Susan Priest

Associate Dean of Education


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 I am currently the Associate Dean of Education in the Faculty of Business, Government and Law and have been in this role since 2018.

I have extensive unit convening and teaching experience in the Law School in both the undergraduate and graduate law programs, across core foundation law subjects, Constitutional law and research focused units including the honours program.

I have received 9 awards for Teaching Excellence since 2012. These include multiple Deans Awards for Teaching Excellence and Citizenship as well as a University of Canberra’s Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Award.

I bring to these roles undergraduate and post graduate qualifications in education and law and was admitted as a Legal Practitioner in the ACT in 2000.

My primary research areas are in Australian legal history, Australian constitutional legal history, Australian judicial biography and early post Federation politics.

I have also published in other research areas including women and the law, human rights and the tertiary experience for first year law students. My primary research and writing interests in Australian legal history and Australian constitutional history have been published in Australia and internationally.

Recent collaborations have explored key high profile criminal trials presided over by Justice William Charles Windeyer in nineteenth Century Australia and also the impact of court architecture on Australia's High Court as an itinerant court in the first decade of its operation. I have recently commenced an archival study of the life of Justice Richard O'Connor, appointed as a puisne Justice to the first High Court bench of Australia in October 1903. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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