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Professor Sharon Christensen

Faculty of Law,
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Name
Professor Sharon Christensen
Position(s)
Gadens Professor in Property Law
Faculty of Law,
Law School
Professor
Faculty of Law,
Law School
Discipline *
Law
Phone
+61 7 3138 5204
Fax
+61 7 3138 1775
Email
Location
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Qualifications

LLM (Queensland University of Technology), LLB(Hons) (Queensland Inst. of Technology)

Keywords

Consumer protection and digital disruption, Emerging technologies and property law reform, Electronic conveyancing, Electronic, digital and smart contracts, CPLRC

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Sharon Christensen is the Gadens Professor in Property Law and Co-Director of the Commercial and Property Law Research Centre in the Law Faculty at Queensland University of Technology.

Professor Christensen’s research is influential in driving government policy, law reform and industry change at the intersection of property laws, consumer protection and emerging technologies. During the last 20 years her research has been instrumental in guiding government policy for effective seller disclosure in land transactions and the introduction of electronic settlement and lodging of land transfers. This has led directly to legislative reforms, enhanced consumer protection in land transactions, created efficiencies in the conveyancing process and lowered compliance costs of property sellers and buyers in Queensland, as well as informing law reform both nationally and internationally for information disclosure and electronic land transactions.

Professor Christensen has attracted competitive and commercial research funding in excess of $5 million and led research teams investigating and proposing changes to property law regimes for the integration of sustainability regulation within traditional property frameworks (ARC Discovery Grant) and reform of policies for an integrated regime to regulate carbon products connected to land (ARC Discovery Grant).  Sharon is also a leader in the field of electronic land systems and transactions with research disseminated through national and international refereed publications.

Professor Christensen has been appointed to a number of law reform reviews and government advisory panels and in 2013 was appointed, with Professor Duncan and Associate Professor Dixon, by the Queensland Attorney General to lead a broad ranging review of property laws in Queensland. The final report recommending significant legislative reform will be released in 2018.

Since 1992, Professor Christensen has authored and co-authored over 160 publications in journals, edited works and conference proceedings. She is the co-author of Construction and Performance of Commercial Contracts (Fed Press 2014), Land Contracts in Queensland (Fed Press 2016) and Commercial Leases in Australia (Lawbook 2017).

Professor Christensen has significant professional experience in property sales, leases and other commercial transactions gained through her position as a consultant with Gadens Lawyers and as an author and ongoing reviewer of the Queensland Conveyancing Protocol.  She is also an active member of a number of state and national professional bodies, contributing to government submissions and law reform agendas.

Research interests

 

  • Emerging technologies and property law reform
  • Impact of technology on commercial transactions
  • Property Law reform, including sales and leasing
  • Consumer Protection and online transactions

 

Previous Appointments

2004- 2010: Deputy Director, Law, Information Security Institute

1999- 2001: Assistant Dean Teaching and Learning, Faculty of Law

 

This information has been contributed by Professor Sharon Christensen.

Teaching

Units currently taught

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Experience

Government Appointments

  • Advisory panel for drafting and later review of the Body Corporate and Community Management Act in 1994-1996 and in 1999 for Department of Natural Resources
  • Sessional member Property Agents and Motor Dealers Tribunal from July 2001 – June 2003
  • Sessional member Commercial and Consumer Tribunal from July 2003 – June 2004
  • Sessional member Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (2010 – 2011)
  • Member of Registrar of Titles reference group for electronic conveyancing (2004 – 2011);
  • Ministerial Reference Group: Review of Land Sales Act 1984 (2010-2011)
  • Consultant – Australian Productivity Commission – review harmonisation of consumer protection provisions within the Trade Practices Act and State Fair Trading Acts (2007) (report available at http://www.pc.gov.au/inquiry/consumer/consultancyreports/consumerprotectionlegislation)
  • Member Review Panel for Australian Consumer Law (2016) appointed by

 

Professional Committees

  • Property Law Committee, Queensland Law Society 1996 – current.
  • Council Member, Australian College of Community Association Lawyers – current
  • Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors 2017 – current
  • Property Law Specialist Accreditation Committee, Queensland Law Society member 2001-2009
  • Law Council of Australia Electronic Conveyancing Working Party 2006 – 2010 (Member)
  • Law Council of Australia Electronic Conveyancing Working Party, Chair (2010- 2011)

 

Company Boards

Property Exchange Australia

 

Editorial Boards

General Editor – Australian Property Law Bulletin

State Editor – Australian Property Law Review

This information has been contributed by Professor Sharon Christensen.

Publications


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
A legal framework for specifying and defining carbon property rights
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP130100607
Start year
2013
Keywords
Carbon Trading; Property rights in carbot; Commercial Transactions
Title
An Integrated Legal Regime for a Sustainable Carbon Cycle
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP1094061
Start year
2010
Keywords
Sustainable Development; Property Rights; Natural Resources Law; Climate Change Regulation; Environmental Law
Title
An Institutional Framework to Facilitate Sustainable and Integrated Natural, Cultural and Built Resources Governance
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP0771825
Start year
2007
Keywords
land ownership; land use; sustainable development; natural and cultural resources; property rights; governance;
Title
International Practice in Planning for Affordable Housing: Lessons for Australia
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
60322
Start year
2006
Keywords

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