ARC Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Fellow
Director, Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies
She researches in the areas of constitutional law and constitutional theory with particular attention to freedom of expression. Her Laureate Fellowship on the theme 'Balancing Diversity and Social Cohesion in Democratic Constitutions' investigates how Constitutions, in their design and in their application, can unify while nurturing the diversity appropriate for a complex, modern society.
Her recent publications include Small Brown Bird: Values, Aspirations and the Australian Constitution (with Elisa Arcioni) in the International Journal of Constitutional Law and Constitutional Orthodoxy: The Deepening Divide in the Melbourne University Law Review. With Cheryl Saunders AO she is editor of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook on the Australian Constitution.
She is First Vice President of the International Association of Constitutional Law; Vice President of the Australian Association of Constitutional Law and is an elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law. Through the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies she is extensively engaged with government and non-governmental organisations. In 2015, she was a member of the Advisory Committee for the Australian Law Reform Commission’s Inquiry on Traditional Rights and Freedoms.
She has taught at law schools in Australia, the United States and Canada and delivered papers and lectures by invitation at numerous universities in Australia, North America, Europe and China. In 2011, she was a Visiting Professor at Georgetown University Law Centre in Washington DC.
Memberships and Affiliations
International Association of Constitutional Law - First Vice President, Member, Executive Committee
Australian Association of Constitutional law - Council Member, Vice-President
Australian Academy of Law, Fellow