Dr Natalie Cujes is a legal academic and Deputy Head of School (Education) within the School of Business at UNSW, Canberra.
Professional and Teaching Experience
Natalie lectures in Business Law (undergraduate and postgraduate) and in Commercial Skills in the Public Sector - Contract Law (postgraduate) at the School of Business. She has also taught at other academic institutions in the areas of Business Law, Contracts, Litigation and Competition and Consumer Law at the undergraduate and/or postgraduate levels.
Immediately prior to joining the School of Business on a full-time basis, Natalie was a Registrar of the Federal Court of Australia and of the then Federal Magistrates Court of Australia (now, the Federal Circuit Court of Australia), appointments she held for almost a decade. She was also Secretary of the former Professional Conduct Board of the ACT Law Society for a number of years. Natalie currently serves as an elected member of the Executive Committee of the Federal Litigation and Dispute Resolution Section of the Law Council of Australia and as an active member of the Law Council's Federal Court Liaison Committee, the Federal Circuit Court Liaison Committee and the Military Justice Committee. She is also a member of the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration and of the Business Law Section of the Law Council. Natalie is admitted as a Barrister-at-Law of the Supreme Court of NSW, and as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of Australia and of the Supreme Courts of the ACT and Victoria. In addition to her teaching position, Natalie is the Principal of Cujes Legal (specialising in commercial/contract law and federal court litigation) and holds an appointment as an Adjunct Associate Professor with a School of Law.
Natalie's main research area is the business of federal courts (primarily, the Federal Court and the Federal Circuit Court) and how to resolve civil disputes brought before them as cost-effectively, expeditiously and efficiently as possible. To this end, her book, Litigation in the Federal Court (LexisNexis, 2015), studies the 'overarching purpose' of civil litigation in the Federal Court. Natalie's PhD thesis concerned the impact on procedural justice of case transfers by the Federal Court to the Federal Magistrates Court.
Areas of academic and research interest
- Business law
- Competition and consumer law (trade practices)
- Contract law
- The business of federal courts, particularly the Federal Court and the Federal Circuit Court
- Litigation and dispute resolution
- Court administration and judicial decision-making
Awards and Recognitions
- UNSW Scientia Education Fellow 2018-2022
- Honorary Adjunct Associate Professor of Law, University of Canberra, 2011 to current date
- Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence in Teaching Award – Unit Satisfaction Survey Recognition Award, University of Canberra, 2009.
- Peace Research Vacation Scholarship, Australian National University, 1991/92.