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Amy Barrow is a Senior Lecturer at Macquarie Law School and a member of the Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics (CAVE). Together with Sara Fuller (GEOP), she leads the Activism, Rights and Justice Research Stream in the Faculty of Arts. Amy has a keen interest in interdisciplinary research and to date her research has focused on two principal themes - the intersection between gender, international law, peace and security; and law and society in Hong Kong and other Asian contexts.

Amy researches law in action by drawing on qualitative research methods to consider how international laws and policies are implemented in practice by multiple actors. Amy aims to extend theorising about the promise of law, as well as its limitations, particularly in highly context-specific situations such as during post-conflict periods and in societies experiencing transition.

Amy is a member of the WILPF Academic Network, a think tank connecting academics and peace activists working on issues of gender, peace and security as well as a founding member of the Everywoman Everywhere Coalition, which grew out of the Initiative on Violence against Women at the Harvard Kennedy School's Carr Center for Human Rights Policy.

Along with Joy Chia, she co-edited the book Gender, Violence and the State in Asia published by Routledge in 2016. Prior to joining Macquarie Law School she held posts at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where she was a founding member of the Centre for Rights and Justice, and the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom.

Research interests

  • Gender, Equality and the Law
  • Law and Society in Hong Kong
  • Women, Peace and Security 
  • Human Rights 


Research student supervision

Current PhD Students:

  • Helen Easton, Contested Discourses: A feminist socio-legal examination of legal responses to prostitution in the UK (Principal Supervisor) 
  • Humaira Parvin, Women in Bangladesh Police: A Critical Analaysis of the Role of Affirmative Action and Other Policies in Securing Gender Equality in the Public Sector (Principal Supervisor) 
  • Dora Shipley, The Role of the InterAmerican Court of Human Rights (IACrtHR) advancing Women Rights in Latin America (Associate Supervisor)
  • Rebekah Stevens, Advocacy with Impact: Indicators for the NFP Legal Sector (Associate Supervisor)

Prospective PhD Students

Amy is available to supervise research in the following areas and welcomes inquiries from prospective students:

Law and Society in Hong Kong

Gender, Equality and the Law

Human Rights

Women, Peace and Security 

Transitional Justice

Qualitative research projects


LAWS5080 Human Rights and Moral Dilemmas

LAW8094 Human Rights and Moral Dilemmas (JD)

LAWS1010 Introduction to Law and Social Justice

LEX101 Law, Human Rights and Global Governance (2017-2019)


Education/Academic qualification

Senior Fellowship (SFHEA), Higher Education Academy

LLB Honours Law, Lancaster University

LLM Human Rights Law, SOAS University of London

PhD, University of Manchester

External positions

Research Affiliate, South East Asia Research Centre (SEARC) City University of Hong Kong

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Projects 2010 2019

Research Outputs 2009 2020

Sexual orientation, gender identity and equality in Hong Kong: rights, resistance and possibilities for reform

Barrow, A., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Asian Journal of Comparative Law. 15, 1, 31 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

sexual orientation
Hong Kong
affirmative action

Gender equality and the limits of law in securing social change in Hong Kong

Barrow, A. & Cheng, S., 2019, Women of Asia: globalization, development, and gender equity. Najafizadeh, M. & Lindsey, L. L. (eds.). New York ; London: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, p. 83-97 15 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

social change
Hong Kong

Hong Kong activists hoping for a sunflower revolution

Barrow, A., 2 Jul 2019, In : The Sydney morning herald.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearch

Open Access

Right of resistance: the Hong Kong protests explained

Barrow, A., 26 Jun 2019, The Lighthouse.

Research output: Contribution to Newspaper/Magazine/WebsiteArticleResearch

Open Access
school law
Hong Kong

The limits and benefits of international mobility: an empirical examination of the biographies of Australian legal academics

Melville, A., Barrow, A. & Morgan, P., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : International Journal of the Legal Profession.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

school law
International mobility

Press / Media

#Metoo 'gaining limited attention in Hong Kong,' activist says

Amy Barrow


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment