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Professor Stephen Parker AOVice-Chancellor and President



University of Canberra


Professor Stephen Parker commenced as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Canberra on 1 March 2007.

Professor Parker is an honours graduate in Law from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and holds a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Wales.

Professor Parker has had a distinguished career in academia and legal practice. Prior to his appointment as Vice-Chancellor he was Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Monash University with a wide-ranging role in the provision of cross-portfolio support for the Vice-Chancellor. Professor Parker was a leader in Monash University's strategic planning, educational matters, quality assurance and management reforms. Before his appointment as Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Parker was Dean and Professor of Law at Monash University. Earlier he was Professor of Law at Griffith University and he also spent six years as a Senior Lecturer and Reader in Law at the Australian National University. He became an Australian citizen in 1992.

Professor Parker is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of the ACT, Barrister-at-Law of the Supreme Court of Queensland and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. He practised law in the UK before moving to Australia in 1988.

Professor Parker has also served on an Expert Advisory Committee of the Australian Research Council and as an academic auditor for the Australian Universities Quality Agency.

Professor Parker has won various major research grants for projects on legal ethics, family law, judicial independence and reform of civil procedure. He has published books, monographs, chapters and articles on the history of marriage law, the law relating to unmarried cohabitation, childrens rights, contract law, jurisprudence and legal ethics. He was co-author of a textbook entitled Law in Context, designed to introduce law students to the way that other disciplines view law, and of Australian Family Law in Context. In 1998 Professor Parker wrote a report for the Australian Institute of Judicial Administration entitled Courts and the Public.

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