Robyn Carroll

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

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

    6009 Crawley


  • 5 Citations
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Personal profile


Robyn teaches and researches in the private law and dispute resolution subjects Contract Law, Family Law, Civil Remedies and Mediation. Her most recent contribution to Family Law scholarship is as co-author of Young et al Family Law in Australia (LexisNexis 9th Edition, 2016, forthcoming). Robyn is currently writing a book for Hart Publishing with co-author Professor Prue Vines (UNSW) on The Role of Apologies in the Law. 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 presented her work at judicial, practitioner and academic workshops and conferences. Inquiries from potential higher degree students are welcome on these and related topics. Robyn is also an accredited mediator and a senior sessional member of the Western Australian State Administrative Tribunal with expertise in guardianship and administration and equal opportunity matters.

Roles and responsibilities

Elected Member of UWA Academic Board and Academic Council, Deputy Chair of Academic Board, Co-founder International Network for Law and Apology Research (INLAR), Accredited Mediator (Resolution Institute - previously LEADR-IAMA),

Future research

Private Law Remedies; Apologies; Law and Mediation; Elder Mediation; Guardianship and Administration; Family Law and Adults with Decision Making Disabilities.

Funding overview

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.

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

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)

Current projects

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

Special Editor for the Onati Socio-Legal Studies Journal Issue on 'The Place of Apology in the Law', International Institute for the Sociology of Law, Onati, Spain 5-6 May 2016.

Submissions to the ALRC on Elder Abuse and Qld Elder Mediation Project on Elder Mediation.

Industrial relevance

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

Teaching overview

Contract Law, Family Law, Remedies.


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




  • 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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Projects 2017 2018

Research Output 1993 2017

Apologies, Mediation and the Law: Resolution of Civil Disputes

Carroll, R., Allan, A. & Halsmith, M. 2017 In : Onati Socio-Legal Series. 7, 3, p. 569-600 32 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
private law

Living Apart Together: is it an effective form of asset protection on relationship breakdown?

Upton-Davis, K. & Carroll, R. 14 Jun 2017 In : Journal of Family Studies. p. 1-14 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

legal position
family law

Making amends by apologising for defamatory publications: Developments in the twenty-first century

Carroll, R. & Berryman, J. 2017 Private law in the 21st century. Barker, K., Fairweather, K. & Grantham, R. (eds.). Oxford: Hart Publishing, p. 479-499 (Hart Studies in Private Law; vol. 19)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Meeting the potential of alternative remedies in Australian defamation law

Carroll, R. & Graville, C. 2017 New directions for law in Australia: Essays in contemporary law reform. Levy, R., O'Brien, M., Rice, S., Ridge, P. & Thornton, M. (eds.). Acton, ACT: ANU E Press, p. 311-319

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Special issue on Apologies: Introduction

Carroll, R. & Vines, P. 2017 Onati Socio-Legal Series, 7, 3, p. 365-369

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Open Access
legal system