Associate Professor Tania Leiman

Associate Professor and Dean of Law

College of Business, Government and Law

Research expertise

Tania's current research interests include automated vehicles, disruption in the legal profession, artificial intelligence and legal tech, and the future of legal education. She is a member of the Legal sub-group of the Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative [ADVI]’s Policy & Risk Group.

Research expertise

Tania's current research interests include automated vehicles, disruption in the legal profession, artificial intelligence and legal tech, and the future of legal education. She is a member of the Legal sub-group of the Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative [ADVI]’s Policy & Risk Group.

place Law & Commerce Building (2.32)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Tania was appointed Dean of Law in August 2017.

She has received individual and team university teaching excellence awards, an individual Australian government ALTC citation and a team Australian government AAUT citation in 2016.

In 2019, Tania is teaching innovative topics Law in a Digital Age (which includes building AI legal apps to increase access to justice) and Law in Action (which includes a law reform clinic working on legal implications of emerging technologies).

Tania has also taught Tort Law 1 and 2 in the undergraduate LLBLP program for many years and Legal Analysis and Problem Solving and Torts in Flinders' innovative postgraduate JD program . She was a supervising solicitor at the award-winning Flinders Legal Advice Clinic from 2012-2016, and is a member of the Clinic’s Executive Management Team with a focus on clinical legal curriculum.

Tania's current research interests include future mobility solutions (including automated vehicles and hyperloop technologies), disruption in the legal profession, artificial intelligence and legal tech, and the future of legal education. She co-founded the Flinders Blockchain Alliance. She is a member of the Legal sub-group of the Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative [ADVI]’s Policy & Risk Group.

Following admission in 1986, Tania worked in private legal practice in Adelaide, focussing primarily on civil litigation, and returned part time to private practice during 2010-11. She continues to undertake legal consultancy work, particularly in relation to legal implications of grey fleet & light fleet, and regulatory issues re hyperloop technologies.

Qualifications

LLB (Adel), GDLP (SAIT), GCE(HE) (Flinders), Prof Cert (Innovation for Transformation)

Tania is admitted as a barrister and solicitor in the Supreme Court of South Australia and the High Court of Australia and holds a current unrestricted practising certificate.

Honours, awards and grants

2018: Finalist, Academic of the Year, Lawyers Weekly Women in the Law Awards (Australia wide)

2016: Australian Awards for University Teaching: Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning - $10,000 Prize [Team award - Flinders Legal Advice Clinic -'For creating inspirational and transformative clinical legal education that motivates students to develop an ethical professional identity, while acquiring high quality practical skills'

2016-2018: Team member, Flinders Legal Advice Clinic, Law Foundation Grant $100,000
2013-2015: Team member, Flinders Legal Advice Clinic, Law Foundation Grant $100,000

2015: Team member, Major Collaborative Project: Australian Legal Professions Research Network (ALP-NET), Partner Institutions: Melbourne Law School (Lead institution) & Flinders Law School (ASPIRE) - $46,000 grant

2014: Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, Flinders University - $5,000 Prize [Team award - Flinders Legal Advice Clinic]
2014: Flinders University, 'Embedding Transition Pedagogy and Principles across First Year Curriculum Grants’ - $4,000 grant [Team grant - Flinders Legal Advice Clinic]
2014: Education, Humanities and Law Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, Flinders University [Team award - Flinders Legal Advice Clinic] - $3,000 prize
2013: Finalist, LexisNexis Lecturer of the Year Award (Australia wide)
2011-12: Faculty Scholar, Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law - $10,000 Grant
2011: Flinders Law Students' Association 'Hope' Award - inaugural winner
2011: Australian Learning & Teaching Council Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning - $10,000 Prize [Individual award - 'For sustained excellence in teaching that supports, empowers and inspires first year law students to engage with law']
2010: Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, Flinders University - $5,000 Prize
2010: Education Humanities Law and Theology Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, Flinders University [Individual award] - $3,000 Prize
2009: School of Social Work and Social Policy Faculty Sessional Staff Award for Outstanding Teaching, University of South Australia

Key responsibilities

Council Member, Law Society of South Australia Council (ex officio as Dean of Law)

Member, The Law Foundation of South Australia Inc. (ex officio as Dean of Law)

Member, Legal Practitioners Education and Admission Council (ex officio as Dean of Law)

Member, Management Team, Flinders Legal Advice Clinic

Co-founder, Flinders Blockchain Alliance

Research expertise
Law
Learning and teaching
Other law and legal studies
Technology
Research interests
  • Autonomous/Automated Vehicles and the law (e.g. driverless cars)
  • Blockchain, Distributed Ledger Technology & smart contracts
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Disruption/future of the legal profession
  • Legal impacts of emerging technologies such as:
    • drones
    • genomics/genetics
    • robots
    • big data
    • augmented reality
    • virtual reality
    • 3D printing
    • internet of things
  • Tort Law
  • Clinical Legal education
  • Professional Identity
Teaching interests
  • 21st century lawyering
  • Building Legal Apps
  • Clinical Legal Education
  • Law Reform clinic - legal implications of emerging technologies
Topic coordinator
LLAW3301 Law in a Digital Age
LLAW3302 Law in Action
Topic lecturer
LLAW1223 Torts 1
LLAW2211 Torts 2 (Interviewing)
Supervisory interests
Artificial intelligence
Law and justice sectors
Higher degree by research supervision
Current
Principal supervisor: HONOURS DISSERTATION - Managing Risk and Establishing Liability in Biofabrication and Human Tissue Manufacturing (1), HONOURS DISSERTATION - Artificial Intelligence infringing on rights: Sentencing and bail considerations (1), HONOURS DISSERTATION - Can we Protect Rightful Ownership & Indefeasibility by Automating the Real Estate Industry using DLT and Smart Contracts?, HONOUR DISSERTATION- How Premium is Your Life? Should Australia’s self-regulated life insurance industry be able to discriminate on the basis of genetic information? (1), HONOURS DISSERTATION - Booking services and you: an investigation into the legal implications of the relationship between a person and their medical booking apps in regard to the access and use of personal data for profit. (1)
Associate supervisor: PhD:The distinction between legal advice and legal information in a context of machine-generated advice and information. (1)
Completion
Principal supervisor: HONOURS Supervision - Potential Impacts of Contract Analysis Software on contracting parties, professionals and process (1), HONOURS Dissertation: Vicarious liability for intentional, criminal wrongdoing of employees: the current law of Australia clarified in A, DC v Prince Alfred College Inc (1), HONOURS Dissertation: How will existing principles of contract apply to 'smart contracts' in Australia? (1), HONOURS DISSERTATION - Autonom[y]ous: Australian Privacy Law and the Advent of Connected and Automated Vehicles, HONOURS DISSERTATION - New Wine in Old Wineskins: The Implications of Australia’s Privacy Laws for Biobanks
Publications
Expert for media contact
Law
Automated vehicles
Disruption in legal profession
Future mobility
Hyperloop Technology (legal and regulatory implications)
Legal implications re Grey Fleet and light fleet
Mobility as a Service/Transport as a Service
Available for contact via
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+61 8 82012092
0427 398 713
Media expertise
  • Law
Interests
  • Automated vehicles
  • Disruption in legal profession
  • Future mobility
  • Hyperloop Technology (legal and regulatory implications)
  • Legal implications re Grey Fleet and light fleet
  • Mobility as a Service/Transport as a Service

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