Appointments in Law at Southern Cross University - Fisher Leadership

Appointments in Law at Southern Cross University

Southern Cross University has made a strategic investment into the discipline of law, enhancing teaching and delivery in core areas.  The University engaged Fisher Leadership to assist in the exciting process to build a law discipline that is unique in Australia in its proximity to and engagement with the legal profession.

A published insolvency, corporate and commercial law academic with a national profile in academia and the profession, Mark Wellard was appointed as an Associate Professor.  Prior to moving into the higher education sector, Mark practised as a senior insolvency lawyer with leading law firms in Australia and the UK and he is an active academic member and former Legal Director of ARITA, Australia’s peak professional association for insolvency practitioners. Mark is passionate about readying law students for the demands of legal practice and publishing research that is practically relevant to the profession and other stakeholders in broader law reform debates.

Dr Georgina Dimopoulos, appointed as a Senior Lecturer, brings experience in legal and policy evaluation, and doctrinal, qualitative and empirical research, across the areas of family law, children’s rights, privacy and family violence.  She is a member of the Policy Working Group of the Australian Child Rights Taskforce.  Georgina was admitted to legal practice in 2010 and practised at Allens Arthur Robinson (now Allens Linklaters), as a Judicial Associate at the Supreme Court of Victoria and at the Victorian Department of Justice.  She held earlier academic positions at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne Law School and La Trobe Law School.

Appointed as a Lecturer, Dr Jonathan Harlen’s areas of expertise include civil litigation, negligence law, succession law, and intellectual property law.  His research interests focus on Treaty of Waitangi issues, including mutual recognition by the Crown and Māori of differing laws and legal systems, Jonathan has been a sessional academic at SCU since 2018, following commercial law experience in NSW.  He has also written a number of novels and short stories for adults, children and young adults.

Also appointed at Lecturer level, Yvette Holt has balanced a career in private practice in NSW with teaching and unit assessment in the law discipline at SCU since 2006.  With a current focus on criminal law and human rights, she brings commendations for her teaching and a wealth of experience in the development of course and assessment materials.  Yvette is co-author of the NSW Law Reform Commission Review of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (1999).

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