PROF Sean Cooney

PROF Sean Cooney


  • Academic, Law
  • Asian Law
  • Comparative Law, Employment Law, Labour Law, Chinese Law, Regulation
  • Contract Law
  • Employee Relations
  • Industrial Relations
  • Law Reform in Developing Countries
  • Taiwanese Law
  • Workplace Relations and Employment Law



  • Sean Cooney's research interests are international and comparative labour law, with a focus on Asia, and Chinese law. He is currently working on new approaches to improving international working standards, including an Australian Research Council-funded projects on enforcement reform in China and Australia, and is part of a research team examining the 'legal origins' debate in several Asia-Pacific countries. Sean speaks Mandarin Chinese, French and German has published articles in major refereed law journals in the United States, China and Australia. He currently teaches Obligations, Chinese Law, Employment Law, and Law and Economic Development in Asia. Sean has studied at the University of Melbourne and Columbia University. He also spent several years as a lawyer practising mainly in the areas of employment and administrative law.   


Member of

  • Australian Labour Law Association. member 2004 -
  • Chinese Studies Association of Australia. member 2004 -
  • High Court of Australia. Barrister & Solicitor 2004 -
  • Supreme Court of Victoria. Barrister & Solicitor 2004 -


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Education and training

  • J.S.D., Columbia University 2005
  • LLM, Columbia University 1999
  • LLM, University of Melbourne 1992

Awards and honors

  • Alice Tay Memorial Award in the Field of Human Rights, Australia-China Council, 2008



Available for supervision

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