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Margaret Thornton

Professor of Law, ANU College of Law, Australian National University

Professor of Law at the ANU who was formerly Professor of Law and Legal Studies at La Trobe University, Melbourne (1990–2006) and Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Law at Macquarie University, Sydney (1980-90). Her appointments include that of Head of School, as well as membership and chair of numerous national, State and university councils and committees, including the NSW Women’s Advisory Council, the NSW Committee on Discrimination in Employment and Occupation and the Australian Research Council. Her books include The Liberal Promise: Anti-discrimination Legislation in Australia, Oxford, 1990, Dissonance and Distrust: Women in the Legal Profession, Oxford, 1996 (Chinese edition, Law Press, Beijing, 2001) and Privatising the Public University: The Case of Law, Routledge, Abingdon Oxon, 2012: She has also edited several books and published more than 200 articles and book chapters. She has occupied mentoring positions at several universities, including the PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal Visiting Chair in Women and the Law, University of Sydney and was ‘role model for women academics’ at Victoria University. She has held various visiting fellowships, including at those at New College, Oxford, London, Columbia, New York and the Barbara Betcherman Distinguished Visitorship at Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto. In 2006-12, she held an ARC Professorial Fellowship for the project 'EEO in a Culture of Uncertainty'. Her current ARC research project is ‘Balancing Law and Life’, which focuses on large corporate and global law firms. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and a Foundation Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law.


  • –present
    ANU Public Policy Fellow, ANU College of Law, Australian National University