Dr Anne-Maree Farrell, Dr Darren O’Donovan, Dr Fleur Beaupert and Dr Maria Elander Join La Trobe Law School

La Trobe Law School would like to warmly welcome four new academics this semester:

Dr Anne-Maree Farrell

Dr Anne-Maree Farrell is Professor and Chair of Health Law and Society and an ARC Future Fellow. She joined La Trobe University Law School in 2016. She holds a BA, LLB, BLitt from the University of Melbourne, an MA (Politics, First Class Honours) from the National University of Ireland (Dublin), and a PhD (Politics) from the University of Manchester. Previously, she held positions in the Faculty of Law at Monash University, as well as the University of Manchester and Lancaster University in the UK. Prior to becoming an academic, she worked as a lawyer in private legal practice for 12 years in Australia and abroad, specialising in mass torts, product liability and medical negligence.

Professor Farrell’s research expertise lies generally in health law, policy and ethics. She is particularly interested in the relationship between politics, policy and regulation in the area of health. She has specific interests in law and the human body (blood, organ and stem cells), health technologies, the management of public health risks, and medical injury.

Professor Farrell has published widely in a range of internationally recognised journals and edited collections. Her sole-authored book, The Politics of Blood: Ethics Innovation and the Regulation of Risk (Cambridge University Press) was published in hardback in 2012 and in paperback in 2014. Other books include Pioneering Healthcare Law: Essays in Honour of Margaret Brazier (Routledge, 2016) co-edited with C Stanton, S Devaney and A Mullock; European Law and New Health Technologies (Oxford University Press, 2013), co-edited with M Flear, T Hervey and T Murphy; and Organ Shortage: Ethics Law and Pragmatism (Cambridge University Press, 2011), co-edited with D Price and M Quigley.

Professor Farrell has been awarded competitive external income totalling over $2.5 million to date by a range of funding bodies including Australian Research Council, the Wellcome Trust (UK), the Economic and Social Research Council (UK) and the Nuffield Foundation (UK). She was awarded an ARC Future Fellowship Regulating Human Body Parts: Principles Institutions and Politics (2014-2018) [see under ‘Research Projects’].

Since 2013, Professor Farrell has also been co-Convenor of the Law and Health Collaborative Research Network (CRN), hosted by the US Law and Society Association (LSA) in the United States. The Law and Health CRN promotes international research networks and collaborations in socio- legal studies in health.

Dr Darren O’Donovan

Dr Darren O’Donovan holds a BCL (Hons), and a PhD from University College Cork, Ireland, where he also lectured from 2009-2012.

As an Assistant Professor at Bond University, Queensland for the past four years, Darren’s main teaching specialisation was in Administrative Law. He has written extensively on rights, oversight and public administration, including the book Law and Public Administration in Ireland (co-authored with Dr Fiona Donson). This work examines the reform of Irish public law and governance in the aftermath of Ireland’s financial crash, stressing the centrality of non-judicial review bodies and first instance decision-makers to delivering administrative justice. These ideas also featured in his examination of the Office of the Ombudsman (co-authored with Dr Fiona Donson), which was published in the leading international law journal, Public Law in 2014.

Darren’s PhD thesis, which was funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences, concerning housing rights, equality and Ireland’s Travelling Community. In examining the underlying policy and legislative dynamics behind Traveller/Roma exclusion in Europe, the thesis critically analysed the difficulties of accessing culturally appropriate housing for the Irish Travelling Community. Many of its themes are reflected in an article published this year in the International Journal on Discrimination and the Law.

In joining la Trobe, Darren will be seeking to contribute to the faculty’s ongoing research into the National Disability Insurance Scheme. He was a co-author (with Professor Patrick Keyzer) of Discover: the National Disability Insurance Scheme Help Guide (2nd edition) which recently published by the Endeavour Foundation. Darren has also contributed to the faculty’s legal advocacy by co-authoring legislative submissions concerning the treatment of cognitive impairment in the criminal justice system. These were recently discussed in a piece for the Indigenous Law Bulletin.

Dr Fleur Beaupert

Dr Fleur Beaupert holds a BA, LLB (Hons) and PhD from the University of Sydney.

Prior to joining La Trobe Law School Fleur was a Senior Research Analyst with the NSW Ombudsman’s Police Division, where she worked on legislative reviews of new police powers. She led the NSW Ombudsman’s review of search powers and offence provisions in the Restricted Premises Act 1943, which police have been using to target suspected bikie gang clubhouses.

Fleur’s PhD involved empirical and theoretical analysis of mental health laws in action. She was the doctoral candidate on an Australian Research Council funded project comparing the operation of Australian mental health tribunals, headed by Emeritus Professor Terry Carney and Professor David Tait. As a researcher on that project Fleur observed tribunal hearings and interviewed a range of people involved in tribunal processes, including service users who had been subject to compulsory treatment under mental health laws.

Her current research examines legal capacity, forensic mental health/disability systems and the implications of international human rights law for domestic law reform. This work has included submissions to domestic and international inquiries into reform of laws affecting people with disabilities. She is currently co-editing a special edition of Law in Context, ‘Disability, Rights and Law Reform in Australia – Recent Trends’ (forthcoming 2017, with Dr Piers Gooding and Dr Linda Steele).

Fleur has also lectured for the University of Western Sydney and University of Sydney law faculties and worked as a solicitor with NSW Legal Aid’s Mental Health Advocacy Service, providing legal advice and representation to people with legal matters relating to their mental health.

Dr Maria Elander

Dr Maria Elander is a lecturer in Criminology and the Directory of the Criminology Program at La Trobe Law School. She holds a Bachelor of Social Science in Political Science, and a Bachelor in Arabic from the University of Uppsala, as well as Master in Human Rights Law from SOAS London and PhD in Law from Melbourne University.

Her research is primarily in the broader field of international criminal justice, and engages with theories in cultural and feminist legal studies. Her work examines questions of representation, victimhood and encounters between the local, national and international in crime and criminal justice.

She completed her PhD in Law at Melbourne Law School in 2015 on a thesis on the figure of the victim in international criminal  justice, focusing on the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. She is currently preparing a manuscript based on the thesis that will be published by Routledge early 2018. Alongside this, she is working on collaborative and independent projects on visual criminology and genocide, international criminal law and film, and the spatiotemporalities of transitional justice.



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