New Law Dean appointed for Sydney Campus

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Summer 22-1-2008

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Sydney Campus

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The Board of Directors of The University of Notre Dame Australia has appointed Professor Gerard Ryan as Dean of the Law School at the Sydney Campus.

Professor Ryan graduated from the University of Sydney with First Class Honours degrees in Economics and Law and a Masters Degree in Law with Honours. He was admitted as a solicitor in June 1991 and was admitted to partnership in July 2000.

Professor Ryan’s expertise includes the documentation of electricity derivative transactions using the International Swaps and Derivatives Association framework, competition law issues in the energy sector, the documentation of large energy infrastructure projects, greenhouse gas regulatory schemes, renewable energy power stations, carbon trading and regulatory issues in the national electricity market.

Professor Ryan has advised some of the major generators, retailers and network operators in the national electricity market, as well as various government and regulatory bodies. He has extensive experience as a speaker at industry seminars and, most significantly, in the recruitment, training and mentoring of young lawyers within the Sydney legal profession.

Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor (Sydney), Prof Margot Kearns said of the announcement, “We are extremely pleased that Professor Ryan has accepted the role of Sydney Dean of Law. We are looking forward to the contribution Prof Ryan will be making to Catholic legal education in Australia. His previous work in the Sydney legal community demonstrates his commitment to the profession and to developing a new generation of students passionate about the law."

She added, “Professor Ryan’s commitment to teaching and research, coupled with his strong management skills, made him a natural choice to take on this integral academic and management role within the Notre Dame National College of Law."

Prof Ryan was delighted to take on the role and said, “I am honoured to have been asked to join in the mission of building up the first Catholic law school in Eastern Australia. We have a clear goal of providing a standard of teaching and course content which matches the academic standards of Sydney’s best law schools, and to provide such an education within the context of Catholic faith and values.

“Although the foundations for the School of Law in Sydney have been laid, we still face many challenges as we attempt to grow our law student numbers to 500 by 2015. I am grateful for the support of an excellent and committed academic and administrative staff as well as the support of many members of the legal profession in Sydney. I am looking forward to a busy and exciting year ahead,” he added.

Prof Ryan commenced at the Campus on 2 January 2008.

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