Robyn Carroll

Professor, LLB BJuris W.Aust., BCL Oxf.

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

    6009 Perth

    Australia

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Personal profile

Biography

Robyn teaches and researches in the private law and dispute resolution areas of Contract Law, Family Law, Civil Remedies and Mediation. She was a co-founder of the Obligations Hub in the UWA Law School, now the Private and Commercial Law Research Cluster. In 2013 Robyn co-founded the International Network for Law and Apology Research (INLAR). Robyn is lead author of Carroll, Chiu and Vines, Apology Ordinance (Cap.631): Commentary and Annotations, (Sweet & Maxwell, Hong Kong, 2018) and was a research advisor to the Hong Kong Department of Justice during the development stage of the Hong Kong Apology Ordianance. She currently is writing a book for Hart Publishing with co-author Professor Prue Vines (UNSW) on the Role of Apologies in the Law. Robyn's most recent contribution to Family Law scholarship is as co-author of Sifris, Young, Carroll, Parker, Fernando and Alexander, Family Law in Australia, (LexisNexis 10th Edition, 2021). Robyn has published many articles and book chapters on contract law remedies, the role of apologies in the resolution of legal disputes and mediation and elder mediation and she presents her work at judicial, practitioner and academic workshops and conferences. Inquiries from potential higher degree students are welcome on these and related topics. Robyn has practice experience as a mediator and is a former Senior Sessional Member of the Western Australian State Administrative Tribunal with expertise in guardianship and administration and equal opportunity matters and elder mediation.

Robyn was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law in 2021.

Roles and responsibilities

Elected Member of UWA Academic Board, Chair of UWA Student Appeals Panel, Co-founder and Moderator of International Network for Law and Apology Research (INLAR).

Future research

Private Law Remedies; Apologies; Law and Mediation; De Facto Relationshisp and Family Law, Family Law and Alteration of Property,  Elder Mediation; Guardianship and Administration; Family Law and Adults with Decision Making Disabilities.

Funding overview

‘Building Resilience by Helping Charities Access their Reserves in Crises’, Ian Murray (lead), Natalie Skead, Robyn Carroll, Marco Rizzi, Donovan Castelyn and Robyn Honey. Lottery West Grant $30,000, UWA grant $10,000, 2021.

UWA Law School Law Reform project fund: Remedial Consequences of Frustration in a COVID 19 World, $9,057 Robyn Carroll (CI), Sagi Peari (CI) 2020.

WA Public Purposes Trust Fund ‘Family Violence and Property Disputes: A pilot research project’ - Law Access Research Advisory Committee and UWA Law School research team, Jill Howieson CI, Robyn Carroll, Sarah Murray, Ian Murray; Lisa Young, Murdoch University, 2018.

Hong Kong Ministry of Justice Research Contract – Legal Issues relating to the Introduction of Apology Legislation in Hong Kong, 2014.

Institute of Advanced Studies (UWA) Grant for Elder Law Forum, UWA, February 2013. “Health Wealth and Hearth: Law, Policy and Social Perspectives on an Ageing Australia” Meredith Blake, Robyn Carroll, Eileen Webb.

Previous positions

Associate Dean of Law (Students) (1996-1998)

Deputy Chair UWA Academic Board (2016-2020)

Deputy Head (Community Engagement) UWA Law School (2018-2020)

Current projects

The Role of Apologies in the Law, preparation of manuscript of a co-authored monograph for Hart Publishing.

Corporate Contrition, book chapter in Culpable Corporate Minds, E Bant, Hart Publishing.

Examining family law  property regime solutions for remedying the financial cost and disadvantage suffered by victims of domestic and family violence on relationship breakdown, co-authored paper with Rachel Moody, UWA JD Graduate, that will form part of the Symposium titled 'Reviewing the family law system through a domestic and family violence-informed lens' at the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) 2022 Conference Wednesday 15 – Friday 17 June 2022.


Industrial relevance

Non-pecuniary remedies and dispute resolution of private law disputes and complaints;
Family dispute resolution.

Teaching overview

Family Law, Remedies and Law, Advocacy, Activism and Change.

Research

Contract Law, Civil Remedies, Apologies, Family Law, Dispute Resolution and Mediation, Elder Law.

Languages

English

Research expertise keywords

  • Private Law
  • Apologies And The Law
  • Family Law/ Dispute Resolution
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Guardianship
  • Contract law
  • Dispute resolution
  • Remedies
  • Apologies and the law
  • Family law
  • Elder law and mediation

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