Emerita Professor Margaret Thornton

BA(Hons) (Syd); LLB (UNSW); LLM (Yale); FASSA; FAAL
Professor of Law and ANU Public Policy Fellow
ANU College of Law
T: 0261258363

Areas of expertise

  • Legal Practice, Lawyering And The Legal Profession 180121
  • Higher Education 130103
  • Law And Society 180119

Research interests

Discrimination Law Feminist Legal Theory Legal ProfessionLegal Education and the Corporatisation of Universities


MARGARET THORNTON is Professor of Law at the Australian National University. She has degrees from Sydney, UNSW and Yale, and is a Barrister of the Supreme Court of NSW and the High Court of Australia. She formerly occupied the Richard McGarvie Chair of Socio-Legal Studies at La Trobe University and has held visiting fellowships at Oxford, London, Columbia, Sydney and York, Canada. She has published extensively on issues relating to women and the law, including the only book-length study of women and the legal profession in Australia: Dissonance and Distrust: Women and the Legal Profession, Oxford University Press, 1996 (also published in Chinese by the Law Press, Beijing, 2001). Her most recent book is Privatising the Public University: The Case of Law, Routledge, London, 2012 Her current research project, ‘Balancing Law and Life’ entails a study of gender and corporate law firms and is funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant, 2012-15. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and a Foundation Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law.

Researcher's projects

ARC Discovery Project 2012-2018: 'Balancing Law and Life' ARC Professorial Fellowship 2006-2012: 'EEO in a Culture of Uncertainty'


Projects and Grants

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