Adjunct Professor Mark Harrison was awarded a 2012 UC CItation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. The Selection Committee for the award was impressed by Mark’s ability to take professional knowledge into an academic environment in a way that motivates and inspires other professionals. Mark teaches International Customs Law, GATT/WTO Law and International Air Law and has recently worked with staff from both Iraq Customs and Timor Leste Customs on capacity building projects. He has been teaching in the Centre since its inception. Here is a brief bio on Mark’s career:
Mark Harrison is an Adjunct Professor of Law at UC and a Principal Consultant to CCES. He graduated in Arts and Law from the Australian National University in 1975 and joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade where he served as a diplomat in the Australian Embassies in Moscow (1977-1980) and Vienna (1987-1989). In 1989 Mark joined the Australian Customs Service as the Director International and went on to become National Manager Passenger Processing, National Manager Trade Measures and National Manager Commercial Compliance. In the latter role Mark was also in charge of the implementation by Customs of the Commonwealth Government’s new GST regime, for which he was awarded the CEO’s Award in 2000. In 2001, Mark moved to the University of Canberra as the Director of the Centre for Customs Studies (as it was then called). Since then he has worked as a teacher and consultant. He was the convenor of the Customs International Executive Management Program (CIEMP) from 2001 to 2005 and also convened the Centre’s Masters programs from 2006 to 2009. He has taught at the Australian National University, the University of Muenster (Germany), Ningbo University and East China University of Science and Technology (Shanghai). Current students know him as the convenor of International Customs Law, GATT/WTO Law and International Air Law. Mark has also worked as a consultant on capacity building projects with Customs in Thailand, Jordan, Vietnam and Timor Leste. He now lives in Woodbridge, Tasmania, where he works on-line with students and commutes to Canberra to give face-to-face tutorials every semester.