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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, constitutional reform, Indigenous rights, and related issues. 


Education/Academic qualification

Law, PhD, Monash University

Award Date: 23 Aug 2017

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

Award Date: 3 May 2012

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

Award Date: 28 Aug 2002

External positions

Managing Committee Member, John Curtin Research Centre

Research Fellow, Per Capita Think Tank

Academic Fellow, Trinity College


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