Stella Tarrant

Associate Professor, BJuris LLB W.Aust., LLM Yale

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

    6009 Perth


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Associate Professor Stella Tarrant is a graduate of the University of Western Australia (B.Juris (Hon) first class) and Yale University (LLM). She began her career as Associate to Justice Toohey of the High Court of Australia and a solicitor in the Land and Heritage Unit of the Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia. She studied as a Harkness Fellow and Fulbright Scholar in the United States before joining the Law Faculty at the University of Western Australia, from 1996-2002. After raising her two sons in their early years, Associate Professor Tarrant returned to teaching at UWA Law School in 2009 and resumed her research career in 2013.

Her research focuses on criminal law, criminal law theory and gender and the law. She has explored the impact of law on women's lives and the part law plays in maintaining gender relations in society, in the areas of criminal law, constitutional law and reproductive technology law. Her current research projects concern gender equality in the law of self-defence and the incorporation of philosophical method into the teaching of Gender and the Law.

Associate Professor Tarrant's teaching interests are criminal law, evidence and gender and the law. At UWA she teaches Criminal Law, Evidence and Gender and the Law, and has taught feminist jurisprudence in LLB, LLM and SJD courses.

Funding overview

ANROWS project "Transforming the Australian Judiciary's Understanding of Intimate Partner Violence" (2017-2018)


  • Criminal Law
  • Gender And The Law
  • Legal Education
  • Legal Theory
  • Women and the law
  • Criminal law

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Research Output 1996 2019

Criminal Law

Tarrant, S. & Blake, M., 2019, Mastering Law Studies and Law exam Techniques. Krever, R. (ed.). 10th ed. Australia: LexisNexis Butterworths, p. 179-199

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

Transforming Legal Understandings of Intimate Partner Violence

Tarrant, S., Tolmie, J. & Giudice, G., 30 Jun 2019, New South Wales: Australian National Research Organisation for Women's Safety.

Research output: Book/ReportOther output

Open Access

A strange right to bear arms: District of Columbia v Heller as narrative

Tarrant, S., 2 Jan 2018, In : Griffith Law Review. 27, 1, p. 51-26 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

discourse analysis
Supreme Court

Self-defence against intimate partner violence: Let’s do the work to see it

Tarrant, S., 1 Sep 2018, In : The University of Western Australia Law Review. 43, 1, p. 196-220 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


The Criminal Law of Queensland and Western Australia: Cases and Commentary

Tarrant, S., Burton, K., Crofts, T., Nisbet, T. & Martin, R., 28 Feb 2018, 7th ed. USA: Thomson Reuters.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Projects 2017 2019