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Dr Henry Kha is a Lecturer in Law at Macquarie University. His main research interests are family law and private law in Australia, England and New Zealand from both a legal historical and contemporary perspective. He is a member of the Macquarie University Children’s Rights, Participation and Perspectives research stream and the Academic Advisor to Bachelor of Laws students. He was previously lecturer at the University of Auckland and tutor at the University of Queensland.

Henry has a forthcoming monograph A History of Divorce Law: Reform in England from the Victorian to Interwar Years that shall be published by Routledge. This research is partly funded by the Macquarie Faculty of Arts Early Career Research Fellowship and Publication Subsidy Grant. The Francis Forbes Society for Australian Legal History has awarded Henry a grant to research "The Unification of Australian Divorce Law under the Matrimonial Causes Act 1959."  He is also the Australian National Rapporteur to the International Academy of Comparative Law for the 2021 Thematic Congress on the theme of “Diversity and Plurality in the Law: Family Forms and Family's Functions.”

Henry completed his PhD from the University of Queensland on “The Reform of English Divorce Law: 1857–1937” with a University of Queensland Research Scholarship.  He graduated from the University of New South Wales with a Juris Doctor, and was cited in the Dean’s List for Excellence in Academic Performance. He also graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Arts (Advanced) (Honours) in Chinese studies and history, and was awarded the University of Sydney Entry Scholarship.

Henry was a legal associate in the Family Court of Australia. He has a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the College of Law and was admitted to practice as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia. He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research interests

  • Family law
  • Private law
  • Legal history
  • Law and literature


Research student supervision

Dr Henry Kha is happy to receive inquiries from potential research students in family law, private law, legal history or law and literature.

Current HDR Supervision

Kailee Cross (MRes), 'The Roles and Rights of Grandparents in Young Children's Lives in Post-Separation Parenting'

Education/Academic qualification

Juris Doctor, The University of New South Wales

Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland

Bachelor of Arts (Advanced) (Honours), University of Sydney

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Research Outputs

  • Mater semper certa est? Reconceiving surrogacy law in New Zealand

    Kha, H. & Rankin, K., Nov 2019, In : New Zealand Family Law Journal. 9, 12, p. 172-178 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • A history of Australian tort law 1901–1945: England's obedient servant?

    Kha, H., 23 Jul 2018, In : American Journal of Legal History. 58, 3, p. 423-424 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article/Exhibition review

  • Irish divorce/Joyce's Ulysses

    Kha, H., 2 Sep 2018, In : Law and Humanities. 12, 2, p. 311-313 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article/Exhibition review

  • John Stuart Mill on matrimonial property and divorce law reform

    Kha, H., 2018, In : Fundamina : A Journal of Legal History. 24, 2, p. 35-57 23 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Press / Media

    Assumed 'shared parental responsibility' of child is 'dangerous': MP

    Henry Kha


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    Do the Family Courts require reform?

    Henry Kha


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    The family court does need reform, but not the way Pauline Hanson thinks

    Henry Kha


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