Professor Sarah Derrington has taken the position of dean of Law at the University of Queensland. Derrington said she would seek to consolidate the law school's position among the best law schools in the Asia-Pacific region by emphasising on industry-focused research and stronger partnerships with the legal profession. A practicing barrister and an alumna of the School, she was appointed a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law in 2009. As a teacher at the UQ Law School between 1994 and 2011, Derrington was director of the Centre for Maritime Law and the Marine and Shipping Law Unit, deputy director of Studies (Law), professor of Admiralty Law, and associate dean of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law. She serves on the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, the Admiralty Rules Committee (Commonwealth) and the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand, of which she was President for three years.
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