Dr Jenny Beard

  • Dr Jenny Beard

    Senior Lecturer

+61 3 8344 1055 | jlbeard@unimelb.edu.au | Room 0856


Dr Jennifer Beard is currently involved in research on the public aspects of charity law and the role of the not-for-profit sector in law and development. In her research, Jennifer focuses on the relationship between public and private power, law and society and law and development. She is particularly interested in theories of the State, political authority, and the role of law in the exercise of political power. Jennifer's five-year appointment to the Refugee and Migration Review Tribunals has also strengthened her interest in due processes, accountability and justice in public and private governance across all levels of society. Her publications include, a textbook co-edited with Professor Andrew Mitchell, International Law: In Principle (Thomson, 2009) and The Political Economy of Desire: International Law, Development and the Nation State (Cavendish-Routledge, 2007). Jennifer has been a visiting fellow at the University of British Columbia Law School where she taught a PhD Seminar on Legal Theory and Interdisciplinary Approaches to Law; a teacher of International Law, Trade and Development in the LLM Programme in the Department of International Law and Human Rights at the United Nations University for Peace in Costa Rica; and a visiting fellow at the University of Lund Law School. Jennifer 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

EO Liaison, Gender

Student Equality and Wellbeing Committee

Memberships and Affiliations

Barrister (Victorian Bar)

Member, ARNOVA

Member, ISTR

Member, Firearms Appeals Committee (Victoria)