Professor Adrienne Stone

  • Professor Adrienne Stone

Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellow
Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor
Director, Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies

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Adrienne Stone holds a Chair at Melbourne Law School where she is also a  Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellow, a Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor and Director of the 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.

She has published widely in international journals including in the International Journal of Constitutional LawConstitutional Commentary,  the Toronto Law Journal and in the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies.

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 Oxford Handbook on the Australian Constitution and with Frederick Schauer she is editor of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook on Freedom of Speech.

She is the President of the International Association of Constitutional Law and is an elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and  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 2018, she is a Visiting Professor at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

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


Melbourne Law Masters