John Dewar (academic)

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John Dewar is the Vice-Chancellor of La Trobe University.

Career before Griffith University[edit]

Dewar is an internationally known family law specialist. He was a member of the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Family Law Pathways Advisory Group from 2000 to 2001 and a former member and chair of the Family Law Council from 1998 to 2004.[1]

Before working at Griffith University, Dewar taught at the universities of Lancaster and Warwick in the United Kingdom and was a fellow and tutor in law at Hertford College, Oxford. He was Head of Education and Training for Allen & Overy (London) from 1988-90[2]

Griffith University[edit]

Dewar moved from the United Kingdom in 1995 to take up a professorial position in the Griffith Law School,[3] where he eventually became the Dean of the Griffith Law School from 1999 to 2002. From 2002 to 2005, he was the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Business and Law and then became deputy vice-chancellor (academic).

University of Melbourne[edit]

Dewar moved to the University of Melbourne in April 2009, becoming the deputy vice-chancellor (global relations).[4] In September that year, he was appointed Provost of the University of Melbourne, a role similar to his previous one at Griffith University.[5] The role's focus was "on refining the Melbourne Model and ensuring successful second phase implementation of the University’s graduate programs in 2011".[6]

La Trobe University[edit]

John Dewar became the sixth Vice-Chancellor of La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia[7] in January 2012. On arrival, he declared that his goal was to ensure that La Trobe be "recognised as the natural alternative to Victoria’s two Group of Eight universities, with a unique appeal other universities can’t offer."[8]In 2014, he announced 350 staff would be sacked without any voluntary redundancies.[9]


  1. ^ Family Law Council website, accessed 23 August 2012.
  2. ^ Online Opinion website, accessed 22 August 2012.
  3. ^ The Australian website, accessed 22 August 2012.
  4. ^ University of Melbourne news website, accessed 22 August 2012.
  5. ^ The Australian, accessed 22 August 2012.
  6. ^ University of Melbourne news website\, accessed 22 August 2012.
  7. ^ [1],La Trobe University website, accessed 22 August 2012.
  8. ^ La Trobe University Bulletin, Autumn issue 2012, accessed 22 August 2012.
  9. ^ NTEU article 18033, 8-Oct-2015, accessed 8 October 2015.