Ian came to Australia from Winnipeg Canada in 1986. He teaches Legal Method and Reasoning and Torts in the JD program and was one of the lecturers involved in designing the University breadth subject, Drugs That Shaped Society. He also coached several Jessup International Law Moot Court competition teams. Two of the teams he co-coached won the International competition in Washington .
In 2014, Ian was the second recipient of the University of Melbourne's Award for Outstanding Leadership of University Teaching. He also has been nominated for an Australian Award for University Teaching Excellence in 2014. In 2003, Ian was awarded the Barbara Falk Award for Teaching Excellence - one of the University's inaugural teaching awards and the first recipient of the award in the Law, Arts and Music category. In 2007, he was awarded a "Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student learning" in the Carrick Australian Awards for University Teaching . In 2001, 2003 and 2006 , Ian was one of the University of Melbourne's nominees for an Australian Award for University Teaching.
Ian is currently one of the Directors of the JD program. He was appointed the Law School's first Director of the Office for Teaching and Learning in Law in 2007. He was the Faculty's Director of Teaching on several occasions and twice helped lead and facilitate the Australasian Law Teachers' Association's Teaching Workshop.
Ian has been actively involved in many Faculty and University committees. He served as Associate Dean (Undergraduate) and chair of the Faculty's Undergraduate Studies Committee, as has had appointments to the University's Selection Procedures Committee, Special Entry Pathways Sub-Committee, Undergraduate Scholarships Sub-Committee and Curriculum Commission. He helped develop and implement the Faculty's new LLB curriculum and was instrumental in designing the framework for the JD degree. Ian chaired and served on Access Melbourne Committees for many years as well as the Equal Opportunity Committee. He was often appointed as one of the Faculty's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Liaison Officers. He was a member of the University's Interim Board of Undergraduate Studies and the Faculty's Executive and Budgets and Special Consideration Committees.
Ian holds a Bachelors of Law degree from the University of Manitoba and a Masters of Law degree from the University of London. His research interests include issues associated with legal education, as well as policy issues underlying the law relating to HIV (for example, harm minimisation in the context of providing supervised injecting facilities), prisoners' rights, the provision and supply of alcohol and compensation law reform.
He co-authored, with Professor Martin Davies, the 4th, 5th and 6th editions of Focus - Torts, published in 2003, 2008 and 2012, respectively, by LexisNexis Butterworths. He and Martin are currently revising their book, with a view to publication in 2014-2015. He has co-authored a number of articles on pedagaogy, as well as research papers that directly inform his teaching in Torts .
Other School and University responsibilities
- Member, Academic Board Appeals Committees
- Member, Selection Procedures Committee
- Member, JD Committee
- Director, JD Program
Memberships and affiliations
- Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network