Dr Leela Cejnar

Interdisciplinary Lecturer
BA, LLB (Sydney),LLM (Sydney),PhD (Murdoch)
Grad Cert (University Learning &

F02 - Baxter's Lodge
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 8627 8784

Biographical details

Leela is a Lecturer in the Industry and Community Projects (ICP) team, within the Education, Enterprise and Engagement unit in the office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education). Leela’s role includes collaborating with industry, community and government organisations to design and deliver experiential learning projects for students from different disciplines. As an ICP academic, Leela leads interdisciplinary student teams as they work with external partners to develop innovative and creative solutions for ‘real world’ challenges.

Leela's background includes twenty years in legal practice, both with major international law firms and with the Commonwealth Public Service (notably, with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade). Leela holds a PhD in Law.

Leela has also previously held academic positions at Macquarie University (2009), the University of New South Wales (2010-2016) and the Australian Catholic University (2017-2018). She is the recipient of teaching citations and awards for outstanding contributions to student learning.

Research interests

Leela’s research interests include investigating how interdisciplinary learning can be used to effectively address higher education challenges, particularly in relation to developing applicable graduate qualities and learning outcomes, to enable transferability of skills into the workplace.

Leela has previously researched and published in the areas of regulation and higher education, legal education and the scholarship of learning and teaching in higher education. In particular, as a result of her role in assisting with the development of an online learning and teaching program for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in 2013, followed by her contributions to the development and teaching of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) at UNSW in 2015-2016, her research has involved exploring how online learning has transformed the study of law and the student learning experience, including by improving access to legal education. Leela is currently enrolled in a PhD in Education at the University of Sydney.

Leela is also the author of numerous publications in the area of competition and consumer law. She has presented about her work at conferences in Australia and internationally and has supervised Honours students in undergraduate law programs and higher degree research law students in MPhil and PhD programs.

Leela's current research areas include:

  • Interdisciplinary effectiveness in enabling the transferability of skills into the workplace
  • Employability and graduate careers
  • Use of online learning tools to improve the student experience
  • Higher education regulation and policy
  • The future of legal education


  • Member Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE)
  • Member Australian Collaborative Education Network Limited (ACEN)
  • Member Australian Law Teachers Association

Awards and honours

2016 UNSW Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (Team Award)
2015 UNSW Business Dean’s Citation for Outstanding Services to Teaching

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Cejnar, L., Burgess, R. (2015). The globalization of competition law: Yes or no? Comparative Competition Law, (pp. 9-24). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.


  • Cejnar, L., Burgess, R. (2015). The globalization of competition law: Yes or no? Comparative Competition Law, (pp. 9-24). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.

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