Professor Kim Rubenstein

Professor
BA (Mel) LLB Hons (Mel) LLM (Harvard)
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Biography

Professor Rubenstein’s expertise in citizenship law, through her book, scholarly articles and book chapters is of significance to other academic scholarship, teaching, as well as public policy. Kim was appointed a consultant to the Commonwealth in its redrafting of Australian citizenship legislation, resulting in the 2007 Act and later was a member of the Independent Expert Committee set up to review the Australian Citizenship Test that reported in 2008. In 2012 she was appointed an ANU Public Policy Fellow and was named in the first batch of Westpac '100 Women of Influence' Australian Financial Review awards for her work in public policy. In October 2013 she was awarded the inaugural Edna Ryan award for 'leading feminist changes in the public sphere'.

Her present research involves engaging with concepts of active citizenship with the support of two Australian Research Council grants.

Her oral history Linkage Project on Trailblazing Women and the Law, with the National Library of Australia, the National Foundation for Australian Women, the Federal Court of Australia, the Family Court of Australia and the Australian Women Lawyers examines how the status of being a lawyer frames women’s capacity to be active citizens.

Her ARC Discovery Project on The Court as Archive examines the place of Superior Courts of Record within the context of public law and citizenship: Can current conceptualisations of the role of Chapter III courts be extended to deepen an understanding of their function as guardians and producers of the civic experience and expectations of the Australian litigants who come before them?

For the first semester of 2016 she is Acting Convenor of the ANU Gender Institute.

For a fuller biography of Professor Rubenstein see http://www.womenaustralia.info/leaders/biogs/WLE0613b.htm

Appointments

Convenor, ANU Gender Institute http://genderinstitute.anu.edu.au

Significant research publications

 

  • JOHNSTONE, R. PATTERSON, J. AND RUBENSTEIN, K., Improving Feedback to Students on their Assessment in Law (1998, Cavendish)
  • RUBENSTEIN, KIM (ed), Individual, Community, Nation: 50 years of Australian Citizenship. (2000, Australian Scholarly Publishing )
  • RUBENSTEIN, KIM Australian Citizenship Law in Context. (2002, Lawbook Co – new edition being prepared for publication in 2016)
  • BRONITT, S AND RUBENSTEIN, K (eds) Citizenship in a Post-National World: Australia and Europe Compared (Federation Press, Law and Policy No 29, 2008) iii-73
  • FARRALL, J AND RUBENSTEIN, K (eds) Sanctions, Accountability and Governance in a Globalised World (Cambridge University Press, 2009)
  • POGGE, T, RIMMER, M AND RUBENSTEIN K, (eds) Incentives for Global Public Health: Patent Law and Access to Essential Medicines (Cambridge University Press, 2010)
  • JESSUP, B AND RUBENSTEIN K (eds) Environmental Discourses in Public and International law (Cambridge University Press, 2012)
  • JENKINS, F, NOLAN, M and RUBENSTEIN K (eds) Allegiance and Identity in a Globalised World (Cambridge University Press, 2014)
  • NASU, H and RUBENSTEIN, K (eds) Legal Perspectives on Security Institutions (Cambridge University Press, 2015)
  • RUBENSTEIN, K and YOUNG, K (eds) The Public Law of Gender (Cambridge University Press, in press 2016)

Recent news

20
Dec
2016
Isabelle Reinecke

Isabelle Reinecke (LLB (Hons) ’11, BSc (Psych) ’12) has been awarded a Churchill Fellowship, to be taken up in 2017.

30
Nov
2016
Professor Michael Coper

On Friday 2 December a conference celebrating the achievements of Michael Coper will be held in the Common Room, University House. Michael is a “big picture” person whose vision has always focused on the future. The conference’s title, “New Ways Forward”, with its tone of energy and optimism, could not be more fitting for an event celebrating the career of Michael Coper and reinforcing the continuing beneficial effects of his achievements.

30
Nov
2016
Susan Kiefel is Australia's first female High Court Chief Justice. Photo: Robert Shakespeare

The appointment of Susan Kiefel as the first woman to be Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia in its 113 years is a significant milestone for Australia society. While an inordinately long time coming, it is another important recognition and reflection of women lawyers' important role in Australian civic life.

17
Nov
2016
Kim Rubenstein

Australian Women Lawyers as Active Citizens is a ground-breaking online exhibition, which was launched at the National Library on Wednesday 16 November.

In the Media

20
Feb
2017
Kim Rubenstein speaks to The Saturday Paper
11
Jul
2016
Kim Rubenstein interviewed by The Sydney Morning Herald
28
Jun
2016
Kim Rubenstein interviewed by The Sydney Morning Herald

Upcoming events

21
Feb
2017
Australian Citizenship Law
5.30PM to 7.00PM
CIPL Monthly Talk
  • Professor Kim Rubenstein, ANU College of Law
  • Jacqueline Field
  • Dr Suzanne Akila, Assistant Director, Legal, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

With the first announced instance of an Australian dual citizen, Khaled Sharrouf, having his citizenship stripped, CIPL invites you to a seminar around the recent release of Kim Rubenstein’s 2nd edition of Australian Citizenship Law (Thomson Reuters, December 2016).

Past events

11
Dec
2016
Kim Rubenstein
7.30PM to 9.30PM
Lecture
  • Kim Rubenstein

The Rights Women: Rewriting the Human Rights Record Through the Power of Stories

16
Nov
2016
Australian women lawyers as active citizens
6.00PM to 7.00PM
Launch

You are invited to celebrate the launch of the online exhibition Australian Women Lawyers as Active Citizens. The exhibition showcases the experiences of women featured in the Australian Research Council-funded project, Trailblazing Women and the Law, and documents their impact on others and in broader society. 

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

Research biography

Professor Rubenstein’s expertise in citizenship law, through her book, scholarly articles and book chapters is of significance to other academic scholarship, teaching, as well as public policy. Kim was appointed a consultant to the Commonwealth in its redrafting of Australian citizenship legislation, resulting in the 2007 Act and later was a member of the Independent Expert Committee set up to review the Australian Citizenship Test that reported in 2008.

Her present research involves engaging with concepts of active citizenship with the support of two Australian Research Council grants.

Her oral history Linkage Project on Trailblazing Women and the Law, with the National Library of Australia, the National Foundation for Australian Women, the Federal Court of Australia, the Family Court of Australia and the Australian Women Lawyers examines how the status of being a lawyer frames women’s capacity to be active citizens.

Her ARC Discovery Project on The Court as Archive examines the place of Superior Courts of Record within the context of public law and citizenship: Can current conceptualisations of the role of Chapter III courts be extended to deepen an understanding of their function as guardians and producers of the civic experience and expectations of the Australian litigants who come before them?

Research projects & collaborations

  • See in Professor Rubenstein's researcher page.

Grants

  • See in Professor Rubenstein's researcher page.

Consultancies

  • See in Professor Rubenstein's researcher page.

Books & edited collections

  • See in Professor Rubenstein's researcher's page.

Book chapters

  • See in Professor Rubenstein's Researcher page.

Refereed journal articles

  • See in Professor Rubenstein's Researcher page.

Conference papers & presentations

  • See in Professor Rubenstein's Researcher page.

Commissioned reports

  • See in Professor Rubenstein's Researcher page.

Government submissions

  • See in Professor Rubenstein's Researcher page.

Committees

External Organisations

  • See curriculum vitae

Internal ANU Committees

  • See curriculum vitae

Case notes & book reviews

  • See Researcher's page.

Other

  • See Researcher's page.

Currently supervising

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    Topic: Can social network analysis (SNA) and network theory illuminate the networks of association amongst "trailblazing women lawyers"?
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    Topic: Populating Australia and the Rule of Law: Individual Sovereignty and State Sovereignty
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    Topic: Australians All: A critical exploration of the cultural construction of the Australian community through current migration and citizenship laws
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    Topic: Diasporas involved: can diasporas be involved in constitutional deliberations in their home countries? Diaspora studies has emerged as a distinct academic field in recent years, focusing on the relationship between dispersed ethnic populations and their countries...
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

PhD supervision

I am willing to supervise in the areas: Citizenship, Citizenship and Nationality, Citizenship and Identity, Gender and Constitutional law, 

 

I have previously supervised:

  • All of the above

 

SJD supervision

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  • Same as above

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MPhil supervision

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LLM Masters thesis supervision

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Honours thesis supervision

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Internship supervision

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Current courses

Year Course code Course name
2017 LAWS2201
Class #2941
Administrative Law
2017 LAWS6201
Class #3717
Administrative Law
2017 LAWS4262
Class #9970
Current Issues in Admin Law: Admin Law at the Coalface

Previous courses

Year Course code Course name
2016 LAWS8175
Class #6798
Citizenship Law in Context

Philosophy & approach

I love teaching and my masters course is very interactive.  I expect students to have read the material and to contribute in class!

Past courses

  • I have taught and continue to teach Citizenship Law in Context, which is offered in the JD and Masters programs.

How my works connects with public policy

I am an ANU Public Policy Fellow, which recognises my contributions to Public policy.

This has been primariy in the context of citlzeship law and policy and in the area of gender and constitutional law.  

My biography sets this out further.

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