Professional Responsibilty and Legal Ethics, and Civil Procedure, and has also taught Criminal Law.

Associate Dean (HDR)

Professor Michael Head

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Director of  International Centre for Ocean Governance

Associate Professor Daud Hassan

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Associate Professor Daud Hassan joined the Western Sydney University in 2009 with considerable teaching, research and community service experience. Dr Hassan taught at five different universities in Australia and Overseas, including University of New England, University of Technology Sydney and Victoria University. In 2003, Dr Hassan held a visiting position at the Graduate School of Law, Kobe University, Japan. He is the recipient of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship 2003. In 2006 he was invited as a Keynote speaker for International Conference on Marine Waste Water Discharges and Coastal Environment held in Antalya, Turkey. Dr Hassan attended two expert meetings on international environmental law held in the Netherlands and Finland in 2006 with the financial support of Martinus Nijhoff, University of Tilburg and the University of Lapland. In 2007 Dr Hassan was a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Bern, Switzerland. He was a visiting scholar at the David C. Lam Institute for East West Studies (LEWI), Hong Kong Baptist University and the Finnish Environment Institute in 2010 and 2012 respectively. Very recently Dr Hassan has been invited as a visiting professor by the Faculty of Law, University of Tilburg, The Netherlands.

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Director of First Year Studies and Community Engagement 1st Year

Ms Sandy Noakes

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Sandra is a PhD candidate at the University of Wollongong and Lecturer in Law at Western Sydney University School of Law.  She has worked as a tutor, lecturer and Unit Coordinator for over 15 years in Law Schools at Western Sydney University, Macquarie University and the University of Wollongong.  From 2005 -2007 she was a Visiting Fellow at Macquarie University.    Since 2005, she has held the position of Revising Examiner in Real Property Law for the Legal Profession Admission Board. Whilst in legal practice, Sandy was a Senior Associate with Phillips Fox (now DLA Piper) and a consultant to McArdle Legal, an employment and industrial relations law firm in Sydney. Her main areas of interest are legal education, employment law, labour law, work health and safety law, and property and trusts.

Academic Course Advisor

Dr Sarah Hook

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Researching at the intersections of law, literature and legal theory Dr Hook’s research centres on authors and artists and creative freedom. Her PhD thesis looked at restrictions placed on transformative authors and artists due to the moral rights provisions in the Copyright Act.  Her research looks at romanticism, postmodernism and contemporary modes of textual production and how these ideologies intersect with legal contexts such as defamation, copyright, government regulation, regulation of the press, and other impediments to the free exchange of ideas and expression.

Associate Dean (International)

Dr June Wang

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Dr Zhiqiong June Wang joined the School of Law in 2010 where she is Associate Dean (International) and a member of the School Executive. In addition to her legal education in China, June has an LLM from the University of Sydney and a PhD from the University of New South Wales. Prior to joining the WSU Law School, she was an associate lecturer in the School of Business Law and Taxation at UNSW. Before entering academia, June worked as a lawyer in Beijing specialising in foreign investment law, international trade regulation and intellectual property law.

Educated in both Civil Law and Common Law and with a strong background in international legal practice, June is a leading expert on franchise law and a highly respected commentator on Chinese law. June is also adjunct/visiting professor at several prestigious universities in China, and she is routinely invited to deliver guest lectures, seminars, and conference papers internationally. As Associate Dean (International), June leads the School's development of partnerships between institutions and external opportunities for staff and students.

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