Macquarie Law School
Positions: Associate Lecturer, Director Corporate and Commercial Law Major
Tel: +61-2-9850 6545
Location: W3A 523
Sonya joined Macquarie University in 2016 having previously taught at the University of Sydney and the University of Technology, Sydney. Sonya currently lectures in Civil and Criminal Procedure and Litigation and has previously taught Private International Law, Conflict of Laws, Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, Revenue Law and Business Law. Sonya spent many years as a commercial litigator at Blake Dawson (now Ashurst) and maintains a current NSW practicing certificate. Prior to that Sonya was a taxation specialist at an international accounting firm. Sonya is particularly interested in civil procedure, private international law and legal education. She is the author of Civil Procedure published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2012 and is currently completing a doctoral thesis at the University of Sydney on the interaction between case management and procedural fairness in civil litigation. Sonya is also an editorial committee member of the Legal Education Review.
BEc (Sydney) LLB (Hons 1) (UTS) LLM (Hons 1) (Cantab)
- LAWS398 - Civil and Criminal Procedure (Convenor)
- LAW550 - Litigation (Convenor)
- LAWS813 - Civil and Criminal Procedure (Convenor)
Civil Procedure; Litigation; Alternate Dispute Resolution; Private International Law; International Commercial Arbitration; International Commercial Litigation and Legal Education.
Selected Publications and Presentations
- Willis, S. (2012). Civil Procedure. South Yarra, Australia: Palgrave Macmillan.
Refereed Journal Articles
- Willis, S. (2016). Courting Incompetence: Should the High Court more carefully consider its influence on legal culture? 35(2) Civil Justice Quarterly 129-147.
- Burns, K., Loughnan, A., Lunney, M., Willis, S. (2015). Australia: a land of plenty (of legislative regimes). In Matthew Dyson (Eds.), Comparing Tort and Crime: Learning from across and within Legal Systems, (pp. 367-415). Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.
- Willis, S., Shand, M. (2006). Currency, Interest and Taxes. Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration. Australia: The University of New South Wales, Faculty of Law, Centre for Continuing Legal Education.
- Willis, S. (2016). Too Close for Comfort: Could Active Case Management Increase the Risk of Actual or Apprehended Judicial Bias? Civil Procedure Academic Focus Roundtable 2015, Melbourne, Victoria: Presentation.
- Willis, S. (2015). Courting Incompetence: Should the High Court more carefully consider its influence on legal culture? Civil Justice Research and Teaching Conference 2015, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
- Willis, S. (2015). Managing to Stay Relevant: Can active case management by courts successfully modernise litigation in a globalised world? 3rd Geneva-Harvard-Renmin-Sydney Law School Conference 2015, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
- Willis, S. (2014). Procedural Ascendancy: How and why AON and ANU and Australian civil procedure legislation are refocusing case management from individual party justice to procedural efficiency. Civil Justice Research and Teaching Conference 2014, Hobart, Tas: Presentation.
- Willis, S. (2013). Can Case Management Cure Civil Procedure's Chief Challenge of Controlling the Constant Craving for Change? Sydney Law School Postgraduate Conference 2013, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
- Willis, S. (2013). Proceeding Justly: Case management, justice and procedural fairness. Civil Justice Research Group Conference: Current Issues in Civil Justice, Melbourne, Vic: Presentation.
- Burns, K., Loughnan, A., Lunney, M., Willis, S. (2013). The Relationship Between Tort and Crime in Australia. Comparing Tort and Crime 2013, Cambridge, England: Presentation.
- Willis, S. (2012). Crossing Boundaries: When judges become case managers. Sydney Law School Postgraduate Conference: Crossing Boundaries 2012, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
- Willis, S. (2011). Can litigation ever be fair or just? Exploring the conflicts in commercial litigation. Sydney Law School Postgraduate Conference 2011, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
- Willis, S. (2010). Civil Procedure Meets Social Reality: Can case management really help with the unending quest for justice? Sydney Law School Postgraduate Conference 2010, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
- Willis, S. (2008). You may wish you were dead: Civil litigation is law which sucks the life out of you!. Sydney Law School Postgraduate Conference 2008, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
- Willis, S., Simms, S. (2014). Lawyers make child's play of ethics. Lawyers Weekly.
- Abrahams, D., Anderson, R., Eckford, J., Fagan, P., Farmer, A., Hogan-Doran, J., Kincaid, H., Sivasothy, A., Willis, S. (2011), Young Lawyers Civil Litigation Committee Submission, Chief Justice's Review of the Costs Assessment Scheme (NSW).
- Allegretto, A., Boncardo, P., Burke, K., Butnaru, D., Cirillo, S., Fagan, P., Franzini, L., Gardner, P., Dyball, S., Millist-Spendlove, K., Willis, S., et al (2011), Young Lawyers Civil Litigation Committee Submission, Opportunities to consolidate tribunals in NSW: Inquiry by NSW Parliamentary Standing Committee on Law and Justice.
- Dinh, T., Willis, S. (2011), Young Lawyers Civil Litigation Committee Submission, Submission to the Administrative Review Council: Judicial Review in Australia.
- Willis, S., Baykitch, A., Maybury, D., Williams, K., Strachan, L. (2006). A buyer's guide to international commercial arbitration. Blake Dawson Waldron: The Issues - Edition 6.