New law dean starts at Murdoch

January 12, 2012

Murdoch University has appointed European international law rights expert Professor Jürgen Bröhmer as its new Dean of the School of Law.

Professor Bröhmer previously headed the University of New England’s School of Law in Armidale, New South Wales for four years after coming to Australia in 2006. Prior to this he held what would be the equivalents of lecture and senior lectureships in Australia at the Europa-Institute of Saarland University in Saarbrücken, Germany.

Professor Bröhmer said he was impressed by the Murdoch School of Law’s international teaching programs and the students’ participation in international mooting contests and vowed to continue developing and improving these aspects. He also has ambitions to build on the research capabilities of the School.

“I want the School to focus on research so we can grow our reputation nationally and internationally,” said Professor Bröhmer.

“The School is already home to some great researchers but the research culture needs to be strengthened further. This is not something which happens quickly. It will take time but as a team we will be able to make an impact. I’m very much looking forward to the challenge.

“At the same time we must continue to build on our reputation as a centre for strong legal teaching. Advocacy and skills are already distinctive characteristics and the opportunities students have at Murdoch to engage with their subject academically, competitively and internationally are phenomenal.

“We will work hard to further improve our offerings to our students. The use of technology will be an area worthwhile exploring in this context.”

Professor Bröhmer is widely published in Germany and Australia on subjects including German constitutional and comparative law, European Union and public international law and human rights law. He is the sole author of two monographs, co-author of a third, has edited and contributed several other books and published numerous journal articles and book chapters and has presented numerous papers around the world. He is now an Adjunct Professor at the University of New England and a visiting professor at the Europa-Institute of Saarland University.

Professor Bröhmer’s first visit to Perth was four years ago to attend his first meeting of the Council of Australian Law Deans (CALD). In March he will be attending his first meeting as the Dean of the Murdoch School of Law which will again be held at the University of Western Australia. He spent a short period at Murdoch University in September/October 2011 teaching an intensive unit in Public International Law but he and his family are still relatively new to the city.

When he is not talking about or writing about the law, Professor Bröhmer says he likes to read, especially on politics and international affairs. In Perth he hopes to have more opportunities for concerts and other “big-city” events. He is also a huge sports fan in general and soccer fan in particular and is a lifelong supporter and member of German Bundesliga team FC Kaiserslautern.

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