Sir Zelman Cowen Centre
The Sir Zelman Cowen Centre forms part of the College of Law and Justice. The Centre provides training, research and support to the government, judiciary, legal practitioners, court staff and other professions associated with the legal sector.
By working with a range of employers, practitioners and professional bodies we identify training needs and design programs and events to meet those needs.
The Centre is named in honour of Australia’s former Governor-General and distinguished legal academic, the late Sir Zelman Cowen.
In 2014 we announced that The Honourable Nicola Roxon took up a position as an Adjunct Professor within the College of Law and Justice, and chair of the Sir Zelman Cowen Advisory Board.
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There are three rooms for hire at our Queen St premises. Potential clients can book these rooms for seminars, meetings, training courses or other functions.
Read more about facility hire and catering at the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre.
The following professional development courses are available through the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre:
- Professional Course in Immigration Law
- Professional Course in New Zealand Immigration Law
- Professional Course in Notarial Practice
- Graduate Certificate in Australian Immigration Law and Practice
- Graduate Diploma in Commercial Arbitration (see the option for International students)
For further information about courses, search our course finder.
Following is information of course presenters for the Graduate Certificate in Immigration Law and Practice, and the Graduate Diploma in Notarial Practice.
Graduate Certificate in Immigration Law and Practice
- Professor Rodger Fernandez
BEc, LLB (Monash), MTax (Melb), PhD (Syd), LIV Accredited Specialist (Immigration Law)
- Murray Gerkens
LLB (Melb), GradCertAustImmLaw (VU)
- Desiree Holland
LLB (Adelaide), GradCertAustImmLaw (ANU)
- Chong Quaik
BEc, LLB (Mon), LL.M (Melb), LIV Accredited Specialist (Immigration Law)
- Dominic Yau
BA (Melb), LLB (LaTrobe), GradCertAustImmLaw (VU)
Graduate Diploma in Insurance Law and Practice
- Sherene Ozyurek
LLB (Hons) (Monash University), BCOM (Mgt) (Monash University), GradCertAustImmLaw (VU)
Graduate Diploma in Commercial Arbitration
- Professor David Denton
- Professor David Bailey
Professional Course in Notarial Practice
- Professor Peter Zablud
Director of Notarial Studies, and Assessor
About Sir Zelman Cowen
Sir Zelman Cowen, AK GCMG GCVO QC, was one of Australia's most distinguished jurists. He was born in St Kilda in 1919, and studied law at Oxford University.
From 1951, he was Professor of Public Law and Dean of the Faculty of Law at Melbourne University. He was knighted in 1976 and appointed Governor-General of Australia in 1977.
In 1982, he became Provost of Oriel College Oxford in 1982 and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Oxford in 1988. He also served as Chairman of the UK Press Council between 1983 and 1988.
In 1994, he accepted the positions of Distinguished Visiting Professor and Chair of the Victoria University Foundation. As Chair of the Foundation, he led the University's efforts in gaining philanthropic support for students in their studies, including contributions for prizes and scholarships. On retiring as Chair of the Foundation he agreed to continue his involvement by accepting an honorary appointment position as Inaugural Patron and remained a staunch friend of the University.
Sir Zelman passed away on 8 December 2011.