Natalie Skead


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

    6009 Perth


Personal profile


Dr Natalie Skead is Professor in Law and Dean of the UWA Law School.

Natalie is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, Chair of the Australian Law Academics Association, Deputy Chair of the Council of Australian Law Deans, Associate Editor of the Legal Education Review and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In 2011 she received a national citation for her outstanding contribution to student learning and in 2017 she was the recipient of the Federal Department of Education and Training's national award for teaching excellence in law. 

Natalie completed her doctorate on the proprietary implications of confiscation of proceeds of crime legislation. She is a prolific researcher with an extensive publication record in Property, Confiscation of Proceeds of Crime, Equity and Trusts, Legal Education and Wellbeing in Law.   

Prior to joining the academy, Natalie practiced as a solicitor for over ten years specialising in Corporate Finance, Commercial Litigation, Property and Securities.


Roles and responsibilities

Dean and Head of School 2017-present
Associate Dean (Students) 2012-2013, 2016
Acting Deputy Dean semester 2, 2014
Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) 2015-2016

Funding overview

Federal Office of Learning and Teaching Grant 2013 - Smart Casual: Towards Excellence in Sessional Teaching in Law ($49,000)

Federal Office of Learning and Teaching Grant 2014 - Smart Casual: Promoting Excellence in Sessional Teaching in Law ($225,000)

Australian Institute of Criminology, 2016 - Pocketing the Proceeds of Crime: The Legislation, Criminological Perspectives and Experiences ($53,786)

Law Society of WA Public Purposes Trust, 2017 - Teaching for diversity, equality, respect and inclusion: Enhancing the capacities of sessional teachers in all Western Australian law schools ($23,142)

Law Society of WA Public Purposes Trust, 2019 - Understanding, promoting and supporting diversity in legal education and the profession ($10,000)

Teaching overview

Natalie teaches Property Law and Equity and Trusts. She has previously taught Remedies and Employment Law

National Teaching Awards

2012 Federal Office of Learning and Tecahing Citation for her Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning 

2017 Federal Department of Education and Training Australian Award for Univertsity Teaching, Teaching Execllence Award in Law 

UWA Teaching Awards

2005 Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, Individual Small Group Teaching

2007 Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, Small Group and Tutorial Teaching

2008 UWA Award for Teaching Excellence

2010 Combined Faculties Teaching Excellence Award

2013 Combined Faculties Teaching Excellence Award

2015 UWA Award for Excellence in Teaching



Natalie's research interests include Property, Equity, Remedies, Confiscation of Proceeds of Crime and Legal Education.

Research Awards

2016 UWA Vice-Chancellor’s Early Career Investigators Award 

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 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Deputy Chair, Council of Australian Law Deans

1 Oct 2020 → …

Chair, Australasian Law Academics Association

Jul 2020 → …

Director, Law Access

2019 → …

Associate Editor, Legal Education review

2017 → …

Research expertise keywords

  • Property Law
  • Land Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Legal Education
  • Equity
  • Property law
  • Confiscation of proceeds of crime
  • Trusts
  • Remedies
  • Legal education
  • Natural resources law


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