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Professor Paul Fairall

Professor Paul Fairall

Professor Paul Fairall is the Foundation Dean of Law with responsibility for establishing law as a central discipline within the Curtin Business School.

Professor Fairall is firmly committed to the legal academy, as reflected by his extensive law dean experience. He previously served as Foundation Dean of Law at the University of South Australia (2007 – 2011). He also served as Dean of Law at the University of Adelaide from 2002 to 2006, and held the John Bray Chair of Law. From 1995 to 2001 he served as Dean of Law at James Cook University, and was elected to chair the University’s Academic Board (2000-2001). He is a former Chair of the Council of Australian Law Deans and a Director of the Australian Academy of Law.

Paul emigrated in 1970 from South Africa where he attended primary and high school. He undertook tertiary studies in New Zealand and Australia. He is a graduate of the University of Canterbury, where he studied Pure Mathematics, Philosophy and Law, and the Australian National University, where he undertook research on criminal responsibility. He has written extensively in the area of criminal law and human rights and has undertaken a number of consultancies, including a review of the Northern Territory Criminal Code. He practised in commercial litigation in Perth (1990-91) and served as Policy Adviser to the Victorian Government especially in criminal law matters (1989-91).