Kim Economides

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GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Previously, Dean, former Flinders Law School (2012-17); Professor of Law and Inaugural Director, Legal Issues Centre, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand (2009-12); Professor of Legal Ethics (2000-09) and Head of Exeter Law School (1999-2004); Director, Exeter University Centre for Legal Interdisciplinary Development (EUCLID) (1989-93) and Acting Director, Centre for Legal Practice, (2005-06), University of Exeter, Devon, UK. Before arriving in Exeter in 1979 Kim studied law in London and was one of the first researchers at the European University Institute in Italy where he worked on the Florence Access to Justice Project (1976-79).

His subsequent career has focused on access to justice and policy-oriented law reform in which he applies socio-legal, interdisciplinary and comparative methods to explain legal behaviour, with particular reference to civil disputes, professional regulation, rural legal services, legal education/skills and legal technology. Apart from the academic study of legal ethics, he has pioneered novel collaborations between law and management studies, and law and geography.

BA 1975, CNAA; LLM 1976 Lond; FSALS, FHEA
Honours, awards and grants

Fellow of the Canon Foundation (1997-); Fellow of the Society for Advanced Legal Studies (1998-); Associate Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London (2001-02) and Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (2009-). Kim has held visiting posts at universities in Japan (Chuo University, Tokyo, 1997), New Zealand (Chapman Tripp Visiting Fellow, University of Victoria, Wellington, 2002) and Australia (Visiting Professor, Flinders Law School, Adelaide 2005; Distinguished Visiting Mentor and John Fleming Visiting Fellow ANU College of Law, Canberra 2008; Faculty Distinguished Visitor, School of Law, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, 2009).

Key responsibilities

Kim co-directed the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)-funded Access to Justice in Rural Britain Project (1983-1987). Founding Secretary (1990-92) and Vice Chair (1992-93) Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA). From 1993-95 he was seconded as Education Secretary to the Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Legal Education & Conduct (ACLEC). He was Founding General Editor of the international journal Legal Ethics (1998-2008) and in 2004 hosted the first International Legal Ethics Conference (ILEC) at Exeter, a series that now meets biennially.

He served as President of the International Association of Legal Ethics (IAOLE) (2014-16) and has been active in hosting the Australia and New Zealand Legal Ethics Colloquium (ANZLEC) in Dunedin (2012) and Adelaide (2013). He was Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Hamlyn Trust (2004-09) and Series Editor, The Hamlyn Lectures (2005-10). He was a member of the Law Society (England & Wales) Education & Training Committee (2003-06) and has advised the Society on skills and ethical training. In 2006 he was appointed Specialist Adviser to the UK Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Draft Legal Services Bill, now the Legal Services Act 2007, and in 2009 advised Lord Hunt's Legal Regulation Review.

Research expertise
Other law and legal studies
Socio-legal studies
Research interests

Kim has examined 11 PhD theses and 4 MPhil theses. I research civil legal process, the behaviour of legal professions and regulation and am broadly interested in comparative law, legal and ethical theory and empirical legal studies.

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Teaching interests

Legal Ethics, Comparative Access to Justice, Socio-Legal Studies, Legal Theory

LLAW1213 Introduction to Public Law

LLAW1221 Professional Skills and Ethics [Ethics 1]

Supervisory interests
Comparative access to justice
Legal ethics and education
Legal profession and legal services
Socio-legal studies
Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: common law and Islamic Law on concept of ‘self-defence’ to a criminal charge (1)
Principal supervisor: Courts and Dispute Processing in Rural Areas (1), Advances in Information Technology and the Growth of Para-Legal Services in Britain (2), Is Court TV a Favourable Proposition? A Normative and Comparative Analysis of the Transmission of Courtroom Proceedings in Television (3), Keeping up appearances: Accessing New Zealand’s civil courts as a litigant in person (4)
Associate supervisor: Animating Legal Testimony (6), The Human Factors of Using Animations in Court (7), Policy, operations and outcomes in the New Zealand employment jurisdiction 1990-2008 (5)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Bridgette Toy-Cronin

New Zealand Law Foundation Doctoral Scholarship - 2011 -