Our People

Centre Management Committee

Professor Vivienne Bath specialises in Chinese law and international business and investment law.

Professor Simon Butt specialises in Indonesian law with research interests in comparative law.

Associate Professor Salim Farrar specialises in Malaysian and Islamic law. He has a special interest in human rights and comparative criminal justice in Asia.

Professor Bing Ling specialises in Chinese law and has research interests in Chinese and comparative contract law, Chinese civil law, and public international law.

Professor Luke Nottage specialises in Japanese law and in comparative and transnational commercial and consumer law. Luke is a founding co-director of the Australian Network for Japanese Law.

Professor Joellen Riley is the Dean of Sydney Law School and Professor of Labour Law. Professor Riley has research interests in employment contract law, labour law, and the intersections of commercial, corporate and intellectual property law with employment and labour law.

Centre Director

Professor Vivienne Bath
Professor of Chinese and International Business Law
Phone: +61 2 9351 0209
Fax: +61 2 9351 0200
Email: vivienne.bath@sydney.edu.au

Associate Directors

Professor Simon Butt
Associate Director – Indonesian law
Phone: +61 2 9351 0442
Fax: +61 2 9351 0200
Email: simon.butt@sydney.edu.au

Professor Salim Farrar
Associate Director – Malaysian and Islamic law
Phone: +61 2 9351 0393
Fax: +61 2 9351 0200
Email: salim.farrar@sydney.edu.au

Professor Bing Ling
Professor of Chinese Law
Associate Director – Chinese law

Phone: +61 2 9351 0341
Fax: +61 2 9351 0200
Email: bing.ling@sydney.edu.au

Professor Luke Nottage
Professor of Comparative and Transnational Business Law
Associate Director – Japanese law

Phone: +61 2 9351 0210
Fax: +61 2 9351 0200
Email: luke.nottage@sydney.edu.au

Centre Administrator

Aliyah Leung
Phone: +61 2 9351 0315
Fax: +61 2 9351 0200
Email: law.caplus@sydney.edu.au

Centre Associates

Micah Burch is a senior lecturer specialising in comparative and international tax, with a particular interest in Japan.

Dr Penelope Crossley is a lecturer specialising in energy and resources law, regulatory theory, climate change law, and the intersection of energy law and tort law. She has completed her PhD on comparative renewable energy law studying the role of regulation in accelerating the deployment of renewable energy in Australia, China and the United Kingdom.

Dr Ghena Krayem is a senior lecturer, specialising in multiculturalism, legal pluralism, Islamic Law and dispute resolution.

Professor Sheelagh McCracken is Professor of Finance Law and has a strong research interest in commercial law and, in particular, finance law.

Professor Gail Pearson is a leading academic in the fields of financial services, commercial and consumer laws. She is the author of Financial Services Law and Compliance (Cambridge University Press, 2009) and co-author of Commercial Law: Commentary and Materials (2nd edition) (Lawbook Co., 2004), and Consumer Protection Law (5th edition) (Federation Press, 1998). She has published numerous articles in Australian and international journals including pieces on risk, self regulation and innovation in financial services.

Daniel Rowland is an Honorary Associate of Sydney Law School and has extensive experience in legal technical assistance programs in the Asia-Pacific region.

Professor Ben Saul specialises in public international law, especially terrorism, use of force, humanitarian law, human rights, refugees and the United Nations.

Associate Professor Leon Wolff is Associate Professor of Law at Queensland University of Technology where he specialises in Japanese law and society. He is currently pursuing a project on law and popular culture in Japan.

Centre Affiliates

Paul Davis represents Japanese utility, trading and mining companies in their investments overseas and has a broad range of dispute resolution experience in the mining and enegy sectors.

Judge Judith Gibson, District Court of New South Wales

Dr Brett G. Williams is the principal in the law firm Williams Trade Law. He is a specialist in International Regulation of Trade, especially the law of the World Trade Organization and bilateral and regional trade agreements. He has extensive experience as a teacher, researcher and technical assistance consultant in international trade law and policy. He has taught World Trade Organization law at the University of Sydney Faculty of Law since 2001. He has also taught World Trade Organization law for the Australian National University (2013-2015), Chinese University of Hong Kong (2010-2012), University of North Carolina (2004-2006), William and Mary College (1996-98) and the University of Adelaide (1996). He has experience publishing, researching or working on the relationship between international trade law and the law of several Asia Pacific countries, including Australia, China, Malaysia, Samoa and Timor-Leste.

Centre Visitors

Judge Yoshitaka Uno, Tokyo District Court, Japan
Sponsor: Professor Luke Nottage
Judge Yoshitaka is the 2016/17 ANJeL Judge in residence and will be researching (a) the structure and mechanisms of the criminal justice system in Australia, in particular the jury system and the ERISP system and (b) to research the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth).

Judge Taku Okada, Osaka District and Family Courts, Japan
Sponsor: Professor Luke Nottage
Judge Okada is the 2015/16 ANJeL Judge in residence and will be researching the procedures of criminal and juvenile trials in Australia and training for people who work in the judicial system in Australia, focusing on education programs for legal professionals.

Judge Shota Watanuki, Saga District Court, Japan.
Sponsor: Professor Luke Nottage
Judge Watanuki is the 2014/15 ANJeL Judge in Residence comparing especially case management in complex civil disputes as well as lay participation in criminal and civil jury trials.

Judge Kaoru Ueno, Saga District Court, Japan.
Sponsor: Professor Luke Nottage
Judge Ueno was the 2013/14 ANJeL Judge in Residence comparing especially case management in complex civil disputes as well as lay participation in criminal and civil jury trials.

Associate Professor Jiang Fen, Zhejiang University, China.
Sponsor: Professor Vivienne Bath
Associate Professor Jiang is visiting from 29 January to 26 April 2013 to continue research on his thesis titled 'Benchmark-choice Rules for Establishing "Benefit" in the Context of Subsidy Identification'.

Judge Shinpei Takazakura, Fukuoka District Court, Japan.
Judge Takazakura is visiting for a year from June 2012 to compare expedited case management and expert evidence in civil and administrative cases.

Professor Martin Doris, Faculty of Law, Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Sponsor: Professor Luke Nottage
Before joining the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Martin Doris taught at the School of Law at the University of Glasgow (UK) for four years. His principal areas of research and teaching expertise are transnational private law, particularly contract law, international commercial arbitration and consumer sales rights. He is currently working on a research project examining the reform of consumer sales law in Hong Kong. He is also involved in ODRExchange, a research pilot project focused on the development of a cross border infrastructure for online dispute resolution. A Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators, he currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Hong Kong Corporate Counsel Association and sits on the editorial boards of the Vindobona Journal and the International Journal of Private Law. Professor Doris is visiting Sydney Law School from 7 May to 3 June 2012.

Judge Minoru Sonoda, Tokyo District Court, Tokyo, Japan.
Judge Sonoda, a graduate of the University of Tokyo and seconded from the Tokyo District Court, visited for 12 months from July 2011 to research the reforms of the civil justice system to expedite civil trials, such as the new case management system and the introduction of the "Fast Track Directions" in the Federal Court to reduce duration and costs.

Associate Professor Xia Fei, East China University of Political Science and Law, Shanghai, China.
Associate Professor Xia visited Sydney Law School for three weeks in May 2011 to teach part of the undergraduate unit of study LAWS3068 Chinese Laws and Chinese Legal Systems. She also gave a public seminar on police power in China.

Judge Hidemasa Yasukawa, Kagoshima District Court, Kagoshima, Japan.
Judge Yasukawa visited Sydney Law School for 12 months from July as the 2010 ANJeL Judge in Residence. A graduate of the University of Tokyo seconded from the Kagoshima District Court, Judge Yasukawa studied how New South Wales – known as the "defamation capital of Australia" – uses jury trials in defamation cases.

Professor Hongjun Ma, China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing, China.
Professor Ma visited the Law School from June to July 2010. Professor Ma’s current research area concerns issues of sports law and legal writing. Whilst here he conducted research on the history and structure of the Australian betting framework, in particular, plans to combat money laundering; the feasibility and success of legislation to control or monitor sports betting and gambling; and examined and reviewed Australian legislation and judicial interpretations of provisions designed to combat sports gambling crime.

Professor Alison Conner, William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai'i.
Professor Conner visited Sydney Law School in late June 2010. She specialises in Chinese law and legal history and has published widely in that area. Prior to becoming a legal academic, Professor Conner practised on Wall Street for 5 years. She has a JD from Harvard Law School and a PhD from Cornell University in Asian Studies, and is fluent in spoken and written Chinese.

Ms Li Li, Senior Legal Counsel (IPR) for the Hewlett-Packard Company in Shanghai, and former Deputy Chief Judge of the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Tribunal of the Pudong New Area Court in Shanghai.
Ms Li, who specialises in Chinese intellectual property law, visited Sydney Law School from 2-7 May 2010. The Basic Courts in China are the courts of first instance, where 90% of all Chinese cases are resolved. Ms Li served on the Pudong Court, the Basic Court for the thriving business district of the Shanghai Pudong New Area from 2000 to 2008, and acquired extensive experience in commercial and intellectual property litigation, before moving to practice in the corporate sector. She has a Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws from the East China University of Political Science and Law, and has published extensively in the areas of trademark law, unfair competition and business secrets litigation.

Professor Ryo Shimanami, Kobe University, Kobe, Japan.
Professor Shimanami visited Sydney Law School as an ANJeL Research Visitor from December 2009 to March 2010. Professor Shimanami is a law graduate of the University of Tokyo, and has previously been a visiting scholar at Stanford University, London University and Toronto University. He specialises in intellectual property law, cyber law and law and economics and has also been actively involved in several Japanese law associations. He is on the executive committee of the Japan Association of Industrial Property Law and is a member of the working team of the Copyright Council of Agency for Cultural Affairs.

Professor Tatsuya Nakamura, Kokushikan University, Tokyo, Japan.
Professor Nakamura visited from September 2009 to March 2010 to conduct research on arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution in Australia. His recent Japanese language publications include (2008) International Dispute Resolution (Daigaku Kyoiku Shuppan). Recent English language publications include 'Arbitration in Japan' in the 2008 Japan Business Law Guide (CCH) and 'Final Settlement of Disputes on Existence and Effect of Arbitration Agreements under the UNICTRAL Model Law' 23(8) International Arbitration Report (2008). Professor Nakamura is the General Manager of the Arbitration and Mediation Departments of the Japan Commercial Arbitration Association.

Professor Nakamura has produced a series of short articles in Japanese on Arbitration and ADR in Australia.

Judge Yoshinori Hashiguchi, Kagoshima District Court, Kagoshima, Japan.
Judge Hashiguchi visited Sydney Law School as ANJeL Judge in Residence from June 2009 to June 2010. A graduate of the University of Tokyo, his research in Australia focused on two pressing issues as Japan recommences in May 2009 a quasi-jury (saiban'in) system for serious criminal cases: (1) how such systems interact with media coverage of trials, and (2) the use of "bench books". Judge Hashiguchi has served in the Kagoshima District Court since his appointment as associate judge in October 2006.

Professor Yasuhei Taniguchi, Emeritus Professor, Kyoto University; Of Counsel, Matsuo and Kosugi; Former Chair of the WTO Appellate Body.
Sydney Law School was privileged to host Professor Taniguchi as a 2009 Distinguished Visitor from July to August 2009. Professor Taniguchi is one of the world's most eminent experts in comparative civil procedure and cross-border dispute resolution. He served on the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization from 2000 until 2007. He has also been active in international arbitration, especially in the ICC and throughout the Asia-Pacific, and is currently president of the Japan Association of Arbitrators. Professor Taniguchi was also former president of the Japanese Association of Civil Procedure, and former Vice-President of the International Association of Procedural Law. He recently retired from Senshu University Law School, and before that taught principally at Kyoto University.

Centre Interns

Ada Lee (Semester Two 2016)
Crystal Yang (Semester Two 2016)
Catherine Qu (Semester One 2016)
Stephen Ke (Semester One 2016)
Angus Nicholas (Semester Two 2015)
Mariko Kadota (Semester One 2015)
Catie Wang (Semester One 2015)
Stephanie Cheung (Semester Two 2014)
Michael Power (Semester One, 2014)
Giovanni Frischman (Semester Two, 2013)
Stephanie Zughbi (Semester Two, 2013)
Angelica McCall (Semester One, 2013)
Isabelle Meere (Semester One, 2013)
Thomas Shaw (Semester Two, 2012)
Alexandra Boxall (Semester One, 2012)
Elizabeth Leung (Semester One, 2012)
Min Jung Esther Choi (Semester Two, 2011)
Anthony Hui (Semester One, 2011)
Eriko Kadota (Semester One, 2011)
Andrew Ran Cong (Semester Two, 2010)
Chris Xie (Semester Two, 2010)
Wei Jia Chen (Semester One, 2010)
Shannon Yan (Semester One, 2010)
Glenn Kembrey (Semester Two, 2009)