Dr Leela Cejnar - Nat Thomas More Law School (Faculty of Law and Business)

Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor


Dr Leela Cejnar is a Senior Lecturer at the Thomas More Law School's Mackillop Campus (North Sydney). Leela's primary area of research is competition law. Leela is the author of numerous publications and her research has been published in leading international journals. She has also presented about her work at conferences in Australia and overseas. Leela has supervised higher degree research students in MPhil and PhD programs.

Leela's research also includes the areas of regulation and higher education, legal education and the scholarship of learning and teaching in higher education. In particular, stemming from her participation in an online learning and teaching project with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in 2013, followed by her involvement in the development and teaching of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) and the study of law in 2015-2016, Leela's research extends to exploring how online learning is transforming the "classroom" in law schools and can be used to enhance access to legal education, including by transcending cultural, gender, age and socio-economic boundaries. She has published and presented about her work on the use of technology and the future of legal education. Leela has also received teaching citations and awards for outstanding contributions to student learning

At the Thomas More Law School, Leela is the Course Coordinator for the Bachelor of Laws Program in North Sydney. She is also the National Lecturer-in-Charge of three of the school's undergraduate pre-requisite units.

Leela's background includes twenty years in legal practice, both with major international law firms and with the Commonwealth Public Service (notably, for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade). She has also previously held academic positions at Macquarie University (2009) and at the University of New South Wales (2010-2016).

Leela is admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Courts of New South Wales and Victoria, the Federal Court of Australia and the High Court of Australia.


Phone :94659242 (North Sydney)
Email :leela.cejnar@acu.edu.au
URIs : Personal Website

Research Interests

Competition and Consumer Law ; Commercial Law ; Higher Education and Regulation ; Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility ; Legal Education ;

Methods Expertise

Doctrinal Legal Research/Mixed Methods Research ;

Research Projects

No research project is currently recorded.

Selected Publications


Competition and fair trading practices in the higher education sector: a comparative review of the position in the UK and Australia (2017) European Competition Law Review (with A Duke) (IN PRESS)


Developing Online Competition Law Education Tools for SMEs (with Schaper, M), in Competition Law, Regulation and SMEs: Understanding the Small Business Perspective Lee, C and Shaper, M (eds) (Institute of Southeast Asian Studies,Singapore, 2016)

Competition law and policy in higher education: an overview of the position in the UK and its impact on the EU and beyond (2016) 37 European Competition Law Review, pp 25-32

Competition law: an overview of different educational approaches (2016) International Trade and Business Law Review Vol XIX, pp 298-315


The globalization of competition law: yes or no? (with Burgess, R), in Comparative Competition Law Duns, J Sweeney B and Duke, A (eds) (Edward Elgar, Massachusetts, 2015)

Other information

See full list of publications on web profile: http://www.acu.edu.au/about_acu/faculties,_institutes_and_centres/law_and_business/school_of_law/meet_our_staff/dr_leela_cejnar