Bernie Carrick

PhD Candidate

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Bernie Carrick is PhD candidate and Teaching Fellow at Melbourne Law School. She researches on the intersection of immigration law and human rights, particularly discrimination law. Her doctoral thesis examines how immigration jurisdictions influence discrimination law in Australia and Canada.

Since 2010, Bernie has practiced as a refugee lawyer, primarily at the not-for-profit Humanitarian Group in Western Australia. She maintains a practicing certificate and is a registered migration agent.

Bernie has a LLM from University of Melbourne, LLB(H1) from Murdoch University and BA from Macquarie University.

Thesis Title

Migration Status Equality in the Midst of the Border

Thesis Summary

Both discrimination law and immigration law in ‘settler states’ are concerned with constituting communities through the regulation of relations between individuals and groups. My thesis explores the impact of the immigration jurisdiction on discrimination law in Australia and Canada. Understanding state borders as detached from territorial boundaries, it focuses how border law attaches to individuals and how this affects the way that discrimination law sees and engages with them.


  • Citizenship Law
  • Discrimination Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • Migration Law
  • Refugee Law