Ms Sonya Willis

BEc (Sydney) LLB (Hons) (UTS) LLM (Cantab)
Lecturer

F10 - Law School (Camperdown)
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 0312
Fax + 61 2 9351 0200

Biographical details

Sonya lectures in civil and criminal procedure and private international law. Previously, Sonya spent many years as a commercial litigator at Blake Dawson (now Ashurst); taught conflict of laws, Vis international commercial arbitration moot, revenue law and business law at the University of Technology, Sydney and was a taxation specialist at an international accounting firm. Sonya is particularly interested in civil procedure and legal education. She is the author of Civil Procedure published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2012 and is currently undertaking doctoral research on the interaction between case management and procedural fairness.

Research interests

  • Civil and criminal procedure
  • Private international law
  • Legal education

Teaching and supervision

  • Civil and criminal procedure
  • Private international law
  • International commercial arbitration

Associations

  • Barrister and Solicitor, New South Wales
  • Editorial committee member, Legal Education Review

Selected publications

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Books

  • Willis, S. (2012). Civil Procedure. South Yarra, Australia: Palgrave Macmillan.

Book Chapters

  • Willis, S., Shand, M. (2006). Currency, Interest and Taxes. Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration. Australia: The University of New South Wales, Faculty of Law, Centre for Continuing Legal Education.

Conferences

  • Willis, S. (2014). Procedural Ascendancy: How and why AON and ANU and Australian civil procedure legislation are refocusing case management from individual party justice to procedural efficiency. Civil Justice Research and Teaching Conference 2014, Hobart, Tas: Presentation.
  • Willis, S. (2013). Can Case Management Cure Civil Procedure's Chief Challenge of Controlling the Constant Craving for Change? Sydney Law School Postgraduate Conference 2013, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Willis, S. (2013). Proceeding Justly: Case management, justice and procedural fairness. Civil Justice Research Group Conference: Current Issues in Civil Justice, Melbourne, Vic: Presentation.
  • Willis, S. (2012). Crossing Boundaries: When judges become case managers. Sydney Law School Postgraduate Conference: Crossing Boundaries 2012, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Willis, S. (2011). Can litigation ever be fair or just? Exploring the conflicts in commercial litigation. Sydney Law School Postgraduate Conference 2011, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Willis, S. (2010). Civil Procedure Meets Social Reality: Can case management really help with the unending quest for justice? Sydney Law School Postgraduate Conference 2010, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Willis, S. (2008). You may wish you were dead: Civil litigation is law which sucks the life out of you!. Sydney Law School Postgraduate Conference 2008, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.

Magazine / Newspaper Articles

  • Willis, S., Simms, S. (2014). Lawyers make child's play of ethics. Lawyers Weekly.
  • Willis, S., Baykitch, A., Maybury, D., Williams, K., Strachan, L. (2006). A buyer's guide to international commercial arbitration. Blake Dawson Waldron: The Issues - Edition 6.

Other

  • Abrahams, D., Anderson, R., Eckford, J., Fagan, P., Farmer, A., Hogan-Doran, J., Kincaid, H., Sivasothy, A., Willis, S. (2011), Chief Justice's Review of the Costs Assessment Scheme (NSW).
  • Allegretto, A., Boncardo, P., Burke, K., Butnaru, D., Cirillo, S., Fagan, P., Franzini, L., Gardner, P., Dyball, S., Millist-Spendlove, K., Willis, S., et al (2011), Opportunities to consolidate tribunals in NSW: Inquiry by NSW Parliamentary Standing Committee on Law and Justice.
  • Dinh, T., Willis, S. (2011), Submission to the Administrative Review Council: Judicial Review in Australia.

2014

  • Willis, S., Simms, S. (2014). Lawyers make child's play of ethics. Lawyers Weekly.
  • Willis, S. (2014). Procedural Ascendancy: How and why AON and ANU and Australian civil procedure legislation are refocusing case management from individual party justice to procedural efficiency. Civil Justice Research and Teaching Conference 2014, Hobart, Tas: Presentation.

2013

  • Willis, S. (2013). Can Case Management Cure Civil Procedure's Chief Challenge of Controlling the Constant Craving for Change? Sydney Law School Postgraduate Conference 2013, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Willis, S. (2013). Proceeding Justly: Case management, justice and procedural fairness. Civil Justice Research Group Conference: Current Issues in Civil Justice, Melbourne, Vic: Presentation.

2012

  • Willis, S. (2012). Civil Procedure. South Yarra, Australia: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Willis, S. (2012). Crossing Boundaries: When judges become case managers. Sydney Law School Postgraduate Conference: Crossing Boundaries 2012, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.

2011

  • Willis, S. (2011). Can litigation ever be fair or just? Exploring the conflicts in commercial litigation. Sydney Law School Postgraduate Conference 2011, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Abrahams, D., Anderson, R., Eckford, J., Fagan, P., Farmer, A., Hogan-Doran, J., Kincaid, H., Sivasothy, A., Willis, S. (2011), Chief Justice's Review of the Costs Assessment Scheme (NSW).
  • Allegretto, A., Boncardo, P., Burke, K., Butnaru, D., Cirillo, S., Fagan, P., Franzini, L., Gardner, P., Dyball, S., Millist-Spendlove, K., Willis, S., et al (2011), Opportunities to consolidate tribunals in NSW: Inquiry by NSW Parliamentary Standing Committee on Law and Justice.
  • Dinh, T., Willis, S. (2011), Submission to the Administrative Review Council: Judicial Review in Australia.

2010

  • Willis, S. (2010). Civil Procedure Meets Social Reality: Can case management really help with the unending quest for justice? Sydney Law School Postgraduate Conference 2010, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.

2008

  • Willis, S. (2008). You may wish you were dead: Civil litigation is law which sucks the life out of you!. Sydney Law School Postgraduate Conference 2008, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.

2006

  • Willis, S., Baykitch, A., Maybury, D., Williams, K., Strachan, L. (2006). A buyer's guide to international commercial arbitration. Blake Dawson Waldron: The Issues - Edition 6.
  • Willis, S., Shand, M. (2006). Currency, Interest and Taxes. Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration. Australia: The University of New South Wales, Faculty of Law, Centre for Continuing Legal Education.

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