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Associate professor of public law, The University of Melbourne

William Partlett is an Associate Professor at Melbourne Law School. He writes and teaches in the field of public law. Before coming to Melbourne, Professor Partlett was an Assistant Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Columbia University Law School, and a Fellow at The Brookings Institution. Professor Partlett holds a JD from Stanford Law School as well as a DPhil in History and MPhil in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Oxford (where he was a Clarendon Scholar). He also holds a bachelors degree in International Affairs and Public Policy from Princeton University.

A fuller description of his research interests, methodology, and publications can be found at His most recent book explores the post-colonial nature of Russia and the former Soviet Union and is available here:


  • 2015–present
    Associate professor, University of Melbourne


  • 2009 
    Stanford Law School , Law
  • 2006 
    University of Oxford , Doctorate in Soviet History
  • 2003 
    University of Oxford , Masters in Russia and East European Studies
  • 2001 
    Princeton University , Bachelors in Public and International Affairs