Theodore Bennett

Assistant Professor, BA LLB PhD W.Aust.

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

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Theodore has completed a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Philosophy), a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours, and a Doctorate of Philosophy. He joined the UWA Faculty of Law full-time in 2013.

Teaching overview

Theodore is the unit coordinator for Law in Action and Law and Contemporary Social Issues. He has previously taught in Law, Conflict and Change, Legal Systems, Introduction to Laws, Contract Law and Evidence Law.


Theodore's research is primarily concerned with the ways in which sociolegal systems conceptualise and regulate human bodies and identities. He is particularly interested in the ways in which these systems frame and position bodies, bodily activities and identities within broader models of understanding, and how marginal or subcultural bodies/identities are inequitably impacted by regulation and social attitudes. He has researched and written on a number of issues around this, in relation to topics such as sadomasochism, healthy limb amputation, cosmetic surgery and sex and gender diversity.


  • BDSM
  • Sexuality and gender
  • Criminal law
  • Sex and gender diversity
  • Legal discourse
  • Body alteration

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Research Output 2011 2019

Locating the Body in 'Bodily Harm'

Bennett, T., 2019, In : University of Western Australia Law Review. 45, 2, p. 37-64

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Human Body

The inclusion of others? Polygamy and Australian law

Bennett, T., 2019, In : Australian Journal of Family Law. 32, 3, p. 263-293 31 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


"Unorthodox Rules": The Instructive Potential of BDSM Consent for Law

Bennett, T., Mar 2018, In : Journal of Positive Sexuality. 4, 1, p. 4-11

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Consent Interruptus: Rape Law and Cases of Initial Consent

Bennett, T., Dec 2017, In : Flinders Law Journal. 19, 2, p. 145-184

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

historical development

Tortured genius: The legality of injurious performance art

Bennett, T., 2017, In : Alternative Law Journal. 42, 1, p. 24-28 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

public utilities
legal status