Adelaide Law School
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.
Laura researches in the fields of human rights law, comparative public law and post-conflict justice. To critique the law she takes a broad socio-political approach, drawing on other relevant disciplines such as anthropology, politics, development studies and gender studies.
I have three interconnected areas of research expertise relating to human rights.
One area is the complexities of governance and human rights protection in post-conflict environments, specifically in Timor-Leste, South Africa and Afghanistan. This research is interdisciplinary and it intersects with that of scholars from Anthropology, Development Studies, Gender Studies and Politics.
A second area of research expertise is anti-discrimination laws in Australia, North America and Europe. In particular I have conducted research into how law understands discrimination faced by the trans community.
A third area of research expertise examines political rights review in Australia, looking at the work of parliamentary committees across Australian jurisdictions that conduct rights-scrutiny of bills.
Date Position Institution name 2015 - ongoing Associate Professor in Law University of Adelaide, Adelaide 2014 - ongoing Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion, Faculty of the Professions University of Adelaide, Adelaide 2009 - 2014 Senior Lecturer in Law University of Adelaide, Adelaide 2004 - 2008 Lecturer in Law University of Adelaide, Adelaide 2002 - 2003 Associate Lecturer in Law University of Adelaide, Adelaide 2000 - 2000 Solicitor Crown Solicitor's Office of South Australia 1999 - 1999 Solicitor Office of the Solicitor-General for South Australia 1998 - 1998 Judge's Associate to Justice Margaret Nyland Supreme Court of South Australia, Adelaide
Date Institution name Country Title Australian National University, Canberra Australia PhD in Law University of Toronto, Toronto Canada Masters in Law University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Laws (Hons) University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Arts (Hons)
Date Title Institution name Country — Graduate Certificate of Legal Practice University of South Australia, Adelaide Australia
Year Citation 2020 Grenfell, L., & Debeljak, J. (Eds.) (2020). Law Making and Human Rights: Executive and Parliamentary Scrutiny Across Australian Jurisdictions. Lawbook Co. 2020 Grenfell, L., & Debeljak, J. (Eds.) (2020). Law Making and Human Rights: Executive and Parliamentary Scrutiny Across Australian Jurisdictions. Lawbook Co. 2018 Appleby, G., Reilly, A., & Grenfell, L. (2018). Australian Public Law (3 ed.). Docklands, Victoria: Oxford University Press. 2014 Appleby, G., Reilly, A., & Grenfell, L. (2014). Australian Public Law (2 ed.). Australia: Oxford University Press. 2013 Grenfell, L. (2013). Promoting the rule of law in post-conflict states. United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.
2011 Reilly, A., Appleby, G., Grenfell, L., & Lacey, W. (2011). Australian public law. Australia: Oxford University Press.
Report for External Bodies
Year Citation 2021 Hewitt, A., & Grenfell, L. (2021). Submission to TEQSA on Compliance Guide: Work Integrated Learning. 2020 Grenfell, L., Hill, L., Koch, C., McIntyre, J., Neudorf, L., Olijnyk, A., . . . Spyrou, P. (2020). Submission to the Select Committee on COVID-19. 2020 Grenfell, L., Hill, L., Koch, C., McIntyre, J., Neudorf, L., Olijnyk, A., . . . Spyrou, P. (2020). Submission to the COVID-19 Response Committee. Adelaide. 2020 Caruana, S., Phillips, E., Grenfell, L., Naylor, B., & Jones, J. (2020). The implementation of OPCAT in Australia: Submission by the Australia OPCAT Network. 2020 Caruana, S., Phillips, E., Grenfell, L., Naylor, B., & Jones, J. (2020). The implementation of OPCAT in Australia: Submission by the Australia OPCAT Network.
Course co-ordinator of Undergraduate courses
- Aboriginal Peoples and the Law (2016-2018)
- International Study Tour: World Indigenous Law Conference (2016)
- Principles of Public Law (large compulsory first-year course) (2009-2010)
- Human Rights Law: International & National Perspectives (2003-2018)
- Comparative Constitutional Law (2003-2007)
- International Justice and the Rule of Law (Summer intensive 2003/2004)
- Human Rights Internship Programme (2003-2018)
- Public Law Internship Programme (2009-2016)
- Native Title Internship (2016)
Course Co-ordinator of Postgraduate courses
- Transitional Justice (2012)
- Comparative Constitutional Law (2003-2007, 2009)
- Human Rights Law (2003-2007, 2017)
Co-teaching of compulsory subjects including Principles of Public Law (2012, 2018); Australian Constitutional Law (2004), Legal Research and Writing (2002-2003), Introduction to Australian Legal Systems (2002).
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2021 Co-Supervisor Law of Global Governance, Refugees and UNHCR: Refugee Regime Complex in Australia and Pakistan Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Umar Rashid 2021 Co-Supervisor Who should be the parties to a Treaty (or Treaties) with Australia's First Nations peoples Master of Philosophy Master Part Time Mrs Michelle Robyn Hopkins 2020 Co-Supervisor Constitutional Adjudication via a Non-Judicial body and the Rule of Law: The Case of Ethiopia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Legesse Tigabu Mengie 2020 Principal Supervisor The extent of and motivations for post-legislative scrutiny in Australia. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Samuel John Hastings-Fernance
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2015 - 2018 Principal Supervisor The Rights-Protecting Role and Impact of Commonwealth Parliamentary Committees: The Case of Australia's Counter-Terrorism Laws Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Sarah Moulds 2014 - 2017 Co-Supervisor African States and the Universal Periodic Review Mechanism: A Study of Effectiveness and the Potential for Acculturation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr . Etone Damian 2004 - 2011 Co-Supervisor Healing the Blind Eye? Using the United Nations Protect, Respect, Remedy Framework to Achieve Accountability for Corporate Complicity in Human Rights Abuse Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Catherine Brooks
Other Supervision Activities
Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name 2010 - 2012 Co-Supervisor ‘A Proposal for the Implementation of Human Rights Treaty Obligations in Armed Conflict University of Adelaide PhLaw Doctorate Full Time Samaneh Hassanli
Date Role Committee Institution Country 2018 - ongoing Member Gender, Equity and Diversity Committee University of Adelaide Australia 2015 - ongoing Chair Faculty of the Professions Diversity and Inclusion Committee University of Adelaide Australia
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