Renae Barker

Dr, BEc LLB Murd., PhD W.Aust.

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

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Renae Graduated from Murdoch University with a Bachelor’s degree in law with honours and Bachelor’s degree in economics. She subsequently completed her PhD at the University of Western Australia in 2014. Her thesis explored the development of the relationship between the state and religion in Australia from 1788 to modern Australia. She joined UWA as a lecture in 2013, having tutored at the university of a number of years.

Roles and responsibilities

Mooting Coordinator

Academic Conduct Advisor 

Teaching overview

LAWS3334 Law and Religion
LAWS1104: Introduction to Law

LAWS5307 Mooting


Renae researches in the area of law and religion. Her particular areas of interest are religion and education, freedom of religion and state funding of religion.

Her current research focuses on the engagement of Muslim’s in the common law legal system. This includes the issue of the wearing of Islamic face veils (burqa and niqab) by witnesses and other participants in the court process.

Renae’s Phd thesis was titled ‘The changing relationship between the State and religion in Australia: 1788 to modern Australia. What has changed?, What is the same? And what does that tell us?’. It covered State restrictions on religious practice, religion and education and State funding of religion.

Previous positions

Anglican Diocese of Bunbury

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 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research expertise keywords

  • Religion
  • Law and religion
  • Religion and education
  • Religion and public policy
  • Law and society


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