Emerita Professor Fiona Wheeler

BA LLB (Hons), PhD (ANU)
ANU College of Law
T: 6125 4167

Areas of expertise

  • Constitutional Law 180108
  • Legal Institutions (Incl. Courts And Justice Systems) 180120

Research interests

Constitutional Law, Courts and the Judicial System, History of the High Court of Australia


Fiona Wheeler is an Emeritus Professor in the ANU College of Law, ANU. She joined the ANU in 1990 and served in the College as Sub-Dean (2000-2003), Director of Research (2006-2008), Head of School (July-December 2009) and Deputy Dean (January 2010-June 2014). Prior to her appointment to ANU she was an Associate to Justice Mary Gaudron, High Court of Australia (1989-1990).

Fiona’s research is primarily in the area of constitutional law, with a particular interest in courts and the judicial system and the history of the High Court of Australia. Her doctorate on the separation of judicial power under the Australian Constitution was awarded the ANU JG Crawford Prize. She is the author of numerous articles and book chapters and with Brian Opeskin co-edited The Australian Federal Judicial System (MUP, 2000).

Fiona has served on the Executive of the Australian Association of Constitutional Law, as Comments Editor, Public Law Review, 2000-2007 and in the first half of 2009 was based at the National Library of Australia as an Honorary Harold White Fellow. She held the position of Deputy Dean in the ANU College of Law between January 2010 and June 2014, serving as Acting Dean on numerous occasions. She has been a member of many College and University committees and served as Chair, ANU Academic Board 2012-2014. She is a Fellow, Australian Academy of Law.


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