Madeleine Perrett

Madeleine Perrett

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

Adelaide Law School

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics


Madeleine Perrett is a PhD Candidate in Law at the University of Adelaide. Madeleine is researching the implications of federalism on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander aspirations for structural reform and political power. Madeleine is the recipient of the Zelling-Gray Supplementary Scholarship for her whole 3.5 year candidature.

In 2022, Madeleine was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of South Australia.

Madeleine is a Committee Member at the John Bray Alumni Network. This Network was established with the key objective of fostering ongoing professional development of law graduates through the provision of activities and services and to encourage and promote the Law School as a source of relevant and challenging graduate and postgraduate legal education.

Madeleine is a graduate of the Honours Degree of Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours from the University of Adelaide. Madeleine was the Valedictorian for the Faculty of Arts and Professions 2021 Graduating Cohort. This is awarded for outstanding academic achievement, active contribution within the University and the wider community, and bestowed upon a graduate who has brought repute to the University. Her honours dissertation (12,000-word thesis) titled, Coordination and Experimentation in Federal and Unitary Systems: A Comparative Analysis of the Legal and Policy Responses of Australia and England During the COVID-19 Pandemic achieved a grade of 90%. Madeleine was awarded with the M.F. and P.J. Manetta Prize, a prestigious prize awarded to the most original thesis.

Prior to commencing her PhD, Madeleine worked as Counsel at the Australian Government Solicitor in Canberra in the Office of General Counsel. Madeleine was also a Judicial Associate at the District Court of South Australia following the completion of her Undergraduate degree. Madeleine worked at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (SA) and Piper Alderman (SA) during her Undergraduate degree.

Active teaching areas

Constitutional Law

  • Mentoring

    Date Topic Location Name
    2023 - 2024 Fourth and Fifth Year Law Courses John Bray Alumni Network Mentorship Program Atiu Madut
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2024 - ongoing Member SA Chapter of the Australian Association of Constitutional Law Australian Association of Constitutional Law Australia
    2024 - ongoing Board Member Adelaide Law People and Culture Advisory Committee (ALPACA) University of Adelaide Australia
    2024 - ongoing Member John Bray Alumni Network University of Adelaide Australia

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