Professor Adrienne Stone

  • Professor Adrienne Stone

Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellow
Melbourne Laureate Professor
Director, Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies

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Adrienne Stone is Melbourne Laureate Professor and Director of the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies at Melbourne Law School. She researches in the areas of constitutional law and theory in Australia and globally, freedom of expression and academic freedom. She has published widely on these topics. She teaches constitutional law, comparative constitutional law, and freedom of speech across the JD and MLM programs.

As Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellow (2016-2021), she established and directed the Laureate Program in Comparative Constitutional Law which developed a significant research capacity in comparative constitutional law at Melbourne Law School.  She initiated the biennial Melbourne Institute of Comparative Constitutional Law (an intensive workshop for senior and junior scholars) and a global program for the mentoring emerging scholars.

Among her recent publications, she is the author (with Carolyn Evans) of Open Minds: Academic Freedom and Freedom of Speech (2021). With Cheryl Saunders AO she is editor of the Oxford Handbook on the Australian Constitution (2018) and with Frederick Schauer, she is editor of the Oxford Handbook on Freedom of Speech (2021). Her appointments as visiting professor include Georgetown Law Centre, Sorbonne Law School (Univ. Paris I), Tulane Law School (Summer School), University of Auckland and Reichman University (Israel) (in 2024).  She has given many distinguished public lectures including the High Court Lecture, the Sir Frank Kitto Lecture, the Fay Gale Lectures, the Korea University Distinguished Lecture, Sir Maurice Byers Lecture, and the Geoffrey Sawer Lecture. She is a founding General Editor of Comparative Constitutional Studies and an Editor in Chief of the forthcoming Elgar Encyclopedia of Constitutional Law.

Adrienne Stone is the immediate past President of the International Association of Constitutional Law, a former Vice President of the Australian Association of Constitutional law, an elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, and the Australian Academy of Law.


The Melbourne JD

Melbourne Law Masters

Professional Associations and Activities

International Association of Constitutional Law: President (elected 2018); First Vice President (2014-2018), Member, Executive Committee (2007-)

Australian Association of Constitutional law - Council Member, Vice-President

Australian Academy of Law, Fellow

Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, Fellow