Published on 20 December 2012
20 December 2012
After a rigorous selection process for its inaugural Professor of Law, the University of the Sunshine Coast has appointed two successful candidates to work as a team.
Emeritus Professor Neil Rees and Professor Anne Rees, a husband and wife who were both formerly Deans of Law at the University of Newcastle, will make a seachange to the Sunshine Coast for this foundation role.
They will start work on campus at Sippy Downs on 11 February 2013 to begin preparations for USC’s planned Law degree, expected to enrol its first students in 2014.
USC Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Birgit Lohmann said the University was delighted to announce the prestigious appointments to its Faculty of Arts and Business.
“We had a number of very high calibre candidates from across Australia and internationally,” she said.
“USC will benefit greatly from the leadership of Neil and Anne Rees, who both have decades of diverse and eminent experience in their professions and academia. They have each led law faculties and law reform bodies.”
Emeritus Professor Neil Rees was the foundation Dean of Law at the University of Newcastle and was most recently Chairperson of the Victorian Law Reform Commission for five years.
Professor Anne Rees was Head of Deakin University’s School of Law for five years until March this year and full-time Commissioner of the Australian Law Reform Commission from 2001 to 2004.
Professor Anne Rees described the USC job as an exciting opportunity.
“The combination of the opportunity to start a new law program and the location in a beautiful part of the world says it all,” she said.
“It is not often you get the chance to start a university program with a blank sheet and we look forward to extensive consultation within the University and the local profession in the new year.
“Neil and I have holidayed in the area frequently over many years and are hunting for a home near one of the Sunshine Coast’s beaches.”
The keen golfers are also looking forward to the Coast’s greens.
— Julie Schomberg