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.

Research expertise keywords

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

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State of undress: law, carnival and mass public nudity events

Bennett, T., 11 Jun 2020, In : Griffith Law Review. 21 p.

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  • Clothing Optional?: Nudity and the Law of the Australian Beach

    Bennett, T., 28 Oct 2019, In : Bond Law Review. 31, 1, p. 49-80

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    Locating the Body in 'Bodily Harm'

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

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  • The inclusion of others? Polygamy and Australian law

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

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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Why the Bigamy Offence Should be Repealed

    Bennett, T., 2019, In : Sydney Law Review. 41, 3, p. 359-381

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