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ALTA 2017 Confirmed Speakers

The ALTA 2017 Annual Conference Organising Committee are delighted to present the following confirmed invited speakers to the Conference.


Professor Michael A Adams

Michael’s specialist areas are corporate law and corporate governance. He is an expert in financial services regulation (particularly securities markets, insider trading, market manipulation) and the broader area of legal education and technology. Professor Adams has been Dean of Law since 2007, which is a decade of senior academic leadership.
He teaches, writes and presents regularly on these topics, as well as a major media commentator, through TV, radio, newspapers and online forums. Published 12 books, 35+ chapters, 100+ articles and has presented at over 250 conferences in the last 25 years.
Professor Adams’ has degrees in accounting/economics and law, as well as a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators (FACE), the Governance Institute of Australia (formerly CSA/ICSA) FCIS/FGIA-Life and the Australian Academy of Law (FAAL). From 2007 he was appointed head of law at UWS, now Western Sydney University.  Previously he was Professor of Corporate Law, Perpetual Trustees Australia chair of Financial Services Law and Assistant Director at the UTS Centre for Corporate Governance, University of Technology Sydney.  
He was the 2001 National President of Chartered Secretaries Australia (CSA, now Governance Institute of Australia) and served on the ICSA International Professional Standards Committee.  He has been a consultant to the national law firm Ashurst (Blake Dawson) since 2003. He is a Director of the charities FreedomHub Ltd; the Australian Pro Bono Centre; and the Australian Academy of Law. Also, the Deputy Chair of the Australian Council of Law Deans (CALD). In 2000 he was the recipient of the Australian University Teacher of the Year in “Law and Legal Studies” and in 2005 he was the recipient of the Institute’s President’s Award and additionally made a Life member in 2014.

Assistant Professor Katie Sykes

Katie is a member of the Faculty of Law at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia – one of Canada’s newest law faculties.  Her main research interests are animals and the law, and the future of the legal profession.  In 2015 she started teaching a new course, Lawyering in the Twenty-First Century, that focuses on law students’ development of their professional identities in a rapidly changing landscape.  More information about the course, and writing by the students, can be seen on the course web site.  In 2016 she collaborated with Georgetown University Law Centre and Neota Logic, a software company started by a group of tech-savvy lawyers, to teach law students how to design legal apps using Neota’s software platform.  Students in the apps course design and build apps for non-profit legal organizations to use in-house or make available to clients, aiming to provide simple, user-friendly paths to legal solutions and better access to justice. 

Plenary Two

Duncan FrenchProfessor Duncan French

Professor Duncan French is Professor of International Law, Head of the Law School and University PGT Dean at the University of Lincoln in the United Kingdom. Professor French is General Editor of Environmental Liability: Law, Policy and Practice as well as being on the Board of Editors of Journal of Environmental Law. He was Chair of the International Law Association (ILA) Study Group on Due Diligence in International Law (2012-2016) and Co-Rapporteur of ILA Committee on International Law on Sustainable Development (2003-2012). His research interests include public international law and, more specifically, international environmental law, international economic law, law of the sea, and international dispute settlement. Recent and forthcoming publications include edited chapters and articles on such diverse topics as the concept of common concern in international environmental law, the Trail Smelter Arbitration, the South China Sea Arbitration, the legal status and functioning of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and “Brexit”. He is currently editing two collections on the UN Global Goals and International Law and the interface between public and private international law, respectively. Professor French has recently been awarded an EU-funded Marie Curie International Fellowship to bring an international colleague to Lincoln to work for two years on the topic of law and the Anthropocene. He has recently also led on an externally funded artist-in-residency project for the social sciences at the University of Lincoln. Most importantly, he is dad of one teenager and three “tweenagers”.

Professor GuilfoyleProfessor Douglas Guilfoyle 

Professor Douglas Guilfoyle researches and teaches in the fields of general public international law, international criminal law, and the law of the sea. Douglas joined Monash University in 2015 and is currently the Associate Dean (Research). He was formerly a Reader in International Law at University College London. He is the author of Shipping Interdiction and the Law of the Sea (CUP 2009), International Criminal Law (OUP 2016) and numerous articles on thel aw of the sea with an emphasis on maritime security, naval warfare, and Somali piracy. He has consulted, inter alia, to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia and the Office of the UN Commissioner for Human Rights. He holds his LLM and PhD from the University of Cambridge where he was a Gates Scholar and a Chevening Scholar. His undergraduate study was at the ANU (BA (hons), LLB (hons)), which he represented in the world championship round of the Jessup Moot in 1998.

Professor Bing Ling

Professor Bing Ling is Professor of Chinese law and Associate Dean (International) at the University of Sydney Law School. He received his law degree from Peking University in Beijing where he also taught for two years. He received his postgraduate degree from the US and obtain the Diploma in public international law from the Hague Academy. Professor Ling worked in Hong Kong for nearly twenty years and was one of the founding professors at the Faculty of Law of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He joined Sydney Law School in 2012 and has specialised in Chinese law, comparative contracts and public international law.

Plenary Three

The Hon Nicholas Hasluck AM, QC 

Nicholas Hasluck AM, QC studied law at the University of Western Australia, then Oxford, before practising law in Perth as a barrister and eventually as senior counsel. He went on to serve as President of the Equal Opportunity Tribunal (WA) from 1990 to 1999 and as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Western Australia from 2000 to 2010. He has served also as Deputy Chair of the Australia Council and as Chair of the Literature Board, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Art Gallery of Western Australia. In addition to his book Legal Limits on the relationship between law and literature he has written 13 novels, including Dismissal and The Bellarmine Jug, winner of The Age Book of the Year Award. He was recently awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters by the University of Western Australia. His latest novel The Bradshaw Case concerns a native title claim in the Kimberley region affected by ancient Aboriginal rock art.

Professor Melissa de Zwart

Professor Melissa de Zwart is Dean of Law, Adelaide Law School. Melissa has a keen interest in the intersection between law and technology. Prior to joining academia, she was the Manager, Legal Services, CSIRO, where she advised on protection and commercialisation of technology. Her areas of research focus primarily on digital technology, as it interacts with culture, human behaviour and new areas of innovation. She has published widely on copyright, social media, surveillance, popular culture and the commercialisation of outer space. She is the Deputy Director of the Research Unit on Military Law and Ethics, a Member of the Advisory Council of Space Industry Association and the Editor of the Media & Arts Law Review. Melissa is frequently asked to advise on social media and technology issues to judges, the media, schools and government. In 2015 she was the Team Leader of the AdelaideX Cyberwar, Surveillance and Security MOOC which has attracted over 32,000 students globally.

Matt Rubinstein

Matt Rubinstein is a writer and lawyer.  

His first novel, Solstice, was shortlisted for the Australian/Vogel award and published in 1994. His adaptation of the book for the State Theatre Company of South Australia was featured in the 1996 Adelaide Festival. His second novel, Nomad, was published in 1997 and his third, A Little Rain on Thursday, was runner-up for the Australian/Vogel award and was published in 2007, followed by a UK release and translations into six languages.  

Matt has written or co-written short films including Mona Lisa (2004), which has shown in over 120 international film festivals; Paper & Sand (2006), which was a finalist in two categories for the Dendy Awards and was nominated for an AFI award for Best Screenplay in a Short Film. In 2016 he adapted Helen Garner’s best-seller Joe Cinque’s Consolation for the screen with writer and director Sotiris Dounoukos.  It was first screened at the Melbourne International Film Festival and had its international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival ahead of its Australian theatrical release.  

Matt also works as a competition and regulatory lawyer at Gilbert + Tobin in Sydney.  He won the Calibre Prize for his essay “Body and Soul: Copyright Law and Enforcement in the Age of the Electronic Book” and has long been interested in the intersection between law and literature

Plenary Four

Professor Elizabeth Handsley

Professor Elizabeth Handsley joined Flinders in 1996, and has taught also at law schools in Sydney and Perth. She teaches constitutional law and media law, and researches mainly on children's media law. In that work Elizabeth aims to challenge media law by exposing it to multidisciplinary and cross-doctrinal comparisons, for example with human rights and consumer protection paradigms.

Her recent and forthcoming publications are on digital food marketing to children; article 17 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child; anti-obesity laws, the Australian Constitution and international human rights law; the comparison between protection of children against misleading and deceptive advertising under media law and consumer protection law; and advertising and the Children's Rights and Business Principles.

She is also a regulator contributor to public debate and policy development on children’s media law, via her position as President of the Australian Council on Children and the Media. In recognition of this work she was a finalist in the Children’s Law Awards in 2014.

In addition, Elizabeth maintains an interest in constitutional law and practice relating to the judiciary, particularly the selection of judges. An article on this topic, co-authored with Professor Andrew Lynch of the University of NSW, appeared in the Sydney Law Review in 2015.

Sean Fewster

Sean Fewster is the chief court reporter for The Advertiser and Sunday Mail newspapers in Adelaide, South Australia. He has spent the majority of his 19-year career covering legal and justice issues - his interest in which was piqued, in childhood, by his father's work as an SA Police officer. He is the author of the bestselling book City of Evil: The Truth about Adelaide's Strange and Violent Underbelly, and hosts a weekly segment called "Around The Courts" on Adelaide's talkback radio station, FiveAA. Sean features regularly on documentaries aired by Foxtel's Crime Investigation Australia network and has spoken at victimology, forensics, homicide, legal aid and courts public relations conferences around the country. He is also a member of the board of the Carly Ryan Foundation, which promotes internet safety for children and teens.

Matthew Doran

Matthew Doran is a federal political reporter with ABC News in Parliament House, Canberra. His career with the national broadcaster started in 2013 as a cadet journalist in the Adelaide newsroom. After a year, Matthew was posted to the ABC’s Port Pirie studios, where he was the sole reporter for ABC News and Current Affairs covering the Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Mid North, Yorke Peninsula and southern Flinders Ranges. During that time, he covered everything from the yearly grape vintage, to bushfires and the 2014 South Australian state election.  

In March 2015 Matthew moved to the nation’s capital, taking a role in the Canberra newsroom. He quickly found himself in the thick of reporting on ACT politics and courts, and led the ABC’s coverage of the Canberra hearings of the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption.  

After a few months, Matthew moved to Capital Hill and joined the broadcaster’s federal politics team - just in time for the Malcolm Turnbull’s successful leadership challenge in September 2015. He was a member of the ABC’s team traipsing around the country on the 2016 federal election campaign. His specific focus is on legal affairs coverage and, as one of the younger members of the Parliament House Bureau, steering the ABC’s political coverage online and on social media.  

Matthew has won two South Australian Press Club Awards for his radio coverage, and has been a finalist as Young Journalist of the Year at the SA Press Club and in the SA Media Awards. He completed a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of South Australia at the end of 2012.

Plenary Five

The Honourable Chris Kourakis, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

· Admitted to practice 1982.
· Articled at Johnston Withers McCusker.
· Worked at the Legal Services Commission for several years then at a suburban practice before going to the Bar in 1989.
· Legal Services Commissioner 1993-1997.
· Took silk in 1997.
· President of the Law Society 2001.
· Appointed as Solicitor-General for the State of South Australia on 3 February 2003.
· Appointed to the bench of the Supreme Court of South Australia 21 August 2008.
· Appointed as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia on 25 June 2012.
· National Patron of the Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association since 2014.
· Conferred Degree of Doctor of Laws honoris causa by Flinders University April 2015.

The Hon John Mansfield AM QC

John Ronald Mansfield was appointed to the Federal Court of Australia in September 1996. 

Justice Mansfield retired from the Federal Court of Australia in August 2016.

Justice Mansfield graduated from the University of Adelaide with Honours and was admitted as a practitioner in 1969. Justice Mansfield was appointed Queen’s Counsel for South Australia in 1985 and Queen’s Counsel for the Northern Territory in 1988. He was President of the South Australian Law Society 1988-1989, President of the Law Council of Australia from 1993-1994, Chairman of the Legal Aid Committee for the Law Council of Australia from 1986-1994, Chairman of the SA Legal Services Commission 1995-1996 and Chairman of the Third Party Premiums Committee (South Australia) from 1986-1996. During 1991-1993 Justice Mansfield held the role as Counsel assisting the Commissioner, and later was Commissioner of the Royal Commission into the State Bank of South Australia. Justice Mansfield was also Chair of the Graduate Diploma and Legal Practice Education from 2004-2011.

Justice Mansfield was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2009.

Cheryl Axleby

Cheryl is a proud Narungga woman with family ties across South Australia and is the Chief Executive Officer of the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement Incorporated.
In a career spanning 35 years, mostly in the not for profit sector; and 10 years working within SA Government, Cheryl has been working towards achieving Social Justice and equity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in SA.  During her with career with SA Government, Cheryl was a strong advocate for Cultural Inclusion within Government services delivered to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
Cheryl has 25 years’ experience working within the Law and Justice portfolio and has held the position of Chairperson of the Women’s Legal Service of South Australia, Alternate Deputy Chairperson of the SA ATSIC Patpa Warra Yunti Regional Council,  Correctional Services Advisory Board member to the Minister, Board member of Dame Roma Mitchell, Board member of Seeds Of Affinity, a not for profit organisation providing support to women with lived prison experience.
Current positions held; Board member Reconciliation SA,  Executive member/ Aboriginal spokesperson of the Justice Reinvestment SA working group, member of the SA Coalition for Social Justice,  Co-Chair of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (NATSILS).
 Cheryl has a training and development background and developed the Cultural Inclusion Framework for the SA Government and the Cultural Sensitivity and Respect program within Families SA.
Other employment positions held; Manager of the Metropolitan Aboriginal Youth and Family Services from 2005-2010, within the Youth Justice Directorate, Manager of Families SA office in the northern metropolitan region, working within child protection. Cheryl is currently Secretary of  the SA  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women's Alliance (SATSIWA) and member of the National body (NATSIWA).

Professor Ngaire Naffine

Professor Ngaire Naffine is a Bonython Professor of Law at the University of Adelaide. Her last book was "Law's Meaning of Life: Philosophy, Religion and the Legal Person." Professor Naffine's current research interests are in legal philosophy, criminal law, and feminist legal theory. She has also written about law and religion and medical law.