Jacinta Dharmananda

Ms, LLB BJuris W.Aust.

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

    6009 Perth


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Current: PhD Candidate, College of Law, ANU.

Bachelor of Jurisprudence (Hons) UWA
Bachelor of Laws (UWA)
Admitted in WA, Victoria and New York State.

Jacinta joined the UWA Law Faculty in 2011. Jacinta teaches statutory interpretation, the legislative process and legal ethics. She is also a PhD candidate with the College of Law at the Australian National University. Her topic is about the relationship between the legislative process and statutory interpretation. In 2017, Jacinta was awarded a Parliamentary Library Summer Research Scholarship to undertake research on the parliamentary process at the Australian Parliamentary Library in Canberra.

Prior to joining the Law School, Jacinta worked as a lawyer in private practice and in-house positions in the areas of oil and gas, finance and corporate/commercial for more than 12 years. She worked both in Australia and overseas including Singapore, Japan and the United States.

Roles and responsibilities


Deputy Head of Law School-Community & Engagement

Legislation in Practice - Unit Coordinator, lecturer and tutor

Legal Theory and Ethics - Unit Coordinator, lecturer and tutor


Member of Advisory Board, LaTrobe Centre for Legislation, Its Interpretation and Drafting - March 2016 to present

Associate Member, Commonwealth Association of Legislative Counsel

Member, Australasian Study of Parliament Group (WA Chapter)

Member, The Law Society of Western Australia

Funding overview

2017 Honorarium for successful completion of 2017 Parliamentary Library Summer Research Scholarship

2016 Law School Research Grant (Conference/travel) as contribution towards attendance at the Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference in the UK, September 2016 (Theme: Legislation and the Judiciary)

2013 Recipient of UWA Improving Student Learning Grant: ‘The Making of Legislation: An Inside View for Students’ Interview Series

Previous positions

Corporate Associate, Milbank, Singapore and then Tokyo, Japan

Corporate Associate, Covington & Burling, New York City, USA

Senior Counsel, Petroleum Division, BHP Billiton, Melbourne, Australia

Solicitor then Senior Associate, Herbert Smith Freehills (then Freehills), Perth, Australia

Legal Counsel, Nisseki Mitsubishi (then Mitsubishi Oil Company), Tokyo, Japan


Current projects

PhD Candidate, ANU College of Law

Teaching overview

-Legislation in Practice (law making process, statutory interpretation)- Unit Coordinator, Lecturer and tutor
-Legal Theory and Ethics (legal ethics component)- Unit Coordinator, Lecturer and tutor


Statutory interpretation
Legislative process




Parliament of Western Australia, Legislative Counsel, Seminar for Members and Staff, "Statutory Interpretation Principles and Tools" - November 2017

Participant (by invitation only) in Symposium "Teaching Legislation: Theory and Practice", LaTrobe Centre for Legislation, Its Interpretation and Drafting, LaTrobe Law School, Melbourne - October 2017

Parliament of Western Australia, Legislative Assembly, Seminar for Members and Staff, "Interpreting the Law" - September 2017

Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, Oxford University, UK "What can Judges Learn from Extrinsic Materials when Construing Statutes?" - September, 2016

The Australia-New Zealand Scrutiny of Legislation Conference: Parliamentary Scrutiny, WA Parliament House, "Can Hansard Help? The Use of Parliamentary Materials in Fixing Ambiguity" - July 2016

Community Legal Centres Association, Perth "Ethical Issues arising from Emerging Technology - June 2016

Parliament of Western Australia, Presentation to Members "Statutory Interpretation for Statute Makers" - March 2016

WA Law Society Law Summer School, Annual Conference, Perth, Plenary Session Paper, "A Duty to Google? Ethical Issues arising from Emerging Technology" - February 2016

Australasian Law Teachers Conference (ALTA) Annual Conference, Melbourne, Chairperson for session on Statutory Interpretation - July 2015

Western Australian Bar Association, Autumn Festival of CPD, "Statutory Interpretation" - March 2015

WA Law Society and UWA Law School Joint Series, The Academic and the Practitioner, "Statutes and Contracts" (jointly with barrister Michael Feutrill) - November 2014

Legislative Council Committee Office, Legislative Scrutiny Workshop, Live Webcast, "Recent Developments in Statutory Interpretation" - October 2014

WA Supreme Court Lunch Time Series, Presentation, "Implications to Fix Drafting Errors in Statutes: Explications of : Taylor v The Owners;Strata Plan No 11564" - September 2014





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Research expertise keywords

  • Legislative process
  • Statutory interpretation


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