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Francesca Dominello is a Lionel Murphy Scholar. She holds a combined BALLB degree from Macquarie University and a LLM (Research) and PhD degree from UNSW.

She is the convenor of Family Law (Laws502/822); Indigenous Peoples and the Law (Laws518/866); and Advanced Legal Research Project (Laws561/564). She also has extensive teaching experience in Constitutional Law and Jurisprudence.

In 2009 Francesca was awarded the CCH-ALTA 'Best Paper' Award for the paper she presented at the 2008 ALTA Conference titled 'BeyondSymbolism: Aboriginal Sovereignty and Native Title'.  More recently she has been a legal consultant to LawTermFinder (lawtermfinder.mq.edu.au) which is an online termbank of words and phrases frequently used in Australian Family Law.    

Prior to her academic appointment at Macquarie University, Francesca practiced as a solicitor in the areas of native title law, personal injury law and immigration law.


Research interests

Francesca Dominello has a broad range of research interests with a focus on social justice issues faced by Indigenous peoples, women and children. Her areas of research include Indigenous legal issues, family law and policy, human rights law, civil remedies, administrative and constitutional law, theories of justice and jurisprudence. Her LLM thesis focused on native title law in Australia and her PhD thesis focused on state apologies to Indigenous peoples in Australia and Canada. She is a co-author of a text on family law which is focused on a range of family law and policy issues in Australia. She has supervised students in a range of areas including Indigenous sovereignty, land and development issues in Australia, Asia and North America; family law and policy; human rights law; women's rights; children's rights; and disability law and policy.

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Research Outputs 2001 2018

The "Apology to Australia's Indigenous Peoples" in its historical context

Dominello, F., 2018, The Palgrave handbook of state-sponsored history after 1945. Bevernage, B. & Wouters, N. (eds.). London: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 817-830 14 p.

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

Indigenous Peoples
Historical Context

Why the Family Court is worth fighting for

Dominello, F., Willis, S. & Hanna, S., 11 Jun 2018, In : Inside story.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearch

Open Access
family court

Political apologies and their challenges in achieving justice for indigenous peoples in Australia and Canada

Dominello, F., 2017, In : Oñati Socio-legal Series. 7, 2, p. 277-303 27 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

The family in law

Parashar, A. & Dominello, F., 2017, Melbourne: Cambridge University Press. 444 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

family law
nuclear family
child protection

Forgiveness in perspective

Dominello, F. (ed.) & Pereyra, D. H. (ed.), 2016, Oxford, United Kingdom: Inter-Disciplinary Press. 130 p.

Research output: Book/ReportEdited Book/AnthologyResearchpeer-review


Activities 2018 2018

  • 1 Organising a conference, workshop, ...

Victims, survivors, innocents? Exploring the mobilisation of vulnerability in policy and law 2018

Sonya Willis (Organiser), Adele Garnier (Organiser), Teresa Somes (Organiser), Francesca Dominello (Organiser)
23 Nov 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...