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Professor, Law School, La Trobe University

Dr Kelly is a Professor at La Trobe University Law School in 2013. 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, Professor Kelly was a judicial associate at the Family Court of Australia and a Research Officer with the Australian Institute of Family Studies. Professor 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. Professor 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.


  • 2019–present
    Dean, La Trobe University Law School
  • 2017–2019
    Professor, La Trobe University Law School


  • 2007 
    University of British Columbia, PhD