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Biography

Dr Sonya Willis is a lecturer at Macquarie Law School, director of Postgraduate Law Programs and director of the Corporate and Commercial Law major.  Sonya researches and teaches primarily in civil procedure and private international law. Sonya completed her PhD in Law at the University of Sydney on the interaction between case management, justice and procedural fairness in civil litigation. Sonya was also a university medallist in law at UTS and holds a masters of law from the University of Cambridge and a bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney.   Sonya has maintained a NSW Practicing Certificate for over 20 years and was a taxation specialist at an international accounting firm and a senior associate in commercial dispute resolution at Blake Dawson (now Ashurst) prior to becoming an academic.  Sonya is the author of Civil Procedure published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2012. Sonya is also an editor of the Legal Education Review.

Research interests

Civil Procedure; Procedural fairness and its effect on court process; Civil litigant vulnerability; Civil and Commercial Litigation; Alternate Dispute Resolution; Private International Law; International Commercial Arbitration and other means of private international dispute resolution; Conflicts of law; International Commercial Litigation; and Legal Education.

Teaching

LAWS398 Civil and Criminal Procedure LLB (Co-Convenor)

LAWS813 Civil and Criminal Procedure JD (Co-convenor)

LAW 898 International Commercial LAW JD/MITCL/LLM (Convenor)

LAWS530 Jessup International Law Mooting Competition (Co-convenor)

LAW 550 Litigation LLB (Convenor 2016-17)

Research student supervision

I am available to supervise higher degree research candidates in civil procedure, commercial litigation, international commercial arbitration, international commercial law, conflicts of law and dispute settlement.

Current Supervisions

Rhys Manley, Thesis Title, 'Liberalisation of Trade in the Era of Increasing Supervision of the Financial System: A Model for Promoting Financial Stability and Inclusion' (PhD).

Community engagement

Primary Ethics Teacher (2011-present)

 

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Projects 2019 2020

Research Outputs 2006 2019

Case managing strategic litigation and international forum shopping

Willis, S., 21 Feb 2019, Civil Justice Research Conference 2019 - programme. Macquarie University, 1 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference abstractResearch

private law
case management
international law
management decision
transaction

Could civil case management benefit from a litigant vulnerability assessment scheme?

Willis, S., 2018, In : Journal of Civil Litigation and Practice. 7, 3, p. 94-104 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Vulnerability
Justice
Cultural Differences
Workload
Self-representation

The case for case management: justice, efficiency and procedural fairness in Australian civil procedure

Willis, S., 1 Feb 2018, (Unpublished)

Research output: ThesisDoctoral ThesisResearch

case management
fairness
justice
efficiency
threat

Why the Family Court is worth fighting for

Dominello, F., Willis, S. & Hanna, S., 11 Jun 2018, In : Inside story.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearch

Open Access
family court

Assessing assessment: is an unexamined life the inevitable future of law schools?

Willis, S., 4 Dec 2017. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractResearch

Activities 2008 2019

  • 11 Oral presentation
  • 2 Organising a conference, workshop, ...
  • 2 Editorial work
  • 1 Invited talk

Civil Justice Research Conference 2019

Sonya Willis (Organiser)
21 Feb 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

Could judicial case management benefit from a litigant capability/vulnerability index?

Sonya Willis (Speaker)
14 Feb 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Macquarie law journal (Journal)

Sonya Willis (Editor)
2018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work

The why, how and whether of assessing vulnerability in an institutional context

Sonya Willis (Speaker)
23 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Victims, survivors, innocents? Exploring the mobilisation of vulnerability in policy and law 2018

Sonya Willis (Organiser), Adele Garnier (Organiser), Teresa Somes (Organiser), Francesca Dominello (Organiser)
23 Nov 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...