Robyn Carroll

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

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

    6009 Perth


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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 and is co-founder of the Obligations Hub in the UWA Law School. In 2013 she 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 Young, Sifris, Carroll and Monahan, Family Law in Australia, (LexisNexis 9th Edition, 2016). 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 is also a mediator and 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.

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), Trained Mediator (Resolution Institute - previously LEADR-IAMA).

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

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.

Revision of ‘‘Ordered Apologies: A closer look at some legal developments,’ book chapter to be published in Brutti, Carroll and Vines, ‘Apologies in the Legal Arena: Comparative Perspectives, University of Padua Press, 2020.)


Developments in De Facto Relationship (Family) Law in Western Australia

Industrial relevance

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

Teaching overview

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


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



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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