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Dean, Melbourne Law School

Melbourne, Australia
Closing date
5 Jun 2024

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The Role

The University of Melbourne seeks an exceptional new Dean for the Melbourne Law School (MLS) to lead the School with purpose, clarity and energy through its next chapter. In taking up this position, the successful applicant would be responsible for the ongoing academic, research and resource management of the leading law school in the Asia Pacific and the best law school in Australia.

Reporting to the Provost, the Dean will be both a distinguished Professor and a leader of considerable standing and experience. Able to lead, grow and inspire world class scholars and partners, the Dean will have the capacity and resolve to build deep and respected relationships within and outside the School, to maintain the highest levels of academic excellence and build local and global impact, and to strengthen the School’s international standing and reputation.

The Dean will also play a major role in senior University leadership through their membership of the University Executive and contributions to cross-university collaboration.

Relevant Experience and Qualifications

The successful applicant will have international standing and a record of research and teaching achievements in a relevant field in law, and able to represent and promote the School locally and internationally. A visionary leader able to lead a school of the highest calibre academic and professional staff, they will have had deep experience in a world leading University, and be able to traverse the national and international landscape.  They will be adept at leading the strategy of the school and the implementation of its initiatives, ensuring ongoing financial sustainability through effective management of its resources.  

This is a unique and exciting opportunity in one of the world’s best universities and the leading law school in Australia.

Further relevant experience, responsibilities and selection criteria are outlined in the attached Candidate Information Pack.

How to Apply

The University of Melbourne will be supported in its global search for this appointment by the executive search firm The Insight Group.

Please direct any enquiries and send your application directly to: Dr Rohan Carr or Ms Emily Witts at The Insight Group at or contact by phone on +613 9654 3288.

The deadline for applications is Midnight AEDT 5 June 2024

Position Description

Applications close: 05 Jun 2024 12:00 AM AUS Eastern Standard Time


The University of Melbourne enjoys an outstanding reputation with world rankings consistently placing us as Australia’s leading comprehensive research-intensive university, and one of the world’s top 50*.

Melbourne attracts the best and brightest students and researchers and, with a history of over 160 years, we occupy a special place at the heart of our city’s cultural scene.

Melbourne is a leading research university, widely renowned for its teaching and the social and economic contributions it makes through knowledge transfer. The University’s performance in international rankings puts it at the forefront of higher education in the Asia-Pacific and beyond.

Internationally, the University is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, with its international peers placing it in the top 20 worldwide, and employers placing it in the top 10. In the recent Times Higher Education rankings of the world’s top 200 universities, Melbourne ranked top in Australia and 33 in the world.

Melbourne’s international research pre-eminence was also acknowledged with a top 100 ranking in the Shanghai Jiao Tong rankings. Ranked No. 44 in 2015, the University has climbed steadily in the rankings since first appearing at No. 92 in 2003.

The Melbourne Model introduces undergraduate programs characterised by both breadth and depth, followed by a graduate professional degree, a research higher degree or entry directly into employment.

In 2008 Melbourne commenced offering six New Generation undergraduate degrees in Arts, Biomedicine, Commerce, Environments, Music and Science. The Melbourne Model also introduces a new graduate school experience to Australia, providing the best and brightest with a more focused, intense and professionally relevant degree in areas such as Law, Architecture, Teaching and Nursing. With the Melbourne curriculum now aligning the University with the world’s top universities in Europe, North America and Asia, we enable our students to develop the skills and attributes required by employers all over the world.

More than 50,000 students from over 120 countries take courses in the University’s 12 faculties and graduate schools.

For more information please visit:

*Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015 – 2016 and Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015

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