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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. 

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Research Output

  • 6 Chapter
  • 4 Article
  • 1 Conference contribution

Framing the Archives as Evidence: A Study of Correspondence Documenting the Place of Australia’s Original High Court in a New Commonwealth Polity

PRIEST, S., 2019, The Court as Archive. Genovese, A., Luker, T. & Rubenstein, K. (eds.). Canberra, Australia : ANU Press, p. 123-144 22 p.

Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookChapter

Open Access
  • Strategies for Supporting First Year Students

    AILWOOD, S., PRIEST, S. & Yule, J., 2014, The first-year law experience : a new beginning. Wolff, L. & Nicolae, M. (eds.). Ultimo, N.S.W: Halstead Press, p. 146-159 14 p.

    Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookChapter

  • Archives, the Australian High Court, and the Strike of 1905

    PRIEST, S., 2013, In : University of Queensland Law Journal, The. 32, 2, p. 253-264 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 5 Downloads (Pure)

    The Mount Rennie Rape Case of 1886: Politics, Mercy and Justice

    Kukulies-Smith, W. & PRIEST, S., 2013, Justice Connections. Easteal, P. (ed.). 1st ed. UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, p. 220-241 22 p.

    Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookChapter

    Australia's Early High Court, the Fourth Commonwealth Attorney-General and the 'Strike of 1905'

    Priest, S., 2012, Judges and Judging in the History of the Common and Civil Law from Antiquity to Modern Times. Brand, P. & Getzler, J. (eds.). USA: Cambridge University Press, p. 292-305 14 p.

    Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookChapter

  • 5 Downloads (Pure)