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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 PhD from University of New South Wales, 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. Anna is currently the Chair of CLCsAustralia and a Board member of Legal Aid NSW. 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. Her areas of research are in legal education, particularly clinical legal education as well as human rights and discrimination law. She has written on the role of teaching reflection skills to students, as well as how students can be encouraged to critique their role within the justice system. 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.
Professor Catherine Renshaw
Catherine Renshaw is a Professor in the School of Law at the Western Sydney University. Her research focuses on human rights and democracy in Southeast Asia. She has also been a Visiting Scholar at the Regulatory Institutions Network, Centre for International Governance and Justice, Australian National University. Catherine acts as an advisor to several human rights NGOs in the Asia Pacific region. Catherine completed her law degree at the University of New South Wales, her Master of Laws at the University of Sydney and her PhD at the University of Sydney. Catherine has ongoing research interests in Myanmar and Southeast Asia . Catherine is admitted to practice as a lawyer in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia. She has practiced as a solicitor for major law firms in Sydney and Newcastle and for the Legal Aid Commission of New South Wales.
Dr Caroline Compton
Caroline is a lecturer at the Western Sydney University School of Law. Caroline studies the operation of plural normative systems, employing an interdisciplinary approach and ethnographic methods.
She has two current research projects. The first examines the adaptation of property regimes as a result of climate displacement. The second explores the ways the use of digital data is transforming developmental and humanitarian governance. Caroline received an Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship to undertake doctoral fieldwork in the Philippines. She has been a Visiting Research Associate at the Institute of Philippine Culture at Ateneo de Manila University, a Visiting Researcher at the University of Coimbra, and spent the 2017-8 US academic year at Yale University as a Fox Fellow. Caroline has published in journals including Regulation and Governance, Critical Asian Studies, and NYU Journal of International Law and Politics.
Director of Academic Program, First Year Studies
Dr Sandy Noakes
Sandra is the Director of Academic Program, First Year 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 Program Advisor
Dr Patrick Foong
Associate Dean (International)
Grace Borsellino is a Lecturer and Course Convenor in Corporate Law and Governance at Western Sydney University, School of Law. Grace has been an invited international speaker to universities in Taiwan and Hong Kong delivering conference speeches in areas of Corporate Law, Corporate Culture and the Regulation of FinTech, the Digital Economy, and Blockchain related Cryptocurrencies. Grace has delivered comparative corporate law classes in Malaysia to one of the university’s law school partners and co-convenes two legal technology units entitled Technology, Innovation and The Law and Designing Law Apps for Access to Justice.