Honorary Professor Nadja Alexander

Nadja Alexander is an international conflict resolution scholar and consultant. She is engaged as a senior mediation expert by the World Bank Group and is listed in the International Who’s Who of Commercial Mediation. Nadja is a Director and Board member of the Singapore International Mediation Institute. She also holds appointments to the Hong Kong Mediation Steering Committee, the Hong Kong Financial Dispute Resolution Centre’s Appointments Committee, the Standards Commission of the International Mediation Institute, and the Advisory Board of the Indian International ADR Association (IIAA).  

A multi-award winning writer (New York 2011, 2007) and university teacher (Canberra 1998), Nadja has previously held professorial appointments in universities in Hong Kong and Australia, in addition to visiting appointments in Europe, the US, Asia and Africa. She is Humboldtian Scholar having held research fellowships at both the Max Planck Institute for International and Comparative Law (2014-2015) and at the Europe-Viadrina University (2006-2007) in Germany.

Nadja has published more than 10 books and 100 papers and her work has been translated into seven languages. Nadja is editor of the international book series, Global Trends in Dispute Resolution and co-editor of Tán Pàn the Chinese-English Journal on Negotiation and the Kluwer Mediation Blog. Her major legal work, International Comparative Mediation: Legal Perspectives, won the prestigious CPR Award for Outstanding ADR book (New York 2011).  She is a graduate of leading universities in Australia (Queensland), Germany (Tübingen) and Austria (Vienna).

Honorary Professor Andrew Buck

Andrew Buck is Professor of Law at Macquarie University, was Associate Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Arts at Macquarie University (2008-2010), and has been visiting Professor of Law at the University of Western Ontario and the University of Florida. He is also an Honorary Professor in the School of History, Philosophy and Classics at UQ.

Andrew’s research fields are legal history and property. He is immediate past president of the Australia and New Zealand Law and History Society, and has edited the journal Legal History (formerly the Australian Journal of Legal History) since 2003. He is also series editor of a legal history monograph series with Australian Scholarly Publishing. His six authored and/or co-edited books include: The Grand Experiment: Law and Legal Culture in British Settler Societies (2008) and The Making of Australian Property Law (2006).
Honorary Professor Tony Lee
Reader in Law, University Of Queensland 1973-1989. Commissioner for Law Reform, Queensland, 1990 - 1996. Trustee, Viertel Foundation, 2002-2005. Then co-author with Professor H A J Ford of Principles of the Law of Trusts (continuing publication).
Honorary Professor Horst Klaus Lücke
LLB Adelaide, Dr Jur Cologne, MCJ New York

Professor, University of Adelaide Law School (1967–1984); Research Associate, Max-Planck-Institute for Foreign Private and Private International Law, Hamburg (1990–1998); Lecturer in Comparative Law, Adelaide Law School (1999–2005); Visiting Research Professor, University of Adelaide Law School (2005–2007). Academic interests: contract, comparative law, legal history, legal method.

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Honorary Professor David McLauchlan

David McLauchlan joined the Law Faculty at Victoria University of Wellington in 1971 and has been Professor of Law since 1981. He is also Honorary Professor at The University of Queensland, an associate member of Stout Street Chambers in Wellington, and in 2008 he was the McWilliam Professor in Commercial Law at the University of Sydney.

David is the author of two books and has published more than 100 journal articles and book chapters, mainly in the areas of the law of contract and commercial law. His writings have been frequently cited in the judgments of leading Commonwealth courts and he has received University awards for excellence in teaching and in research. The students at Victoria have voted him best lecturer in the Law Faculty several times in recent years.

David’s recent research has focused on remedies for breach of contract and contract interpretation. In 2007 a New Zealand Supreme Court judgment paid tribute to his “impeccable scholarship” in the interpretation field, saying that “his work to bring some logic and cohesion into the task of contractual interpretation has been as outstanding as it has been tireless”.
Honorary Professor Jim O'Donovan


Jim O’Donovan is one of Queensland’s many prodigal sons.  He graduated from the University of Queensland in Arts (1969) and Law (1972), with Honours.  He completed his Ph.D at the Australian National University in 1976 and returned to the University of Queensland in 1977 as a Senior Lecturer in Law.  He was elected as Dean of Law in 1981-1982 and was promoted to a Readership in Law in 1983.

In 1985 he was appointed as a Professor of Law at the University of Western Australia, where he served as Dean of Law and Head of the Department of Law from 1987-1989.  In 2004 the University of Queensland awarded him a Doctor of Laws in recognition of his scholarly publications over 30 years.  In 2014 he was appointed as an Honorary Professor of Law at the University of Queensland.

Jim O’Donovan has devoted over 40 years to research and publications on demanding topics.  His publications include: Company Receivers and Administrators (Thomson Reuters, 1980-2015); The Modern Contract of Guarantee, with Professor JC Phillips (Thomson Reuters, 1985-2015); The Modern Contract of Guarantee  (with Professor JC Phillips) (English Edition) (Sweet & Maxwell 2003) Lender Liability (Thomson Reuters,2000); Lender Liability (English edition) (Sweet & Maxwell ,2004); Personal Property Securities Law in Australia (Thomson Reuters, 2009).

Jim O’Donovan has also published numerous articles and influential conference papers, including The Retreat from Yerkey v Jones: From Status Back to Contract; Lenders Behaving Badly; PPSA 2009: Coming Ready or Not ;and Myths about Insolvent Trading.

Jim O’Donovan was an honorary consultant to the Harmer Committee in the ALRC’s General Insolvency Inquiry (1988) and he is an active member of the Australian Reconstruction Insolvency and Turnaround Association (ARITA) and Insol International.  He regularly presents seminar papers at conferences organised by ARITA or the Banking and Financial Services Law Association.

He is a member of the editorial boards of the Insolvency Law Journal, the Companies and Securities Law Journal and Receivers and Liquidators Quarterly (UK).

Jim O’Donovan is admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Courts of Queensland and New South Wales and as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Courts of Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.  He has appeared in several leading cases in the Federal Court and the Supreme Courts on insolvency and reconstruction law and has provided expert evidence to the English High Court of Justice on public examinations and managed investment schemes.

He has taught a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate units at Australian Universities but his main focus at the University of Queensland will be to maintain his suite of scholarly publications for the benefit of the legal and accounting professions and the business community.

Honorary Professor Patrick O'Keefe AO

Patrick J. O'Keefe worked in the Australian Commonwealth Public Service for five years after graduating from the University of Queensland in 1968 and then taught for 17 years in the Faculty of Law, University of Sydney.  After moving to Paris in 1990, he spent 12 years as a consultant on cultural and natural heritage law and management to, among others, UNESCO, the Council of Europe, the World Bank, the Commonwealth Secretariat, ICOM and ICOMOS and various governments and private clients.  Retiring in 2002 and returning to Australia, he became Adjunct Professor, ANU from 2003 to 2008 and Honorary Professor, University of Queensland since 2006.  In 2008 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia.  He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, the Society of Advanced Legal Studies London; the Australian Academy of the Humanities and an Associate Fellow of the Institute for Indigenous Resource Management in Denver.  He was the Founding Chairman of the Cultural Heritage Law Committee of the International Law Association and held the position for 14 years before retiring.  He has been a member of the ICOM International Committee on Management and the ICOMOS Legal Administrative and Financial Committee and remains a member of both organizations.  He has a Ph.D. from the University of Sydney, an LL.M. from the ANU and a M.A. in Business Law from the City of London Polytechnic as well as a B.A. and LL.B from the University of Queensland. He is the author of five books; co-author of four others and has written over 200 articles, reports and other documents.  Among others he is the author of Trade in Antiquities: Reducing Destruction and Theft; Commentary on the 1970 UNESCO Convention (3rd ed. pending); Shipwrecked Heritage: A Commentary on the UNESCO Convention on the Underwater Cultural Heritage (2nd ed. pending) and joint author of Cultural Heritage Conventions and Other Instruments: A Compendium with Commentaries.  He is on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Cultural Property; Art Antiquity and Law and Public Archaeology.

Honorary Professor Lyndel Prott AO

Lyndel Prott is an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Academy o Humanities, LL.D. (honoris causa) B.A. LL.B. (University of Sydney) and holds a Licence spéciale en Droit international (ULB Brussels), the degree of Dr. Juris (Tübingen) and is member of Gray’s Inn, London.  She is former Director of UNESCO’s Division of Cultural Heritage and former Professor of Cultural Heritage Law at the University of Sydney.  She has had a distinguished career in teaching, research and practice.

At UNESCO 1990-2002 she was responsible for the administration of UNESCO’s cultural heritage Conventions and standard-setting Recommendations on the protection of cultural heritage and also for the negotiations on the 1999 Protocol to the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict 1954 and for the Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage 2001.  She contributed as Observer for UNESCO to the negotiations for the UNIDROIT Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects 1995.

She has authored, co-authored or edited over 280 books, reports or articles, written  in English, French or German and translated into 9 other languages. She has taught at many universities including long distance learning courses on International Heritage Law.