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Catherine Kelly

Dr, BA LLB ANU, MSc DPhil Oxon.

  • The University of Western Australia (M253), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 17 Citations
  • 3 h-Index
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Personal profile


After finishing her LLB at the ANU, Catherine worked at Freehills and the Australian Medical Association before undertaking an MSc and DPhil in the History of Medicine at the University of Oxford. She joined UWA in 2012.

Roles and responsibilities

Director, Undergraduate Major in Law and Society
Co-ordinator, Master of Law, Policy and Government (coursework)

Room: 1.10 Law Library Building

Funding overview

2015 Australian Research Council LIEF Grant: 'The Australasian Legal History Libraries: Stage II'. Chief Investigators: Professor Graham Greenleaf (Lead); Catherine Kelly; Peter Handford and 26 others. $410,000

2015 AHRC Network 'Technoscience, Law & Society' ECR Travel Bursary £800

2014, Dr Tamara Tulich, Dr Catherine Kelly, UWA Improving Student Learning Grant, ‘The Development of Digital Film Resources to Enhance
Student Learning in LAWS1111, Law Conflict and Change’ $2,950.

2014-2015, Dr Catherine Kelly (UWA), Dr Joan Tumblety (Southampton), 'Physicians as lobbyists in Britain and Europe, c. 1850 - 1950', UWA Research Collaboration Award, $11,880

2014 Harold White Fellowship, $10,000

2004 - 2008 Doctoral Studentship from the Wellcome Trust, £70,000

2003-2004 Masters Studentship from the Wellcome Trust, £10,000

Previous positions

2010-2012, Senior Policy Adviser, Australian Medical Association (Federal)
2008-2009, Research Officer, University of Oxford, joint project with the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich investigating ‘Medicine and the Royal Navy in the Nineteenth Century’

Teaching overview

Masters Units

LAWS5227 Foundations of Law and Governance
LAWS5222 Working with the Written Law

Undergraduate Units

LAWS1111, Law Conflict and Change
LAWS2227, Law in Action
LAWS3341, Investigating Law and Society
LAWS3347, Law Crime and Public Policy

Current PhD Supervision
Kelly-Ann Couzens, ‘Medicine on Trial: A Critical Analysis of Medical Testimony and Medical Expertise in the Scottish High Court of Justiciary, c.1820s-c.1890s’ (with David Barrie).
Stephanie Clair Price, 'Implementing the World Heritage Convention in a legally pluralist Small Island Developing State: Lessons from East Rennell, Solomon Islands' (with Erika Techera)


My research focuses on the law’s interaction with medicine and the medical profession in both historical and contemporary contexts. In my historical work I examine the ways in which laws relating to medicine were made, applied and changed. My work on current medical laws is informed by my experience in Australian health policy and focuses on professional regulation and the implementation of public health legislation and policy. In both contexts I encourage reflection about the development of the medical profession and the legal system’s framing and understanding of disease.


  • Law and society
  • Law and medicine
  • Legal history
  • History of medicine
  • Social history of war

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innovation policy Social Sciences
reward Social Sciences
nineteenth century Social Sciences
Law Social Sciences
profession Social Sciences
medicine Social Sciences
research focus Social Sciences
legal system Social Sciences

Research Output 2008 2015

  • 17 Citations
  • 3 h-Index
  • 4 Article
  • 2 Chapter
  • 1 Edited book/Anthology
  • 1 Book
3 Citations (Scopus)
11 Downloads (Pure)

Parliamentary rewards and the evolution of the patent system

Burrell, R. & Kelly, C., 2015, In : Cambridge Law Journal. 74, 3, p. 423-449

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

5 Citations (Scopus)
10 Downloads (Pure)

Public rewards and innovation policy: Lessons from the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries

Burrell, R. & Kelly, C., 2014, In : Modern Law Review. 77, 6, p. 858-887

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

innovation policy
nineteenth century

Introduction: Lawyers' Medicine: The Interaction of the Medical Profession and the Law, 1760-2000

Kelly, C. & Goold, I., 2009, Lawyers' Medicine The Legislature, The Courts & Medical Practice, 1760-2000. Goold, I. & Kelly, C. (eds.). United Kingdom: Hart Publishing, p. i-xi, 1-224

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

Projects 2014 2014