Senior Fellow (Melbourne Law Masters)
University of Notre Dame Australia
Dr Phil Evans is Professor of Law at the University of Notre dame (Australia) and the Principal of PJ Evans and Associates; Lawyers, Arbitrators, Mediators and Adjudicators. He is a graded arbitrator, accredited mediator and registered adjudicator under the Construction Contracts Act 2004 (WA). He holds a current legal practice certificate. In addition to his university teaching and research roles at the University of Notre Dame, Dr Evans conducts regular continuing professional development programs and in-house training in the areas of contract law, trade practices law, administrative law, statute law, dispute resolution, construction law, and arbitration. In 2013 he was appointed by the Western Australian government as a sessional arbitrator to resolve workers compensation disputes and in June 2014 he was appointed by the Minister of Commerce to undertake an extensive review of the operation of the Construction Contracts Act 2004 (WA).
Before leaving to practice law full time with a national law firm in 1998, Dr Evans was the Head of the Department of Construction Management at Curtin University. In 2001 he joined the College of Law at the University of Notre Dame Australia, where he was Professor and Associate Dean of the School of Law, Director of Graduate Law Programs, and the Course Coordinator of the Graduate Certificate in Building and Construction Law. In 2009 he joined Murdoch University and was subsequently appointed Professor of Law, Deputy Dean and Dean of Law before leaving to take up the professorial appointment at Curtin University in July 2013. In July 2015 he left to take up a professorial position at the University of Note Dame Fremantle Campus.