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Dr Susan Priest

Assistant Professor
Academic Course Convener - LLB Program
Law & Justice
Highest Qualification - PhD
HDR completions - Current PhD Supervisor

Contact Details
Phone No.: +61 (0) 2 6201 5783  


My primary research areas are in Australian legal history, Australian constitutional legal history, Australian judicial biography and early post Federation politics. I have published in other research areas including women and the law, human rights and the tertiary experience for first year law students. My research and writing interests in Australian legal history and Australian constitutional history have been published in Australia and overseas.  Recent collaborations have explored key high profile criminal trials presided over by Justice William Charles Windeyer in nineteenth Century Australia and also the impact of court architecture on Australia's High Court as an itinerant court in the first decade of its operation. I am currently finalising a publication on George Reid, Australia's fourth Prime Minister and have recently commenced an archival study of the life of Justice Richard O'Connor, appointed as a puisne justice to the first High Court bench of Australia in October 1903.

  • Susan Priest, 'Archives, the Australian High Court and the 'strike of 1905' in University of Queensland Law Journal Vol 32 No 2 2013.
  • Wendy Kukulies-Smith and Susan Priest, 'The Mount Rennie Rape Case of 1886: Politics, Mercy and Justice' in Easteal Patricia (ed), Justice Connections (Cambridge Scholars, UK, 2013).
  • Susan Priest, 'Australia's early High Court, the Fourth Commonwealth Attorney – General and the 'Strike of 1905' in Brand Paul, Getzler Joshua (eds), Judges and Judging in the History of the Common Law and Civil Law: From Antiquity to Modern Times (Cambridge University Press, UK 2012).
  • Susan Priest and George Williams, 'Women and Public Law' in Easteal PW (ed), Women and the Law in Australia (LexisNexis Butterworths, Aus, 2010).

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Trevor is available for a HDR supervision consultation to prospective students.

Areas of Research Interest

  • Women and the Law
  • Australian legal history
  • Constitutional and public law
  • Human Rights
  • Judicial biography

Research Theories / Models of Interest

  • Feminist theory
  • History and philosophy of law
  • Judicial biography
  • Jurisprudence
  • Human rights

Research Methods of Interest

  • Archival research, reinterpretation and representation
  • Narrative discourse
  • Case law and statutory analysis interpretation
  • Jurimetrics