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Renae Barker is a lecturer in law at the University of Western Australia and an Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Muslim States and Societies. She completed her PhD at UWA in 2014. Her thesis traced the development of the relationship between the state and religion in Australia from 1788 through to modern Australia. Her current research focuses on the involvement of Muslims in western common law legal systems.


  • 2013–present
    Lecturer, University of Western Australia


  • 2014 
    University of Western Australia, Doctor of Philosphy
  • 2007 
    Murdoch University, BEcons.
  • 2007 
    Murdoch University , LLB (hons)


  • 2018
    State and Religion: The Australian Story,
  • 2017
    Burqas and Niqabs in the Courtroom: Finding Practical Solutions , The Australian Law Journal
  • 2017
    No No-Jab No Play, No Jab-No Play, No Exceptions: The Removal of Conscientious and Religious Exemptions from Australia’s Vaccination Policies, Quaderni di diritto e política ecclesiastica
  • 2016
    Under Most Peculiar Circumstances; The Church Acts in the Australian Colonies as a Study of Plural Establishment, Law and History
  • 2016
    Rebutting the Ban the Burqa Rhetoric: A Critical Analysis of the arguments for a Ban on the Islamic Face Veil in Australia, Adelaide Law Review
  • 2015
    Scientology: The Test Case Religion, Alternative Law Journal
  • 2015
    A Critical Analysis of Religious Aspects of the Australian Chaplaincy Cases, Oxford Journal of Law and Religion
  • 2012
    The Full Face Covering Debate: The Australian Perspective , University of Western Australia Law Review
  • 2006
    The Priest Penitent Privilege in Australia and its consequences , E-Law