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6 new academic staff join Sydney Law School

12 March 2018
Meet our new academic staff

The Law School continues to expand research and teaching expertise with new appointments.

Sydney Law School is pleased to announce the recent appointment of six new academic staff.

Associate Professor Nicole Graham, Associate Professor Tyrone Kirchengast, Dr Alice Orchiston, Associate Professor Yane Svetiev, Dr Rowan Nicholson and Ben Chen, bring research and teaching expertise from their careers in Law Schools in Australia and around the world, as well as outside academia.

Their areas of expertise include criminal law, labour and employment law, competition law and IP, international law, contracts and property law.

Nicole Graham

Nicole Graham

Associate Professor Nicole Graham teaches and researches in the fields of property law and theory, and legal geography. She has written on the relationship between law, environment and culture with a particular focus on property rights, natural resource regulation and the concept of place.

She has received teaching awards for her work teaching property law, and has made significant contributions to educational development in embedding Indigenous laws and perspectives into the law curriculum; and sustainability in legal education.

In 2018, Nicole will teach Real Property and Foundations of Law in the JD and LLB programs.

Tyrone Kirchengast

Tyrone Kirchengast 

Associate Professor Tyrone Kirchengast is an international expert on crime victim rights and improving victim’s access to justice. He has published widely on the integration of victims in the adversarial criminal trial, has consulted for the Department of Justice, NSW, and been an expert advisor to commissions of inquiry on crime victim rights.

Tyrone is admitted as a legal practitioner of the Supreme Court of NSW and is a solicitor and barrister of the High Court of Australia. His research is comparative, with an interest in adversarial and inquisitorial court processes across international and domestic legal systems, including mixed and hybrid systems of justice in Europe, Asia and South America.

Tyrone will teach Civil and Criminal Procedure and Criminal Law.

Alice Orchiston

Alice Orchiston

Dr Alice Orchiston’s research focuses on issues connected with labour and employment, the regulation of commercial sexual activity and gender-based violence. Her current project is working with Professor Shae McCrystal on her ARC Discovery Project 'Protected action ballots and protected industrial action under the Fair Work Act: The impact of ballot procedures on enterprise bargaining processes'.

Prior to entering academia, Alice worked in legal practice and policy, focusing on gender violence and work. She has undertaken consultancies with organisations such as the International Finance Corporation, Australian Human Rights Commission and Centre for Gender Related Violence Studies.

In 2018, Alice will teach Criminal Law and Legal Research, and also guest lecture in Sydney Law School’s Employment Relations and the Law seminar series.

Yane Svetiev

Yane Svetiev

Associate Professor Yane Svetiev joins Sydney Law School from the Bocconi University School of Law in Milan. Prior to Bocconi University he has held academic appointments at the Law Department of the European University Institute, as Max Weber Fellow also at the EUI, and at Brooklyn Law School, USA. He has also worked as a judicial associate to the Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG at the High Court of Australia and as litigation associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York.

Yane teaches and writes in the areas of economic law, market regulation and competition law, with a specific focus on the design of governance and regulatory instruments for enforcement, as well as regulatory regimes at national, regional and transnational level. His current research in the area of EU law and governance examines the interface between EU market regulation (competition law, consumer law and sectoral regulation law) with the national legal and regulatory institutions of the Member States. 

Rowan Nicholson

Rowan Nicholson

Dr Rowan Nicholson joins Sydney Law School after recently completing his doctorate at the University of Cambridge. He has worked as a solicitor in Australia and on cases in the International Court of Justice and other international forums.

In 2014, Rowan was awarded a Cambridge Australia Scholarship, which enables outstanding Australian graduates to undertake Masters and PhD studies at the University of Cambridge. His doctoral thesis, forthcoming as a book, presents a new theory of statehood and personality in international law, drawing on jurisprudence, on the history of legal interaction between Western and non-Western political entities, and on insights about recognition by other states.

Rowan will teach Legal Research in 2018.

Ben Chen

Ben Chen

Ben Chen is a doctoral candidate at Columbia University School of Law and at the Australian National University Research School of Economics. His legal research focuses on mental incapacity in private law, using behavioural-economic and historical approaches.

Ben completed his LL.M. at Columbia Law School and his undergraduate degrees at ANU. He served as judicial clerk to Justice G.C. Lindsay of the Supreme Court of New South Wales; been a research assistant to Professor Elizabeth S. Scott, the chief reporter for Restatement of Children and the Law; and worked as a judicial clerk at the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory.

In 2018, Ben will teach Private International Law A and Equity.