Associate Professor Anna Chapman

  • Associate Professor Anna Chapman

    Co-Director of Studies, Employment and Labour Relations Law

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Anna Chapman joined the Law School after a period of practice. Her research focuses on employment law, especially in relation to the National Employment Standards, General Protections (Adverse Action), unfair dismissal law and anti-discrimination law. She is a past Editor of the Australian Journal of Labour Law, and a Co-Director of the Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law in the Law School.

Anna Chapman holds Bachelor degrees in both Commerce and Law (with Hons) from the University of Melbourne, an LLM from the University of Melbourne and a PhD from the University of Adelaide (with a Dean's Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence).

Dr Chapman is an Associate Professor in the Melbourne Law School. She is one of the Directors of the Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law, and a Program Director, MLM Employment and Labour Relations Law. Anna is a past Editor of the Australian Journal of Labour Law.

Dr Chapman's research focuses on employment law and gender, sexuality, and race. This work has engaged particularly with minimum standards, including leave entitlements and working hours, in addition to general protections (adverse action), unfair dismissal and discrimination law.

A study published in 2012 ranked Anna as no. 20 in a list of 'Most Prolific Publishers in the Go8 University Law Reviews (Excluding Home Review)', and as no. 21 in a list of 'Overall Most Prolific Publishers in Leading Australian Law Journals (Excluding Home Review)': R. Smyth, 'Who Publishes in Australia's Top Law Journals?' (2012) 35(1) University of New South Wales Law Journal 201-245 at p 239 (table 6B), at p 241 (table 7).

Beth Gaze and Anna Chapman have been awarded an ARC Discovery Grant (2011-2013) for the project, 'Reshaping Employment Discrimination Law: Towards Substantive Equality at Work?' The 2009 reshaping of Australian industrial law through the Fair Work Act unexpectedly introduced a comprehensive prohibition on discrimination in employment. This novel prohibition will operate alongside existing anti-discrimination laws. These have quite separate conceptual foundations, and their effectiveness in promoting equality at work has been limited. This project examines the effect of the new provisions, and the interaction of the overall system of employment discrimination laws in both providing legal redress for discriminatory harms at work in Australia, and in contributing to systemic change towards equality in relations at work.


Melbourne Law Masters


Other Faculty and University Responsibilities

Co-Director, Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law

Program Director, MLM Employment and Labour Relations Law Program

Memberships and Affiliations

Editorial Committee Member, Australian Journal of Labour Law

Member, National Committee, Australian Labour Law Association

Member, Association of Industrial Relations Academics Australia and New Zealand

Member, Australian Human Resources Institute

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