Professor of Law
With an interest in politics, Professor Julie Cassidy was advised by her Labour Party mentors that a law degree would be the most useful qualification for a political career. However, during the course of her studies, she became interested in exploring a different career path – that of academia. So, after completing a Bachelor of Law (Hons) at The University of Adelaide, Julie became a member of the teaching staff at the Faculty of Law, University of Adelaide (1987-1989); followed by a foundation staff member at Bond University (1989-1992); and an Associate-Professor in the School of Law at Deakin University. During her time at Deakin University she held many senior roles including Co-convenor of the ‘Law and Justice – International Perspectives’ Research Cluster, Director of Research, Associate Head of School (Research), Teaching Excellence Co-ordinator and Fellow of Deakin University’s Teaching Leaders’ Forum. At the end of 2011, she re-located to Auckland where she now works as Professor of Law at AUT Law School.
Julie has also previously been a Visiting Scholar/Professor at a number of prestigious universities including Faculty of Law Cambridge University, Boalt Hall Faculty of Law University of California, Osgoode Hall York University, Faculty of Law University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law University of Colorado, Faculty of Law, Stellenbosch University and Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law of WU Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration (Austria).
Over the 25 years she has taught law, Julie has pioneered the teaching of practical legal skills through experiential learning, and adopting technology to promote student access. Julie’s innovative teaching has been recognised in a number of significant teaching awards including most recently, the 2010 Australian Learning & Teaching Council Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, and 2011 Deakin University Award for Teaching Excellence. As one of the top three candidates for the latter awards she was also awarded the 2011 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Teaching.
Julie has an established international reputation as a legal scholar through her considerable research record, including doctorate, publications and conference and seminar presentations. Her publications include well-regarded textbooks, articles published in A and A* ranked journals, and other leading international journals.
Seeing her students succeed after study is one of the greatest highlights of teaching for Julie.
She also enjoys comparative legal analysis, and the mental challenge of learning about the laws of different jurisdiction, while also having the creative aspect of suggesting models for reform.
Professor Julie Cassidy’s extended academic profile