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Dean of Law

Professor Steven Freeland


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Professor Steven Freeland is Dean of the School of Law and Professor of International Law at Western Sydney University, Australia where he specializes in International Criminal Law, Commercial Aspects of Space Law, Public International Law and Human Rights Law. He is also Visiting Professor at the University of Vienna; Permanent Visiting Professor at the iCourts Centre of Excellence for International Courts, University of Copenhagen; Member of Faculty at the London Institute of Space Policy and Law; Visiting Professor at Université Toulouse1 Capitole; Adjunct Professor at University of Adelaide; Associate Member at the Centre for Research in Air and Space Law, McGill University; and a former Marie Curie Fellow (2013-2014). He has been an expert assessor for Government Research Councils in Australia, Canada, The Netherlands, South Africa, Hong Kong, and has taught at Universities in over 20 countries

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Deputy Dean of Law

Dr Stephen Janes

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Dr Stephen Janes was admitted as a barrister of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in February 1991 and maintains a current practicing certificate. In 1998 Dr Janes joined the Faculty of Law at the then University of Western Sydney Macarthur. Dr Janes has held various academic and administrative positions culminating in his appointment as Deputy Dean of the School of Law in 2012. In 2005 Dr Janes was awarded a PhD for a thesis dealing with the Forfeiture Rule in the succession to property on death. Dr Janes lectures in Wills and Succession and is a member of the Law Society Specialist Accreditation Committee for Wills and Estates and the College of Law External Advisory Committee for the Master of Applied Law (Wills and Estates). Dr Janes also delivers CPD seminars to solicitors and barristers.

Director of Academic Program (LLB)

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

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Director of Academic ILU/Workload Agreement Coordinator

Ms Elen Seymour

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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.

Director of Research

Associate Professor Alpana Roy

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Dr Alpana Roy researches and teaches in intellectual property law, with a particular interest in trade marks, copyright, international intellectual property law, and cultural aspects of intellectual property (including traditional and indigenous knowledge). Alpana has several years of experience in academia, where she has lectured in a wide range of postgraduate and undergraduate intellectual property and commercial law subjects. She has lectured at various universities, including the University of Queensland, the University of Sydney, and the University of Technology, Sydney. Alpana is widely published in intellectual property law, and is a commissioned author for several major legal publishers, including Thomson Reuters, Federation Press, LexisNexis, Oxford University Press, and CCH. She is also regularly invited to speak at international and national seminars on a broad range of intellectual property topics.

Director of HDR

Dr Cressida Limon

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Dr Limon's research focuses on the intersections of law, gender and technology with particular interests in feminist and critical theoretical approaches to law.  Dr Limon's work analyses how technologies impact legal forms in ways that reproduce or resist nature/culture hierarchies and social inequalities. For example, her  PhD thesis, ‘Genes, Biotechnologies and Legal Imaginings’ (2012) examined the contradictory ways in which genes are represented across a range of legal fields including family law, anti-discrimination law and patent law.

Before joining the Law School at Western Sydney, she was the Research Fellow for the Family Law Council of Australia’s inquiry into family formation and the law. Dr Limon  held positions at a number of universities including Victoria University Melbourne, The University of Melbourne and the University of California Santa Cruz. She has taught in the fields of Anti-Discrimination Law, Bioethics, Introduction to Law, Lawyers and Legal Ethics, Legal Research Methods, Legal Theory and Property Law.

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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First Year Advisor

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 Kate Sainsbury

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Director of Engagement

Mr Michael Brogan

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Michael was a foundation member of the School of Law when it was established on Campbelltown campus in 1994. Michael is a Senior Lecturer within the School and is the Director of Engagement for the School of Law.  In addition to Western Sydney University Michael has taught law at Macquarie University, the University of Wollongong and the University of Technology Sydney. Prior to his academic career in the School of Law Michael worked in tertiary education and the entertainment industry.

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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