Julian Webb is Director of the Legal Professions Research Network in Melbourne Law School and a member of Melbourne Networked Society Institute (MNSI). He joined the Law School in 2014 having previously held chairs at the Universities of Warwick and Westminster in the UK.
He also holds a concurrent appointment as an Honorary Professor of Law at the University of Exeter, UK. He was awarded his LLM and LLD degrees by the University of Warwick and is both a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and an Academic Bencher of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple.
Julian has particular research interests in the ethics and professional regulation of lawyers; developments in the market for legal services, including the uses and regulation of legal technology; legal education, and in regulatory theory and practice more generally. He has published widely in these fields, having (co-)authored or edited seven books and numerous journal articles. He is currently lead researcher on an interdisciplinary project on the Regulation of Automated Legal Advice Technologies (RALAT), and in 2016 was identified by an International Bar Association study of drivers of change in legal services as among the 15 most cross-cited scholars on innovation and change in legal services (across Australia, Canada, the UK and USA). Julian has taught Disputes & Ethics, Legal Ethics and Legal Theory on the Melbourne JD. He has also taught theory and practice of dispute resolution, and socio-legal research methods and has an interest in research ethics and their regulation. Julian is an experienced empirical researcher and, between 2011 and 2013, led the research phase of a major national review of legal education and training in England and Wales undertaken by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, Bar Standards Board and ILEX Professional Standards. He has previously undertaken research or consultancy work for a range of bodies including the Law Society of England and Wales, the New Zealand Council of Legal Education and the Netherlands Council of the Judiciary.
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.
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In the wake of the Dyson Heydon allegations, here's how the legal profession can reform se..
Response: A Tale of Two Cities: Reflecting on Lord Neuberger's 'Reforming Legal Education'
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The Profession(s)’ Engagements with LawTech: Narratives and Archetypes of Future Law
Lisa Webley, John Flood, Julian Webb, Francesca Bartlett, Kate Galloway, Kieran Tranter
Journal article | 2019 | Law, Technology and Humans
This article argues that there are three narratives to technology’s role in augmenting, disrupting or ending the current legal ser..
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Honours, Awards and Fellowships
FRSA - Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts
HIGHER DOCTORATE IN LAW
University of Warwick
MASTER OF LAWS (RESEARCH)
University of Warwick
BACHELOR OF ARTS IN LAW (HONOURS)
Council for National Academic Awards