Staff listing

Contact a Deakin Law School staff member, see their staff profile or read their publications.

School Executive

Dean of Law
Professor Jenni Lightowlers

Deputy Dean of Law
Professor Marilyn McMahon 

Director of Research
Professor Dan Meagher

Director of HDR
Dr Shiri Krebs

Director of Teaching and Learning
Dr Jason Taliadoros

Associate Director of Teaching and Learning
Karen Powell

Academic coordinators


Director, Bachelor of Laws (LLB)

Dr Sharon Erbacher
Deputy Director, Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
Patricia Perlen

Director, Juris Doctor (JD)
Karen Powell 

Director, Master of Laws (LLM)
Professor Jean du Plessis
Director, Master of Professional Accounting and Law (MPAL)
Dr Zehra Gulay Kavame Eroglu
Director, Master of Legal Studies (MLS)
Dr Jason Taliadoros
Director, Master of Laws (Major Thesis)
Dr Josh Newton
Director International
Professor Jean du Plessis 
Co-ordinator - Recognition of prior learning
Kelly Green


Jean du Plessis   
Felicity Gerry, QC
Matthew Groves
Samantha Hepburn
Jenni Lightowlers
Marilyn McMahon
Dan Meagher

Emeritus professors

Associate professors

Associate Professor
Elizabeth Adeney      
Associate Professor
Theo Alexander
Associate Professor
Sonia Allan
Associate Professor
Pieter Badenhorst    
Associate Professor
Neera Bhatia 
Associate Professor
Mark Bowler-Smith
Associate Professor
Gabrielle Wolf

Senior lecturers


Associate lecturers

Teaching scholars

Clinical solicitors

Administrative staff

Law Librarian

Michelle Bendall (Melbourne Burwood Campus)

Current HDR students

P = Principal
A = Associate

NamePhD topicSupervisor
Stephanos AlevrasSolvency, Liquidty and Capital Maintenance: Australian Reform in International ContextProf Jean Du Plessis (P)
Jonathan Aiogwu AndeEffective Regulatory Response to Bank Lending in Mitigating the Effect of Energy Companies on Climate Change
Dakshina ChandraGlobal metamorphosis of legal servicesDr Claudio Bozzi (P)
Vivek ChandraEnergy Resources in Disputed Regions: Evaluation of International Law and Recommendations for South China SeaDr John Morss (P) 

Dr Claudio Bozzi (A) 

A/Prof Pieter Badenhorst (A)
Yin ChenA Study on Corporate Social Responsibility in the Chinese ContextProf du Plessis (P)

Dr Firew Tiba (A) 
Pritam DeyHuman rights obligation of corporates: understanding horizontal effects of rights and enforcement in constitutional democracy
Kelly GreenToward a Cohesive Theory of Publisher Liability for Online DefamationDr Sharon Erbacher (P)
Dr Jason Taliadoros (A)
Katrina HoganCreating an Australian Framework to Nurture Conscious Capitalism OffshoreProf John Du Plessis (P)
Akanksha JumdeAn Analysis of Mandatory CSR Provisions under Indian Company Law
Paul McGorreryCriminalising Psychological HarmsProf Marilyn McMahon (P) 

Prof Samantha Hepburn (A) 

Dr Kelley Burton (A)
Kathryn (Katie) MillerIs administrative law fit for the Technology Age?Prof Matthew Groves (P)
George NeophytouCyber Law - Social Media Law and EconomicsProf Danuta Mendelson (P) 

Dr Andrew Torre (A) 

Dr Jason Taliadoros (A)
Carol Anne NewlandsThe Role of the Medical Panels in VictoriaProf Danuta Mendelson (P) 

Dr Jason Taliadoros (A) 
Athula PathinayakeSeeking Alternatives to PrisonProf Sandeep Gopalan (P) 

Prof Marilyn McMahon (A)

Dr Elizabeth Kirley (A)
Richard James PolkinghornRetrospective Study of Applications Made to Victorian Civil & Administrative TribunalProf Danuta Mendelson (P) 

Dr Jason Taliadoros (A)
George Douglas RaittMisuse of Market Power and the Hypothetical Competitive Market StandardProf Danuta Mendelson (P) 

Dr Andrew Torre (A) 
Ninia Farhana RezaCSR is often lost in supply chains of host states, as moral self-regulation is insufficient
Lisa RogersThe International Legal Framework for Intangible Cultural HeritageDr Jason Taliadoros (P)
Melanie TanOptimising and Balancing the Protection of Rights in Medical NegligenceA/Prof Sonia Allan (P) 

Ivan Hare (A)
Edwin TongoiMobile Financial Services: Regulatory Responses Australia, Kenya and South AfricaProf John Du Plessis (A)

Dr Elizabeth Kirley (A)
Cam TruongHow Effective Has Trade Practices Laws Been in Australia?

Dr Sharon Erbacher (P)

Dr Claudio Bozzi (A)

Leon WolffHow Does Law Matter in Japan?Prof Gill North (P) 

Dr Oscar Roos (A)

Adjunct academics