ACU appoints inaugural Chair of Law

Tuesday, 2 October 2007

28 September 2007: Australian Catholic University (ACU) has appointed Associate Professor Spencer Zifcak to the recently established position of The Allan Myers Chair of Law and Director of the Institute of Legal Studies.

“I congratulate Dr Zifcak on his appointment and look forward to the ongoing development of specialist inter-disciplinary postgraduate programs and research in legal studies to meet the needs of the legal and wider community,” said ACU Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Sheehan AO.

Dr Zifcak will join ACU from La Trobe University, where he currently holds the position of Associate Professor in the School of Law.

Dr Zifcak has a strong background in Australian constitutional law, international law, human rights law, administrative law and criminal law and has just completed a Visiting Fellowship with the Faculty of Law at Trinity College, Dublin. He has also had significant international experience as a Visiting Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford University, and as a Visiting Professor at the UNESCO Centre for Human Rights Education, Bratislava, Slovakia.

The Allan Myers Chair of Law will initially be funded for a period of five years through the generous support of eminent lawyer Mr Allan Myers. The position will be based on ACU’s Melbourne Campus (St Patrick’s) and will oversee the University’s Institute of Legal Studies across its six campuses.

ACU’s Institute of Legal Studies offers postgraduate programs in education law and human rights. Courses are taught by the Institute’s academic staff and by expert guest lecturers.

Dr Zifcak will commence with ACU in late February 2008.

Australian Catholic University (ACU) – established as Australia’s only Catholic, national, publicly funded university – is open to all. The University empowers its students and staff with a strong sense of social responsibility and concern for the moral and ethical dimensions of their study and their professional and personal lives.