2017 Symposium Speakers

Professor Tania Sourdin

Dean of Law, University of Newcastle


Professor Tania Sourdin PhD is the Dean of the University of Newcastle Law School and was previously the Foundation Chair and Director of the Australian Centre for Justice Innovation (ACJI) at Monash University in Australia.

Professor Sourdin has led national research projects and produced important recommendations for justice reform.  In the past two decades, she has conducted qualitative and quantitative research projects into aspects of the justice system systems in 11 Courts and Tribunals and five external dispute resolution schemes. Other research has focussed on justice innovation, technology, complaints, delay and systemic reforms.

Professor Sourdin is the author of books, articles and papers, and has published and presented widely on a range of topics including justice issues, mediation, conflict resolution, collaborative law, artificial intelligence, technology and organisational change. She is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Sydney and has worked as a senior Tribunal member in respect of appellate matters and as a mediator for more than 25 years. She has worked extensively overseas as an expert consultant in relation to disputes and dispute system design.  In 2014 she was appointed as the National Broadband Network (NBN) Industry Dispute Adviser in Australia and also co-chaired the 2014 National Mediation Conference. In 2015 she won the Monash Deans award for Research Impact in relation to her work on behavioural change in the justice sector.