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Shireen Morris researches, teaches and publishes in constitutional law and constitutional reform, Indigenous constitutional recognition, Indigenous rights as well as public law more generally, specialising in the concept of a First Nations constitutional voice in Australia. Her research includes work on the implied freedom political communication, parliamentary scrutiny systems, Australian republicanism, comparative constitutional law (especially Indigenous constitutional recognition in New Zealand, Canada, Scandinavia, Vanuatu, South Africa and Singapore), human rights, legal pluralism and democratic decline. Shireen is also working on an exciting project investigating technology, inequality and democratic decay in Australia. She is particularly interested in the intersection between law, law reform and policy. 

Prior to coming to Macquarie Law School, Shireen was a McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellow at Melbourne Law School, and before that she spent 7 years working at Cape York Institute as the senior adviser on Indigenous constitutional recognition. Shireen completed her PhD at Monash University, with a thesis on Indigenous constitutional recognition through a First Nations constitutional voice - now published as a monograph with Hart Publishing. She completed a Juris Doctor (Master of Laws) at Monash and a Bachelor of Arts (English Major) at the University of Melbourne. 

Other books include Radical Heart: Three Stories Make Us One (MUP, 2018), A Rightful Place: A Roadmap to Recognition (Black Inc, 2017) and The Fogotten People: Liberal and Conservative Approaches to Recognising Indigenous Peoples (MUP, 2016). Shireen has also published in journals like the Australian Law Review, Melbourne University Law Review, Sydney Law Review, UNSW Law Journal, Monash University Law Review and the Public Law Review. She regularly contributes opinion pieces to The Australian, The Guardian, The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Courier Mail, and ABC Religion and Ethics, and often appears on TV and radio.

Shireen is available to supervise PhD students in the areas of constitutional law, constituional reform, Indigenous rights, and related issues. 


Education/Academic qualification

Law, PhD, Monash University

Arts, Bachelor of Arts (English Major), The University of Melbourne

Law, Juris Doctor (Master of Laws), Monash University

External positions

Research Fellow, Per Capita Think Tank

Academic Fellow, Trinity College

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Research Outputs

A First Nations voice in the Australian Constitution

Morris, S., 6 Aug 2020, Hart Publishing. 344 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • An Australian Declaration of Recognition: the case for semi-entrenched symbolism

    Morris, S., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Melbourne University Law Review. 44, 1

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Parliamentary scrutiny and insights for a First Nations voice to Parliament

    Morris, S., 2020, Law making and human rights: executive and parliamentary scrutiny across Australian jurisdictions. Debeljak, J. & Grenfell, L. (eds.). Pyrmont, NSW: Thomson Reuters (Professional) Australia, p. 703-743 41 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Towards an affirmational republic

    Morris, S., 2020, (Accepted/In press) What happens next?: Reconstructing Australia after COVID-19. Dawson, E. & McCalman, J. (eds.). Carlton, Victoria: Melbourne University Press

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Abortion protests and the limits of freedom of political communication: Clubb v Edwards; Preston v Avery

    Morris, S. & Stone, A., 2018, In : Sydney Law Review. 40, 3, p. 395-409 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Prizes

    Runner up, "Highly Commended", Holt Prize

    Shireen Morris (Recipient), 2017

    Prize: Other distinction

  • Activities

    • 3 Oral presentation

    The First Nations Dialogues and the Uluru Statement in Australia

    Shireen Morris (Speaker)
    Oct 2019 → …

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

    The Case for a First Nations Voice in the Australian Constitution

    Shireen Morris (Speaker)
    2 Jul 20195 Jul 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

    Press / Media

    Shireen Morris on The Drum, ABC

    Shireen Morris


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Shireen Morris panellist on The Drum

    Shireen Morris


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Shireen Morris on Tonightly with Tom Ballard

    Shireen Morris


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Shireen Morris expert interview on The Drum

    Shireen Morris


    2 Media contributions

    Press/Media: Expert Comment