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 constitutional law and theory in Australia and globally, freedom of expression and academic freedom and has written widely in these fields. 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 founded and directed the Laureate Program in Comparative Constitutional Law which developed a significant research capacity in comparative constitutional law at Melbourne Law School.  She established the biennial Melbourne Institute of Comparative Constitutional Law (an three-day intensive workshop for senior and junior scholars) and a global program for the mentoring of 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) and Reichman University (Israel) (in 2024).  Her recent public lectures include the Sir Frank Kitto Lecture, the Fay Gale Lectures, the Korea University Distinguished Lecture, Sir Maurice Byers Lecture and the Geoffrey Sawer Lecture. In November 2022 she will deliver the High Court Lecture. She is a founding General Editor of Comparative Constitutional Studies.

Adrienne Stone is the 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 Australian Academy of Law.


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