Law experts

Murdoch University’s law experts research social justice issues, Celtic legal history, intellectual property, criminal law, family law, and legal theory. Many of Murdoch’s law academics are involved in law reform research and research with a 'practical' element.

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Lorraine Finlay

Lorraine Finlay

Constitutional law, criminal law, human rights law and public international law

Lorraine Finlay is the Director of Mooting and a law lecturer at Murdoch Law School. Before joining the Law School, Lorraine worked as a State Prosecutor with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (WA). She has also worked as a Judge’s Associate at the High Court of Australia, and was a Singapura Scholar with the NYU@NUS program.

Lorraine is an expert who has taught, researched and published in the areas of constitutional law, criminal law, human rights law and public international law.
Joe Clare

Dr Joe Clare

Criminology

Dr Joe Clare is a criminologist specialising in crime prevention, offender and victim decision-making and assault victimisation. He is an expert in applied problem solving, focusing on working with emergency first responders to use their data to identify and prevent recurring problems. Dr Clare lectures in criminology in Murdoch’s School of Law.
Alan Briggs

Associate Professor Mary Anne Kenny

Immigration, Refugee Law, Human Rights and Law Reform

Professor Mary Anne Kenny is a specialist in legal issues relating to refugees, immigration, human rights and law reform. She has a particular interest in the areas of children and migration, forced medical treatment of immigration detainees and inter-disciplinary approaches to refugee advocacy.

She is a member of the Ministerial Council on Asylum Seekers and Detention which advises the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection.

Professor Kenny was the Director of the Centre for Human Rights Education at Curtin University from 2012 to 2014, and the Chair of the Law Reform Commission of Western Australia from 2008 to 2012. She was formally the Director of SCALES and developed Australia's first specialist immigration law clinical program.
Kate Lewins

Professor Kate Lewins

Maritime law, insurance law, legal aspects of carriage of passengers by sea (cruise ships)

Dr Lewins is an expert in maritime and insurance law and has worked as a practitioner, researcher and teacher in this field for over 20 years. In 2016, Professor Lewins published the first monograph on International Carriage of Passengers by Sea.

She has given many conference papers and written numerous articles on maritime and related topics, including the criminal jurisdiction on board ships at sea, admiralty law, contracts for the carriage of cruise ship passengers in Australia, towage contracts, carriage of goods by sea, and the effect of the Trade Practices Act (Australian Consumer Law) on contracts for the carriage of goods and passengers.

Dr Lewins is also active in the field of general insurance and marine insurance.

Jürgen Bröhmer

Professor Jürgen Bröhmer

European Union law, public international law, human rights, German constitutional and administrative law, comparative law

Professor Bröhmer is the Dean of Murdoch’s School of Law.

He has researched and published broadly in European Union law (especially the EU’s common market), public international law (especially international human rights and the international law of state immunity), the European Convention on Human Rights, German constitutional and comparative law.

His academic background is in Germany where he is a fully-qualified lawyer and where he has considerable experience in providing research advice to a range of private clients.
Natalie van der Waarden

Natalie van der Waarden

Employment law and employment relations law

Natalie van der Waarden is a senior law lecturer at Murdoch Law School. She has expertise in the law of employment and employment relations law.

Natalie authors a text for business students on employment law and publishes on various legal issues relating to work.

Natalie is a past president of the Industrial Relations Society of Western Australia and is a member of the Australian Labour Law Association.
Lisa Young

Associate Professor Lisa Young

Family law

Associate Professor Young has specialised in the area of family law for 20 years, as a practitioner, teacher and researcher.

She is co-author of one of Australia’s foremost books on the topic, Family Law in Australia, and co-editor of Children and Law in Australia.

Professor Young has published widely in the field of family law, both in Australia and overseas.

She is particularly well known for her work on relocation cases (where she acted pro bono in one of Australia’s highest profile High Court cases) and ‘big money’ property cases.

Professor Young is also an expert in the area of child support, having over 10 years practical and research experience.

Augusto Zimmerman

Dr Augusto Zimmerman

Constitutional law, human rights law

Dr Augusto Zimmerman’s research interests include Australian Constitutional Law, Brazilian Constitutional Law, American Constitutional Law, Brazilian Law and Society, Federalism, Human Rights Law, Law & Religion, Legal Culture, Legal History, Jurisprudence, and the Rule of Law.

He has been included, together with only twelve other Australian academics and policymakers, in the prestigious ‘Policy Experts’ – the Heritage Foundation’s directory for locating public policy experts both in the United States and foreign countries.

He has published numerous academic books and articles in several countries, and regularly speaks at conferences and seminars in Australia and overseas.

Guy Hall

Guy Hall

Criminology; violent offender treatment and restorative justice

Guy Hall is an expert in restorative justice processes, investigating impacts on victims and offenders, the management of prisoners at risk of suicide and self harm, and intervention with high risk and violent offenders.

Along with Professor Kevin Howells, he was responsible for the developing the Violent Offending Treatment Program for the Department of Corrective Services.

Mr Hall is Associate Dean of Law (Research) at Murdoch University and former deputy chair of the Prisoners Review Board of Western Australia.
Anna Copeland

Anna Copeland

Human rights law, refugee and asylum law, and youth law

Anna Copeland is Director of the Clinical Legal Program at Murdoch University School of Law, which offers Murdoch’s law students the opportunity to work at the Southern Communities Advocacy and Legal Education Service (SCALES). Her primary areas of expertise are laws as they affect children and young people, human rights and clinical legal education.

Ms Copeland is the director of SCALES, a busy practice which assists clients in many areas of law including criminal, family, immigration, discrimination and human rights.

Her own practice specialises in youth law, refugee and asylum law, and human rights.

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