Anne Macduff

PhD Candidate, Senior Lecturer and Sub-Dean - LLB & JD Program
BA (Hons); LLB; MHE; GDLP; SFHEA
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Biography

Drawing upon a range of critical theories, including feminist, postcolonial and queer theories, Anne Macduff's research explores how law devalues difference.

She has a particular interest in exploring issues of law and identity, including race, gender and sexuality. For instance, Anne's PhD thesis challenges the claim that Australian citizenship law is neutral and inclusive, and argues that the current laws construct a particular racialized and gendered citizen subject. Anne's interest in critically examining the way law excludes certain identities includes other areas of law, including tenancy, public law and family law.

Anne's research also explores the way that legal education devalues difference. Anne has published on critical thinking, reflection (with Marlene Le Brun) and portfolios (with Dr Chris Trevitt). She has also published on student workload (with Lynn Du Moulin).

Appointments

  • University Education Scholar for the ANU College of Law (2012).
  • Chair, ACT committee of the Alternative Law Journal
  • Co-Chair, ANU CoL Wellbeing committee
  • Committee Member, Human Research Ethics Committee, Humanities and Social Sciences Delegated Committee
  • Director, ANU-Alabama Exchange Program

Awards

Year Title
2015 ANU College of Law Education Awards: Award for Teaching Excellence
2014 ANU College of Law Education Awards: Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning

Significant research publications

  • Macduff, Anne and Wayne Morgan  'Queer Theory and Poststructuralist Feminism' Chapter 5 in Gabrielle Appleby and Rosalind Dixon, The Critical Judgements Project (Federation Press, 2016)
  • Macduff, A 'Performing Citizenship, Embodying Obedience' in Kim Rubenstein and Glen Patmore (eds) Law and Democracy: Contemporary Questions (ANU Press, 2014) 131.
  • Trevitt, Chris, Anne Macduff & Aliya Steed ‘[e]portfolios for learning and as evidence of achievement: Scoping the academic practice development agenda ahead’ (2014) 20 Internet and Higher Education 69
  • Macduff, Anne and Lynn Du Moulin ‘New Challenges in Legal Education: Developing an Appropriate Response to the Issue of Student Workload’,  (2008) 19 Legal Education Review  176
  • Macduff Anne, ‘Deep Learning, Critical thinking and Teaching for Law Reform’ (2005) 15 Legal Education Review 125
  • Le Brun, M and Macduff A ‘Developing the Reflective Practitioner Online’  (2005) 39 (1) The Law Teacher 16

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Recent news

26
Aug
2016
Anne Macduff
Driven by a passion for quality legal education that enhances student wellbeing, ANU College of Law lecturer, Ms Anne Macduff, has made a significant difference to the law school experience of her students.
13
Dec
2011
In the media

Liz Keogh, Anne Macduff and Aliya Steed  have been awarded a 2012 Teaching Enhancement Grant for their project "Teaching Law students to deal with emotion through authentic learning experiences."

Upcoming events

18
Oct
2017
Law in the pub
7.00PM to 9.00PM Discussion
  • Professor Margaret Thornton
  • Anne Macduff
  • Professor Desmond Manderson
  • Justine Poon
  • Dr Dorota Gozdecka

Questions of migration and citizenship have become so prominent that not a week passes without a new heated legal controversy surrounding the regulation of the lives of migrants.

Past events

27
Jun
2017
Teaching and Learning Forum
1.00PM to 2.00PM Teaching and Learning Forum

Several colleagues will share their ideas about requiring  students to reflect on their learning as part of course assessment.

Please note, only a small selection of recent publications and activities are listed below.

Read selected publications in the ANU Digital Collection

Grants

  • ANU Gender Institute, ‘Post-feminism? Post theory? Post Critique?’ Workshop May 2015
  • ANU Gender Institute, PHD and Early Career Workshop, Interpellations (Law, Literature and the Humanities Conference, December 2013)
  • ANU VC Teaching Enhancement Grant ‘Peer Assisted Learning in Law’ 2013 (team)
  • ANU VC Teaching Enhancement Grant ‘Developing a Distinctive JD’ 2012 (individual)

Consultancies

  • Researcher, Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs, June- November 2008.
  • Researcher, Tenants' Union ACT, 2006
  • Researcher, Advocacy and Inclusion ACT, 1996-2000.

Book chapters

  • Macduff, A and Morgan, W, 'Queer Theory and Poststructuralist Feminism' Chapter 5 in Gabrielle Appleby and Rosalind Dixon, 'The Critical Judgements Project' (Federation Press, 2016)
  • Macduff, A ‘Performing Citizenship, Embodying Obedience‘ in Glen Patmore and Kim Rubenstein (eds) ‘Law and Democracy: Contemporary Questions’ (ANU Press, 2014)

Refereed journal articles

  • Trevitt, Chris, Anne Macduff & Aliya Steed ‘[e]portfolios for learning and as evidence of achievement: Scoping the academic practice development agenda ahead’ (2014) 20 Internet and Higher Education 69
  • Macduff A, ‘Deep Learning, Critical thinking and Teaching for Law Reform’ (2005) 15 Legal Education Review 125
  • Le Brun, M and Macduff A ‘Developing the Reflective Practitioner Online’  (2005) 39 (1) The Law Teacher 16
  • Macduff, A and Du Moulin, L ‘New Challenges in Legal Education: Developing an Appropriate Response to the Issue of Student Workload’ (2008) 19 Legal Education Review 176

Conference papers & presentations

  • Macduff, A ‘Dreaming the Nation: Citizenship and the Migrant Other in Australia’, paper presented at Law Walls Crises, University of Helsinki, Finland April 2016

  • Macduff, A ‘Dreaming the Nation: Citizenship and the Migrant Other in Australia’, paper presented at International Critical Legal Studies Conference, Wroclaw, Poland, September 2015

  • Macduff, A ‘Politics in a Postfeminist Age’ paper presented at Post-feminism, Post Theory, Post Critique? Workshop, Canberra ANU May 2015

  • Macduff, A ‘Citizenship, Law and Democracy: Exploring Possibilities’ Public Law Weekend, ANU Canberra, 20-22 September 2012

  • Macduff, A. ‘Ceremonies of Law: The Citizenship Pledge’, paper presented at the Law and Society Association of Australian and New Zealand Conference ‘Ceremonies of Law: Doctrine, Ritual, Ceremonial, University of Wollongong, Australia, December 6-9, 2011

Government submissions

  • Macduff, A. ‘Inquiry into Multiculturalism in Australia’, Submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Migration, Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia, April 8, Australia 2011

Committees

External Organisations

  • ACT Chair, Editorial Board of the Alternative Law Journal

Internal ANU Committees

  • CoL Wellbeing committee, member
  • ANU Gender Institute, Law and Human Rights Node Leader 2011
  • ANU Human research Ethics Committee, Humanities and Socal Sciences Delegated Committee, member

Honours thesis supervision

I am willing to supervise in the areas:

  • Critical Legal Theory (Race, Gender, Queer)
  • Women and the Law
  • Family Law
  • Cultural Diversity and the Law
  • Citizenship Law
  • Legal Education
  • Domestic and Family Violence

I have previously supervised:

  • Critical Legal Theory (Race, Gender, Queer)
  • Women and the Law - issues including egg freezing, abortion, surrogacy
  • Family Law - children, property, bankruptcy
  • Legal Education
  • Domestic and Family Violence (Criminal and Civil remedies)

Internship supervision

I am willing to supervise in the areas:

  • Critical Legal Theory (Race, Gender, Queer)
  • Women and the Law
  • Family Law
  • Cultural Diversity and the Law
  • Citizenship Law
  • Legal Education
  • Domestic and Family Violence

I have previously supervised:

  • Family law and transgender issues

Current courses

Year Course code Course name
2017 LAWS4218
Class #4786
Feminist and Critical Theory

Previous courses

Philosophy & approach

Anne's educational focus is on teaching critical thinking, reflective and collaborative learning skills. She is also keen to explore the ways that new technologies can assist student learning.

Teaching awards

Year Title
2015 ANU College of Law Education Awards: Award for Teaching Excellence
2014 ANU College of Law Education Awards: Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning

Past courses

  • Foundations of Australian Law
  • Evidence
  • Legal Theory
  • Feminist and Critical Legal Theory
  • Family Law
  • Torts/ Civil Litigation and Dispute Management
  • Race and Equality Law
  • Gender and the Law

Topic

Australians All: A critical exploration of the cultural construction of the Australian community through current migration and citizenship laws

Program

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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