Professor Gillian Triggs bids farewell to the Law School

27 July 2012

Today marks the last day as Dean of the Sydney Law School for Professor Gillian Triggs prior to her commencement as the next President of the Australian Human Rights Commission.

"Since the announcement of my new appointment, I have been almost overwhelmed with kind letters and emails wishing me well in my new position," Professor Triggs says.

"I have been deeply honoured by the opportunity to work as Dean and to be part of this great university and dynamic law school.

"I arrived in 2007 as a foreigner from that other place down south and was nonetheless warmly welcomed.

"The last five years have been very happy ones for me."

Professor Triggs oversaw a number of significant changes and developments at the Sydney Law School, in particular the move from downtown to the University's main campus.

"I am especially grateful for the rare opportunity as a Dean to be part of the move to this beautiful building," she says.

"The last five years have been ones of significant change for Sydney University and Law School.

"We have responded to the globalisation of law and legal education; we have internationalised the curriculum, adopted the JD degree, created new programs including the Justice Kim Santow program in social justice/ clinical education, the forthcoming masters in Law and Development, as well as new specialisations in global energy and resources law and banking and finance.

"None of these initiatives would have been successful without support of my academic and professional services colleagues in the faculty, as well as our loyal alumni andcommitted students.

"Personally, I would like to thank the Vice-Chancellor, Dr Michael Spence and the Pro-Vost, Professor Stephen Garton as well as senior management generally for their leadership and support.

"I would also like to extend my thanks to my Divisional colleagues, Professor Duncan Ivison and Professor Rob Tierney.

"Further, it has been a signal feature of the law school, reflecting its evolution from chambers in Phillip Street that we have a strong connection with the legal profession.

"I would like to thank our alumni and friends in the profession, for their support over the years.

"We would not be able to run the wide range of options we offer without the help of the profession, bench and bar.

"I am very grateful for their support and the support of our donors to the Law School Law Foundation and its chair Bruce McWilliams.

"Finally, to my academic colleagues, both on the Faculty and our adjunct staff, you are the bedrock of the faculty, I have valued your friendship and your commitment to excellent teaching and research.

"It has been a privilege to work with scholars of such high standing who make contributions to analytical thinking about the law, law reform, social justice.

"This is a fine faculty and I believe it will go from strength to strength as one of the leading global law schools in the world.

"I wish you all well."

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