My research focuses on the role of courts in relation to the other branches of government: a topic that encompasses elements of constitutional law, administrative law and procedure. I also research in the related field of government accountability.
I am currently working as a research associate on 'Law, Order and Federalism in Australia' with Associate Professor James Stellios (ANU), Professor John Williams (Adelaide) and Associate Professor Gabrielle Appleby (UNSW). This research project, supported by the Australian Research Council, examines the effect of constitutional restrictions on State and Territory law and order policy. My role is to conduct interviews with State and Territory law- and policy-makers.
My PhD from Adelaide Law School was conferred in 2015. My thesis, for which I received a Dean's Commendation and Bonython Prize (shared), was on the topic of 'Justice and Efficiency in Mega-Litigation'. I drew on interviews with judges in five Australian jurisdictions in order to explore the ways in which judges give effect to the interests of the community and parties to litigation when dealing with complex commercial cases.
I completed my LLB at Adelaide Law School in 2008, before spending 18 months as an Associate in the Supreme Court of South Australia. I joined the Law School as a lecturer in 2014.