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Professor of Law, The University of Melbourne

Professor Christine Parker joined Melbourne Law School again in February 2015 after several years away. She has previously held positions at Griffith University, University of New South Wales, the Australian National University and Monash University. She holds a BA (Hons) and LLB (Hons) from The University of Queensland and a PhD from the Australian National University.

Professor Parker has written, researched and consulted widely on how and why business comply with legal, social and environmental responsibilities, what difference regulatory enforcement makes and how businesses can work with lawyers and compliance professionals to build internal corporate social responsibility systems that work. Her work has been published in academic journals and used in policy making and enforcement strategy. Her books include The Open Corporation (2002) on corporate social responsibility, business compliance systems and democratic accountability of companies; and Explaining Compliance(2011, with Vibeke Nielsen), an edited collection of the leading practice and policy oriented empirical research on how and why businesses do and do not comply with the law.
Professor Parker’s current research focuses on the politics, ethics and regulation of food. She is working on an ARC Discovery Project grant with Dr Gyorgy Scrinis and Dr Rachel Carey (in the Faculty of Veterinary and Agrcultural Science) to examine the possibilities for food labeling to increase democratic engagement with and governance of the food system using free range and higher animal welfare labeling of eggs, chicken meat and pork products as a case study. She is also researching and writing on misleading health claims on superfood labeling as part of another ARC Discovery Project on the regulation of anti-ageing treatments. Prof Parker has also been writing on pesticide regulatory policy and enforcement and sustainability issues.

Christine has a deep interest in both conceptualizing and communicating how law and regulation can help individuals and especially businesses live more sustainably well in our ecological systems. She is developing an academic research project in this area and has helped develop and show a live multi-media eco-music performance, Music for a Warming World, on our individual, social and political responses to climate change.

Christine teaches legal ethics and is the co-author of the influential legal ethics text, Inside Lawyers Ethics (with Prof Adrian Evans). She also teaches units on business regulation and is currently developing a fair food law and policy unit.


  • 2016–present
    Professor of Law, University of Melbourne


  • 1997 
    Australian National University, PhD