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Book launch: Comparing Online Legal Education

Book launch: Comparing Online Legal Education

In-person event

The University of Sydney Law School is delighted to invite you to the launch of Comparing Online Legal Education, co-edited by Professor Luke Nottage, Sydney Law School, for the International Academy of Comparative Law.

The book will be launched by The Hon. Andrew Bell, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of NSW, and previously part-time lecturer at Sydney Law School.

About Comparing Online Legal Education

This pioneering work by leading comparative lawyers examines developments in online legal education, particularly in universities but also in professional associations, before and especially after the COVID-19 pandemic.

The book posits and largely confirms that transformations are linked to the extent and scope of respective legal professions (often, but not always, correlating to common versus civil law traditions), funding and other aspects of university-level education, and information and communications technology infrastructure in each jurisdiction. It charts the dramatic shift to online legal education in almost all jurisdictions even with different levels of COVID-19 infections and deaths, or mobility restrictions imposed by law and/or social norms. It also details how law teachers and students adapted to the challenges and opportunities of new technologies and practices, sometimes benefitting from serendipitous earlier events supporting online legal education, and a considerable ‘reversion to the mean’ as the pandemic has abated.

The special reports incorporate extensive empirical data, including surveys on online legal education experiences. They cover 13 jurisdictions across the Asia-Pacific region (Australia, Canada, Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macao, Japan and Pakistan), Europe and beyond (Croatia, Cyprus, Italy and Seychelles), ranging from micro-states to very large economies, at various stages of economic development and from different legal traditions. Comparing Online Legal Education provides rich resources and lessons for legal academics and professionals, as well as those involved in education policy.

Find out more about the book and order it online here.


Thursday 3 August 2023

Time: 5.30-6.30pm (Cocktail reception to follow book launch)

Venue: Level 1, Law Lounge, New Law Building Annex (F10A)

This event is being held in-person at Sydney Law School.


About the editors

Luke Nottage (PhD VUW, LLD Kyoto) is Professor of Comparative and Transnational Business Law at the University of Sydney, Associate Director of its Centre for Asian and Pacific Law (CAPLUS) and founding Co-Director of the Australian Network for Japanese Law (ANJeL). He is Honorary Professor at the University of Wollongong, Special Counsel with Williams Trade Law and a titular member of the International Academy of Comparative Law. Professor Nottage has published 19 books and taught law in Australasia, Southeast Asia, Japan, North America and Europe.

Makoto Ibusuki (LLD Hokkaido) is Professor of Law at Seijo University in Tokyo and ANJeL-in-Japan Program Convenor for the Australian Network for Japanese Law. His major areas of research, teaching and writing are in cyberspace law and criminal procedure. He was a founding director of the Hojohogakkai (Association for Legal Informatics) and a key member of a study group promoting IT issues in Japan’s major reforms to criminal and civil justice. Professor Ibusuki formerly taught at Kagoshima University in Kyushu (1990-2002) and at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto (2002-2008).

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This event and book project are supported by the Centre for Asian and Pacific Law at Sydney Law School, and the Australian Network for Japanese Law (ANJeL).


Aug 03 2023


5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

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Law Lounge, Level 1
New Law Building Annex (F10A), Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney (Camperdown Campus)


Professional Learning & Community Engagement
02 9351 0248

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