The scholarship of Associate Professor Jennifer Beard is best characterised as philosophically oriented historical research. Jennifer is currently involved in individual research on the public aspects of charity law over time, political advocacy of charities and the role of the not-for-profit sector in law and development. Her collaborations include research on Ethiopian charity law and the links between English charity law, imperialism, international law and Roman Christianity. In all her research, Jennifer focuses on the relationship between public and private power, law and society and law, imperialism and development. She is particularly interested in theories of the State, political authority, and the role of law in the exercise of political power. Recent and forthcoming publications include chapters on the significance of Christian charity to international law and to the filed of international law and development. Her most cited work is a monograph, The Political Economy of Desire: International Law, Development and the Nation State (Cavendish-Routledge, 2007). Jennifer supervises a range of doctoral candidates working within the general areas of public law, international law and development and charity law. Jennifer has been a visiting fellow at the University of Otago Law Faculty; the University of British Columbia Law School; the Department of International Law and Human Rights at the United Nations University for Peace in Costa Rica; and the University of Lund Law School. Jennifer took leave from the academy for five years when she was a member of the Migration Review Tribunal and the Refugee Review Tribunal from 2009 to 2014.
The Melbourne JD
Other Faculty and University Responsibilities
Academic Board - Selection Procedures Committee
Academic Mentor - JD
Memberships and Affiliations
Barrister (Victorian Bar)
Member, Firearms Appeals Committee (Victoria)