Queer Reading of the Law



Ever get the feeling that the law doesn’t always fulfil its goal of impartiality and equal treatment before the law? Through reading the law queerly, this gathering of students and scholars will take a critical journey into law, theory and practice.

Designed over a three year period to complement and challenge the learning of Juris Doctor students throughout their program, but open to all members of the Melbourne Law School community, this reading group will explore queer, sexuality, desire, feminist and intersectional politics and theories in the law.

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Participants are expected to read deeply and think creatively in advance of the session the following materials:


Queer Cowboys in Mexico City, Brad Jessup (2017) ©

Year 1 - 2019

Year 2 - 2020

  • Tuesday 17 March 2020

    • Quinn Eades and Son Vivienne, ‘Going Postal: More than “Yes” or “No”’ (2018) andDennis Altman, ‘Unrequited Love: Diary of an Accidental Activist’ (2019)

      In this session we will read some accessible commentary reflecting on ‘marriage equality’ from the edited collection by Eades and Vivienne and in the memoir of Altman. Within the selected extracts from these books you will see a critique of the happenings and the aftermath of the politics surrounding the most recent changes to the Commonwealth Marriage Act 1961. The authors invite you to consider the position of people whose identity did not accord with the portrayal of the benefactors and most enthusiastic supporters of ‘marriage equality’.

      You are also encouraged to read the book reviews of these works by Iris Lee (‘Where is the radical queer imagination? On Going Postal’, 2018) available at https://overland.org.au/2018/12/going-postal-where-is-the-radical-queer-imagination/ and Brad Jessup (‘A consideration of love’, 2020) available at https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1037969X20903536 .


      Room GM19 (the Clinic), The Mezz

      1:00 - 2:00 pm

  • Thursday 30 April 2020

    • Re: Kelvin [2017] FamCAFC 258

      This case is a recent landmark decision concerning capacity and role to consent by children, parents and the court to stage 2 treatment for gender dysphoria. It follows a number of cases after Re Jamie and continues to apply the rule developed by the High Court in Marion’s case. Despite the progress the case represents, in light of the recent controversy about autonomy of trans people over their lives, does this case afford such autonomy to trans kids?


      Room GM19 (the Clinic), The Mezz

      1:00 - 2:00 pm

  • Wednesday 26 August 2020

Year 3 - 2021

The readings for 2021 will be announced soon.