Professor Andrew Lynch has been appointed Acting Dean of UNSW Law. Professor George Williams AO, the outgoing dean, has been appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Planning & Assurance) at UNSW.

Since 2017, Professor Lynch has been Head of School and Deputy Dean for the Law School. From 2008 to 2013, he was the Director of the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law at UNSW. He is an alumnus, awarded his PhD at UNSW, and has been a faculty member since 2005.

Professor Lynch says it’s an honour to be appointed Acting Dean.

“The UNSW Law Faculty is a global leader in legal education, research and social justice work. Alongside our commitment to academic excellence, we aim to communicate broadly about law’s operation and options for law reform that make a difference to the quality of people’s lives,” he says.

“I am proud of the work my colleagues do – both their dedication to our students, most especially throughout this uniquely challenging year, and for pursuing research that is valuable to our local and international communities.”

Professor Lynch teaches and researches in the field of Australian constitutional law. His research focuses on federalism, judicial dissent, judicial appointments reform and legal responses to terrorism.

He is the recipient of several Australian Research Council (ARC) grants and other commissioned research projects, and he has authored numerous books and other publications, including 75 journal articles. He writes and comments regularly on legal issues in the media. Professor Lynch has been called before parliamentary and other inquiries to speak to submissions on Australia’s counter-terrorism legislative scheme and other matters of public law.