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The Australian National University

Dr Shelley Bielefeld

PhD Law; Bachelor of Laws (1st class honours, University Medal); Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies (Southern Cross University)
Braithwaite Research Fellow
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
T: (02) 61253813

Areas of expertise

  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Law 180101
  • Law And Society 180119
  • Legal Theory, Jurisprudence And Legal Interpretation 180122
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander History 210301

Research interests

  • Indigenous Social Justice Issues
  • Critical Theory
  • Race and the Law
  • Welfare Law



Dr Shelley Bielefeld has expertise in social justice issues affecting Australia’s First Peoples. Her publications and policy submissions focus on the impact of welfare law, land rights, criminal justice and constitutional issues pertaining to Australia’s First Peoples. Shelley has been invited to appear before the Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs. She has been working on problems arising from the Northern Territory Intervention since its inception in 2007 and those connected with the Stronger Futures framework since 2012. Her work on Indigenous law and policy issues has been influenced by listening to concerns expressed by those who are subject to the Intervention and Stronger Futures. Before her employment at RegNet Shelley taught, developed and coordinated numerous courses at the University of Western Sydney and Southern Cross University, including Indigenous Australians and the Law, Contract Law, Property Law, and Constitutional Law.

Researcher's projects


ARC Discovery Project: Conditional Welfare: A Comparative Case Study of Income Management Policies (DP180101252)

ARC DECRA: Regulation and Governance for Indigenous Welfare: Poverty Surveillance and its Alternatives (DE180100599)



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