International lawyer to head university law school

Thursday, 4 October 2001

Internationally-respected academic and lawyer Professor Gabriel Moens has been appointed Dean of Law at Adelaide University. He has also been appointed to the John Bray Chair of Law. He will take up the appointments in April 2002 and will be responsible for rejuvenating the Law School in line with the recommendations of a Law School Review earlier this year.

Professor Moens is currently Garrick Professor of Law and Director of the Australian Institute of Foreign and Comparative Law at the TC Beirne School of Law at the University of Queensland.

He has taught at undergraduate and postgraduate level at universities around the world, including Germany, Austria, Italy, the UK, the United States, Singapore, Nepal and Australia. His areas of teaching and research are constitutional law, international commercial law, international commercial arbitration law, comparative law, European Union law and banking law. In 1999, he won the Australian Award for University Teaching in Law and Legal Studies. In 1995, for his services to education, he was awarded a knighthood by His Majesty, King Albert II of Belgium.

As a legal consultant, Professor Moens has worked for many law firms in Sydney and Brisbane. He is a member of the London-based Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and appears regularly before arbitral tribunals throughout the world. Last year, he arbitrated a major case before the International Court of Arbitration for Sports in Lausanne.

Adelaide University Vice-Chancellor Professor Cliff Blake AM described the appointment as an outstanding one for the University.

"Professor Moens is an eminent international figure in the fields of legal education, research and practice," he said. "His credentials and his track record equip him admirably for the task of managing the Law School through this period of change. The Adelaide University Law School has a long and distinguished history, producing graduates who have gone on to excel not only in law but in politics, business and many other fields.

"Professor Moens's mission will be to revitalize legal education at the University, initiate new programs, develop stronger links with the legal profession, and enhance our Law School's reputation as an institution of national and international standing."


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