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Professor of Law, The University of Melbourne

Kristen Rundle joined Melbourne Law School in 2015 and teaches in the areas of administrative law and legal theory. Kristen previously held appointments at the London School of Economics and Political Science, the University of New South Wales and the University of Sydney, as well as adjunct, visiting and honorary appointments at the University of Toronto, Erasmus University, the University of Ottawa, and the Whitlam Institute, Western Sydney University.

Kristen's research is located at the intersection of legal theory and public law in its effort to trace the conditions necessary for law to act as a limitation on power. Her book, Forms Liberate: Reclaiming the Jurisprudence of Lon L Fuller (Hart Publishing, 2012) was awarded second prize, UK Society of Legal Scholars Peter Birks Book Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship (2012), and the University of Melbourne Woodward Medal in the Humanities and Social Sciences (2017). In July 2018 she was the first woman and first Australian to deliver the prestigious Kobe Memorial Lecture in Legal and Political Philosophy in Kyoto, Japan. Kristen's articles have been published in leading international journals, including Law and Philosophy, the University of Toronto Law Journal, the Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, Jurisprudence, and the Modern Law Review, and she is also the co-author (with Peter Cane & Leighton McDonald) of Principles of Administrative Law, and Cases for Principles of Administrative Law (Oxford University Press, 2018).

Kristen was awarded a SJD from the University of Toronto, where she also held the Doctoral Fellowship in Ethics at the Centre for Ethics. She undertook a LLM (honours) in public law and legal theory at McGill University as Australia's 2001 Lionel Murphy Postgraduate (Overseas) Scholar, and also holds a BA/LLB (first class honours) from the University of Sydney. She has participated in a range of Australian parliamentary inquiries relating to her areas of expertise, and has also been an active media commentator on questions of design and accountability in the contemporary Australian administrative state, with a particular focus on contracted-out government service delivery.


  • –present
    Professor of Law, University of Melbourne