Amy Hamilton is PhD candidate at the ANU College of Law within the Centre for Law, Arts and the Humanities. Her thesis explores representations of Australian citizenship in law and literature. She is interested in broader questions of belonging, identity and attachment that citizenship inspires and the nature of government power over citizens and non-citizens.
In Australia, a referendum on an Indigenous Voice to Parliament is set to be held during this parliamentary term. This moment follows the recent Love-Thoms High Court decision, which raises legal questions of constitutional belonging. In this context, questions of citizenship are at the forefront of the nation’s consciousness.
Philosophy & approach
I aim to create an inclusive and collaborative space where students can grapple with content and ask questions of myself and their peers. My educational focus is on building legal reasoning, critical thinking and collaborative learning skills.