Dr Rebecca Ananian-Welsh

Senior Lecturer

School of Law
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
rebecca.aw@law.uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 52218

Overview

Dr Rebecca Ananian-Welsh is a Senior Lecturer at the TC Beirne School of Law. Her research focuses primarily on judges and courts, as well as concerning human rights and national security law and policy. Dr Ananian-Welsh has co-edited two books as well as publishing book chapters, articles in leading journals and has spoken widely at Australian and international events on these topics. Her most recent book 'The Tim Carmody Affair: Australia's Greatest Judicial Crisis', co-authored with Gabrielle Appleby and Andrew Lynch, was nominated for a 2017 Queensland Literary Award. In the same year Dr Ananian-Welsh was awarded the TC Beirne School of Law Award for Research Excellence. Dr Ananian-Welsh has written for The Conversation, given evidence to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security, and has contributed to a number of submissions to government with respect to national security laws and constitutional issues.

Prior to joining the TC Beirne School of Law, Dr Ananian-Welsh was an academic member of the Laureate Fellowship Project 'Anti-Terror Laws and the Democratic Challenge'. She also held research positions with the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law's Terrorism & Law Project, and Professor Janet Chan's Australian Research Council Project 'Legal Culture, Work Stress and Professional Practice: A Study of Australian Lawyers'. Before commencing her academic career, Dr Ananian-Welsh was as a litigation solicitor at DLA Piper Sydney and a legal officer at the Federal Attorney-General's Department. In 2013 Dr Ananian-Welsh was awarded a Law Faculty Teaching Award by the University of New South Wales and in 2011 was a finalist for the New South Wales Law Society 'Young Lawyer of the Year'.

Research Interests

  • National Security Law and Policy
  • Courts and Court Process
  • Constitutional Law
  • Human Rights
  • Legal Profession

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Wollongong
  • Bachelor of Law Honours, University of Wollongong
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, University of Wollongong
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of New South Wales

Publications

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Available Projects

  • Potential projects may concern:

    • Chapter III of the Australian Constitution.
    • Cases and principles concerning judicial independence in Australia (at state, territory or federal level) and/or elsewhere.
    • Contemporary challenges to judicial independence in Australia and/or elsewhere.
    • The principles and mechanisms by which judicial independence is protected.
    • The role and meaning of judicial independence.
    • Comparative studies in judicial independence.

    For further information contact Dr Rebecca Ananian-Welsh, e:rebecca.aw@law.uq.edu.au.

  • Potential projects may concern:

    • Counter-terrorism laws and policies in Australia and/or elsewhere.
    • The longer term implications of 9/11.
    • The migration, normalisation and extension of national security laws, for example into the organised crime context.
    • The relationship between national security laws and facets of public law, such as judicial independence, federalism, representative government, open and equal justice, constitutional freedoms, and so on.

    For further information contact Dr Rebecca Ananian-Welsh, e:rebecca.aw@law.uq.edu.au.

  • Potential projects may concern schemes that provide for preventive restraints to be placed on the liberty of persons. Such schemes include, for example:

    • Counter-terrorism preventive detention and control orders.
    • Organised crime control orders.
    • Preventive detention of serious offenders.
    • Mandatory sentencing.
    • Restrictions on associations between members of certain groups.

    Projects may consider preventive schemes from perspectives including, but not limited to:

    • Their effectiveness.
    • Their impact on traditional facets of public or criminal laws (for example, the traditional role of courts, equal and open justice, fair process, constitutional freedoms and principles, the presumption of innocence)
    • Their nature, prevalence and spread.

    For further information contact Dr Rebecca Ananian-Welsh, e:rebecca.aw@law.uq.edu.au.

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Publications

Featured Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Ananian-Welsh, Rebecca and McGarrity, Nicola (2018). National security: a hegemonic constitutional value?. In Rosalind Dixon (Ed.), Australian constitutional values (pp. 267-286) Portland, OR, United States: Hart Publishing.

  • Ananian-Welsh, Rebecca (2017). 'If at first you don't succeed...': effectiveness and the evolution of preventive organised crime measures. In Tamara Tulich, Rebecca Ananian-Welsh, Simon Bronitt and Sarah Murray (Ed.), Regulating preventive justice: principle, policy and paradox (pp. 177-194) New York: Routledge.

  • Ananian-Welsh, Rebecca (2016). Judicial independence in an age of terror. In Rebecca Ananian-Welsh and Jonathan Crowe (Ed.), Judicial independence in Australia: contemporary challenges, future directions (pp. 241-254) Annandale, Australia: Federation Press.

  • Ananian-Welsh, Rebecca and Williams, George (2016). State judges as lieutenant-governors. In Rebecca Ananian-Welsh and Jonathan Crowe (Ed.), Judicial independence in Australia: contemporary challenges, future directions (pp. 194-207) Annandale, Australia: Federation Press.

  • Ananian-Welsh, Rebecca (2015). Secrecy, procedural fairness and state courts. In Greg Martin, Rebecca Scott Bray and Miiko Kumar (Ed.), Secrecy, law and society (pp. 120-135) Abingdon, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Welsh, Rebecca (2013). Anti-terror preventive detention and the independent judiciary. In Patrick Keyzer (Ed.), Preventive detention: asking the fundamental questions (pp. 137-158) Cambridge, United Kingdom: Intersentia.

  • Lynch, Andrew, Tulich, Tamara and Welsh, Rebecca (2013). Secrecy and control orders: the role and vulnerability of constitutional values in Australia and the United Kingdom. In David Cole, Federico Fabbrini and Arianna Vedaschi (Ed.), Secrecy, national security, and the vindication of constitutional law (pp. 154-172) Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar. doi:10.4337/9781781953860.00018

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Rebecca Ananian-Welsh (2018). National security and human rights in the courtroom. In: ICON-S Conference: Identity, Security, Democracy: Challenges for Public Law, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, (). 25-27 June 2018.

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • Potential projects may concern:

    • Chapter III of the Australian Constitution.
    • Cases and principles concerning judicial independence in Australia (at state, territory or federal level) and/or elsewhere.
    • Contemporary challenges to judicial independence in Australia and/or elsewhere.
    • The principles and mechanisms by which judicial independence is protected.
    • The role and meaning of judicial independence.
    • Comparative studies in judicial independence.

    For further information contact Dr Rebecca Ananian-Welsh, e:rebecca.aw@law.uq.edu.au.

  • Potential projects may concern:

    • Counter-terrorism laws and policies in Australia and/or elsewhere.
    • The longer term implications of 9/11.
    • The migration, normalisation and extension of national security laws, for example into the organised crime context.
    • The relationship between national security laws and facets of public law, such as judicial independence, federalism, representative government, open and equal justice, constitutional freedoms, and so on.

    For further information contact Dr Rebecca Ananian-Welsh, e:rebecca.aw@law.uq.edu.au.

  • Potential projects may concern schemes that provide for preventive restraints to be placed on the liberty of persons. Such schemes include, for example:

    • Counter-terrorism preventive detention and control orders.
    • Organised crime control orders.
    • Preventive detention of serious offenders.
    • Mandatory sentencing.
    • Restrictions on associations between members of certain groups.

    Projects may consider preventive schemes from perspectives including, but not limited to:

    • Their effectiveness.
    • Their impact on traditional facets of public or criminal laws (for example, the traditional role of courts, equal and open justice, fair process, constitutional freedoms and principles, the presumption of innocence)
    • Their nature, prevalence and spread.

    For further information contact Dr Rebecca Ananian-Welsh, e:rebecca.aw@law.uq.edu.au.