Kim Rubenstein

Professor, Co Director, 50/50 by 2030 Foundation

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Kim Rubenstein is a Professor in the Faculty of Business, Government and Law and Co Director of the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation at the University of Canberra.  A graduate of the University of Melbourne and Harvard University, she is Australia’s leading expert on citizenship, both around its formal legal status and in law’s intersection with broader normative notions of citizenship as membership and participation.  This has led to her scholarship around gender and public law, which includes her legal work and her oral history work around women lawyers’ contributions in the public sphere.  She was the Director of the Centre for International and Public law at the ANU from 2006-2015 and the Inaugural Convener of the ANU Gender Institute from 2011-2012.  She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law and the Australia Academy of Social Sciences.



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Education/Academic qualification

Master, Harvard University


Award Date: 8 May 1992


External positions

Honorary Professor, Australian National University

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Research Output

Gender, Leadership and Representative Democracy: The Differential Impacts of the Global Pandemic

Rubenstein, K., Bergin, T. & Rowe, P., Sep 2020, In : Democratic Theory. 7, 2, p. 94-103 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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  • Oral history as empirical corrective: Including women’s experiences in international law

    Rubenstein, K. & Isaac, A., 26 Apr 2019, Research Handbook on Feminist Engagement with International Law. Rimmer, S. H. & Ogg, K. (eds.). United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing, p. 338-358 21 p.

    Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookChapter

  • Record and recollection: Women's active citizenship and national archives

    Rubenstein, K. & Henderson, A., Nov 2019, In : Law and History. 6, 2, p. 98-124 27 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Alive in the Telling: Trailblazing Women Lawyers' Lives, Lived with Law

    Rubenstein, K., 2016, In : Law Text Culture. 20, 1, p. 66-92 28 p., 5.

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

  • Editors’ preface: The Public Law of Gender

    Young, K. G. & Rubenstein, K., 1 Jan 2016, The Public Law of Gender: From the Local to the Global. Young, K. G. & Rubenstein, K. (eds.). United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press, p. 21-22 2 p.

    Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookForeword/postscript