Jessica Kerr

Jessica Kerr

Dr, she/her, Ms

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

    6009 Perth


Personal profile


I am currently teaching in the Law and Society and Juris Doctor programmes at UWA Law School, and am also the incoming staff editor of the UWA Law Review. I recently completed a PhD in Commonwealth judicial systems.

I am a NZ and US-trained barrister and solicitor, admitted in NZ and Western Australia, with professional experience in East Africa. My early career was in central government, with a focus on complex litigation, judiciaries, regulatory investigation and enforcement, legislative drafting, rule of law development, and access to justice. Immediately prior to commencing my PhD in 2019, I was serving as a criminal magistrate in the Seychelles and coordinating the Seychelles Legal Information Institute. I have been teaching law at undergraduate and graduate level for almost two decades.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Law, Doctor of Philosophy, What we don't talk about when we talk about judges: Supporting judicial legitimacy in Aotearoa/New Zealand, The University of Western Australia

Award Date: 25 Mar 2024

Inclusive Teaching Training, Indigenisation of the JD, UWA Law School, The University of Western Australia

7 Feb 20239 Feb 2023

Award Date: 9 Feb 2023

Law, LLM, Yale University

Award Date: 1 May 2009

Law, LLB(Hons), Victoria University of Wellington

Award Date: 1 May 2006

English Literature, BA, Victoria University of Wellington

Award Date: 1 May 2006

External positions

Member, Second Disciplinary Committee, Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia

2021 → …

Industry keywords

  • Law
  • Government

Research expertise keywords

  • Public law
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Legal Reform
  • Judiciary
  • Constitutional Law


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