Sarah Murray

Dr, BA LLB W.Aust., PhD Monash

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

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Dr Sarah Murray is an Associate Professor at the University of Western Australia and the Deputy Head of School, Community & Engagement where she teaches Constitutional Law and researches in the areas of Public Law and legal institutional change. She is the Western Australian Convenor and a Council Member of the Australian Association of Constitutional Law and a co-Convenor of the Electoral Regulation and Research Network. Her PhD thesis, ‘Less-Adversarial Practice & The Constitutional Role of the Judiciary in Australia’, was awarded the 2011 Mollie Holman Doctoral Medal for Law by Monash University and was published as a monograph, "The Remaking of the Courts - Less-Adversarial Practice and the Constitutional Role of the Judiciary in Australia", by Federation Press in 2014. She is a co-author of "Winterton's Australian Federal Constitutional Law" (2017, Thomson), "The Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia – History, Principle and Interpretation" (CUP, 2015) and has also published across a range of Australian and international journals. Dr Murray has particular expertise on Community Justice Centres and is undertaking a large study into the feasibility of a Community Justice Centre pilot in Western Australia.

Roles and responsibilities

Deputy Head of School, Community & Engagement

Coordinator of Honours and Advanced Legal Research Programs

BA (Hons) W.Aust., LLB (Hons) W.Aust.
Grad Dip (Legal Practice)
PhD (Monash)

Funding overview

2017 Fay Gale Fellowship recipient

"Pocketing the Proceeds of Crime: The Legislation, Criminological Perspectives and Experiences"- Criminology Research Grant with Natalie Skead, Hilde Tubex and Tamara Tulich - $48,880

Public Purposes Trust Family Violence and Property Disputes: A pilot research project (collaborative team): $49,500

Recipient of Funding for the Project: ‘Doing Justice Differently': A Community Justice Centre for Western Australia: A Feasibility Study' (2017-2018)

2015 Institute of Advanced Studies Distinguished Early Career Fellowship - $5000

2014 UWA Diversity Initiatives grant (with Natalie Skead) – awarded $9948

2010 National Mediation Conference Scholarship

Participant in 2011 Gilbert & Tobin Federalism Research Roundtable

Previous positions

Sarah is admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor in Western Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and the High Court of Australia.

Prior to joining the UWA Law Faculty, Sarah worked as a lawyer at Allens Arthur Robinson (Perth & Melbourne) and the Mental Health Legal Centre (Melbourne). Sarah previous held an academic position at Murdoch University School of Law where she taught Constitutional Law and Law, Justice & Social Policy.

Current projects


Teaching overview

Sarah is the Unit Coordinator for Foundations of Public Law (LAWS4108) and teaches in Foundations of Public Law (LAWS4108)and Constitutional Law (LAWS5101).

In 2013 she will coordinate the new JD unit, Foundations of Public Law

She has previously tutored in Administrative Law, Marketing Law and lectured in Law, Justice & Social Policy.


Dr Sarah Murray researches in the areas of public law, institutional change and less-adversarial justice and has a particular interest in Community Justice Centres as well as the constitutional law implications of less-adversarial curial processes.

She completed her PhD at Monash University on the topic "Less-Adversarial Practice and the Constitutional Role of the Judiciary in Australia". Her thesis was awarded a 2011 Mollie Holman Doctoral Medal by Monash University and she is the recipient of a 2015 IAS Distinguished Early Career Fellowship and a 2017 Fay Gale Fellowship


  • Constitutional Law
  • Legal Reform
  • Neighbourhood/Community Justice Centres
  • Constitutional law
  • Administrative law
  • Therapeutic jurisprudence
  • Mental health law
  • Legal anthropology

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Projects 2017 2018

Research Output 2002 2018

Ad Hominem Parole Legislation, Chapter III and the High Court

Murray, S., Mar 2018, In : The University of Western Australia Law Review. 43, 2, p. 275-284

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

school organization

Family Property Disputes involving Family Violence: A Pilot Research Project

Howieson, J., Carroll, R., Murray, S., Murray, I., Young, L., Jarvis, L., Hansen, D. & Lester, F., Dec 2018, The University of Western Australia.

Research output: Book/ReportOther output

Open Access

Impartial Justice

Murray, S. L., 2018, Australian Constitutional Values. Dixon, R. (ed.). United Kingdom: Hart Publishing, p. 121-128 (Hart Studies in Comparative Public Law).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter


Mollie Holman Doctoral Medal for Law

Sarah Murray (Recipient), 2011

Prize/award: Prize


UWA Fay Gale Fellowship

Sarah Murray (Recipient), 2017

Prize/award: Other distinction

Activities 2018 2018

UWA Website for Project

Sarah Murray (Participant)
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Constitutional Law LAWS5101

Sarah Murray

26/02/18 → …

Teaching unit (UWA): Course

Foundations of Public LAWS4108

Sarah Murray

30/07/18 → …

Teaching unit (UWA): Course

Press / Media