Associate Professor Tania Leiman

Associate Professor and Dean of Law

College of Business, Government and Law

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

Tania was appointed Dean of Law in August 2017.

Tania has 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 which adopts an online PBL approach since its inception in 2016. 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.

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.

Tania's current research interests include automated vehicles, blockchain, disruption in the legal profession, artificial intelligence and legal tech, and the future of legal education. She is a director of 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 her admission as a solicitor in 1986, Tania worked in private legal practice with a medium sized plaintiff firm in Adelaide, focussing primarily on civil litigation, and returned part time to private practice during 2010-11. She continues to undertake legal consultancy work.

Teaching sessionally at Flinders Law School from 1994 until 2009, Tania commenced there part time in 2010, and full time in 2012.

Between 2005 and 2009, she also taught in the School of Social Work & Social Policy at University of South Australia, and in 2009 at Adelaide Law School.

Qualifications

LLB (Adel), GDLP (SAIT), GCE(HE) (Flinders)

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

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

Director, Flinders Blockchain Alliance

Member, Management Team, Flinders Legal Advice Clinic

Research expertise
Law
Learning and teaching
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
  • Tort Law
  • Legal Analysis and Problem Solving
  • Social Justice Internship [Flinders Legal Advice Clinic]
  • Clinical Legal Education
Topic coordinator
LLAW1223 Torts 1
LLAW2211 Torts 2 (Interviewing)
LLAW9602 Legal Analysis and Problem Solving
Topic lecturer
LLAW1223 Torts 1
LLAW2211 Torts 2 (Interviewing)
LLAW9602 Legal Analysis and Problem Solving
Supervisory interests
Artificial intelligence
Law and justice sectors
Higher degree by research supervision
Current
Principal supervisor: HONOURS DISSERTATION - A framework for assessing and evaluating the efficacy of online dispute resolution systems. (1), 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?
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
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Media expertise
  • Law
Interests
  • Automated vehicles
  • Disruption in legal profession