Associate Professor Peter MacFarlane joined the University of South Australia School of Law in 2011. Before this he was Professor and Head of the School of Law at the University of the South Pacific, Director of the University Community Legal Centre and Director of the Vanuatu campus of the University of the South Pacific. He has also held appointments as Associate Professor in the School of Law at Queensland University of Technology and as full time Law Reform Commissioner with the Qld Law Reform Commission.
Peter has held visiting appointments at the Curtin University (WA), the University of Western Ontario (Canada) and the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service (Washington DC). He has worked as a legal practitioner in Vanuatu and in New South Wales and has served on a number of government and non-government Boards and Commissions including as legal counsel for a Vanuatu Government Commission of Inquiry.
In 2011, Peter was appointed Associate Head (Teaching and Learning) in the School of Law. At the end of 2012 he was appointed Acting Dean of the School of Law. He held this position until April 2014. In July 2016, he was appointed Director: Academic (Undergraduate) in the School of Law.
Peter’s teaching in the areas of Legal Ethics, Civil Procedure, Sports Law, Music and the Law, and Health, Law and Ethics places emphasis on the application of legal principles to professional practice. His research informs his teaching and he has been published in each of his teaching areas. His most significant research contributions have been in the areas of Legal Ethics, Health Law and Ethics, and Music and the Law.