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JD and masters students at the University of Melbourne will be taught by four visiting legal academics from Finland, New Zealand and the UK.

Melbourne Law School (MLS) has named the first four legal academics to join the university as part of a new fellowship scheme.

Students are expected to benefit from the expertise that the program brings to Melbourne, with the academics teaching in the masters program and Juris Doctor curriculum as part of their fellowship.

Melbourne law dean Professor Carolyn Evans (pictured) said the fellows offered students a wealth of academic and practical experience.

“Our students have the opportunity to learn from global leaders in their legal field,” Professor Evans said.

This is the first time that academics from international institutions have been invited to the law school as part of the Distinguished Visiting Fellows scheme.

According to Professor Evans, the scheme recognises and fosters existing ties with other universities and law schools around the world.

“Our scheme is also designed to foster links between MLS researchers and these academics, building strong partnerships and facilitating significant research,” she said.

Finland’s Professor Martti Koskenniemi from the University of Helsinki has been named as one of the first MLS fellows. Professor Koskenniemi also has an academic post at the London School of Economics and Political Science as a centennial professor.

UK academics Professor Karen Yeung and Professor Julian Savulescu, from King’s College London and the University of Oxford respectively, have also been named.

Former NZ health and disability commissioner Professor Ron Paterson from the University of Auckland is the final academic to be welcomed into the inaugural MLS fellows scheme.

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