Associate Professor Heather Roberts

PhD (ANU), LLB(Hons)/BA(Asian Studies)(Hons)
Senior Lecturer
ANU College of Law

Areas of expertise

  • Constitutional Law 180108
  • Property Law (Excl. Intellectual Property Law) 180124
  • Biography 210304
  • Equity And Trusts Law 180112
  • Law And Society 180119

Research interests

Heather Roberts teaches constitutional law, property law and equity and trusts. Her research examines Australian constitutional law and history, with a biographical focus. Her PhD thesis examined the constitutional jurisprudence of Justice Deane. In 2017 she was awarded an early career fellowship by the Australian Research Council, titled 'The Ideal Judge'. Her project explores expectations of judges and judging in Australian Supreme Courts. Using the prism of judicial swearing-in ceremonies, the project will consider differing historical, regional, and gender-based expectations of judges, and how those expectations that have been deemed necessary to maintain confidence in the judiciary.


Copies of selected publications can be found at my ANU College of Law webpage:


Researcher's projects

  • comparative analysis of the constitutional jurisprudence of Australian High Court judges
  • comparative analysis of the swearing-in speeches of Australian High Court and Federal Court judges

Past student projects

Celia Winnett 'Just Terms' or Just Money? Section 51 (xxxi), Native Title and Non-Monetary Terms of Acquisition 33(3) University of New South Wales Law Journal



Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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