Emeritus Professor Gary Davis

Emeritus Professor

College of Business, Government and Law

place Law & Commerce
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Gary Davis joined Flinders Law School in 1996 following stints at the University of Windsor in his native Canada, the University of New South Wales, and Murdoch University Law School in Perth, where he was a foundation member of the academic staff. His teaching and research span private law, including property, trusts, torts, contracts, conflict of laws and remedies. He served two terms as Flinders' Dean of Law (2001-2007). In 2008-09, he directed, on behalf of the Council of Australian Law Deans, the national Discipline-Based Initiative in Law funded by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council. He joined Charles Darwin University in 2009 and held several senior executive roles there, including Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Law, Education, Business and Arts and, latterly, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic. He returned to Flinders in Sep 2011 to serve the University until the end of 2012 as Deputy Executive Dean of the Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law and as Special Adviser to the Vice-Chancellors of Flinders and Charles Darwin Universities. He continued thereafter as Deputy Executive Dean with portfolio responsibility for teaching and learning. In July 2014, he was appointed by the South Australian Governor in Executive Council as a Member of the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal. Uniquely, he headed all three Schools in the former EHL Faculty, being Law Dean (as above) and later Acting Dean of Humanities and Creative Arts during 2014 and Acting Dean of Education during 2016. He retired at the end of 2016 but retains his association with Flinders via the award of Full Academic Status. At the same time, the title of Emeritus Professor was conferred upon him in recognition of his service to the University.


Bachelor of Laws, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University (1977), Canada

Master of Laws, University of Michigan (1980), USA

admitted to the bars (non-practising) of Ontario, New South Wales and Western Australia

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