Griffith Law School

Professor Penelope Mathew

Dean and Head of School, Griffith Law School

BA, LLB (Melbourne); LLM, JSD (Columbia)

Professor Penelope MathewBefore her appointment as the Griffith Law School Dean and Head of School, Penelope Mathew undertook research at the Herbert & Valmae Freilich Foundation at The Australian National University.

She was a visiting professor and interim Director of the Program Refugee and Asylum Law at the University of Michigan Law School, where she convened the 5th Michigan Colloquium on Challenges in International Refugee Law.

From 2006-2008, she was a legal adviser to the ACT Human Rights Commission, where she conducted the Human Rights audit of the ACT’s Correctional Facilities. Professor Mathew has also taught at the Australian National University College of Law and Melbourne Law School, and she is a past editor-in-chief of the Australian Yearbook of International Law.



Associate Professor Afshin Akhtarkhavari

Associate Professor/Reader in Law, Griffith Law School

BSc (Genetics) and LLB (UNSW), LLM (USyd), PhD (Griffith)

Afshin Akhtarkhavari researches and writes in the general area of international law and environmental humanities. His first book, Global Governance of the Environment: Environmental Principles and Change in International Law and Politics, sought to explore epistemological issues around the nature of change in international environmental law and politics. He is currently working on two book projects: one examines the relevance of international environmental law for restoration; and the other explores the significance of the emotional experience of fear for an ontological understanding of the human subjects interactions with the natural environment.

Afshin has co-authored a widely distributed cases and materials book, published by Cambridge University Press, on Australian Perspectives of Public International Law. For over fourteen years, Afshin has been teaching in international and comparative law courses. He has facilitated initiatives to internationalise curricular activities around the Law School and the university. In 2005 he pioneered a breakthrough compulsory course at the law school teaching international and comparative law through a course called Transnational Law. He currently teaches a first year course called Global Law helping students to develop an understanding of the role of law in international affairs.

Professor Don Anton

Professor of International Law, Griffith Law School

J.D. (St. Louis); Barrister & Solicitor, Victoria and High Court of Australia; Legal Practitioner, New South Wales; Member of the Missouri Bar, Idaho State Bar, Texas Bar (pro hac vice), and Attorney & Counselor of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Professor Don AntonDon Anton is a leading public international lawyer. He took up the Chair in International Law at Griffith Law School in 2015. He researches and advises across the international law curriculum. He has taught across a wide range of subjects including International Law, Human Rights, International Environmental Law, Human Rights and the Environment, International Climate Change Law, Marine and Coastal Law, International Trade and the Environment, International Procedure and Advocacy, Federalism and the Environment, Environmental Dispute Settlement, Property, and Torts.

Anton has an active international law practice. He has appeared twice as Counsel to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in advisory proceedings before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea: in the 2013 Request for an Advisory Opinion Submitted by the Sub-Regional Fisheries Commission (Case No. 21); and, in Case No. 17, Responsibilities and Obligations of States Sponsoring Persons and Entitities with Respect to Activities in the Area. He has also appeared on behalf of some of the world’s most eminent international lawyers in the Supreme Court of the United States and the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York.

Anton remains an Adjunct Professor at the Australian National University College of Law where he taught from 2000-2014.  He is a regular Visiting Professor and has had stints at the University of Colorado Law School (2015), the University of Yangon Law Department (2012 and 2013), University of Michigan Law School (2008-09; 2003), the University of Alabama School of Law (2007), the University of Sydney Faculty of Law (1997-1999), and the University of Adelaide Faculty of Law (1995-96).

Dr Edwin Bikundo

Lecturer, Griffith Law School

PhD, M Laws, BSL/LLB, Dip KSL

Edwin Bikundo is a Lecturer at the Griffith University School of Law on the Gold Coast in Australia. He has teaching and research interests in International and Comparative Law and Legal Theory. His current research focuses on the role of the international criminal trial in preventing the recurrence of political violence.

Before joining Griffith University he was a member of the Law Faculty at the University of Sydney. Prior to that he studied at the University of Pune in India, Utrecht University in the Netherlands and at the Kenya School of Law.

Edwin also practiced as an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and taught at the Faculty of Law at the University of Nairobi and the Faculty of Arts at Egerton University in Kenya.

Dr Richard Copp

Senior Lecturer, Griffith Business School

BCom (Hons), BEcon, LL M, PhD

Dr Richard CoppRichard Copp practised as a barrister for 15 years before joining Griffith University to “give something back” to students. In practice, Richard specialised in commercial law; international finance law; corporate insolvency (including company liquidations, voluntary administrations, receiverships, schemes of arrangement); trade practices law and competition law; and income tax (including international tax).  His other legal interests include  trusts, including banking/finance and superannuation law; administrative and Government-related law;  and mediation/arbitration, including international arbitrations.  Richard was admitted to practise as a barrister after a career in commercial practice, mainly as a consultant economist, corporate advisor and banker. In those roles, he had extensive experience as an expert witness in court proceedings.

Richard has advised and acted for a wide range of companies, including some of Australia’s largest publicly listed corporations, Federal and State government agencies, banks, merchant banks and accounting firms.  Richard also lectured part-time in finance, banking, economics and law for a number of years at various Australian universities.  He has degrees in Economics and Commerce (with Honours), a Masters degree in Law, and a Ph.D. in restrictive trade practices.  Richard is admitted to practise in the Supreme Court, Federal Court and High Court.  He frequently lectures at University and professional seminars.

Dr Shahram Dana

Senior Lecturer, Griffith Law School

LL.M. (Hons.) Leiden University; J.D. (Boston University); B.A. Broadcast Journalism (Hons. Summa Cum Laude); Member of the California Bar and Colorado Bar; Admitted before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and U.S. Federal District Court.

Dr Shahram DanaShahram Dana has global experience in the practice of law and law teaching.  He worked as a United Nations Associate Legal Officer, as a criminal trial lawyer, and as an academic in Europe, the United States, and Australia. Shahram’s research focuses on the law and politics of international justice and the role of international mechanisms in protecting human rights and shaping world order and international law. He is internationally recognized as an expert on punishment and sentencing by international criminal courts and tribunals. He has published articles, book chapters, and commentaries on the International Criminal Court, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and the Special Court for Sierra Leone. Shahram’s scholarship has addressed the normative foundations of general principles of criminal law in international law, the sentencing jurisprudence of international tribunals, the crime of genocide, the law of contempt in international criminal courts, and role of an international prosecutor. He has presented his research at forums serving academics and practitioners, including presentations at Yale University, New York University, and the University of California at Los Angeles. He has been twice selected by his peers in a double blind review process to present his scholarship at the American Society of International Law’s (ASIL) Annual Research Forum.

A frequent lecturer at conferences around the globe, Shahram was selected by The Hague Forum for Judicial Expertise to train judges, prosecutors, and government officials on crimes against humanity, international criminal law, human rights, general principles of criminal law, and the International Criminal Court. In 2013, the International Law Initiative and the African Center for Legal Excellence invited Shahram as a key speaker and facilitator in their Advanced Program on International Criminal Law, which provides advanced legal training for lawyers from various African countries. In 2012-2013, at the invitation of the Vietnamese government, Shahram lead a delegation of law students on a human rights field study to Vietnam. Shahram was also elected by his peers to serve as the co-chair of ASIL’s International Criminal Law (ICL) interest group. In that capacity, he initiated the ICL Research and Scholarship Forum.

Professor Mary Keyes

Professor & Deputy Head of Research, Griffith Law School

B Arts (UQ), LLB (Hons) (UQ), GCert Higher Education (Griffith), PhD (Griffith)

Professor Mary KeyesMary Keyes is a Professor at Griffith Law School and is admitted to practice as a Barrister of the Supreme Court of Queensland and of the High Court of Australia. Her research expertise is in private international law, particularly in the area of jurisdiction. She is widely published in private international law, and is co-author of a leading Australian textbook, Private International Law in Australia (3rd ed, 2015, with Professor Reid Mortensen and Professor Richard Garnett). She is currently working on a book on party choice in private international law. Professor Keyes is the Review Articles editor and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Private International Law.

Mary teaches international litigation, conflict of laws, international commercial arbitration and contract law, and has a particular expertise in mooting in legal education.


Professor Charles Lawson

Professor, Griffith Law School

B Sc (Hons) (ANU), LLB (ANU), LLM (QUT), PhD (ANU), Admitted as a barrister and solicitor to the Supreme Court of Queensland, Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia

Charles Lawson is a professor in the Griffith Law School and admitted to practice as a solicitor and barrister in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory. He holds degrees in science and law with postgraduate qualifications in both science and law. His research interests include Intellectual property, competition, trade, and access, and public and administrative law. He has practiced law in the private sector and in government with the Australian Government Solicitor and the Department of Finance and Administration. His recent books include a co-authored commentary on the WTO TRIPS Agreement and an analysis of access and benefit sharing genetic resources in international law.

Dr Olivera Simic

Senior Lecturer, Griffith Law School

LLB (Nis Uni, Serbia), LLM (Essex Uni), MA (UN Uni, Costa Rica), PhD (Melbourne)

Dr Olivera SimicOlivera Simic holds LLB from Nis University’s Law School (Serbia), LLM from Essex University (UK), MA from UN University for Peace (Costa Rica) and a PhD from Melbourne Law School. Since 2012, Olivera has been appointed Visiting Professor at the UN University for Peace (Costa Rica) Online Programme.

Prior to undertaking her PhD, Olivera worked with a number of international organizations such as UNICEF and OSCE as a legal consultant with a particular expertise in trafficking in human beings. At present, Olivera is Series Editor of the Transitional Justice Book Series for Springer SBM, which was launched in 2011.

Olivera’s research engages with international law, gender, crime and transitional justice from an interdisciplinary perspective. Olivera’s work has been published in both Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian and English.


Dr Therese Wilson

Senior Lecturer & Deputy Head of School (Learning and Teaching), Griffith Law School

B Arts (UQ), LLB (Hons) (UQ), LLM (Advanced) (UQ), PhD (Griffith), Admitted as Solicitor to the Supreme Court of Queensland

Dr Therese WilsonTherese Wilson is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Griffith University and is admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland. Therese’s areas of research include international commercial law, international commercial arbitration, and consumer law. Her areas of teaching expertise include corporate law, banking and finance law and international commercial arbitration.

Therese completed her PhD thesis in 2010 on “Regulating to Facilitate Access to Safe and Affordable Credit for Low Income Australians,” and has served as chair of the Australian Financial Inclusion Network and as chair of the board of a community development finance institution, Foresters Community Finance Limited. Therese has coached Griffith Law School’s Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot team since 2003.


Associate Professor Leanne Wiseman

Associate Professor and Associate Director of Australian Centre for Intellectual Property in Agriculture (ACIPA)  Griffith Law School

LLB (Hons) (QUT), GradDipLegalPrac (QUT), LLM (London), PhD (UQ)

Associate Professor Leanne WisemanLeanne Wiseman is an Associate Professor in Law and Associate Director of the Australian Centre for Intellectual Property in Agriculture at Griffith University. Prior to joining Griffith University, she was a Senior Lecturer in Law at QUT and worked in private practice and Government as a solicitor.

Leanne has an international reputation in the area of intellectual property law and her primary research interests lie in the field of intellectual property law and her publications are in the fields of intellectual property, contract and company law. As a member of the ACIPA research team, she has been involved in number of research projects including an ARC Discovery Project on Australia’s Food and Fibre Futures: Intellectual Property and Access to Plant Genetic Resources and an ACIAR project (2012-2013) titled Using Intellectual Property to Enhance Agricultural Research for Developing Countries. Leanne is also a member of the CGIAR’s Intellectual Property Advisory team.  She has served as an executive member of the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ) for a number of years and currently remains a member of the Intellectual Property Committee of the Law Council of Australia.

Lecturer in Law Asmaa Khadim

Asmaa KhadimAsmaa Khadim is a Lecturer in Law at Griffith University. She is admitted as a Barrister-at-Law to the Ontario Bar and as a Solicitor of the Court of Appeal for Ontario and the Superior Court of Justice. She is also admitted as a Solicitor to the Supreme Court of New South Wales. Asmaa completed her LL.B. at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, in 2003, with a specialisation in International, Comparative and Transnational Law. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the Sustainable Minerals Institute’s Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM), at The University of Queensland. Her research areas include comparative constitutional law, international human rights, natural resource development and environmental law.

Prior to joining Griffith, she worked in private practice in Ontario, Canada. She has also taught constitutional law subjects at Bond University’s Faculty of Law.

Asmaa is currently the Canadian Program Advisor at Griffith Law School. She has also been a Faculty Advisor to Griffith Law School’s Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court team.

Ms Dianna Bennett

Lecturer Griffith Law School

LLB (Hons) (Griffith), BPsych (Griffith), GDip Legal Practice (Griffith), GDip Ed (QUT)

Dianna BennettDianna Bennett is a Lecturer at Griffith Law School and is admitted to practice as a Legal Practitioner of the Supreme Court of Queensland. Her teaching and research interests include Negotiation, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Intercultural Conflict.

Before joining Griffith University, Dianna practiced Family Law, Corporate Law and Personal Injuries Law.

Dianna is also a teacher and Indigenous Coordinator at Brisbane School of Distance Education.