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Vivien teaches Legal Ethics in the ANU 's Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice. Prior to joining ANU, Vivien worked as a litigation solicitor in private and government practice, a government legal policy officer, the Registrar of the NT Supreme Court, the NT Registrar of Probates, the NT Deputy Coroner and a Judicial Registrar of the NT Magistrates' Court. She has been a member of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal. She is currently a member of the ACT Law Society Complaints Committee and the Research Ethics Committee of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies.


  • 2008–present
    Senior Lecturer , ANU College of Law


  • 2006 
    RMIT University , M.Soc.Sci (Int'l Developt.)
  • 1983 
    University of Melbourne, BA/LLB (Hons)


  • 2012
    Applied Ethics for Lawyers' in P. Bowden (ed) Applied Ethics.Strengthening Ethical Practices (2012) with Tom Campbell ANU,
  • 2012
    Practising Professionalism: Observations from an Empirical Study of New Australian Lawyers' Legal Ethics, Vol. 15, No. 1, 2012 ; with Tony Foley, Stephen Tang, Margie Rowe, ANU ,
  • 2011
    Our Common Future: The Imperative for Contextual Ethics in a Connected World'; F. Bartlett, R. Mortensen. K Tranter (ed) Alternative Perspectives on Lawyers and Legal Ethics. Reimagining the Profession; Routledge (Research in Legal Ethics series) (2011) with Simon Rice ANU,
  • 2008
    'The Power of Rationalisation to Influence Lawyers' Decisions to Act Unethically' 11 Legal Ethics 2; 137; with Kath Hall, ANU,