Dr Rose Parfitt

  • Dr Rose Parfitt

ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher
Senior Research Fellow
Senior Fellow (Melbourne Law Masters)
Kent Law School, United Kingdom

+61 3 9035 7496 | rose.parfitt@unimelb.edu.au | Room 0912


Rose is the recipient of an Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) from the Australian Research Council. She began work on her DECRA project, entitled 'International Law and the Legacies of Fascist Internationalism', in January 2016 at Melbourne Law School, following on from her McKenzie Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the same institution. She joined MLS in June 2013 after two years as Assistant Professor of International Law at the American University in Cairo. Rose received her doctorate in 2011 from the School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS) Law School, University of London, and will be recommencing her position as a Lecturer in Law at Kent Law School in 2019.

In terms of substance, the broad theme connecting the various strands of her work concerns the relationship between individual and collective conceptions of self-determining subjectivity – that is, the co-constitution of the legal personality of the individual in the domestic legal order and the legal personality of the collective (usually, but not always, the state) in the global legal order. In terms of methodology, she is particularly interested in the role of law in constructing social reality, and in the critical potential of bringing history to bear on law and vice versa.

These substantive and methodological concerns play out in a number of different research projects, which are linked together by a focus on the permeability of the barrier between the global and domestic legal orders, and in particular the parallel ways in which legal subjectivity has been imagined and actualised in both dimensions of juridical society, with significant material and social repercussions for the distribution of wealth, power and pleasure.


Melbourne Law Masters

Other Faculty and University Responsibilities

Director, IILAH Constellations seminar series on the politics of method
Director, IILAH Young Scholars Book Launch Series
Director, Melbourne Law School-Kent Law School Doctoral Exchange Programme

Memberships and Affiliations

Member, Institute for International Law and the Humanities (IILAH), Melbourne Law School

Faculty member, Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP), Harvard Law School

Co-Director, Collaborative Research Network on International Law and Politics, Law & Society Association -- with Luis Eslava

Co-director, History, Anthropology and the Archive of International Law (HAAIL) Project -- with Madelaine Chiam, Luis Eslava, Genevieve Painter and Charlotte Peevers

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