New law professors to join Melbourne Law School for the 2015 academic year

Six outstanding new law professors will be joining Melbourne Law School for the 2015 academic year.

Melbourne Law School Dean Professor Carolyn Evans says that the new staff members were selected from a very wide pool of applicants and will bring a diverse range of areas of expertise and experience to the law school.

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“Our new academics have trained at some of the world’s leading institutions including Oxford, Yale and Stanford. They have demonstrated the highest quality of scholarship and a deep commitment to teaching excellence,” says Professor Evans. “We are looking forward to welcoming them next year.”

Inbar Levy
Inbar is a graduate of Hebrew University and Oxford University where she earned a BCL and is currently completing her DPhil.  Inbar is qualified in both law and psychology and brings these two disciplines to bear in her research on civil procedure.

Inbar has won numerous awards including the Modern Law Review Doctoral Scholarship and has also spent time at Columbia as a visiting research fellow.  Inbar will be joining Melbourne Law School as a lecturer teaching across dispute resolution, evidence and torts.  Her research is on civil procedure reform and judicial decision making.  She will start in the middle of 2015 after finishing a period visiting Harvard.

Dr William (Will) Partlett
Will is a graduate of Princeton, Stanford, and Oxford with qualifications in both history and law.  He has also held a teaching fellowship at Columbia and is currently on faculty at Chinese University of Hong Kong.  He has also tutored at both Stanford and Oxford and clerked for Justice Phyllis Kravitch on the eleventh circuit.

Will teaches in constitutional and criminal law.  His research is in comparative constitutional law with a particular emphasis on the former Soviet Union states and the United States (he is fluent in Russian).  He will be joining the law school as a senior lecturer in the middle of the year.

Dr Kristen Rundle
Kristen joins the law school at the start of 2015 as a senior lecturer. Kristen is a graduate of the universities of Sydney and Toronto where her PhD thesis won the prize for best thesis in the university.

The book that she wrote from this thesis (Forms Liberate) has been widely acclaimed including coming second in the Peter Birks Book Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship.  Kristen researches and teaches in administrative law and legal theory.  She is currently a senior lecturer at UNSW and has previously held a position at LSE.

Scott Stephenson
Scott is a graduate of ANU and has a master’s and is completing a JSD from Yale. He has been an associate to Justice Bell of the High Court and also spent a year as a research officer at the High Court. He has spent some time working at the Administrative Review Council at the Attorney-General’s department.

His research focuses on comparative constitutional protection of bills of rights and he teaches in constitutional and administrative law. Scott will be joining the law school at the start of 2015 as a lecturer.

Dr Lael (Lulu) Weis
Lu is a current Melbourne Law School teacher who has been a McKenzie fellow and is currently on a teaching contract.  She researches on the theory of property law and constitutional law.

Lu is a graduate of Stanford where she has obtained degrees in both law and philosophy and of the University of Washington.  She has taught at both Melbourne and Stanford and also run the highly successful Legal Theory Workshop here at Melbourne.  She will be teaching in property law, legal theory and constitutional law.

Judith Marychurch
Judith will be joining the law school as the assistant dean (Teaching and Learning) and a senior lecturer. Judith is originally a Melbourne Law School graduate and has been teaching at Wollongong for many years.

Judith teaches evidence and corporate law and researches in these areas as well as on legal education. Judith starts at the Law School in April but will spend several days with the Law School during the rest of this year and during 2015 orientation.

About Melbourne Law School

Melbourne Law School is ranked in the top 10 law schools in the world. In April 2014, Melbourne Law School was once again named the number one law school in Australia by the QS World University Ranking by Subject. At number 8, it is the only Australian law school to be numbered among the world’s top 10. The QS World University Rankings evaluate university education and are the first to rank universities at individual subject level in the world. The rankings are based on research citations and data on reputation, including surveys of academics and graduate employers.


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