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John Orr
Dr John Orr
BHumanMvSt(UQ), LLB(SCU)(Hons), PhD(QUT)
Current Appointment: Lecturer
Organisational Unit: Faculty of Business, Law and Arts

Telephone: 02 6620 3111
Location: Law and Justice Building
Campus: Lismore
Personal Website

Brief Biographical Details
John Orr is a lecturer in corporate law and Equity & Trusts at the School of Law & Justice, Southern Cross University. John has taken a Bachelor of Human Movement Studies from the University of Queensland and a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours from SCU. John is a university medallist and was awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award to undertake research toward a PhD to examine the lawfulness of Australian university corporations.

Current Teaching
I am currently a lecturer at the School of Law & Justice, Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW where I am the unit assessor in the units LAW00004 - Company law, offered at an undergraduate level to non LLB students, LAW00527 - Corporations law, offered at an undergraduate level to LLB students and LAW00115 - Equity, offered at an undergraduate level to LLB students.

Current Research
Current research includes an analysis of law relating to higher education institutions as bodies corporate, including governance and regulation.

Research Interests
John’s research interests are in higher education law, corporate and insolvency law and equity & trusts and include the fiduciary principle and unreasonable remuneration of corporate directors, the quality assurance and legal liability of Australia’s transnational education arrangements, the GATS and higher education, universities and liabilities for controlled entities, insolvency issues involving Australian universities, and corporate and commercial law liabilities and issues for universities, such as the ultra vires doctrine, shadow directors and the legal rights of Australian university members.

• Member and director of the Australia and New Zealand Education Law Association, (ANZELA). ANZELA is the peak Education law body in Australia and New Zealand.
• Member of the Australasian Law Teachers Association (ALTA)
• Member of the Corporate Law Teachers Association (CLTA).

• Member of the Insolvency Academic Network (IAN).

Areas of Expertise
• Higher education law
• Corporate law
• Insolvency law; and
• Equity & trusts