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Professor of Law, Discipline of Law, Justice and Society, University of South Australia

Dr Eileen O’Brien is Professor of Law and Ageing in the Discipline of Law, Justice and Society at the University of South Australia. She teaches and researches in ageing and law, housing and tenancy law, and consumer law. Eileen is a former academic member of the Law Reform Commission of Western Australia.

Eileen is passionate about housing issues affecting vulnerable members of our society and her recent research focuses on people experiencing housing stress and homelessness. She has written widely on security of tenure for older people, particularly how the operation of existing laws may make older people susceptible to financial exploitation. She has also examined how revised property and planning laws could facilitate more downsizing options for Seniors, canvassed the necessity for law reform to address the contentious issue of assets for care arrangements and considered whether property law and human rights principles could assist in alleviating the plight of older women who have become homeless.


  • –present
    Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Western Australia


  • 2010 
    UWA, PhD