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Professor Kim Rubenstein

BA (Mel) LLB Hons (Mel) LLM (Harvard)
ANU Public Policy Fellow
ANU College of Law

Areas of expertise

  • Access To Justice 180102
  • Administrative Law 180103
  • Citizenship 160602
  • International Law (Excl. International Trade Law) 180116
  • Comparative Law 180106
  • Constitutional Law 180108
  • Law And Legal Studies Not Elsewhere Classified 189999

Research interests

In addition to her areas of expertise listed above, Professor Rubenstein was the Inaugural Convenor of the ANU Gender institute 2011-2012 and returned to the position for the first semester of 2016.  She was also appointed an ANU Public Policy Fellow in 2012.


Kim’s research projects revolve around citizenship law and ideas about active citizenship. She is the co-series editor of Cambridge University Press series Connecting International with Public Law. with the sixth book being published in July 2016.  Her book, Australian Citizenship Law in Context (Lawbook, 2002) currently being prepared for a second edition, represents much of the spread of her interest in her research on citizenship issues, looking at the disjuncture between the exclusive legal notion and the more inclusive normative understanding of citizenship. In 2002-2003 she was based at Georgetown University Law Center, as a Fulbright Senior Scholar to work on the status of nationality in an international law context.   Kim is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and Harvard Law School. Her graduate work at Harvard was supported by the Sir Robert Menzies Scholarship to Harvard, a Fulbright postgraduate award, and a Queen Elizabeth Jubilee Trust award. Kim’s interests also encompass teaching (where she has co-authored a book on Feedback) and the broader field of education, particularly women’s education. She is currently completing a biography of Joan Montgomery OBE, former Principal of Presbyterian Ladies' College Melbourne, and an influential educator. In the practical legal sphere, Kim has made significant contributions to the jurisprudence in citizenship. She was a member of the Independent Committee appointed by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship to review the Australian Citizenship Test in 2008 and she has appeared three times in the High Court of Australia on citizenship matters, with her work cited in Singh v Commonwealth (2004).For a fuller biography see

Researcher's projects

Professor Rubenstein was a CI on an ARC Linkage Grant run by Professor Mary Crock through Sydney University called Small Mercies, Big Futures: Enhancing Law, Policy and Practice in the selection, protection and settlement of refugee children and youth. Professor Rubenstein's work in that project concentrated on the the relationship between citizenship and children.

Professor Rubenstein is the Principal CI running an ARC Linkage Grant oral history project Trailblazing Women and the Law (see further below). Her co-CIs are based at the University of Melbourne with a partner investigator at the National Library of Australia. The linkage partners on the project are the National Library of Australia, the National Foundation of Australian Women, Australian Women Lawyers, the Federal Court and the Family Court.

Professor Rubenstein is also a CI on an ARC Discovery Project on The Court as Archive (see further below).  Her co-CIs are Dr Ann Genovese from the University of Melbourne and Dr Trish Luker from UTS. 

Professor Rubentein is a series editor with Professor Thomas Pogge for the CUP series Connecting International law and Public law which publishes the book from the workshop series run through the Centre for International and Public law. Each workshop brings together public law and international law scholars around a different theme. See further


Available student projects

Through the Centre for International and Public law (CIPL), undergraduate law students are able to undertake an internship towards their degree, working on a project of relevant to CIPL.


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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Updated:  17 July 2018 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers