Associate Professor Francesca Bartlett

Associate Professor

School of Law
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
f.bartlett@law.uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 67526

Overview

Associate Professor Francesca Bartlett joined the TC Beirne School of Law in 2006 and lectures in The Legal Profession and Contract Law. She is a Fellow of the Centre for Public, Comparative and International Law. She researches in the area of lawyers' ethics and professional responsibility, access to justice, regulation of lawyers, feminist jurisprudence and gender and judging. She was a CI on the Australian Feminist Judgments Project funded by the Australian Research Council under a Discovery Project Grant. She is undertaking a number of projects relating to lawyers working across Asia, and how technology impacts upon access to justice and ethics in the legal profession. She is currently the lead CI on a project concerning technology and access to justice in the legal assistance sector funded under an AIBE Applied Research Fund grant. She is a member of the Queensland Law Society Ethics Committee, the Australian Pro Bono Research Committee and the Secretary of the International Association of Legal Ethics. She regularly provides academic assistance to the Queensland Law Society's Practice Management Course. Before joining the Law School, she practiced for a number of years as a commercial solicitor at a national law firm in Melbourne and Brisbane. Prior to embarking on her legal career, Francesca completed a PhD in English which concerned the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from their Families. Francesca was a Visiting Fellow at the Centre on the Legal Profession at Stanford University in November 2018. She is the Editor of LAWASIA Journal in 2019-21.

Research Interests

  • Socio-legal research into legal professionalism
  • Women and the Law
  • Feminist jurisprudence
  • Women and the judiciary
  • Pro bono and cause lawyering
  • Lawyers ethics

Research Impacts

Dr Bartlett's research has contributed to debates surrounding the regulation of the legal profession in a number of ways. For instance, she has conducted empirical research concerning women lawyers and judges and the barriers they face to achieving 'success' in law. Some of this research is cited on the Law Council of Australia's website and has been considered by the Council of Law Deans.

Qualifications

  • Juris Doctor, University of Melbourne
  • Doctor of Philosophy, La Trobe University
  • Bachelor of Arts, La Trobe University

Publications

  • Bartlett, Francesca and Corrin, Jennifer Clare (2016) Representative or the Same? Representative rule and class actions in Queensland and Western Australia. Civil Justice Quarterly, 35 1: 41-60.

  • Bartlett, Francesca (2014). Formal equality and third party interests in the family home. In Heather Douglas, Francesca Bartlett, Trish Luker and Rosemary Hunter (Ed.), Australian Feminist Judgments: Righting and Rewriting Law (pp. 207-211) Oxford, United Kingdom: Hart Publishing.

  • Douglas, Heather Anne, Bartlett, Francesca, Luker, Trish and Hunter, Rosemary (2014). Reflections on rewriting the law. In Heather Douglas, Francesca Bartlett, Trish Luker and Rosemary Hunter (Ed.), Australian Feminist Judgments: Righting and Rewriting Law (pp. 19-40) Oxford, United Kingdom: Hart Publishing.

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Supervision

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Available Projects

  • Potential topics available include:

    • Technology and ethical legal practise;
    • Advocates’ immunity;
    • The role of the lawyer in access to justice and efficient administration of the courts
    • Prosecutorial ethics and judicial ethics;
    • Regulation of the legal profession including admission and disciplinary law and debates about professionalism
    • Teaching lawyers’ ethics

    For further information contact Dr Francesca Bartlett, e: f.bartlett@law.uq.edu.au

  • Potential topics available include:

    1. Gender and judging – does diversity matter? What is the scope for feminist judging?
    2. Questions of bias and gendered approaches to the law
    3. Advocating ‘other’ interests
    4. Equality of representation within the legal profession

    For further information contact Dr Francesca Bartlett, e: f.bartlett@law.uq.edu.au

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Publications

Featured Publications

  • Bartlett, Francesca and Corrin, Jennifer Clare (2016) Representative or the Same? Representative rule and class actions in Queensland and Western Australia. Civil Justice Quarterly, 35 1: 41-60.

  • Bartlett, Francesca (2014). Formal equality and third party interests in the family home. In Heather Douglas, Francesca Bartlett, Trish Luker and Rosemary Hunter (Ed.), Australian Feminist Judgments: Righting and Rewriting Law (pp. 207-211) Oxford, United Kingdom: Hart Publishing.

  • Douglas, Heather Anne, Bartlett, Francesca, Luker, Trish and Hunter, Rosemary (2014). Reflections on rewriting the law. In Heather Douglas, Francesca Bartlett, Trish Luker and Rosemary Hunter (Ed.), Australian Feminist Judgments: Righting and Rewriting Law (pp. 19-40) Oxford, United Kingdom: Hart Publishing.

Book

Book Chapter

  • Bartlett, Francesca and Haller, Linda (2017). Australia: legal services regulation in Australia - Innovative co-regulation. In Andrew Boon (Ed.), International perspectives on the regulation of lawyers and legal services (pp. 161-184) London, United Kingdom: Hart.

  • Bartlett, Francesca (2017). Reforming Australian litigation lawyers: educational impacts of civil procedural laws and judicial activism. In Kit Barker, Ross Grantham and Karen Fairweather (Ed.), Private law in the twenty-first century (pp. 527-546) Oxford, United Kingdom: Hart.

  • Douglas, Heather and Bartlett, Francesca (2016). Practice and persuasion: women, feminism and judicial diversity. In Rebecca Ananian-Welsh and Jonathan Crowe (Ed.), Judicial independence in Australia: contemporary challenges, future directions (pp. 76-88) Sydney, Australia: Federation Press.

  • Bartlett, Francesca (2014). Formal equality and third party interests in the family home. In Heather Douglas, Francesca Bartlett, Trish Luker and Rosemary Hunter (Ed.), Australian Feminist Judgments: Righting and Rewriting Law (pp. 207-211) Oxford, United Kingdom: Hart Publishing.

  • Douglas, Heather Anne, Bartlett, Francesca, Luker, Trish and Hunter, Rosemary (2014). Introduction: Righting Australian Law. In Heather Douglas, Francesca Bartlett, Trish Luker and Rosemary Hunter (Ed.), Australian Feminist Judgments: Righting and Rewriting Law (pp. 1-18) Oxford, United Kingdom: Hart Publishing.

  • Bartlett, Francesca (2014). Louth v Diprose 175 CLR 621. In Heather Douglas, Francesca Bartlett, Trish Luker and Rosemary Hunter (Ed.), Australian Feminist Judgments: Righting and Rewriting Law 1st ed. (pp. 196-206) Oxford, United Kingdom: Hart Publishing.

  • Douglas, Heather Anne, Bartlett, Francesca, Luker, Trish and Hunter, Rosemary (2014). Reflections on rewriting the law. In Heather Douglas, Francesca Bartlett, Trish Luker and Rosemary Hunter (Ed.), Australian Feminist Judgments: Righting and Rewriting Law (pp. 19-40) Oxford, United Kingdom: Hart Publishing.

  • Robertson, Michael, Corbin, Lillian, Tranter, Kieran and Bartlett, Francesca (2011). Introduction. In Michael Robertson, Lillian Corbin, Kieran Tranter and Francesca Bartlett (Ed.), The ethics project in legal education (pp. 1-8) Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Bartlett, Francesca, Mortensen, Reid and Tranter, Kieran (2011). Introduction. In Francesca Bartlett, Reid Mortensen and Kieran Tranter (Ed.), Alternative perspectives on lawyers and legal ethics: Reimagining the profession (pp. 1-10) Abingdon Oxon, U.K. ; New York, U.S.A.: RoutledgeAbingdon.

  • Tranter, Kieran, Bartlett, Francesca, Corbin, Lillian, Mortensen, Reid and Robertson, Mike (2010). Introduction : Reaffirming legal ethics. In Kieran Tranter, Francesca Bartlett, Lillian Corbin, Michael Robertson and Reid Mortensen (Ed.), Reaffirming Legal Ethics: Taking Stock and New Ideas (pp. 1-11) London, Engalnd, U.K.: Routledge.

  • Bartlett, Francesca (1999). Assimilation and women's work. In Belinda McKay (Ed.), Unmasking whiteness: race relations and reconciliation (pp. 52-67) Brisbane, Australia: Griffith University Publications.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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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 topics available include:

    • Technology and ethical legal practise;
    • Advocates’ immunity;
    • The role of the lawyer in access to justice and efficient administration of the courts
    • Prosecutorial ethics and judicial ethics;
    • Regulation of the legal profession including admission and disciplinary law and debates about professionalism
    • Teaching lawyers’ ethics

    For further information contact Dr Francesca Bartlett, e: f.bartlett@law.uq.edu.au

  • Potential topics available include:

    1. Gender and judging – does diversity matter? What is the scope for feminist judging?
    2. Questions of bias and gendered approaches to the law
    3. Advocating ‘other’ interests
    4. Equality of representation within the legal profession

    For further information contact Dr Francesca Bartlett, e: f.bartlett@law.uq.edu.au