Pamela Taylor-Barnett

Honorary Lecturer
B Comm, Hons-Lit (Deakin), LLB (La Trobe), GDLP (ANU), LLM (ANU)
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Pamela is interested in the way the law affects marginalised groups and researches in methods of law reform. This includes how upward pressure can be placed on regulators, such that effective law reform may sometimes amount to a 're-regulation'. Pamela is also interested in a dynamic and relevant legal profession and currently conducts research for a Health, Education and Justice Partnership that aims to improve access to justice for young and disadvantaged clients through a multi-disciplinary approach.

Pamela has worked in the ANU Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice since 2012. In 2017 she developed and convened the final capstone course, Ready for Practice where she aims to focus students' attention on their professional identity formation and strategies to give voice to their values in a professional setting. Tied to her research in methods of legal practice and law reform, she sees that an understanding of values and motives in professional identity is imperative.

Pamela has practised in several community legal centres in Melbourne. She has also led community development projects with marginalised communities, including migrants and sex workers and has worked on law reform strategies.


Sub-Dean, School of Legal Practice 2018-2019


Year Title
2017 Citation for Outstandng Contribution to Student Learning

Recent news

Associate Professor Liz Curran and Pamela Taylor-Barnett
Following its successful trial in NSW-Victoria border communities, the "Invisible Hurdles Project" has been re-commissioned paving the way for future research into effective service delivery.
Image shows academics Liz Curran and Pamela Taylor-Barnett
Associate Professor Liz Curran and Pamela Taylor-Barnett

Research projects & collaborations

Pamela Taylor-Barnett, 'Activist lawyers: an empirical study of their methods and motives for effecting law reform', 2019-2020


Pamela Taylor-Barnett & Liz Curran, Research Evaluation for Upper Murray Family Care (auspicing the Hume Riverina Community Legal Centre), Stage 1 final report: 'Overcoming the Invisible Hurdles to justice for young people - Invisible Hurdles Final Report' Stage 1: 2016-2018. Stage 2: 2019-2020. 

Refereed journal articles

Curran, L & Taylor-Barnett, P, 'Evaluating projects in multifaceted and marginalised communities: the need for mixed approaches' (2019) 1 Evaluation Journal of Australasia 22-38

Curran, L, Vernon, A & Taylor-Barnett, P, 'Reflecting on Community Development Practices: Improving Access to Justice by Working with Communities to Effect Change' (2017) 19 Flinders Law Journal

Book chapters

Pamela Taylor-Barnett & Liz Curran, 'Wellness and going bush' in Adiva Sifris & Judith Marychurch (Eds), Wellness for law: Making wellness core business (2019), Reed International Books Aust. 

Conference papers & presentations

Pamela Taylor-Barnett and Anneka Ferguson 'Towards authenticity: Ruminating on identity', Global Alliance for Justice Education conference, December 2019.

Pamela Taylor-Barnett & Liz Curran 'Wellness and going bush', National Wellness for Law Forum, 15 February 2019.

Pamela Taylor-Barnett, 'Ethics and values in regulating a city', International Legal Ethics Conference, 8 December 2018.

Lisa Bliss, Catherine Klein, Pamela Taylor-Barnett, Leah Wortham, 'Supporting students to act consistently with their values', plenary at International Journal of Clinical Legal Ethics Conference, 30 November 2018.

Pamela Taylor-Barnett, 'When I look in the mirror, a lawyer I like smiles back at me', Australia and New Zealand Ethics Colloquium, 1 December 2017.

Liz Curran, Judy Harrison, Pamela Taylor-Barnett & Barry Yau, 'Reflective Practice in Practical Legal Education: its rationale, benefits and challenges', Australasian Professional Legal Education Council Conference, 16 November 2017.

Vivien Holmes & Pamela Taylor-Barnett 'The power of narrative: Immersive video/audio work with students', Simulated Clients: Interdisciplinary learning & teaching in legal education workshop, 16 August 2017.

Sarah Rodgers, Hue Derwent-Smith, Liz Curran, & Pamela Taylor-Barnett, 'Overcoming the invisible hurdles young people face in accessing legal help: a Q&A discussion', National Association of Community Legal Centres (NACLC) Conference, 10 August 2017.

Pamela Taylor-Barnett, Sara Molenaar & Catriona Hodgson, ' Breaking the stigma and successfully listening, building relationships and working with sex workers', National Association of Community Legal Centres (NACLC) Conference, 25 August 2015.


Pamela Taylor-Barnett, 'Protecting human rights', LegalDate, Warringal Publications

Honours thesis supervision


Alex Ross, The BasicsCard: impacts on the realisation of remote-living Indigenous peoples’ human right to food, (2017)

Philosophy & approach

Pamela's goal is to help her students to think clearly and rationally, and to evaluate arguments.  She asks that students move from normative analysis to question assumptions and she develops students to be robust enough to ask 'who, what, why and how' questions when they transition to the next phase of their careers. 

Teaching awards

Year Title
2017 Citation for Outstandng Contribution to Student Learning

Past courses

  • Ethics and Professional Responsibility (Convenor 2016)
  • Giving Voice to Values (Convenor 2016)
  • Banking and Finance (Subject Mentor 2016)
  • Consumer Law Practice (Subject Mentor 2014-2016)
  • Becoming a Practitioner (Instructor 2012- )
  • Professionalism in Practice (Convenor 2015)
  • Commercial Law Practice (Subject Mentor 2015)
  • Practice Management (Practice Mentor 2012 - 2014)
  • Ethics (Practice Mentor 2012-2014)
  • Property Law Practice (Subject Mentor 2013)

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