Sarah Murray

Professor, BA LLB W.Aust., PhD Monash

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

    6009 Perth

    Australia

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Biography

Dr Sarah Murray is a Professor at the University of Western Australia 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, a co-Convenor of the Electoral Regulation and Research Network and a member of the Law Reform Commission of Western Australia. 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 was awarded the Fay Gale Fellowship and Institute for Advanced Studies Distinguished Early Career Fellowship for her work on Community Justice Centres

Roles and responsibilities

Council Member and WA Convenor of the Australian Association of Constitutional Law

WA Co-Convenor of the Electoral Regulation Research Network

Member of the Law Reform Commission of Western Australia

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

Funding overview

FABLE Research Collaboration Award $10,000: ‘Best Practice Evaluation Tool for the Western Australian Start Mental Health Court’ (As Lead CI with team including Harry Blagg, Joe Clare, Tamara Tulich, Aleksandar Janca, Alana Thompson, Liz Richardson (Monash), Adam Brett (Start Court), Magistrate Felicity Zempilas (Start Court)

FABLE Research Accelerator Scheme Award $20,000: ‘Ensuring the Right to Have Rights’ (with large team across FABLE led by Ned Curthoys)

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

FABLE Research Collaboration Award $10,000: ‘Best Practice Evaluation Tool for the Western Australian Start Mental Health Court’ (As Lead CI with team including Harry Blagg, Joe Clare, Tamara Tulich, Aleksandar Janca, Alana Thompson, Liz Richardson (Monash), Adam Brett (Start Court), Magistrate Felicity Zempilas (Start Court)

FABLE Research Accelerator Scheme Award $20,000: ‘Ensuring the Right to Have Rights’ (with large team across FABLE led by Ned Curthoys)

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).

She has previously taught Legal Process, Administrative Law, Marketing Law and lectured in Law, Justice & Social Policy.

Research

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

External positions

Member of Law Reform Commission, WA Law Reform Commission

Research expertise keywords

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

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