Julian Webb joined Melbourne Law School in 2014 from the University of Warwick in the UK. He holds a concurrent appointment as an Honorary Professor of Law at the University of Exeter, and has previously held visiting appointments at University College, London, the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London, and Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in the USA. He is a member of the Singapore Academy of Law’s Legal Industry Framework for Training and Education (LIFTED) global faculty, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and an academic Bencher of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, one of the four ancient Inns of Court that govern the English Bar.
Julian’s research focuses on the ethics and professional regulation of lawyers; developments in the market for legal services; law and technology, and legal education policy and practice. He has published widely across these fields, including Professional Legal Ethics: Critical Interrogations (Oxford UP, 2000, with Donald Nicolson), Lawyering Skills and the Legal Process (Cambridge UP, 2005, with Caroline Maughan) and the edited collection, Leading Works in Legal Ethics (Routledge, forthcoming). In 2016 he was identified in a study by the International Bar Association as one the world’s fifteen most cross-cited scholars on innovation and disruption in legal services.
Julian’s current research projects explore the impact of legal technology on lawyers’ practice, sexual harassment and legal profession regulation, and on the ways in which technology is transforming both the form of law and legal education. He is a frequent speaker at international seminars and conferences, including keynote addresses to the German University Rectors’ Conference, the Westminster Legal Policy Forum, the Canadian Association of Law Teachers, and the British & Irish Law, Education and Technology Association.
From 1998 to 2008, Julian was a founding editor of the international journal Legal Ethics. He is currently a member of the advisory boards for four academic journals: the International Journal of the Legal Profession, Commonwealth Law and Legal Education, Revista Educación y Derecho, and Legal Ethics. He also edits, with Professor John Paterson (University of Aberdeen), the ‘Law, Science and Society’ book series published by Routledge.
Other Faculty and University Responsibilities
Chair, University Human Research Ethics Committee (LNR D.1)
Memberships and Affiliations
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
Australian Society of Computers and Law
Australasian Law Academics Association
Socio-Legal Studies Association (UK)