Ms Sara Rayment

Ms Sara Rayment

Conjoint Associate Professor

Newcastle Law School

Career Summary

Biography

Conjoint Associate Professor Sara Rayment researches legal design, legal innovation and international disputes. She has particular interest in algorithmic law, natural language processing and visual law. She is the course coordinator of UoN’s legal design course. Sara is also the founder of Inkling Legal Design where she advises government agencies, regulators. law firms and corporate counsel on emerging technology and the practice of law.

Sara joined the University of Newcastle in 2015 as a sessional academic and was appointed as a conjoint in 2017. She holds a Master of Laws (International Arbitration) from University of London, Queen Mary College and a combined Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Law from the University of Newcastle.

With over 10 years of experience in legal practice, Sara specialises in international arbitration and international investment law. She began her career at leading international firm King & Wood Mallesons and later practiced at leading national firm Sparke Helmore.

Sara has served as delegate to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) where she participated in plenary sessions and assisted with the drafting of UNCITRAL’s Technical Note on Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) published in 2017 which provides a guide for the key elements to be included when designing an online cross-border dispute process for high volume and low value transactions. 

She is a member of the advisory committee for CIFAL Newcastle’s Centre for Disaster Preparedness and Risk Reduction, which is one of 15 International Training Centres for Authorities and Leaders working under the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). 

In 2019, Sara graduated from Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design Teaching and Learning Studio where she developed strategies for helping lawyers adopt design-thinking and creative problem solving.



Qualifications

  • Master of Laws, University of London
  • Bachelor of Business, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • ACICA
  • ICSID
  • ODR
  • UNCITRAL Working Group III
  • design-thinking
  • digital transformation
  • innovation
  • international arbitration
  • law
  • legal design
  • online dispute resolution

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
180117 International Trade Law 33.40
180199 Law not elsewhere classified 33.30
180123 Litigation, Adjudication and Dispute Resolution 33.30

Professional Experience

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
10/03/2016 - 10/02/2018 Senior Associate Sparke Helmore Lawyers
Australia
9/02/2009 - 25/03/2016 Solicitor

Leading international law firm

King & Wood Mallesons
Australia

Teaching appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
8/07/2016 - 20/12/2017 Associate Lecturer The University of Newcastle, Australia
Faculty of Business and Law
Australia

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
LAWS5027 International Trade Law
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Course coordinator 8/07/2017 - 8/12/2017
LAWS6085 International Trade Law
Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle
Course Coordinator 8/06/2017 - 8/12/2018
LAWS5042 Commercial Dispute Resolution
Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle
Course Coordinator 8/07/2016 - 30/07/2016
LAWS6050 Commercial Dispute Resolution
The University of Newcastle | Australia
Course Coordinator 8/07/2016 - 30/07/2016
LAWS6047 Legal System of Australia
Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle
Course Coordinator 9/02/2018 - 29/06/2018
LAWS6001 Legal System & Method II
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Course Coordinator 8/02/2018 - 30/07/2018
LAWS6002A Torts Part A
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Lecturer 8/02/2018 - 30/06/2018
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News

Sparkes helps light the future of the legal industry

November 12, 2018

A new partnership between the University of Newcastle and Sparke Helmore Lawyers will explore what digital disruption means for the future of law students and lawyers.

Ms Sara Rayment

Positions

Conjoint Associate Professor
Newcastle Law School
Faculty of Business and Law

Casual Research Assistant
Newcastle Law School
Faculty of Business and Law

Contact Details

Email sara.rayment@newcastle.edu.au

Office

Building NewSpace
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