Associate Professor Kristen Rundle

  • Dr Kristen Rundle

Co-Director, Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies

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Kristen Rundle joined Melbourne Law School in 2015 and teaches in the areas of administrative law and legal theory. She has held appointments at the University of New South Wales, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and the University of Sydney, as well as adjunct, visiting and honorary appointments at the University of Toronto, Erasmus University, the University of Ottawa, and the Whitlam Institute, University of Western Sydney.

Kristen's research is located at the interface of legal theory and public law in its effort to trace the conditions of form and agency necessary for law to act as a limitation on power. Led by her work on the intellectual legacy of the mid-twentieth century legal philosopher, Lon Fuller, this question has informed her past research into the connections between law and the Holocaust, and the legal and institutional attributes of British child migration to Australia. It is also central to her current research into questions of legal theory and practice arising from the neoliberal redesign of the administrative state, especially with respect to contracted-out public functions.

Kristen has authored articles in Law and Philosophy, The Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, Jurisprudence, the University of Toronto Law Journal, and the Modern Law Review. Her book, Forms Liberate: Reclaiming the Jurisprudence of Lon L Fuller (Hart Publishing, 2012) was awarded second prize, UK Society of Legal Scholars Peter Birks Book Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship, 2012. She was awarded a SJD from the University of Toronto, where she also held the Doctoral Fellowship in Ethics at the Centre for Ethics. She undertook a LLM (honours) in public law and legal theory at McGill University as Australia's 2001 Lionel Murphy Postgraduate (Overseas) Scholar, and also holds a BA/LLB (first class honours) from the University of Sydney. Prior to becoming an academic, Kristen worked as an associate at the Federal Court of Australia, and as a Legislative Policy Adviser at the New South Wales Attorney-General's Department.


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Memberships and Affiliations

Whitlam Fellow, The Whitlam Institute, University of Western Sydney (2015 - 2018)

Trustee, Lionel Murphy Foundation (2017 - )

Advisory Board, Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy (2015 - )

Secretary, Australian Society of Legal Philosophy (2014 - )

Editorial board member, Jurisprudence (2013 - )