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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 has extensive research experience in the fields of Family Law and Indigenous Peoples and the Law. She is the convenor of Family Law (Laws502) and Indigenous Peoples and the Law (Laws518/866) at Macquarie University. 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 'Beyond Symbolism: Aboriginal Sovereignty and Native Title'. She has also 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 The Family in Law (Cambridge University Press, 2017) which is focused on a range of family law and policy issues in Australia. She is also the author of State Apologies to Indigenous Peoples: Law. Politics, Ethics (Routledge, forthcoming 2021). She has supervised students in a range of areas including Indigenous sovereignty, treaty and constitutional recognition; Indigenous lands and development issues in Australia, Asia and North America; the legal regulation of diverse families; family law and policy related to family violence, property and children; human rights law in responding to human rights violations; women's rights at the intersection between sex and race; children's rights in family law, child protection and juvenile justice; and the rights of people with disability in law and policy.

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Research Outputs

What the ? Reflections on decolonising nomophilitis with the discourse of love

Dominello, F., 10 Jul 2019, In : Journal of Global Indigeneity. 4, 1, 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples – Francesca Dominello

Dominello, F., 20 Aug 2018, ILA Reporter.

Research output: Contribution to Newspaper/Magazine/WebsiteArticle

Open Access

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 proceedingChapter

  • Why the Family Court is worth fighting for

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

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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  • Activities

    • 2 Organising a conference, workshop, ...
    • 1 Oral presentation

    Children’s Rights: Who’s Been Left Behind

    Francesca Dominello (Organiser), Aoife Daly (Organiser)
    25 Jun 202026 Jun 2020

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

    The Scope of the Right to Culture in Family Law Proceedings

    Francesca Dominello (Speaker)
    8 Jul 20199 Jul 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

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

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

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

    Press / Media

    Sharing the NZ Mosque Shooting Video

    Francesca Dominello


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Changes to the Family Court

    Francesca Dominello


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Government changes to the structure of the federal courts

    Francesca Dominello


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment