Professor, Law School, La Trobe University

Dr Kelly joined La Trobe University Law School in 2013. Previously she was an Associate Professor in the Law School at the University of British Columbia, Canada. She holds a BA and LLB (Hons) from the University of Melbourne and an LLM and PhD from the University of British Columbia. Prior to joining UBC, Dr Kelly was a judicial associate at the Family Court of Australia and a Research Officer with the Australian Institute of Family Studies. Dr Kelly's research interests are primarily in the area of Family Law and, in particular, the regulation of legal parentage. She has published extensively in Canadian and international journals in a variety of areas of family law, including the judicial and legislative treatment of lesbian and single mother by choice families, the legal regulation of parentage in the context of assisted reproduction, the use of supervised access orders in custody and access decision-making, and the ethics of sperm donor anonymity. She published her first refereed book, Transforming Law’s Family: The Legal Recognition of Planned Lesbian Families in 2011, and a second co-authored book on autonomous motherhood will be published by the University of Toronto Press in 2015. Dr Kelly's research on same-sex parenting has had a significant impact on the reforms to British Columbia's Family Law Act (2013) which provides legal recognition to same-sex couples as well as multiple parent families.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Law, La Trobe University


  • 2007 
    University of British Columbia, PhD