Dr Alan Davidson

Senior Lecturer

School of Law
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
a.davidson@law.uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 52294

Overview

Dr Alan Davidson is a solicitor and barrister of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and of the High Court of Australia. He practiced law for more than a decade before moving into academia full time. He was engaged as an Assistant Professor at Bond University, lecturer at Queensland University of Technology including acting Head of School, and Associate Dean at James Cook University before commencing at the University of Queensland in 1997.

Since 2011 Dr Davidson has participated in UNCITRAL Working Group IV in Vienna and New York biannually, and in 2014 was invited to join its Panel of Experts to assist with the future directions of the Working Group. Dr Davidson has been invited to be a foundation Councillor for the newly formed UNCITRAL Electronic Commerce Texts - Advisory Council. He is a Director and Fellow of UNCCA and is its Education Director arranging for students nationally to attend Working Group sessions (36 students to date). Dr Davidson's PhD is in the field of international banking law, specifically Letters of Credit Transactions. He is a Fellow of the Institute of International Banking Law and Practice and a member of the Asia Advisory Council and the Council of International Standby Practices of the Institute. He regularly speaks at the conferences for the Institute in Hong Kong, Singapore and New York. He presents courses at the TC Beirne School of Law in International Trade Law, International Trade Finance Law, Banking Law and Electronic Commerce Law. He has been a visiting academic in the USA, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore and China.

His book Social Media and Electronic Commerce Law has been published in 2 editions by Cambridge University Press. He has also published The Internet for Lawyers and The Internet for Accountants and numerous interactive computer based workbooks and teaching manuals. He was joint author of two editions of the monograph Company Meetings. His publications have appeared in the Australian Law Journal, the Journal of International Banking and Finance Law, the Journal of Commonwealth Law and Legal Education and the International Trade Law Annual. For nine years he authored over 100 articles for Queensland Law Society Journal, Proctor on CyberLaw.

Research Interests

  • International Trade Finance Law
  • Electronic commerce law
  • Law and technology
  • Privacy
  • Artificial Intelligence and the Law

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Graduate Dipl Law, The University of Queensland
  • Master of Laws, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Wollongong

Publications

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Supervision

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Available Projects

  • International Trade Law covers a diverse range of topics. Potential projects include:

    • the practice and regulation of the finance of international trade;
    • commercial letters of credit in international trade;
    • the role of the banks in the financing of international trade;
    • a comparative analysis of the UN Convention on International Sales of Goods;
    • the use of trade terms in international trade – Incoterms

    For further information contact Dr Alan Davidson, e: a.davidson@law.uq.edu.au

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Publications

Featured Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Davidson, Alan (2017). Application of the Electronic Communications Convention to the CISG. The Electronic CISG: 7th MAA Schlechtriem CISG Conference (International Commerce and Arbitration). (pp. 21-41) edited by Ingeborg Schwenzer and Lisa Spagnolo.Netherlands: Eleven International Publishing.

  • Davidson, Alan (2016). Electronic commerce law. Australian commercial law. (pp. 315-336) edited by Clive Turner and John Trone.Sydney, Australia: Lawbook Co..

  • Davidson, Alan (2015). Electronic Commerce Law. Australian Commercial Law. (pp. 305-326) edited by Clive Turner and John Trone.Sydney, Australia: Lawbook Co..

  • Davidson, Alan (2013). Electronic Commerce Law. Australian Commercial Law. (pp. 289-310) edited by Law Book Co.Sydney, Australia: Lawbook Co..

  • Davidson, Alan (2013). Electronic commerce law. Australian commercial law. (pp. 289-310) edited by Clive Turner and John Trone.Pyrmont, NSW, Australia: Thomson Reuters.

  • Davidson, Alan (2013). Fraud, the prime exception to the autonomy principle in letters of credit. International Trade and Business Law Annual. (pp. 23-55) edited by Roger Jones and Gabriël A. Moens.London, United Kingdom: Cavendish Publishing. doi:10.4324/9781843145165

  • Davidson, Alan (2011). The Law of Electronic Commerce. Australian Commercial Law. (pp. 289-310) edited by Clive Turner.Pymont, NSW, Australia: Thomson Reuters.

  • Davidson, Alan (2009). The Law of Electronic Commerce. Australian Commercial Law 27th Edition. (pp. 249-267) edited by Clive Turner.Pymont NSW: Thomson Reuters.

  • Davidson, A (2006). Law of Electronic Commerce. Australian Commercial Law. (pp. 239-258) edited by Clive Turner.Sydney: Thomson Lawbook Company.

  • Davidson, A. (2004). The law of electronic commerce. Australian Commercial Law. (pp. 293-316) edited by Clive Turner.Sydney: Lawbook Co.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

Completed Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • International Trade Law covers a diverse range of topics. Potential projects include:

    • the practice and regulation of the finance of international trade;
    • commercial letters of credit in international trade;
    • the role of the banks in the financing of international trade;
    • a comparative analysis of the UN Convention on International Sales of Goods;
    • the use of trade terms in international trade – Incoterms

    For further information contact Dr Alan Davidson, e: a.davidson@law.uq.edu.au