Professor, Dr. Leon Trakman is Former Dean of Law at the University of New South Wales, 2002-2007 and currently a UNSW Professor of Law. Professor Trakman holds a B. Com, LLB (Cape Town); LLM, SJD (Harvard). His academic appointments include: Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of California, Davis; Professor of Law, Dalhousie Law School; Visiting Professor, Wisconsin Law School; Visiting Professor of Law, University of Cape Town; Bora Laskin National Fellow in Human Rights, Canada, 1997/98; Killam Professor, Killam Foundation, Visiting Professor, Tulane Law School; Bolton Visiting Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University. He has received prestigious fellowships. These include the Bora Laskin National Fellowship (one awarded annually across all university disciplines in Canada), a Killam Senior Fellowship; various grants awarded by the Canada Council, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. In 2018, he concluded a four-year Discovery Grant awarded by Australian Research Council for which he was Lead Chief Investigator.
He is barrister and arbitrator specializing in commercial disputed. He has presided over 120 arbitration cases and a number of NAFTA by appointment of the US, Canadian and Mexican Governments since its inception. Professor Trakman is also author of 10 books and over 120 journal articles.