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Professor of Law, Australian Catholic University

Kate is the Dean and Head of School of Law at Australian Catholic University. She researches in property law and legal education. Her property law research focuses on land tenure with particular interest on the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and environmental justice. She is a regular commentator on contemporary issues concerning the legal profession including equity diversity and inclusion in legal practice. Kate serves as the chair of the Australasian Law Academics’ Association and is deputy chair of the Environmental Defender's Office.


  • 2024–present
    Dean, Thomas More Law School
  • 2020–2024
    Associate professor, Griffith Law School
  • 2016–2019
    Associate professor, Bond University
  • 2004–2016
    Senior lecturer, James Cook University


  • 2017 
    University of Melbourne, PhD
  • 2007 
    QUT, Master of Laws (by research)
  • 1991 
    University of Queensland, Bachelor of Laws
  • 1987 
    University of Queensland, Bachelor of Economics

Professional Memberships

  • Principal Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Research Areas

  • Law (1801)
  • Higher Education (130103)