Professor Christine Parker

Associate Dean (Research)

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Christine Parker is a Professor of Law at Melbourne Law School, The University of Melbourne and Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision Making and Society. She is also the Associate Dean for Research at Melbourne Law School.

Professor Parker has a long career teaching and researching on lawyers’ ethics, regulatory studies and corporate accountability. Her socio-legal research has made important empirical, conceptual and policy contributions to the politics, ethics and democratic governance of regulation in a range of areas including competition and consumer protection law, the food system (including the use of animals for food), the legal profession, environmental and health and safety regulation and, recently, the social and ecological regulation of the digital economy.

Professor Parker’s books include The Open Corporation: Business Self-Regulation and Democracy; Explaining Compliance: Business Responses to Regulation, and influential social critique and text, Inside Lawyers’ Ethics.

She has also pioneered the teaching of animal law, and food law and policy at Melbourne Law School.

She has supervised about 20 higher degree by research students to successful completion and currently has PhD students in animal law and animal welfare regulation, corporate governance and corporate regulation, and environmental and public health policy and the food system.

Professor Christine Parker has previously held positions at Griffith University, University of New South Wales, the Australian National University and Monash University. She holds a BA (Hons) and LLB (Hons) from The University of Queensland and a PhD from the Australian National University. She is on the governing bodies of the Australian Animal Law Teachers and Researchers Association and the International Association of Legal Ethics, and the advisory committees of several international socio legal journals.

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