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Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Technology Sydney

Dr Karen O’Connell joined the Faculty of Law at the University of Technology, Sydney in 2010, as a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Prior to joining UTS she worked in human rights law and policy at the Australian Human Rights Commission. Karen completed her masters and doctoral degrees at Columbia University in New York. She has particular expertise in discrimination and equality laws, including sexual harassment, sex and disability discrimination. Her current recent focuses on law and emerging biotechnologies of the body, particularly neuroscience and genetics.


  • 2016–present
    Senior lecturer, University of Technology, Sydney
  • 2010–2015
    Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Technology, Sydney
  • 2000–2010
    Senior Policy/Research Officer, Australian Human Rights Commission


  • 2007 
    Columbia University, Doctor of the Science of Law
  • 2001 
    Columbia University, Master of Laws

Research Areas

  • Law (1801)