Andrew Godwin (LL.M, PhD) is Associate Professor at Melbourne Law School (MLS) at The University of Melbourne where he serves as Director of Transactional Law, Director of Studies for the Graduate Program in Banking and Finance Law, and Associate Director of the Asian Law Centre.
Andrew is one of Australia’s leading experts on Chinese commercial law and, more generally, on foreign law and its intersection with Australian domestic law. He has served as an expert in legal cases involving mining and resources, distribution and licensing agreements, foreign investment, foreign exchange controls, property rights (including succession), recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments, financial services, and large-scale litigation such as class actions. The venues for these cases have included the Supreme Courts of Victoria, Queensland, and South Australia, as well as the Federal Court of Australia.
Andrew has been involved in legal practice for over 20 years, ten of which were spent in Shanghai where he was a partner and chief representative of an international law firm. During his time in practice, Andrew acted for commercial and investment banks in a wide range of finance transactions and was also actively involved with financial institutions and multinational companies in the area of cross-border merger and acquisition projects.
Andrew’s teaching and research interests include finance and insolvency law, transactional law, financial regulation (particularly disclosure and regulatory systems), property law, the regulation of the legal profession and professional and transactional skills for lawyers.
Andrew is the author of a critically acclaimed bilingual book that examines Chinese and English legal terminology and concepts: China Lexicon. He is also a co-author of Sackville & Neave Australian Property Law (10th edition). His PhD thesis examined traditional land-use rights in rural China and evaluated their relevance and suitability to reform today.
Andrew is a regular contributor to academic and professional publications and consults extensively in the areas of professional training, risk and compliance issues concerning law firms and legal practice, contract drafting and transactional law.
Andrew is a charter member of Pelham Associates.