About School

World-class Law

UOW Law aims to produce outstanding graduates who are informed, independent, effective and responsible problem solvers and communicators.  We are committed to teaching excellence, engaging students in a practical, intellectually rigorous and satisfying experience.  UOW Law strives to maintain legal research that is formally ranked above world class and is rich in expertise, interdisciplinarity and international perspectives.  We are committed to social justice and providing a legal education which engages with the complexities of law's intersection with society.

Our History

The Faculty of Law at the University of Wollongong was established in 1990.  The late Professor Jack Goldring, then a member of the Australian Law Reform Commission and formerly Professor and Head of the School of Law at Macquarie University, was appointed as Foundation Dean. He was succeeded as Dean by Professor Helen Gamble in 1995 and Associate Professor Robin Handley in October 1999. Professor Stuart Kaye was appointed in 2002, followed by Professor Luke McNamara in 2007 and Professor Warwick Gullett in 2012.

In July 2017, international law expert Professor Colin B. Picker was appointed Dean of Law. Professor Picker has a PhD from UNSW, a law degree from Yale and expertise in international economic law (IEL) and comparative law. He has taught and run research projects across the world, including at many of the best universities in the United States, Russia, China, and elsewhere in Asia, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. 

UOW Law has attracted highly qualified staff from Universities in Australia and overseas and from legal practice. We have a reputation for innovative research and have established, as our main research concentration, the Legal Intersections Research Centre, which researches at the intersections between law and other academic disciplines.  

 

Last reviewed: 24 November, 2017