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Macquarie Law School

Zara Bending

Zara Bending

 

 

 

B Soc Sci, LLB (Hons) (Macquarie University)

Biography

Zara completed her Bachelor of Social Science (Sociology Major) with LLB (Hons) at Macquarie University. Her Honours Dissertation advanced an original rationale and framework for a new conception of the doctor-patient relationship known as the 'Trust Model.' She has tutored and delivered guest lectures for the Macquarie Law School and Department of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, and in 2013 was a recipient of the Faculty of Arts Teaching Award for Programs that Enhance Learning and Vice Chancellor's Teaching Award for Programs that Enhance Learning.

Inspired by four years of community conservation volunteering at Taronga Zoo, Sydney,Zara's current doctoral research (under the supervisions of Professor Shawkat Alam) investigates the international regulation of the illicit trade in wildlife, using rhinoceros horn as a case study. Specifically, it examines the intersection between the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) (and the trade related environmental measures therein) and the rules of trade between nations as overseen by the World Trade Organization (and adopted in central pillars such as the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade). Zara is a proud supporter of the Rhino Resource Center edited by Dr Kees Rookmaaker and member of the Jane Goodall Institute of Australia.

Zara is a proud member of the Rhino Resource Center (http://www.rhinoresourcecenter.com) and ASCA (http://www.asca.org.au)

Teaching Responsibilities

Law 115 - Foundations of Law
Law 109 - Criminal Justice & Procedure
PICT101 - Introduction to Criminology
PICT102 - Policing and Crime

Thesis Title

Governing the International Illegal Trade in Wildlife: How the law of treaties and rules of the WTO contend with the illicit trade in rhino horn. (working title)

Supervisors

Associate Professor Shawkat Alam
Associate Professor Carlos Bernal-Pulido

Awards

  • 2013 Vice Chancellor's Teaching Award for Programs that Enhance Learning "The New Foundations of Law Program at the Macquarie Law School: Enhancing the First Year Experience to Promote Inclusion, Improve Retention and Achieve Learning Outcomes" (Category: The First-Year Experience) (awarded together with Dr Carlos Bernal, Mr George Tomossy and Ms Catherine Greentree).
  • 2013 Faculty of Arts Teaching Award for Programs that Enhance Learning "The New Foundations of Law Program at the Macquarie Law School: Enhancing the First Year Experience to Promote Inclusion, Improve Retention and Achieve Learning Outcomes" (awarded together with Dr Carlos Bernal, Mr George Tomossy and Ms Catherine Greentree).
  • 2012 Taronga National Volunteer Week Award (Highly Commended) 'Be Supportive and Enthusiastic' (awarded together with Ms Courtney Morgans).


Research Interests

Environmental Law, Sustainable Development, Governance Theory, Criminology, Youth Justice, Domestic and Family Violence, Sociology, Health Law, Bioethics.

Publications/ Conference Presentations

  • Zara J Bending, 'Reconceptualising the Doctor-Patient Relationship: Recognising the Role of Trust in Contemporary Health Care' (published online 16 August 2014) Journal of Bioethical Inquiry < http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11673-014-9570-z>.
  • George Tomossy and Zara Bending (2013) 'Derecho A La Salud En Australia'. In Laura Clérico, Liliana Ronconi, Martín Aldao (eds), Tratado De Derecho A La Salud, Vol 3 (Abeledo Perrot: Buenos Aires) 3130- 3148.
  • Zara Bending, 'Redefining the Doctor-Patient Relationship: The Central Role of Trust in Experimental Treatment', Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law Conference (Expectations, Hope and Futility: Law and Bioethics in Contemporary Healthcare, Gold Coast, 7-10 July 2011).
  • Zara Bending and George Tomossy, 'An Australian Perspective on the Doctor-Patient Relationship: A Prelude to Examining Duties of Disclosure in Surgical Innovation' (2011) 19 Health Law Journal 237.